KEN VANDERMARK

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Ken Vandermark (born September 22, 1964 in Warwick, Rhode Island) is an American jazz composer/arranger and saxophone and clarinet player.

He grew up in Massachusetts, graduating from Natick High School. He performed and led groups while in high school and at McGill University in Montreal which he attended from 1982 to 1986. He is mostly self-taught as a musician, but studied intermittently with George Garzone in the early 1980s.

Returning to the Boston area after graduation, he led or co-led groups (including Lombard Street and Mr. Furious) in Boston. Compositions/arrangements for the Boston-based groups set the groundwork for and predicted approaches to recordings and live performances developed in Chicago. Although a trio, Lombard Street incorporated “suite forms” characteristic of later arrangements for groups of both substantial and limited instrumentation. Vandermark’s “dedication pieces” are found first in Lombard Street performances, as in the case of “The Politics of Sound,” which was
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Not Two 2015
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KEN VANDERMARK Big Head Eddie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Head Eddie
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
KEN VANDERMARK Solid Action album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solid Action
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
KEN VANDERMARK Standards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Standards
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
KEN VANDERMARK Single Piece Flow album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Single Piece Flow
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
KEN VANDERMARK Real Time (as Steam) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Real Time (as Steam)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
KEN VANDERMARK AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark ‎: Hidden In The Stomach album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark ‎: Hidden In The Stomach
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
KEN VANDERMARK Target or Flag album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Target or Flag
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
KEN VANDERMARK Simpatico album cover 4.08 | 6 ratings
Simpatico
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
KEN VANDERMARK Design In Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Design In Time
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark's Joe Harriott Project ‎: Straight Lines album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark's Joe Harriott Project ‎: Straight Lines
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
KEN VANDERMARK Thirteen Cosmic Standards by Sun Ra & Funkadelic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thirteen Cosmic Standards by Sun Ra & Funkadelic
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
KEN VANDERMARK AALY Trio with Ken Vandermark : I Wonder If I Was Screaming album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
AALY Trio with Ken Vandermark : I Wonder If I Was Screaming
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
KEN VANDERMARK Burn the Incline album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Burn the Incline
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
KEN VANDERMARK Acoustic Machine album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Acoustic Machine
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
KEN VANDERMARK Two Days in December album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two Days in December
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
KEN VANDERMARK Furniture Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Furniture Music
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
KEN VANDERMARK Airports for Light album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Airports for Light
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
KEN VANDERMARK Duets (with Brian Dibblee) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Duets (with Brian Dibblee)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
KEN VANDERMARK Elements of Style...Exercises in Surprise album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
Elements of Style...Exercises in Surprise
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
KEN VANDERMARK Tripleplay : Gambit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tripleplay : Gambit
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
KEN VANDERMARK Ideas (with Marcin Oles and Bartlomiej Brat Oles) album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Ideas (with Marcin Oles and Bartlomiej Brat Oles)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
KEN VANDERMARK The Color of Memory album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Color of Memory
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
KEN VANDERMARK A Discontinuous Line album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
A Discontinuous Line
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
KEN VANDERMARK Journal (as Bridge 61) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Journal (as Bridge 61)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
KEN VANDERMARK Seven (with Paal Nilssen-Love) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Seven (with Paal Nilssen-Love)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
KEN VANDERMARK Gate (as Sound in Action Trio) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gate (as Sound in Action Trio)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
KEN VANDERMARK Foreground Music (with Pandelis Karayorgis) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Foreground Music (with Pandelis Karayorgis)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
KEN VANDERMARK Oslo/Chicago: Breaks (as Powerhouse Sound) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oslo/Chicago: Breaks (as Powerhouse Sound)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
KEN VANDERMARK Beat Reader album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Beat Reader
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
KEN VANDERMARK Collected Fiction album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collected Fiction
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
KEN VANDERMARK Fox Fire album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Fox Fire
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
KEN VANDERMARK Collected Fiction (with Kent Kessler / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Nate McBride / Wilbert De Joode) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collected Fiction (with Kent Kessler / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Nate McBride / Wilbert De Joode)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
KEN VANDERMARK Side A - A New Margin album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Side A - A New Margin
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
KEN VANDERMARK Strade d'Acqua / Roads of Water album cover 3.18 | 2 ratings
Strade d'Acqua / Roads of Water
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2011
KEN VANDERMARK Platform 1 : Takes Off album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Platform 1 : Takes Off
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love ‎: Letter To A Stranger album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love ‎: Letter To A Stranger
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark's Topology Nonet Featuring Joe McPhee ‎: Impressions Of PO Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark's Topology Nonet Featuring Joe McPhee ‎: Impressions Of PO Music
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson : Verses album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson : Verses
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
KEN VANDERMARK Fire Room : Second Breath album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fire Room : Second Breath
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
KEN VANDERMARK The Margots : Pescado album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The Margots : Pescado
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2013
KEN VANDERMARK Head Above the Water / Feet Out of the Fire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Head Above the Water / Feet Out of the Fire
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
KEN VANDERMARK Pipeline album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pipeline
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark & David Grubbs : Parallax Sounds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark & David Grubbs : Parallax Sounds
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2014
KEN VANDERMARK Made To Break : Cherchez La Femme album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Made To Break : Cherchez La Femme
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
KEN VANDERMARK Made To Break : Before The Code album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Made To Break : Before The Code
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
KEN VANDERMARK Shelter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shelter
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
KEN VANDERMARK VWCR [Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Sylvie Courvoisier, Tom Rainey] : Noise Of Our Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
VWCR [Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Sylvie Courvoisier, Tom Rainey] : Noise Of Our Time
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
KEN VANDERMARK Details In The Air : Open Containers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Details In The Air : Open Containers
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark & Terrie Ex : Scaffolding album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark & Terrie Ex : Scaffolding
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2019
KEN VANDERMARK Momentum 2 & 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Momentum 2 & 3
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019
KEN VANDERMARK Made to Break : F4 Fake album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Made to Break : F4 Fake
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019

