1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Ken Vandermark’s Made To Break

Ars Nova Workshop Presents

Ken Vandermark’s Made To Break

Mon, April 4, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Ken Vandermark’s Made To Break
Ken Vandermark’s Made To Break
Ken Vandermark, reeds
Christof Kurzmann, electronics
Jasper Stadhouders, bass
Tim Daisy, drums

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present Made to Break, saxophonist Ken Vandermark’s most recent and most unhinged offering in years.

Vandermark formed Made to Break in 2011 to coincide with the 3rd annual Okka Festival. The quartet’s overarching concept was to explore modular forms with multiple moving parts—“a compositional framework that can be restructured for every performance.” Vandermark writes in the liner notes to 2013’s Provoke LP (Clean Feed), “The material is organized to demand listening and improvising on as many concurrent levels as possible. The music of Made to Break is a form of problem-solving in real time, expressed with sound."

Vandermark infuses Cagean controlled chance operations and rhythmic concepts Vandermark explored within the funk- and soul-indebted Powerhouse Sound into Made to Break. Of the quartet’s 2014 sophomore release Cherchez la Femme, Bill Meyer of Dusted writes, “While the Powerhouse Sound filled the spaces between the beats with fast-moving clouds of noise, in Made To Break those gaps are one of the places where you can find the more detailed, disorienting, and elusive [moments]. This is a great record to play over and over in you are the sort of listener who likes to solve puzzles.”

Multi-reedist Ken Vandermark (B. 1964, Warwick, Rhode Island) has been investigating cutting-edge improvisational strategies within a vast array of musical contexts for nearly 30 years now. He’s been a vital link between the Chicago and European improvising communities, particularly Scandinavian players like Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love, and Lasse Marhaug. In 1999, he was awarded the MacArthur prize for music.

Percussionist Tim Daisy has been an active member of Chicago’s creative music community since 1997. In addition to performing with his own bands, Vox Arcana and Group 4-34, he performs in groups with Dave Rempis, Jason Adasiewicz, James Falzone, Jeb Bishop, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Michael Zerang.

Austrian-born, Buenos Aires-based multi-instrumentalist, laptop musician, and curator Christof Kurzmann vacillates uneasily between more and less recognizable forms of improvisation. Kurzmann has worked closely with John Butcher, Andrea Neumann, Marina Rosenfeld, and Michael Thieke, among others. In 1999, he founded the label, Charhizma, which has released more than 30 CDs since its inception.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147