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Blonk, Jaap / Lou Mallozzi / Ken Vandermark: Improvisers (Kontrans)

The eighth release in the Kontrans "Improvisers" series is a live recording from Elastic Arts, in Chicago in 2019 from the trio of Jaap Blonk on voice & electronics, Lou Mallozzi on turntables, cds, mixer, microphone & organ pipes, and Ken Vandermark on clarinet, bass clarinet, & tenor & baritone saxophones, in a uniquely quirky, exuberant and extraordinary set of improvisations.
 

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UPC: 8713897904666

Label: Kontrans
Catalog ID: 367
Squidco Product Code: 29823

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Elastic Arts, in Chicago, Illinois, November 21, 2019, by David Zuchowski.


Personnel:

Jaap Blonk-voice, electronics

Lou Mallozzi-turntables, cds, mixer, microphone, organ pipes

Ken Vandermark-clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

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Artist Biographies:

"Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet.He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies.In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music.A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds.From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well.He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual work and poetry.

As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.

Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin, for the Ars Electronica Festival.

Blonk's work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays.He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, as well as visual poetry, which is being exhibited.

He has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 25 releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on various labels, such as Staalplaat, Basta, VICTO, Ecstatic Peace, Monotype Records, Terp and Elegua Records.His book/CD 'Traces of Speech' was published in 2012 by Hybriden-Verlag, Berlin. Forthcoming is a sequel with the title "Traces of Cookery".A comprehensive collection of his sound poetry came out as a book with 2 CDs in 2013, entitled "KLINKT"."

-Jaap Blonk Website (http://www.jaapblonk.com/Pages/biography.html)
5/5/2021

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"Lou Mallozzi is a Chicago-based artist known primarily for his work in sound, often with a focus on dismembering and reconstituting language, gesture, and signification. His work includes performances, installations, music works, recordings, and radio works. In addition, he has a visual art practice that includes drawing and other media. He has performed and exhibited in the U.S. and Europe, including projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Arts Club in Chicago, the Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University Bloomington, Experimental Intermedia New York, "Le Cri du Patchwork" on Radio France, Ausland Berlin, Podewil Berlin, TUBE Audio Art Series Munich, and the Radiorevolten Festival Halle. In addition to his solo works, Mallozzi often collaborates with artists, filmmakers and musicians. These have included Sandra Binion, Michael Vorfeld, Alessandro Bosetti, Michael Zerang, Frédéric Moffet, Antonia Contro, Jacques Demierre, Vincent Barras, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Charlotte Hug, Jaap Blonk, Vincent Raude, and many others. He has received support for his work that includes several fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, and artist residencies through the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Chicago-Lucerne Sister Cities Program, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, Ragdale Foundation, and Spritzenhaus Hamburg. He is on the faculty of the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is co-founder and director emeritus of Experimental Sound Studio."

-Lou Mallozzi Website (http://loumallozzi.com/page/1-Bio.html)
5/5/2021

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"Born in Warwick, Rhode Island on September 22nd, 1964, Ken Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Communications from McGill University during the spring of 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990's onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts, with many internationally renowned musicians (such as Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake, Terrie Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Andy Moor, Joe Morris, and Nate Wooley). His current activity includes work with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio, and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy; in addition, he is the music director of the experimental Pop band, The Margots. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America, and Japan, and his concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone. In 1999 he was awarded the MacArthur prize for music."

-Ken Vandermark Website (http://kenvandermark.com/2013/10/made-to-break-biography/)
5/5/2021

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track listing:


1. Izzm Akoolll 7:42

2. Aarr Bienn 5:30

3. Mooivirrk 9:30

4. Zkradenn Vaa 8:37

5. Olo Zzaak Llib 6:20

6. Deivooa Brimm 9:11
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The eighth release in the Kontrans 'improvisors' series: three unique voices in improvised music creating a wonderfully spontaneous and intense amalgam of acoustic and electronic sounds."-Kontrans

