NPR Names Ken Vandermark In Weekly Bandcamp Favorites

National Public Radio music producer and writer, Lar Gotrick, has been patiently awaiting the release of Invitation to a Dream, a collaboration between BONYCH artist Ken Vandermark, along with Susan Alcorn and Joe McPhee. Vandermark posted about a studio meeting with Alcorn and McPhee nearly two years ago, which “positively elated” Gotrick. Gotrick’s verdict on the the release of Invitation to a Dream - “The results … illuminate the flickering motions of exploration that spark a rapt creation. Absolutely thrilling improvisations here.”

You can catch Vandermark's live improvisation this weekend at the BONYCH Festival. Purchase tickets here. See you at BONYCH!

Mars Williams: Expert Music Educator

BONYCH musician Mars Williams has been an educator for 30 years in the field of woodwinds and jazz improvisation.

Williams served as the Woodwind Instructor at Bard College for two years. Recently, he has presented Master classes and clinics to a variety of public and private institutions, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Chicago, Roosevelt University and June Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

You can catch Williams performing at 4pm at the BONYCH Festival this Saturday, August 31st. Purchase tickets here.

Williiams during a master class at Roosevelt University

Williiams during a master class at Roosevelt University

Curt Newton: Climate Scientist By Day, Percussionist By Night

Boynch Festival performer Curt Newton may be an acclaimed percussionist, but did you know he is also one of the nation’s leading climate scientists at MIT?

According to Newton:

"I believe that our collective response to climate change is now the defining issue of our time. And so, finding solutions together is firmly and permanently in my thoughts and actions. As far of the ClimateX startup team, i focus on our connections with the MIT academic and research community, advise on climate change content, and co-host our video interviews and podcast.”

You can listen to Newton’s podcast, Climate Conversations, here.


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10 days until BONYCH Festival!!

We’ve begun the 10 day countdown until the BONYCH Music Festival and the musicians are on their way! It's been a long road to the festival but in just 10 days, five important and stunning improvisers will be at The Alternate Space in Sherborn for a full day of music, inspiration, and connection.

BONYCH will begin at 2:00pm with a BBQ with food and beer that will run throughout the course of the day, and has the following concert program:

 3:00pm: Steve Marquette, solo guitar

4:00pm: Cinghiale, the reed duo of Ken Vandermark and Mars Williams

5:00pm: Ikue Mori, solo laptop/electronics

6:00pm: Ikue Mori (laptop), Curt Newton (drums), and Ken Vandermark (reeds), performing as a trio

Join the festival, rain or shine, by purchasing tickets here. See you at BONYCH!

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Ikue Mori Part of Vessel Orchestra Installation

BONYCH Festival musician, Ikue Mori, was recently a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s installation, Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra.

According to The Met’s website:

Vessel Orchestra is the first sound-based installation commissioned by The Met. Hybrid by design, it is a musical instrument, a series of live performances, and an installation composed of thirty-two sculptures, utilitarian vessels, and decorative objects from the Museum collection. Selected for their natural pitches, which range from low C to high G on the chromatic musical scale, they form an arresting and unexpectedly versatile instrument, similar to an organ with multiple pipes.

Oliver Beer had the idea that with this installation, museum patrons would be able to "hear the artwork, instead of just looking at it,” according to Pitchfork staff writer Michelle Kim. Vessel Orchestra turned 32 sculptures, vessels, and decorative pieces from the The Met’s collection into a musical instrument.

Mori performed on August 9 along with other artists such as John Zorn with Sara Serpa, Sae Hashimoto, Kenny Wollesen, Ikue Mori, and Michael Nicolas.

Come see Ikue at the upcoming BONYCH Festival which will take place on August 31, 2019 at The Alternate Space. Join the festival by purchasing tickets here.

Listen: The music of CINGHIALE

BONYCH festival is lucky to be a stop on the Cinghiale (comprised of Mars Williams and Ken Vandermark) & Steve Marquette 2019 tour!

Get a preview of the music we will all be blessed with at BONYCH by clicking the Give and Take audio file below to hear a track of duo Cinghiale.

The BONYCH Festival will take place on August 31, 2019 at The Alternate Space. Join the festival by purchasing tickets here.

BONYCH Festival Artist: Steve Marquette

Steve Marquette is joining the BONYCH festival as part of the Cinghiale duo. Marquette is a guitarist, improviser and organizer based out of Chicago, IL. Over the past decade he has become an integral part of the city's storied and vibrant improvised music community, in ensembles of his own (The Few with Macie Stewart and Charlie Kirchen, Kobra Quartet, Instigation Orchestra) and as a member of Ken Vandermark's Marker among other projects. In addition to his work as a musician, he is also a founder and lead organizer of the Instigation Festival - which brings together music, movement and video artists from Chicago and New Orleans for a week of interdisciplinary collaboration in each city. 

Using both acoustic and electric guitars, Marquette's solo music explores the intersections between free improvisation, folk traditions and the guitar as "sound box". 

