A Genius in the Midst

We are lucky to welcome a recognized genius to The Alternate Space for an upcoming performance on April 25.

 In 1999, Ken Vandermark was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” grant. Vandermark was awarded a $265,000 prize which was then awarded on an age-based scale to creative leaders and meant to enable them to pursue their creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. The fellowship was somewhat controversial, due to Vandermark's relative youth and obscurity. He was 35 and known mostly in Chicago, while other jazz performers awarded the fellowship were older and better-known.

 In the 20 years since the prestigious award was given, Vandermark has made a name for himself both nationally and internationally in the jazz music scene. While he may now call Chicago home, the Massachusetts native is excited to return to New England for this one-of-a-kind performance at The Alternate Space alongside trumpet player Nate Wooley.

 The Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow event will take place at The Alternate Space located at 125 Walnut Street, MA 02472. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.