Momentum 5 - Stammer (Triptych)
"Composer and reedist Ken Vandermark premiers an ambitious new large ensemble project featuring musicians drawn from across a wide swath of the current improvised and experimental music scenes. Called, "Momentum 5: Stammer (triptych)," it is the fifth installment in his ongoing Momentum series, and the first specifically organized to utilize visual materials. The composition is inspired in part by Alvin Lucier's piece, "I Am Sitting in a Room," and Tony Conrad's, "Film Feedback.""
Consequent Duos: series 2d
Fred Lonberg-Holm & Ken Vandermark
"This new recording reveals a completely different set of improvisational concerns and makes a remarkable counterweight to their first duo release, "Resistance," with a range of intensities and instrumentation between the two musicians that is remarkable."
Consequent Duos: series 2c
Ikue Mori & Ken Vandermark
"The music, though completely improvised, has a highly detailed, formal architecture that runs throughout its 38 minutes. The material unfolds with a true sense of surprise and risk, as it does on each occasion that Mori and Vandermark work together."
Consequent Duos: Series 2e
Christof Kurzmann & Ken Vandermark
"Audiographic Records presents volume five of “Consequent Duos: series 2” on its Systems vs. Artifacts digital album imprint- an incredible recording from Christof Kurzmann and Ken Vandermark from their performance at the Hideout in Chicago, from April 30, 2014."
Vandermark / Drake / Trovalusci / Ceccarelli
""Open Border is a beautiful, truly collaborative project between Ken Vandermark on reed instruments, Luigi Ceccarelli on electronics, Hamid Drake on drums and Gianni Trovalusci on flutes... Interplay between Drake and Vandermark stellar as always, as is the light and fluid section for flute and electronic sound, and graceful spoken vocalization leading everyone to come together for a elegant and memorable conclusion. This was a unique and very enjoyable album, taking three stellar instrumentalists and adding Ceccarelli to create electronic sound and process the other band members playing in real time to create a vibrant and rich performance that continuously moves in dynamic and spontaneous ways." -Tim Niland, Music and More, April 4, 2020"
Consequent Duos: series 2a
Tim Daisy & Ken Vandermark
"Recorded in August of 2011 at a concert at the Hungry Brain in Chicago, this document showcases these two frequent collaborators (Vandermark 5, Resonance Ensemble, Made To Break) working at the height of their musical abilities. "
Consequent Duos: series 2b
Joe Morris & Ken Vandermark
"Morris’ impact on Vandermark’s creative path goes back to the mid-1980s, when he heard Joe perform in Boston on a regular basis with the Joe Morris Trio and his group Sweatshop. Those ensembles set a standard for musical exploration and excellence that Ken still seeks to achieve with his own ensembles today."
""Thanks Marker, you’ve just delivered a classic." ***** Gustav Lindquist, The Free Jazz Collective, March 6, 2019 Their third album, New Industries, is a double CD comprised of studio and live versions of a dozen new compositions by Vandermark. The studio album was recorded in Chicago at Experimental Sound Studio on July 15th, 2018, directly after Marker's tour of the Midwest; the live album is a document made of their July 12th performance at Milwaukee's Sugar Maple. The combination of both recordings provides listeners an opportunity to hear the compositional strategies of the music truly come into play. Not only is the music improvised within individual pieces, the spontaneous narrative between each is altered by the way that these compositions are sequenced and layered."