The BONYCH festival is on August 31st. Tickets are only $20 and include both the music and all day BBQ - truly a new cultural event not to be missed!

Purchase tickets here.

BONYCH Festival Artist: Ken Vandermark

We are always thrilled to welcome Ken Vandermark back to The Alternate Space. Vandermark is joining the BONYCH festival as part of the Cinghiale duo and as a trio with Ikue Mori (laptop), Curt Newton (drums) on the reeds.

Originally from Boston, Vandermark moved to Chicago in 1989 and has worked continuously from the early 1990s 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, Sylvie Courvoisier, Tim Daisy, Kris Davis, Hamid Drake, Terrie Hessels, Mats Gustafsson, Elisabeth Harnik, Steve Heather, Didi Kern, Kent Kessler, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Paul Lytton, Lou Mallozzi, Lasse Marhaug, Joe McPhee, Andy Moor, Jason Moran, Ikue Mori, Joe Morris, Paal Nilssen-Love, Eddie Prevóst, Mette Rasmussen, Tom Rainey, Eric Revis, Jasper Stadhouders, Chad Taylor, John Tilbury, Mars Williams, Nate Wooley). 

 His current musical activity includes work with Marker, Made To Break, Lean Left, Shelter, DEK, The DKV Trio, The Eric Revis Quartet, VWCR; duos with Paal Nilssen-Love, Terrie Hessels, and Nate Wooley, as well as work as a solo performer.  Since June of 2015 has been co-curator of Option, a music series held on a weekly basis between March and October at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.  In 2014 he began an independent label, called Audiographic Records, created to document special aspects of his work through albums and books.  More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America, Latin 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.  His activity as a writer includes liner notes for recordings by a variety of artists; and contributions to the eight edition of John Zorn's "Arcana: musicians on music," the Spanish language journal, "El Esatdo Mental," and "Catalytic Quarterly."

The BONYCH festival is on August 31st. Tickets are only $20 and include both the music and all day BBQ - truly a new cultural event not to be missed!

Purchase tickets here.

BONYCH Festival Artist: Mars Williams

Mars Williams is an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock.  Mars has played and recorded with The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, Massacre, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Ministry, Power Station, The Waitresses, Pete Cosey, DJ Logic, Wayne Kramer, John Scoffield, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, Swollen Monkeys, Jerry Garcia, Naked Raygun, and virtually every leading figure of Chicago’s and New York City's "downtown" scene.

 John Zorn credits Mars as "one of the true saxophone players--someone who takes pleasure in the sheer act of blowing the horn. This tremendous enthusiasm is an essential part of his sound, and it comes through each note every time he plays. Whatever the situation, Mars plays exciting music. In many ways he has succeeded in redefining what versatility means to the modern saxophone player."  In 2001 Mars received a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Record with his group Liquid Soul.

 He performs weekly in Chicago along with Jim Baker, Steve Hunt, and Brian Sandstrom in the improvising quartet Extraordinary Popular Delusions, leads the groups the NRG Ensemble, Witches & Devils, Boneshaker, and has collaborated with Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang, William Parker, Ikue Mori, Kent Kessler, Fredric Lonberg Holm, Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Jeb Bishop, Tim Daisy, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love, Ab Baars, Mike Reed, Jeb Bishop, Harrison Bankhead, Dave Rempis, Kidd Jordan, and Matts Gustafson on a regular basis.

Mars is joining the BONYCH festival as part of the Cinghiale duo. The BONYCH festival is on August 31st. Tickets are only $20 and include both the music and all day BBQ - truly a new cultural event not to be missed!

Purchase tickets here.

BONYCH Festival Artist: Curt Newton

We are thrilled to have Curt Newton, local great on the Boston improvised jazz scene, joining us at the BONYCH festival.

"Newton dazzles...he exhibited breathtaking restraint, breaking down time with a subtle hand, tapping out painterly splashes of sound...A large reserve of free floating power." -- Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

As an improvising percussionist, Newton coaxes whispers from drum sets and swing from stacks of rattly stuff, weaving varied musical traditions together with serious playfulness. Over the past three decades, Curt has performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe and appears on over 30 CDs with some of contemporary music's leading figures, including Ken Vandermark, Joe Morris, Nate McBride, Pandelis Karayorgis, Charlie Kohlhase, Eric Hofbauer, and Dave Bryant. About one live performance, the Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak wrote “Newton dazzles...He exhibited breathtaking restraint, breaking down time with a subtle hand, tapping out painterly splashes of sound." Curt studied privately with Bob Gullotti, has a Master's in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory, and once upon a time performed a solo drumset arrangement of Lutoslawski's String Quartet (available on Bandcamp).

Curt is also a climate change activist leader, and the proud parent of two musically-inclined young adults.

The BONYCH festival is on August 31st. Tickets are only $20 and include both the music and all day BBQ - truly a new cultural event not to be missed!

Purchase tickets here.