Ars Nova Workshop

Sep 29, 2015

photo credit: Ryan Collerd

Ars Nova Workshop is a non-profit organization located in Philadelphia that is known for its presentation of new jazz and experimental music. Founded in 2000 under the directorship of Mark Christman, through grants and fundraising, Ars Nova brings world class musicians to Philadelphia at incredibly low costs to the public, often making for once in a lifetime events.

ANW has always been an important part of my Philadelphia experience. In venues all across the city I have witnessed some extraordinary performances by legendary musicians such as John Zorn, Barry Altshcul, Steve Coleman, Cecil Taylor and Tim Berne, as well as Philadelphia’s own Sun Ra Arkestra. Last year I was invited to join the ANW Board of Directors for and look forward to supporting Mark and the organization in the years ahead.

The fall schedule features a Halloween show of the Sun Ra Arkestra at Johnny Brenda’s on October 31st. If you haven’t seen the Arkestra perform, you must. Lead by Marshall Allen since Sun Ra’s passing, the Arkestra remains one of the great cultural resources of our city. Also this fall, pianist Dave Burrell will perform alongside avant-garde drummer Andrew Cyrille for a night to remember at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, on October 10th. Other highlights include John Zorn’s organ trio on November 11th and Adam Rudolph’s GO on November 22nd. For the full calendar, click here.

Michael Garden

Michael Garden


Michael’s real estate practice is focused on quality properties in established and developing neighborhoods that offer all the desirable amenities of urban living. Rittenhouse Square to Queen Village, Kensington to Passyunk, and great outlying communities such as Chestnut Hill and Spruce Hill are all within his domain.

Michael ventured into real estate in New York in the 1990’s developing residential and small business commercial properties as an investor, contractor, and end user. In 2005 he moved to Philadelphia and began working with individuals, couples, families, and investors to achieve their real estate goals. Since then, Michael has developed a comprehensive knowledge of the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, our changing market conditions, and how to position each deal. He has an inherent ability to understand his client’s motivation, tastes, and bottom line, making him in an invaluable asset to each transaction. Michael’s attention to detail and his sensitivity to the interests of all involved parties are redefining buyer’s and seller’s expectations, one client at a time.