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The Resonance Ensemble
Double Arc

Album PL 2015 on Not Two Records label
Jazz (Avant-garde Jazz, Big Band, Free Jazz)

The work of composing rehearsing, and performing Double Arc took place in November, 2013. Now, more than a year and a half later, I am writing the liner notes to complete the last aspect of the project. The extended distance in time between the recording and mixing/mastering of the musi gave me a different perspective toward the material than I have for most albums. Working on now — 19 months after the performance was documented at the Manggha Culture Center in Krakow — what strikes me most is that this piece seems to be my Pierrot le Fou. No insult intende toward Jean-Luc Godard by comparing his work to mine but, as that film can be seen as a such motion of ideas and filmic strategies that he had developed up until that point, Double Arc can be heard as taking similar place within my own creative development. It is the longest piece I’ve written since Collide, for the Territory Band and Fred Anderson in the summer of 2006. Like that composition, Double Arc features a guest joining an established ensemble- in this case the incomparable Christof Kurzmann performing on lloopp. Over the course of an hour it is possible to hear my interests in the variety of genres that had influenced me most until that stage: soundtracks from American action films of the 1970s (The French Connection [composed by Don Ellis], The Taking of Pelham 123 [composed by David Shire]); the early period of the New York School composers (John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff); the work of the “Midwest School” of improvising composers based in Chicago and St. Louis in the late 1960 through mid 1970s (particularly that of Julius Hemphill); the free jazz of the 1960s (both in America and Europe); 70s funk from the United States, Nigeria, and Ghana; “free improvisation” languages developed in Europe during the 1970s and 80s; the arrangements that Gil Evans created for Mile Davis in the 1950s. Though unintentional at the time it was composed, hearing Double Arc now with an objectivity provided by the year and a half between its creation and completion, it is evident to me that in many ways Double Arc can be perceived as a collection of genre studies (I am hoping that is also much more than this). it is a concerto written for the creative brilliance of Christof Kurzmann, who did much, much more than rise to the challenges that I presented him. It is the final statment by a collection of outstanding musicians and improvisers who had worked together for more than six years. It is also me, turning around from the front seat of the piece, like Jean-Paul Belmondo, in Pierrot le Fou, looking back at myself and stating, All I think about is fun.” That made it clear to me that its time for the next steps and the next work. Double Arc is dedicated to Witold Lutoslawski, one of my favorite composers. In the fall of 1989, when I first moved to Chicago from Boston, I was up late one night and alone, listening to his Cello Concerto. On that evening the opening cello pedal and its course of development throughout Lutoslawski’s piece indicated the compositional path I should take was one that constructed material from gestures, not from notes. — KEN VANDERMARK, Chicago, June 15, 2015

PortraitThe Resonance Ensemble , PL
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PortraitMikołaj Trzaska as, bcl, *1966 PL
alto saxophone, bass clarinet
PortraitDave Rempis as, sax, ts, *1975 US
alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
PortraitKen Vandermark sax, cl, ts, *1964 US
baritone saxophone, liner notes, composed by, mixed by, clarinet, bb
PortraitMark Tokar cb, *1974 UA
PortraitWacław Zimpel cl, acl, bcl, *1983 PL
alto clarinet, clarinet, bb
PortraitMichael Zerang dr, perc, *1958 US
PortraitTim Daisy dr, *1976 US
PortraitChristof Kurzmann voc, *1963 AT
electronics, lloopp
PortraitSteve Swell tb, *1954 US
PortraitMagnus Broo tr, *1965 SE
PortraitPer Åke Holmlander tu, *1957 SE
Marek Wajda cover
Robert Weston mixed by, mastered by
Krzysztof Penarski photography by
Marek Winiarski producer
Rafal Drewniany recorded by
Album Tracks
No Title Artist Composer Duration
1Arc OneThe Resonance Ensemble
2Section AThe Resonance Ensemble5:00
3Section BThe Resonance Ensemble4:44
4Section CThe Resonance Ensemble4:56
5Section DThe Resonance Ensemble2:59
6Section EThe Resonance Ensemble7:57
7Section FThe Resonance Ensemble2:06
8Section GThe Resonance Ensemble9:09
9Section HThe Resonance Ensemble6:05
10Arc TwoThe Resonance Ensemble
11Section AThe Resonance Ensemble2:46
12Section BThe Resonance Ensemble4:52
13Section CThe Resonance Ensemble2:31
14Section DThe Resonance Ensemble4:46
15Section EThe Resonance Ensemble2:10
16Section FThe Resonance Ensemble3:19
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