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(Balance Point Acoustics / kontrans)
Schindler, Udo / Jaap Blonk
Lakefront Discussions
(FMR)
Stewart, Luke Exposure Quintet
[VINYL 2 LPs]
(Astral Spirits)
Artaud, Antonin (Jaap Blonk)
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(Kontrans)
Blonk's, Jaap Retirement Overdue (w/ Petruccelli / Stadhouders / Rosaly)
New Start [2 CDs]
(Kontrans)
Various Artists (Barry Guy/Joelle Leandre/Rafal Mazur/Paal Nilssen-Love/Zlatko Kaucic/Agusti Fernandez/Mats Gustafsson/Ken Vandermark/Mikolaj Trzaska/Peter Brotzmann/Steve Swell/Per Ake Holmlander/Maya Homburger)
Not Two... But Twenty [5 CDs in Wooden Box]
(Not Two)
Vandermark / Drake / Trovalusci / Ceccarelli
Open Border [VINYL w/DOWNLOAD]
(Audiographic Records)
Gregorio, Guillermo
Faktura
(Hat [now] ART)
Blonk, Jaap / Damon Smith
Hugo Ball: Sechs Laut- Und Klanggedichte 1916 (Six Sound Poems, 1916) [CASSETTE]
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Adachi, Tomomi / Jaap Blonk
Asemic Dialogues
(Kontrans)
JeJaWeDa (Bishop / Blonk / Walter / Smith)
Pioneer Works Vol. 1 [CD + BOOKLET]
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Lindsay, Arto / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark / Phil Sudderberg
Largest Afternoon
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Entr'acte
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(Audiographic Records)
Made to Break
F4 Fake [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Made to Break
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(Trost Records)
Rosaly, Frank (w/ Blonk / Boye / Farha / Pfiffner / Bishop / Broste / McBride / Diaz / Fernandez / Guerra / Rodriguez)
Todos de Pie!
(Kontrans)
Vandermark, Ken (w/ Lytton / Mori / Davis / Parker / Drake)
Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019 [5-CD BOX]
(Audiographic Records)
Alcorn, Susan / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark
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(Astral Spirits)
Alcorn, Susan / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark
Invitation To A Dream
(Astral Spirits)
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Option 1 [2 CDs]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
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(Hatology)
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(Shhpuma)
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(Relative Pitch)
Wassermann, Ute / Jaap Blonk / Michael Vorfeld
Improvisors
(Kontrans)
Vandermark, Ken / Nate Wooley
Deeply Discounted II / Sequences Of Snow [LP]
(Audiographic Records)
Vandermark, Ken (w/ Daisy / Kurzmann / Stadhouders / / Wooley / Yeh)
Momentum 2 & 3 [2 CDs]
(Audiographic Records)
Blonk, Jaap
Irrelevant Comments
(Kontrans)
Adachi, Tomomi / Jaap Blonk
Asemic Dialogues
(Kontrans)
Vandermark, Ken / Michael Snow
Duol
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Revis, Eric
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(Clean Feed)
DEK Trio (Ken Vandermark / Elisabeth Harnik / Didi Kern)
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Jerman / Barnes
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Rara Avis (Ken Vandermark / Stefano Ferrian / Simone Quatrana / Luca Pissavini / Sec)
Rara Avis
(Not Two)
Blonk, Jaap
Polyphtong
(Kontrans)
Blonk, Jaap
Songs of Little Sleep
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Blonk, Jaap
Traces of Speech
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Vandermark, Ken
Site Specific [2 CDs + BOOK]
(Audiographic Records)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
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Vandermark, Ken / Paal Nilssen-Love
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(Audiographic Records)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
An International Report [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
Blonk, Jaap / Damon Smith
Hugo Ball: Sechs Laut- Und Klanggedichte 1916 (Six Sound Poems, 1916) [CASSETTE]
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark)
Western Automatic
(Aerophonic)
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North of Blanco
(Balance Point Acoustics)
Lean Left
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(Unsounds)
Gregorio, Guillermo
Faktura
(Hat [now] ART)
Blonk, Jaap
Lifespans
(Kontrans)
Vandermark / Gregorio / Bishop / Morris / &c
Pipeline
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Vandermark, Ken and Mats Gustafsson
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(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Made to Break
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Made to Break (Daisy / Hoff / Kurzmann / Vandermark)
Provoke
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Revis, Eric's 11:11,
Parallax
(Clean Feed)
Lytton / Wooley + Ikue Mori and Ken Vandermark
The Nows [2 CDs]
(Clean Feed)
Blonk, Jaap
Keynote Dialogues
(Monotype)
Morris, Joe
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Platform 1
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(Clean Feed)
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Sonore
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4 Corners
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4 Corners (Vandermark / Lane / Broo / Nilssen-Love)
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Not Two... But Twenty [5 CDs in Wooden Box]
(Not Two)
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(Audiographic Records)
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F4 Fake
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(Astral Spirits)
Alcorn, Susan / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark
Invitation To A Dream
(Astral Spirits)
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Option 1 [2 CDs]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
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(Hatology)
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(Shhpuma)
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Hillside Talks
(Relative Pitch)
Vandermark, Ken / Nate Wooley
Deeply Discounted II / Sequences Of Snow [LP]
(Audiographic Records)
Vandermark, Ken (w/ Daisy / Kurzmann / Stadhouders / / Wooley / Yeh)
Momentum 2 & 3 [2 CDs]
(Audiographic Records)
Vandermark, Ken / Michael Snow
Duol
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Revis, Eric
Sing Me Some Cry
(Clean Feed)
DEK Trio (Ken Vandermark / Elisabeth Harnik / Didi Kern)
Burning Below Zero
(Trost Records)
Jerman / Barnes
Versatile Ambience [VINYL]
(IDEA Intermedia)
Rara Avis (Ken Vandermark / Stefano Ferrian / Simone Quatrana / Luca Pissavini / Sec)
Rara Avis
(Not Two)
Vandermark, Ken
Site Specific [2 CDs + BOOK]
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Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
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