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Vertrek Ensemble : Another Idea Of North (Volatile Records)

The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Vertrek Ensemble of Vadim Budman on guitars and trumpet and Ron de Jong on percussion, in their first album, collecting solos, duos, and trios with guests Mark Kelly on banjo and Ian Birse on guitar & effects, predating their albums with legendary improvisers Derek Bailey and Euguene Chadbourne.

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Label: Volatile Records
Catalog ID: VCD001
Squidco Product Code: 26764

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2000
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at the Yardbird Suite, in Edmonton, Canada, on September 21st, 1997, by Jasiek Poznanski.


Marke Kelly-banjo, mandolin

Ron de Jong-drums, cymbal, percussion

Ian Birse-guitar, effects

Vadim Budman-guitar, trumpet, cornet,

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Marke Kelly is a Canadian banjo and mandolin player. He is a member of Vertrek Ensemble.

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"Ron de Jong is a Canadian percussionist, a member of Vertrek Ensemble."

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"Since the early 1990's Ian Birse's work has evolved from guitar explorations of folk, blues, and jazz themes, through improvisation involving contact pickups, secondary bridges, and non-tempered tunings, to performance/installations that employ real-time video manipulation and electronic sound in immersive environments.

He has composed music for theatre and film, and made installations using time-based media for the 1998 Alberta Biennial (Bleaching Bones/Not the Title), the Works 1999 (New Ways to Strength and Beauty), and the Guelph Jazz Festival (Contact). Solo performances incorporating text, video, and improvised sound have been presented at Sound Symposium (St. John's), Jazz East (Halifax), Send + Receive (Winnipeg), the National Student Film Festival (Regina), Mountain Standard Time (Calgary), and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival. In October 2002 his ongoing collaborative work with Laura Kavanaugh continues at festivals in eastern Canada and Europe." He is a member of Instant Places 20012017 (collaborative projects Laura Kavanaugh/Ian Birse)

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Vadim Budman is a trumpeter and cornetist, a member of the Canadian improvising band Vertrek Ensemble. He has recorded with Valeri Dimchev , Eugene Chadbourn, Vertrek Ensemble.

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track listing:

1. Pretty In Ugly Clothes 4:13

2. Collector-Decorator 15:22

3. Baka Baki 7:51

4. Running Rivers And Dusty Roads 12:36

5. A Hair Of The God That Bit Him 26:38

6. Ugly Girl In Pretty Clothes 4:16
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"Hailing from Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), the Vertrek Ensemble (Vadim Budman on guitars and trumpet, Ron de Jong on percussion) released its first album, Another Idea of North, in late 1997 on its own label Volatile Records. The CD collects solos, duos, and trios with guests Mark Kelly (banjo) and Ian Birse (guitar, effects), all recorded in one session. Budman's guitar style, full of strumming and unorthodox bends, instantly brings to mind Eugene Chadbourne (who did live, work, and perform in Edmonton for a brief moment in the 1970s). And at times Ron de Jong can sound like Paul Lovens, but they are not Chadbourne/Lovens copycats (although on "Running Rivers and Dusty Roads" with banjoist Mark Kell they come very close to that). Budman uses trumpet and electric guitar in a way closer to rock than anything Chadbourne has recorded, giving the Vertrek Ensemble's music enough originality to stand on its own. [...]"-François Couture, All Music

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