NEW ATLANTIS PRESENTS:
Ken Vandermark + Tim Daisy – Duo
"Ken Vandermark and Tim Daisy have been performing, recording, and
touring together in a number of groups based in Chicago since 2001
including: the Vandermark 5, The Resonance Ensemble , The Frame
Quartet, and the Crisis Ensemble. Performing as a duo they concentrate
on investigating the possibilities of free improvisation through their
combined experiences working within a wide variety of improvised and
composed musical settings over the years. Drawing on numerous musical
influences, they combine their creative energies to further explore and
assemble sound in an improvised context. Tim and Ken aim to make each
performance unique by tirelessly searching for new ways to keep the music
fresh and encouraging each other to play beyond their potential."
Tim and Ken have released two recordings thus far in the duo context ,
a limited edition self release titled “August Music “ in 2007, as well as a
double LP, “Light On The Wall” released by Lawrence Family Records in 2009.
This tour will be in support of a new release recorded live at Chicago’s
historic Velvet Lounge.
KEN VANDERMARK (b. 9/22/64, Warwick, Rhode Island, USA; tenor sax, bass clarinet
Bb clarinet, baritone sax; Bachelor of Arts in Film and Communications from McGill
University, Montreal, 1986).
For the past 20 years, Ken Vandermark has been exploring and working to expand the
possibilities of improvised and composed music in North America and Europe.
Since moving to Chicago from Boston in 1989, he's performed and recorded in a
variety of contexts, and with many internationally renowned musicians. Past groups
of significance include the NRG Ensemble, the DKV Trio , AALY, FME, the Vandermark
Quartet, Spaceways Inc., School Days, Cinghiale, Witches & Devils, Steam , and Caffeine .
Currently, the majority of his work as a composer and improviser has been directed
toward the Vandermark 5, Powerhouse Sound, the Frame Quartet, the Peter Brötzmann
Chicago Tentet, Sonore, and separate duos with the percussionists Tim Daisy and Paal
Nilssen-Love , the Territory Band, CINC, and Free Fall. Upcoming projects include iTi
(with Johannes Bauer, Thomas Lehn, Paal Nilssen-Love), Lean Left (with Terrie Ex,
Andy Moor, Paal Nilssen Love), a collaboration with the group ZU, and the Resonance
Ensemble (an international group featuring ten musicians from Poland, Sweden, the
Ukraine, and the United States).
In addition to creating music, Ken has made many significant and highly respected
contributions to both the local and international jazz/improvised music scenes
through organizing concerts in Chicago and sponsoring North American tours with
various ensembles. In 1996, he and writer John Corbett began organizing the Empty
Bottle “Wednesday Night Jazz Series,” concerts that brought musicians from Chicago,
North America, and Europe to audiences on a weekly basis for nearly a decade. Starting
in April 2006, Ken has continued this work by co-directing the “Immediate Sound Series”
with Mitch Cocanig at the Hideout. Since the fall of 2005 he has also been a member of
Umbrella Music, a musician based group of organizers collaborating in Chicago. His work
as a presenter led to the invitation to act as creative director for the ACME Festival,
a four-day event held in Athens, Georgia, during April, 2004, which featured concerts
and workshops involving 21 musicians from Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the United
“ …..he’s done more to further jazz music over the last two decades than seems
humanly possible.” – Chad Radoford – Creative Loafing
(b. 7/15/76. Waukegan, Il, USA; drums,percussion,marimba)
Tim has been an active member of Chicago’ s creative music scene since moving there
in 1997. He has performed, composed, recorded, and toured with many of the city’ s
celebrated musicians and ensembles. Along with performing percussion duties in
internationally acclaimed bands including the Vandermark 5, The Rempis Percussion
Quartet, and The Engines, Tim maintains an active composing schedule, writing for his
own groups as well as contributing to a number of collaborative ensembles including
chamber groups, jazz ensembles, dance, and film.
Tim has had the fortunate experience to perform and/or record with many great
improvisers both from the United States and around the world, including: Fred Anderson,
Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee, Dave Rempis, Xavier Charles, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jeff
Parker, Waclaw Zimpel, Mikolaj Trzaska, Steve Swell, Magnus Broo, Jeb Bishop, Erik
Friedlander, Havard Wiik, Jim Baker, Michael Zerang, Per-Ake Homlander, Nate McBride and James Falzone.
“Daisy has a delightful knack for swinging and decorating at the same time, so that
no matter how dense and aggressive his playing becomes, there’s a resting spot
somewhere in the groove. “ -Bill Meyer signal to noise