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.