Ken Vandermark

Search under separate entry for Made to Break quartet. Ken Vandermark was born in Warwick, Rhode Island, September 22, 1964. He began studying the tenor-saxophone when he was 16. His primary focus has been on contemporary music and advanced improvisation since he graduated from McGill University in 1986 with a degree of Film and Communications. From Boston in 1989, he moved to Chicago and has been there ever since. He is a performer and an organizer, as well as recording in a variety of settings with many international musicians, including: Chad Taylor and John Tilbury; Nasheet Waits; Mars Williams; and C. Spencer Yeh. His current activities include work with Made To Break and Shelter, Lean Left, Shelter. DEK. The DKV Trio. Fire Room. He also performs solo. Option, a Chicago music series that is held weekly at the Experimental Sound Studio since June 2015, has been his co-curator. Audiographic Records was established in 2014 to record special aspects of his work via books and albums. He spends more than half his year touring Europe, North America and Russia. His concerts and many recordings have been praised both in the home and abroad. He is an accomplished player of the tenor and baritone saxophones, as well as the bass and Bb clarinets. He was awarded the MacArthur Prize for Music in 1999. from

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