“moving forward after 'Autumn Songs’ (Wig 22) the duo now chooses spring as their muse 'Canzoni di Primavera’ ”
Keep Your Options Open II (Option Mixtape 2017)
“In celebration of the 2018 OPTION season, Experimental Sound Studio has released a special, limited edition mixtape CD that highlights some of the best improvisers working today from around the world. This compilation showcases the breadth and diversity of improvised and creative music with rising starts like Lea Bertucci, Katinka Kleijn, Ben LaMar Gay, Matchess, The Few and Charmaine Lee as well as veterans of free jazz (Mats Gustafsson, Antonio Borghini, Tim Daisy, Jeremiah Cymerman, Curt Newton, and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten). These live sets from the 2017 OPTION season were beautifully mixed and mastered by our head engineer, Alex Inglizian. By purchasing a mixtape, you are supporting Experimental Sound Studio, the OPTION programming, and keeping creative music alive and thriving in Chicago.
All proceeds go to the Option Series and the musicians involved in the mixtape. ”
And She Speaks - A Collection of Ballads
Jaap Blonk & Terrie Ex
Mats Gustafsson & Alfred Vogel
Blow + Beat
Greg Saunier, Mary Halvorson, Ron Miles
The New American Songbooks Vol. 1
Momentum 2 & 3 : Brüllt and Monster Roster
“Unlike the first volume, which was comprised of 6 CDs of completely improvised music that took place in concert at The Stone in New York City during January of 2016, "Momentum 2: Brüllt" and "Momentum 3: Monster Roster" is a double CD of two studio productions inspired by materials from outside the field of improvised music. Momentum 2 takes its starting place from Tristan Tzara's poem, "Brüllt," and Jaap Blonk's interpretation of it on his album, "Flux De Bouche." Momentum 3 is a piece of music commissioned to celebrate the "Monster Roster" art exhibit of Chicago artists from the post-World War II era, which took place at the Smart Museum during the first half of 2016.”
Wired For Sound
"[Vandermark's] fiery quintet Marker features a superb group of young players bursting with potential: electric guitarists Andrew Clinkman and Steve Marquette, drummer Phil Sudderberg, and violinist/keyboardist Macie Stewart. They’ve collectively delivered something riveting on Maker’s debut, Wired for Sound (Audiographic)."
-Peter Margasak, "The Chicago Reader," February 1, 2018
Vandermark has devised a performance system that not only employs variable order through collage, but has added superimposition to the structuring of material to create another layer of possibility for the organization of the pieces. The music of Marker expands the conventional orchestration for an improvising quintet, and is deeply inspired by Bernie Worrell's keyboard work with Parliament Funkadelic and Talking Heads, contemporary classical music, the guitar work of post-punk groups like Wire and The Ex, and groove methodologies from Brazil, Afro-Beat, and funk.