Vandermark’s relationship with the festival started in 2005, when The Vandermark Five performed at what was then Autumn With Not Two Records. Another memorable moment was Vandermark performing with his project Resonance (where he shared the stage with another one of this year’s Krakow Jazz Autumn’s residents, Per Åke Holmlander).
This time around, Vandermark will be accompanied by a stunning number of ten musicians: Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen, two British improvised music legends – drummer Eddie Prévost and pianist John Tilbury, as well as bassist John Edwards, drummer Steve Noble, John Butcher on reeds, trumpeter Nate Wooley, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, pianist and composer Ikue Mori, drummer Hamid Drake and bassist Kent Kessler.
The mysteriously named project The Unexpectable remains a secret, as Vandermark himself intended. We will however have as many as four days (from November 7th through 11th) to discover Ken and his companions’ artistic design. The residency will consist of smaller shows and the final concert. The first evening at Alchemia (November 7th) will see two duets: Vandermark and Wooley, and Noble and Rasmussen. Japanese artist Ikue Mori will perform solo. This gifted musician’s early musical career is associated with no wave and the band DNA, where she performed with Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright. On the second night we’ll hear Mette Rasmussen, as well as John Butcher and Nate Wooley. Mori, Noble and Vandermark will perform as a trio.
All fans of improvised music should definitely book tickets for the last day of the residence. On November 11th, members of the influential legendary British group AMM – Eddie Prévost and John Tilbury – will be hitting the stage with Ken Vandermark. Prévost, 75, is a drummer and percussionist, one of the founding members of AMM. The pianist John Tilbury, an outstanding interpreter of Morton Feldman’s work, joined the band in 1980, as did cellist Rohan de Saram. During the course of AMM’s lifetime, the band has seen collaborations with such notable musicians as Evan Parker, John Butcher, Lawrence Sheaff and Christopher Hobbs. Their bold and approach to sound fascinated critics and listeners alike, and made AMM seminal figures in improvised music and electro-acoustic improvisation, inspiring subsequent generations of musicians.
Today there are not many chances to hear Eddie Prévost and John Tilbury perform live. The Krakow performance will be a rare opportunity to attend a concert of two outstanding, acclaimed British musicians. The evening will end with a performance of DKV trio (Drake / Kessler / Vandermark) featuring another legend of the jazz and improvised music scene– the trio will be joined by Joe Phee.
KEN VANDERMARK RESIDENCY
Mette Rasmussen (DNK) – saxes
Eddie Prévost (GBR) – drums
John Tilbury (GBR) – piano
Steve Noble (GBR) – drums
John Butcher (GBR) – reeds
Nate Wooley (USA) – trumpet
Joe McPhee (USA) – tenor sax, pocket trumpet
Ikue Mori (JPN) – piano
Hamid Drake (USA) – drums
Kent Kessler (USA) – bass
- Dates: 7-11.11.2017
- Venues: HEVRE 7.11., ALCHEMIA 8-10.11., MANGGHA: 11.11.
- Time: 8 pm
- Ticket prices: HEVRE, ALCHEMIA 30/40 PLN, MANGGHA 50/60 PLN
- Ticket for all shows: 140 PLN
set 1: Ken Vandermark / Nate Wooley duo
set 2: Ikue Mori solo
set 3: Steve Noble/ Mette Rasmussen duo
set 1: Mette Rasmussen solo
set 2: John Butcher / Nate Wooley duo
set 3: Ikue Mori / Steve Noble / Ken Vandermark trio
set 1: Joe McPhee solo
set 2: John Butcher / Ken Vandermark duo
set 3: Kent Kessler / Steve Noble / Mette Rasmussen / Nate Wooley quartet
set 1: Kent Kessler / Joe McPhee duo
set 2: John Butcher / John Tilbury duo
set 3: Hamid Drake / Eddie Prévost / Ken Vandermark trio
set 1: Eddie Prévost / John Tilbury / Ken Vandermark trio
set 2: DKV & Joe McPhee