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KEN VANDERMARK live albums

KEN VANDERMARK Drink, Don't Drown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Drink, Don't Drown
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
KEN VANDERMARK AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark : Stumble album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark : Stumble
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
KEN VANDERMARK AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark : Live At The Glenn Miller Cafe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark : Live At The Glenn Miller Cafe
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
KEN VANDERMARK Thinking on One's Feet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thinking on One's Feet
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
KEN VANDERMARK Free Jazz Classics Vols. 1 & 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free Jazz Classics Vols. 1 & 2
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
KEN VANDERMARK Free Jazz Classics Vols. 3 & 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free Jazz Classics Vols. 3 & 4
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
KEN VANDERMARK Underground album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Underground
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
KEN VANDERMARK Alchemia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alchemia
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
KEN VANDERMARK The Vandermark 5 : Four Sides To The Story album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Vandermark 5 : Four Sides To The Story
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
KEN VANDERMARK Resonance album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Resonance
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
KEN VANDERMARK Annular Gift album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Annular Gift
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
KEN VANDERMARK Artifact: iTi Live In St Johann album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Artifact: iTi Live In St Johann
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
KEN VANDERMARK The Horse Jumps & The Ship Is Gone album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
The Horse Jumps & The Ship Is Gone
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
KEN VANDERMARK Kafka in Flight (as Resonance) album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Kafka in Flight (as Resonance)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
KEN VANDERMARK Mark In The Water album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Mark In The Water
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark, Agustí Fernández : Interacting Fields album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark, Agustí Fernández : Interacting Fields
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
KEN VANDERMARK Made To Break : Provoke album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Made To Break : Provoke
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
KEN VANDERMARK Made To Break - Ken Vandermark / Christof Kurzmann / Devin Hoff / Tim Daisy ‎: Lacerba album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Made To Break - Ken Vandermark / Christof Kurzmann / Devin Hoff / Tim Daisy ‎: Lacerba
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
KEN VANDERMARK Vandermark / Nilssen-Love Duo : Lightning Over Water album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vandermark / Nilssen-Love Duo : Lightning Over Water
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark, Håvard Wiik, Chad Taylor : Side A - In The Abstract album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark, Håvard Wiik, Chad Taylor : Side A - In The Abstract
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
KEN VANDERMARK Nine ways To Reach the Bridge (6 CD box) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nine ways To Reach the Bridge (6 CD box)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love : Extended Duos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love : Extended Duos
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
KEN VANDERMARK The Resonance Ensemble : Double Arc album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Resonance Ensemble : Double Arc
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love ‎: The Lions Have Eaten One Of The Guards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love ‎: The Lions Have Eaten One Of The Guards
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
KEN VANDERMARK Site Specific album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Site Specific
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
KEN VANDERMARK Made To Break : N N N album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Made To Break : N N N
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
KEN VANDERMARK Momentum 1: Stone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Momentum 1: Stone
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
KEN VANDERMARK Made To Break : Before The Code - Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Made To Break : Before The Code - Live
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
KEN VANDERMARK Made To Break : Dispatch To The Sea album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Made To Break : Dispatch To The Sea
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark, Klaus Kugel, Mark Tokar : Escalator album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark, Klaus Kugel, Mark Tokar : Escalator
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
KEN VANDERMARK Vandermark & Snow : Duol album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vandermark & Snow : Duol
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark / Klaus Kugel / Mark Tokar : No​-​Exit Corner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark / Klaus Kugel / Mark Tokar : No​-​Exit Corner
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
KEN VANDERMARK Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love : Screen Off album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love : Screen Off
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019
KEN VANDERMARK Momentum 4 : Consequent Duos 2015>2019 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Momentum 4 : Consequent Duos 2015>2019
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019

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KEN VANDERMARK Resonance (Complete) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Resonance (Complete)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009

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KEN VANDERMARK Strade d'Acqua / Roads of Water

Album · 2011 · Jazz Related Soundtracks
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Knowing him so fervent and prodigal (probably more than any among us), I find Vandermark to be surprisingly tempered on this album. None of the other new releases (the new Resonance tenure, Reed Trio) would showcase something strikingly offbeat - and since this was recorded back in 2008, there's even more bitter music it stands apart from (the volumes with Nilssen-Love, Lean Left, Sonore etc.) - but Strade d'Acqua, his very first OST, is indeed of a different vibe and eloquence, in mild, rustic or (in comes the obvious pun) sticking to the script ways.

The Predella Group features Jeb Bishop, Tim Daisy or Fred Lonberg-Holm, to name but the familiar faces from Vandermark's entourage. The jazz is - I must be using this word for the third time already - surprisingly traditional, almost composition-based, not quite under old free-form beliefs, but more about essences, with drops of sounds and sequences. Group coordination has here a totally different meaning: voices that are doubled, parallelisms, one instrument taking on another, strings of dialogues.

There is an often cardinal ambiance, developing much later: tribal tinges with fine, crawling dissonances ("Further") or straightforward experimental sounds and noises ("Signals"); clean harmonics and brass moaning on a single brake drum beat ("Sieve of the Soul"); superimposing light, mysterious tones, dozingly hummed by the bass, grainly fretted at the chimes, pensively whistled at the clarinet ("Austral Cartography").

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