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Venue:
International House Philadelphia3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Sponsored by:
Friday, January 22, 2010 - 8:00pm

Ken Vandermark Septet performs the music of Don Cherry

Composer Portrait: Don Cherry

Ken Vandermark, reeds
Dave Rempis, saxophones
Jeb Bishop, trombone
Jason Adasciewicz, vibraphone
Pandelis Karayorgis, Fender Rhodes + piano / electronics
Nate McBride, el. bass + double-bass / electronics
Chad Taylor, drums

For this special appearance, MacArthur Fellow Ken Vandermark will premiere new arrangements of Don Cherry's "Brown Rice", which, in 1975, wedded Indian, African and Arabic music to the electrified jazz-rock innovations of Miles Davis; and “Complete Communion,” Cherry’s adventurous 1966 Blue Note Records debut now understood as one of the key accomplishments within the Free Jazz movement. Vandermark intends “not to replicate those pieces, but to use Cherry’s suite-like approach and apply it to a large ensemble.”

For the past 20 years, MacArthur Fellow 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 NRG Ensemble, DKV Trio, AALY, FME, Vandermark Quartet, Spaceways Inc. and School Days. 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, duets with the percussionists Tim Daisy and Paal Nilssen-Love, the Territory Band 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 Italian trio ZU, and the Resonance Ensemble, an international group featuring ten musicians from Poland, Sweden and the Ukraine.