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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance 251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Friday, July 17, 2009 - 8:00pm

Ab Baars Trio & Ken Vandermark

Ab Baars, tenor saxophone + clarinet + shakuhachi
Ken Vandermark, tenor saxophone + clarinet
Wilbert de Joode, double-bass
Martin van Duynhoven, drums

"One of the celebrated players on the Dutch jazz scene, saxophonist Ab Baars is a member of the famed ICP Orchestra. He has also worked with Ig Henneman, George Lewis, and Anthony Braxton. Baars' trio, with bassist Wilbert de Joode and drummer Martin van Duynhoven, has released numerous acclaimed CDs including Goofy June Bug (Wig) featuring his new collaboration with Ken Vandermark. To this day, Baars has worked with improvisers such as Han Bennink, Jaap Blonk, Alberto Braida, John Carter, The Ex, Cor Fuhler, Ben Goldberg, Tristan Honsinger, François Houle, Michael Moore, Sunny Murray, Sonic Youth, Cecil Taylor, Wolter Wierbos, Michiyo Yagi, poets H.C. ten Berge and Diane Régimbald, dancers Beppie Blankert, Hisako Horikawa, Masako Noguchi and Katie Duck's Magpie Company.

For the past 20 years, Ken Vandermark has been exploring and working to expand the possibilities of improvised and composed music in North America and Europe. Since moving to Chicago from Boston in 1989, he's performed 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, Witches & Devils, 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 Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Sonore, and separate duos with the percussionists Tim Daisy and Paal Nilssen-Love, the Territory Band, CINC, and Free Fall. Upcoming projects include iTi (with Johannes Bauer, Thomas Lehn, Paal Nilssen-Love), Lean Left (with Terrie Ex, Andy Moor, Paal Nilssen Love), a collaboration with the group ZU, and the Resonance Ensemble (an international group featuring ten musicians from Poland, Sweden, the Ukraine, and the United States). Vandermark is a recipient of a MacArthur "genius" Award."