Ars Nova (American band)

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Ars Nova
OriginNew York City
GenresProgressive rock, psychedelic rock
Years active1967–1969
LabelsElektra, Atlantic
Past members

Ars Nova was an American progressive rock band that performed and recorded from 1967 to 1969.[1] The group included two former students from Mannes College in New York City: Wyatt Day (guitar, keyboards, vocals), who wrote or co-wrote most of the band's songs, and Jon Pierson (trombone, vocals).[2]

They recorded two albums. The first was a 1968 self-titled album for the Elektra label, on which the personnel comprised Day, Pierson, Maury Baker (organ, percussion), Giovanni Papalia (lead guitar), Bill Folwell (trumpet, bass, vocals), and Jonathan Raskin (bass, guitar, vocals). The band was signed to Elektra by Paul Rothchild, who produced their self-titled album in Los Angeles, with additional songwriting by Greg Copeland and released in April 1968.[3] However, the band split up after a performance supporting The Doors at the Fillmore East in mid-1968, about the same time as they were promoted with a profile in Life magazine.[1][2][4]

Day and Pierson then formed a new version of the band, with guitarist Sam Brown, trumpeter Jimmy Owens, bassist Art Koenig, keyboardist Warren Bernhardt and drummer Joe Hunt. They recorded a second album, Sunshine & Shadows, which was released on Atlantic in 1969.[5]

Former member Bill Folwell died on October 2, 2019, at the age of 80.[6]


Ars Nova (April 1968)[edit]

Side one
  1. "Pavane For My Lady" – (Wyatt Day) – 2:45
  2. "General Clover Ends A War" – (lyrics: Gregory Copeland; music: Day) – 2:12
    • "Entracte: Le Messe Notre Dame" – (Guillaume De Machaut, arranged by Ars Nova) – 0:30
  3. "And How Am I To Know" – (Day) – 4:45
    • "Entracte: Dancer" – (Maury Baker) – 0:25
  4. "Album In Your Mind" – (lyrics: Jon Pierson, Day; music: Day) – 3:01
  5. "Zarathustra (Instrumental)" – (Baker) – 3:30
Side Two
  1. "Fields Of People" – (lyrics: Pierson, Day; music: Day) – 2:52
    • "Entracte: Vita De L'Alma Mia" – (Claudio Monteverdi, arranged by Ars Nova) – 0:45
  2. "Automatic Love" – (Day) – 4:06
    • "Entracte: A Thought" – (Pierson, Jonathan Raskin) – 0:47
  3. "I Wrapped Her In Ribbons (After Ibiza)" – (lyrics: Copeland; music: Day) – 2:18
    • "Entracte: Ada Wulff November 12, 1956" – (Day) – 0:18
  4. "Song To The City" – (lyrics: Copeland; music: Day) – 2:08
    • "Entracte: Aquel Cabellero" – (Anonymous [Spanish Renaissance], arranged by Ars Nova) – 0:55
  5. "March Of The Mad Duke's Circus" – (lyrics: Copeland; music: Day) – 3:17
  • Jon Pierson – lead vocals, bass trombone
  • Bill Folwell – trumpet, backing vocals, double bass
  • Giovanni Papalia – lead guitar
  • Wyatt Day – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, piano, organ
  • Jonathan Raskin – bass, backing vocals, guitar
  • Maury Baker – drums, percussion, organ

Sunshine and Shadows (June 1969)[edit]


  • "Pavane for My Lady" / "Zarathustra" (April 1968)
  • "Fields of People" / "March of the Mad Duke's Circus" (September 1968)


  1. ^ a b "Ars Nova | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved December 23, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Mick Houghton, Liner notes for Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973, p.35
  3. ^ Roxon, Lilian: Lilian Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia (Grossett and Dunlap, Universal Library Edition, 1971) ISBN 0-448-00255-8
  4. ^ "The Ups and Downs Along the Rocky Road of Rock". Life. June 28, 1968. Retrieved January 19, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Technicolor Web of Sound - 60s Psychedelic Internet Radio". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Obituaries : Bill Folwell" (PDF). p. 12. Retrieved December 23, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)