Snapshots: Volume 3 | Brazil
""Now, for Snapshots Volume 3: Brazil, I pushed the material further by building trios, layering a second improvisation on top of the first, then listening to the result and reacting to it in real time in order to construct a third level of activity." -Ken Vandermark"
The Field Within a Line
"With his riveting performance in the inaugural Sequesterfest online festival in April 2020, Ken Vandermark inspired the Black Cross Solo Sessions. Already in the early days of lockdown, making good on the promise – or threat – of protracted off-road time, Vandermark had dedicated himself to the creation of a new book of works for solo reed instruments, which he debuted that day. The result of this watershed moment for the Chicago-based improvisor and composer was a body of works that reassert his seriousness and test his ability to reflect and reevaluate."
Snapshots: Volume 4 | Poland
"Kilogram Records is excited to present “Snapshots: Volume 4/Poland,” the final installment of Ken Vandermark’s series of limited edition, 7-inch singles of improvised solo music, released during 2021 and the first part of 2022."
Snapshots: Volume 1 | Japan
"This is the first edition of the Snapshots project, a series of four 7" singles of new solo music instigated by Ola Trzaska of Kilogram Records, which will be created and released during the course of 2021. With rare exception, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the music I was developing during 2020 was based on the solo format. I had just completed my first large scale solo album project in 5 years for the Corbett vs. Dempsey label called, The Field Within A Line, when Ola got in touch with the idea of organizing a singles series with me for her label."
Ken Vandermark & Barry Guy
"For British bassist Barry Guy the concert that produced this fine double disc package occurred at the end of a four day intensive residency in Krakow culminating in the premier of an ambitious new work by his Blue Shroud Band. While for Chicago reedman Ken Vandermark, the event was the final episode in two months on the road. But whether relief or exhaustion were the dominant feelings, neither resulted in any lowering of standards or resting on laurels. Occasional Poems captures in unvarnished fidelity both sets in their entirety from the storied Alchemia club before a packed and enthusiastic audience."
Ken Vandermark & C. Spencer Yeh
""But at the same time it’s not music that’s wry for wryness’s sake or diverse for diversity’s. Instead what Vandermark and Yeh manage to do in just under forty-five minutes is develop their own musical lexicon—challenging, harsh, playful, and emotional all at once—and with it shape a novel listening experience that asks no less than it gives.""
Ken Vandermark & Fred Lonberg-Holm
"Fred Lonberg-Holm and Ken Vandermark are like a small band on this album, tight, voluminous, ideally matched, often it seems as if the music was pre-composed (but all of it is freely improvised). The music is like a dance between a songbird (cello) and a belling deer (tenor saxophone), sometimes their energy literally collides. -Martin Schray, Free Jazz Blog"
Close Up (For Abbas Kiarostami)
Ken Vandermark & Lasse Marhaug
"While much of Close Up resides in tense spaces of extremity and contrast, there are moments of sudden unity—Vandermark and Marhaug falling into a pulse, nurturing each other’s half-hatched ideas, or stopping short together (Eric McDowell, Free Jazz Blog, December 7, 2016)"
Ken Vandermark & Mats Gustafsson
""Verses is a paean to instantaneity. Quite surprisingly, this is the first time that longtime confederates Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson have played as a duo. But what comes across from the first note is the utter certitude of their playing. There's never any question that each can make sense ofwhatever the other plays, and from this security comes the confidence to take some thrilling individual risks." —Bill Meyer, review in Downbeat"
All Directions Home
Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley
"All Directions Home wastes exactly no time getting going. The pairing is a fruitful one, with two bridging their deep interests in jazz history and tradition with their equally unique talents using extended techniques and crafting avant-garde compositions. Highly recommended (Lee Rice Epstein, The Free Jazz Collective)"