Loading Events
Events october revolution

The October Revolution

October 4-October 8

Runtime TBA

Cost TBA



Thu, Oct 4–Sun, Oct 7, 2018

A jazz and contemporary music festival unlike anything Philadelphia has ever seen—or heard. The October Revolution of Jazz and Contemporary Music shines a light on the future of the contemporary avant-garde being charted by storied veterans and young pros alike. The second annual festival will feature performances by John Zorn, Wolf Eyes + Marshall Allen, Annette Peacock, Tiger Trio, and more, at FringeArts and Christ Church.

The 2018 October Revolution builds on the foundation of last year’s hugely successful inaugural edition, which The New York Times called a festival that “makes history” and DownBeat hailed for its “curatorial brilliance.” Selling out three of its four days, the festival immediately established itself as a vital destination for adventurous listeners, with WBGO stating, “Experimental music fans have a new festival to look forward to.” The second year expands on the mission of the first, with rare performances, legendary artists, and unique collaborations.

“OctRev is already promising to become a huge international draw to Philadelphia,” says Ars Nova Workshop founder and Artistic Director Mark Christman. “The eclectic and expansive mix of pioneering music helps us open our minds, and our arms, to the world—in a spirit of welcome and inclusivity that is sorely needed these days.”


Pictured: The Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

VIP 4-Day Pass $400
Get VIP 4-Day Passes

Super Early Bird Pass $155

Early Bird 4-Day Pass $175

4-Day Pass $200
Get 4-Day Passes

Day Passes
Thursday, Oct 4 – $45
Friday, Oct 5 – $55
Saturday, Oct 6 – $85
Sunday, Oct 7 – $85
Get Single Day Passes

Saturday Evening Pass
Idris Ackamoor + The Pyramids at 8pm & Wolf Eyes + Marshall Allen at 10pm
$40 general / $28 member / $15 student & 25-and-under / $2 FringeACCESS member
Get Event Passes

Sunday Evening Pass
The Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda at 8pm & John Zorn at 10pm
$45 general / $31.50 member / $15 student & 25-and-under / $2 FringeACCESS member
Get Event Passes

 VIP Ticket Holders Receive:

+ Reserved seating at all events
+ Exclusive access to at least one secret concert
+ Meet and greet receptions with artists
+ Rare collectible giveaways
+ Free drinks at most events

For more details, visit the official October Revolution website.

Lineup & Schedule


7pm: OGJB Quartet at FringeArts
8pm: Hear In Now at FringeArts
9pm: Tomeka Reid Quartet at FringeArts


7pm: The Music of Legendary Hasaan at FringeArts
9pm: Annette Peacock at FringeArts


2pm: Dave Burrell Full-Blown Trio at Christ Church Neighborhood House
3:30pm: Laraaji at Christ Church Neighborhood House
5:30pm: The Humanity Quartet at Christ Church Neighborhood House
6:30pm: Tiger Trio at Christ Church
8pm: Idris Ackamoor + The Pyramids at FringeArts
10pm: Wolf Eyes + Marshall Allen at FringeArts



1pm: Amirtha Kidambi + Elder Ones at FringeArts
2pm: Francesco Dillon at FringeArts
3pm: Dirigo Rataplan at Christ Church Neighborhood House
6pm: The Music of Muhal Richard Abrams at Christ Church Neighborhood House
7pm: Kuzu at Christ Church Neighborhood House
8pm: The Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda at FringeArts
10pm: John Zorn at Christ Church

Volunteer With Us

FringeArts is currently looking for volunteers for October Revolution, a jazz and contemporary music festival.  As with all FringeArts programs, volunteers are essential to the operations of the festival. As an OctRev Volunteer, you will be responsible for checking wristbands, distributing programs, directing patrons to different venues, assisting with crowd control, and cleaning up venues after performances.  As a thank you for volunteering, you will be able to enjoy the music and festivities the day of your volunteer shift.

In order to volunteer, please fill out the OctRev Volunteer Form.


The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional Sponsorship From
American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter
Arthur Judson Foundation
Anthony Creamer
Jacobs Music
Andy & Bryna Scott
Spedidam Foundation

Official Beer of The October Revolution
Tired Hands Brewing Company

Official Whiskey of the October Revolution
Powers Whiskey

October Revolution Film Screenings

Milford Graves Full Mantis
Thursday, September 27 @ 7pm
Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut Street
$10 or FREE to all 4-Day Pass holders

The first ever feature-length portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity.
Co-presented by Scribe Video Center

The Breath Courses Through Us
Monday, October 1 @ 8pm
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street

This 2013 documentary about the New York Art Quartet (featuring Milford Graves, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Reggie Workman and Amiri Baraka) focuses on the ensemble’s 35-year reunion, while reaching back through their recollections of their foundations and innovative musical ideas. Next year marks the 55th anniversary of this group and a revolutionary period in jazz music, which declared its existence in the (original) October Revolution in Jazz in October 1964.


Festival attendees can stay at the Holiday Inn Express Penn’s Landing for a special rate of $109/night. The hotel is just steps away from FringeArts and all other venues. Call 1-800-843-2355 and ask for “the OctRev room block” in October.

2017 October Revolution

Press Commentary

  • “Jazz fest tests boundaries” PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
  • “An avant-garde festival makes history” THE NEW YORK TIMES
  • “[Ars Nova Workshop is] Philadelphia’s most reliable and ambitious presenter of new jazz and improvised music” THE WIRE
  • “Curatorial brilliance” DOWNBEAT
  • “A high-caliber festival” JAZZ TIMES
  • “Pushing musical boundaries” WHYY
  • “It’s easily the jazz event of the season” THE KEY
  • “I love it. This is a post-genre musical world that we’re living in.” JOHN LUTHER ADAMS
  • “Experimental music fans have a new festival to look forward to” WBGO

Audience Commentary

  • “The listening was supreme.”
  • “The most memorable part was the energy from the performers.”
  • “It was an exceptionally tight performance by [Sun Ra] Arkestra in a venue that the musicians clearly enjoyed.”
  • “All I can say is that Ars Nova knocked it out of the park by bringing 4-days of really superb, non-mainstream, truly interesting musical experiences to Philadelphia.”

Pictured: Idris Ackamoor

This event has passed