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Vandermark, Ken: The Field Within a Line (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

One of Corbett vs. Dempsey's Black Cross Solo Sessions, Ken Vandermark recorded these twelve succinct, insightful and technically superb solo recordings at his home during pandemic lockdowns, part of a new book of compositions for solo reed instruments, each piece dedicated to an artist across multiple disciplines, including Joe McPhee, Anthony Braxton, Samuel Beckett, &c.
 

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Liner notes by Vandermark, cover art and design by Christopher Wool.

Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CvsD CD080
Squidco Product Code: 31067

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the artist's home in Chicago, Illinois, on September 25th and 26th, 2020, by Ken Vandermark.


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Artist Biographies:

"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/)
5/18/2022

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track listing:


1. Feet On Main (for Robert Frank & Gordon Parks) 1:33

2. Imagine The Paper (for Philip Guston & Dieter Roth) 5:14

3. Arcade of Persuasive Language (Samuel Beckett & Thomas Bernhard) 4:43

4. Portable Nowhere (for Robert Irwin & Richard Serra) 6:12

5. Shared Testament (for Joe McPhee & Stu Vandermark) 1:04

6. End The Giraffe Lottery (for Chris Marker & Agnes Varda) 4:58

7. Counter Space (for Francis Bacon & Kerry James Marshall) 4:33

8. Every Waiting Room (for Chantal Akerman & Pina Bausch) 1:17

9. No Other Suit (for Anthony Braxton & Coleman Hawkins) 3:47

10. Another Household Word (for Robert Bresson & Abbas Kiarostami) 6:15

11. Capture Chaos (for Tarsila do Amaral & Helio Oiticica) 0:43

12. Looking BackAt Looking Forward (for Ola Trzaska and Marek Winiarski) 8:47

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"With his riveting performance in the inaugural Sequesterfest online festival in April 2020, Ken Vandermark inspired the Black Cross Solo Sessions. Already in the early days of lockdown, making good on the promise - or threat - of protracted off-road time, Vandermark had dedicated himself to the creation of a new book of works for solo reed instruments, which he debuted that day.

The result of this watershed moment for the Chicago-based improvisor and composer was a body of works that reassert his seriousness and test his ability to reflect and reevaluate. The compositions, which are platforms for invention, are dealt with in relatively economical, almost stripped-down fashion, ringing with a kind of bell-like clarity and focus. Most tracks are on the shorter side, straight to the point, featuring the rippling intensity that is a Vandermark hallmark, but with an altogether reborn sense of purpose.

Pieces are dedicated to filmmakers, photographers, and painters, musicians, choreographers, and writers, pointing outward from the hermetic situation of the pandemic to a network of creative icons. Recorded at home in the detailed chamber sonics of his living room, they offer a bulwark against adversity - the triumph of an endlessly questing mind over the terror of enforced stasis."-Corbett Vs. Dempsey


Liner notes by Vandermark, cover art and design by Christopher Wool.
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Other Releases With These Artists:
Vandermark's, Ken Marker
McPhee Marker [VINYL EP]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Brotzmann, Peter Chicago Tentet
Ultraman vs. Alien Metron [SINGLE SIDED VINYL]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Blonk, Jaap / Lou Mallozzi / Ken Vandermark
Improvisers
(Kontrans)
Various Artists (Guy / Leandre / Mazur / Nilssen-Love / Kaucic / Fernandez / Gustafsson / Vandermark / Trzaska / Brotzmann / Ste Swell / Holmlander / Homburger)
Not Two... But Twenty [5 CDs in Wooden Box]
(Not Two)
Vandermark / Drake / Trovalusci / Ceccarelli
Open Border [VINYL w/DOWNLOAD]
(Audiographic Records)
Lindsay, Arto / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark / Phil Sudderberg
Largest Afternoon
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Made to Break
F4 Fake
(Trost Records)
Vandermark, Ken (w/ Daisy / Kurzmann / Stadhouders / / Wooley / Yeh)
Momentum 2 & 3 [2 CDs]
(Audiographic Records)
Revis, Eric
Sing Me Some Cry
(Clean Feed)
Jerman / Barnes
Versatile Ambience [VINYL]
(IDEA Intermedia)
Rara Avis (Ken Vandermark / Stefano Ferrian / Simone Quatrana / Luca Pissavini / Sec)
Rara Avis
(Not Two)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
The Midwest School [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark)
Western Automatic
(Aerophonic)
Vandermark, Ken / Fred Lonberg-Holm
Resistance
(Bocian)
Made to Break
Lacerba [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)
Made to Break (Daisy / Hoff / Kurzmann / Vandermark)
Provoke
(Clean Feed)
Lytton / Wooley + Ikue Mori and Ken Vandermark
The Nows [2 CDs]
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Platform 1
Takes Off
(Clean Feed)
Double Tandem (Baars / Vandermark / Nilssen-Love)
Cement
(PNL)
4 Corners
Alive In Lisbon [DVD]
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe / Vandermark, Ken / Gray, Luther
Rebus
(Clean Feed)
4 Corners (Vandermark / Lane / Broo / Nilssen-Love)
S/T
(Clean Feed)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Brotzmann, Peter Chicago Tentet
Ultraman vs. Alien Metron [SINGLE SIDED VINYL]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Revis, Eric
Sing Me Some Cry
(Clean Feed)
Jerman / Barnes
Versatile Ambience [VINYL]
(IDEA Intermedia)
Rara Avis (Ken Vandermark / Stefano Ferrian / Simone Quatrana / Luca Pissavini / Sec)
Rara Avis
(Not Two)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
The Midwest School [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark)
Western Automatic
(Aerophonic)
Made to Break
Lacerba [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)
Made to Break (Daisy / Hoff / Kurzmann / Vandermark)
Provoke
(Clean Feed)
Lytton / Wooley + Ikue Mori and Ken Vandermark
The Nows [2 CDs]
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Platform 1
Takes Off
(Clean Feed)
Double Tandem (Baars / Vandermark / Nilssen-Love)
Cement
(PNL)
4 Corners
Alive In Lisbon [DVD]
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe / Vandermark, Ken / Gray, Luther
Rebus
(Clean Feed)
4 Corners (Vandermark / Lane / Broo / Nilssen-Love)
S/T
(Clean Feed)
Other Recommended Releases:
Vandermark's, Ken Marker
McPhee Marker [VINYL EP]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
McPhee, Joe
Route 84 Quarantine Blues
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Veloso, Moreno
Every Single Night
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Lee, Okkyung
Na-Reul (나를 )
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Blonk, Jaap / Lou Mallozzi / Ken Vandermark
Improvisers
(Kontrans)
Various Artists (Guy / Leandre / Mazur / Nilssen-Love / Kaucic / Fernandez / Gustafsson / Vandermark / Trzaska / Brotzmann / Ste Swell / Holmlander / Homburger)
Not Two... But Twenty [5 CDs in Wooden Box]
(Not Two)
Vandermark / Drake / Trovalusci / Ceccarelli
Open Border [VINYL w/DOWNLOAD]
(Audiographic Records)
Lindsay, Arto / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark / Phil Sudderberg
Largest Afternoon
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Made to Break
F4 Fake
(Trost Records)
Vandermark, Ken (w/ Daisy / Kurzmann / Stadhouders / / Wooley / Yeh)
Momentum 2 & 3 [2 CDs]
(Audiographic Records)
Vandermark, Ken / Fred Lonberg-Holm
Resistance
(Bocian)

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