Resonance Ensemble

Sept. 1 - 2012

In 2007, Marek Winiarski, who runs the Polish jazz label Not Two, invited Ken Vandermark to Krakow to record a large-scale project. The eternally deadline-pressed Vandermark was offered the irresistible opportunity to spend a full week writing for a hand-picked 11-piece band and to perform with various subgroups of the ensemble leading up to the main session. All of the week’s music was captured on the 10-CD extravaganza, Resonance.

The Resonance Ensemble has since recorded two excellent single-disc releases, Kafka in Flight (2010) and What Country Is This? (2012), but don’t expect to hear any of the music from those recordings tonight. As Arist in Residence, Vandermark has written new material for the festival (and for an album to be recorded in its aftermath). The music will reflect a style of composing, he said, that allows sections to be played in different orders, strung together by the improvising. However it unfolds, this will be music of bold melodies, raucous strength, textural richness and great exuberance.

Vandermark is no stranger to international band-building, having teamed Europeans and Americans in his remarkable Territory Band. The Resonance Ensemble includes two Polish stalwarts, clarinetist Waclaw Zimpel and alto saxophonist/bass clarinetist Mikolaj Trzaska; two Swedes, trumpeter Magnus Broo and tuba player Per-Ake Homlander; a Ukrainian, bassist Mark Tokar; a New Yorker, trombonist Steve Swell, and four Chicagoans,  saxophonist Dave Rempis, bassist Devin Hoff and drummers Tim Daisy and Michael Zerang. NATO has never sounded better.



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