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Ken Vandermark

sax, cl, ts, *1964 US, Warwick, Rhode Island
Musician / Composer of Rock and Jazz

Born September 22, 1964 in Warwick, Rhode Island. 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. In addition to creating music, 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. Starting in April 2006, Ken has continued this work by co-directing the "Immediate Sound Series" with Mitch Cocanig at the Hideout. Since the fall of 2005 he has also been a member of Umbrella Music, a musician based group of organizers collaborating in Chicago. His work as a presenter led to the invitation to act as creative director for the ACME Festival, a four-day event held in Athens, Georgia, during April, 2004, which featured concerts and workshops involving 21 musicians from Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the United States. -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.

  • Saxophone
  • Clarinet
  • Tenor sax
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Bariton sax
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Electronic
  • Blues
  • Alternative
Popular Tracks   
Track and Field on Noise of Our Time by Various Artists
Diggin' That Harmolody on Kozmik Bazaar by Konstrukt & Ken Vandermark
V-2 Schneider on A Merge Group Plays "Heroes" by Various Artists
Semazen on Kozmik Bazaar by Konstrukt & Ken Vandermark
“Heroes” on A Merge Group Plays "Heroes" by Various Artists
East of West, West of East on Kozmik Bazaar by Konstrukt & Ken Vandermark
Abdulmajid on A Merge Group Plays "Heroes" by Various Artists
Sons of the Silent Age on A Merge Group Plays "Heroes" by Various Artists
Check Point on Noise of Our Time by Various Artists
When Tulips Were Gold on Last Train to the First Station by Various Artists

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Deeply Discounted II​ / ​Sequences Of SnowKen Vandermark & Nate Wooley2019Album
No-Exit CornerKen Vandermark / Klaus Kugel / Mark Tokar2018Album
Are We in Diego?Paul Rutherford, Ken Vandermark, Torsten Müller, Dylan Van Der Schyff2018Album
DuolKen Vandermark & Michael Snow2018Album
Noise Of Our TimeVWCR : Ken Vandermark · Nate Wooley · Sylvie Courvoisier · Tom Rainey2018Album
EscalatorKen Vandermark, Klaus Kugel, Mark Tokar2017Album
ShelterKen Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Jasper Stadhouders, Steve Heather2017Album
TriptychTim Daisy, Ken Vandermark, Michael Thieke2017Album
Momentum 2 & 3Ken Vandermark2017Album
Wired For SoundKen Vandermark / Marker2017Album
SplintersTerrie Hessels, Ken Vandermark2016Album
Burning Below ZeroDEK TRIO, Ken Vandermark, Elisabeth Harnik, Ddkern2016Album
Close Up (For Abbas Kiarostami)Lasse Marhaug & Ken Vandermark2016Single
Momentum 1: StoneKen Vandermark2016Album
Western AutomaticChicago Reed Quartet : Nick Mazzarella, Dave Rempis, Mars Williams, Ken Vandermark2015Album
Occasional PoemsBarry Guy / Ken Vandermark2015Album
ResistanceFredrick Lonberg-Holm, Ken Vandermark2015Album
Site Specific [2CD & Book]Ken Vandermark2015Album
All Directions HomeNate Wooley / Ken Vandermark2015Album
Trost Jukebox Series #2Sofia Jernberg & Christof Kurzmann / Martin Brandlmayr & Ken Vandermark2014Single
Parallax Sounds OSTKen Vandermark And David Grubbs2014Album
Nine Ways To Read A BridgeKen Vandermark Duos W/ Agustí Fernandez - Christof Kurzmann - Joe McPhee - Joe Morris Trios W/ Paul Lytton - Nate Wooley - Eddie Prévost - John Tilbury2014Album
East By NorthwestNate Wooley / Ken Vandermark2014Album
LacerbaMade To Break - Ken Vandermark / Christof Kurzmann / Devin Hoff / Tim Daisy2013Album
VersesKen Vandermark / Mats Gustafsson2013Album
Interacting FieldsKen Vandermark + Agustí Fernandez2013Album
The NowsPaul Lytton ˄ Nate Wooley + Ikue Mori & Ken Vandermark2012Album
OXAb Baars, Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love : Double Tandem2012Album
Abet?! አቤት?!Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Ab Baars, Paal Nilssen-Love2012Single
CementDouble Tandem - Ab Baars / Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love2012Album
Mark In The WaterKen Vandermark2011Album
Collected FictionKen Vandermark / Kent Kessler / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Nate McBride / Wilbert De Joode2009Album
ResonanceKen Vandermark2009Album
Fox FireKen Vandermark – Barry Guy – Mark Sanders2009Album
Goofy June BugAb Baars Trio & Ken Vandermark2008Album
Alive In LisbonMagnus Broo / Adam Lane / Paal Nilssen-Love / Ken Vandermark2008Single
RebusJoe Morris / Ken Vandermark / Luther Gray2007Album
Immediate SoundThe Thing with Ken Vandermark2007Album
4 CornersAdam Lane, Ken Vandermark, Magnus Broo, Paal Nilssen-Love2007Album
Foreground MusicKen Vandermark / Pandelis Karayorgis2007Album
CINCCinc - Paul Lytton / Ken Vandermark / Philipp Wachsmann2006Album
HoxhaPaul Rutherford / Ken Vandermark / Torsten Müller2005Album
IdeasKen Vandermark / Marcin Oleś / Bart Oleś2005Album
Brooklyn CantosGold Sparkle Band With Ken Vandermark2004Album
GambitTripleplay - Nate McBride, Curt Newton, Ken Vandermark2004Album
DuetsKen Vandermark, Brian Dibblee2003Album
Furniture MusicKen Vandermark2003Album
Two Days In DecemberTwo Days In December : Ken Vandermark / Raymond Strid / Sten Sandell / David Stackenäs / Kjell Nordeson2002Album
No Such ThingPandelis Karayorgis / Nate McBride / Ken Vandermark2001Album
The Perfect Little DoorPortastatic Featuring Ken Vandermark & Tim Mulvenna2001Album
I Wonder If I Was ScreamingAALY Trio With Ken Vandermark2000Album
Expansion SlangTripleplay - Nate McBride, Curt Newton, Ken Vandermark2000Album
English SuitesPaul Lytton / Ken Vandermark2000Album
Live At The Glenn Miller CafeAALY Trio + Ken Vandermark1999Album
Like RaysJoe Morris, Ken Vandermark, Hans Poppel1998Album
StumbleAALY Trio + Ken Vandermark1998Album
A Meeting In ChicagoJoe McPhee, Ken Vandermark & Kent Kessler1997Album
Hidden In The StomachAALY Trio + Ken Vandermark1997Album
Utility HitterKen Vandermark, Barrage Double Trio1996Album
StandardsKen Vandermark1995Album
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