Music Program

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

$12 general, $8 members/students/seniors

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Resurrection Music presents:

Vandermark 5

Ken Vandermark (tenor sax)
Dave Rempis (alto/baritone sax)
Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello)
Kent Kessler (contrabass)
Tim Daisy (drums)

Since moving to Chicago from Boston in 1989, he's played and recorded in a variety of contexts, and with many internationally renowned musicians. Past groups of significance include the NRG Ensemble, the DKV Trio, AALY, FME, the Vandermark Quartet, Spaceways Inc., School Days, Cinghiale, Steam, and Caffeine. Currently, the majority of his work as a composer and improviser has been directed toward the Vandermark 5, Powerhouse Sound, the Frame Quartet, the Territory Band, Free Fall, and the Resonance Ensemble. In addition, he performs on a regular basis with the total improvisation units Sonore, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, separate duos with the percussionists Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy, Lean Left, and iTi. In December of 2008 he recorded his first soundtrack, for the documentary film, Roads of Water, directed by Augusto Contento.

Ken has made many significant and highly respected contributions to both the local and international jazz/improvised music scenes through organizing concerts in Chicago and sponsoring North American tours with various ensembles. In 1996, he and writer John Corbett began organizing the Empty Bottle "Wednesday Night Jazz Series," concerts that brought musicians from Chicago, North America, and Europe to audiences on a weekly basis for nearly a decade. From April 2006 to October 2008, he continued this work by co-directing the "Immediate Sound Series" with Mitch Cocanig at the Hideout; and since the autumn of 2005 he has been a member of Umbrella Music, a musician based group of organizers collaborating in Chicago, which is currently preparing its fourth intercontinental music festival for Jazz and Improvised Music.

He spends more than half of each year on the road, working on a regular basis in North America, Europe, and Japan. Both his performances and recordings have been critically acclaimed by the international music community.

  • Was selected as a MacArthur Fellow in 1999.
  • One of the "Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts, 1994" (Chicago Tribune, January 1, 1995) for the Vandermark Quartet.
  • Selected as one of the "25 For The Future," the most significant improvising musicians under the age of 40 by Down Beat Magazine, June 1998.
  • In 2004, was named one of the "Musicians Of The Year" by All About Jazz, New York.
  • Picked as one of Chicago's 40 Cultural Heroes by Time Out magazine in September 2008.