The evolution of Ken Vandermark’s Made to Break

Ken Vandermark
Cover of Ken Vandermark

From the Bleader:

In the liner notes for Provoke (Clean Feed), last year’s debut album by his quartet Made to Break, reedist Ken Vandermark writes that the band emerged from two impulses or threads he’d been exploring over the years with other projects. He first cites FME and Frame Quartet as ensembles that explored modular forms—compositions with multiple moving parts that can be reordered on the fly by participants; then he cites Spaceways Inc. and Powerhouse Sound as groups exploring his interest in funk, reggae, and the early-70s electric music of Miles Davis. Made to Break was formed in the summer of 2011 with drummer Tim Daisy, bassist Devin Hoff (then living in Chicago), and the Austrian electronic improviser Christof Kurzmann; the group performed at the 2012 Chicago Jazz Festival, when Vandermark was artist-in-residence.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

English: Matana Roberts, moers festival 2010
English: Matana Roberts, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Free Jazz:

Matana Roberts, Sam Shalabi & Nicolas Caloia: Feldspar (Tour de Bras, 2014) ****
Jon Irabagon Trio – It Takes All Kinds (Jazzwerkstatt, 2014) ****
Dave Rempis, Darren Johnston, Larry Ochs – Spectral (Aerophonic, 2014) ***
Tim Daisy Trio – A Day In Berlin (Relay, 2013) ****
Hans Peter Pfammatter & Tim Daisy – Different Names (Relay Digital, 2013) ****
Ross Hammond – Humanity Suite (Prescott Records, 2014) ****
Various Artists: Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (Jazzwerkstatt, 2013) ***½
Creative Music Studio Archive Selections – Volume 1 (Innova, 2014) ****

Lost Civilizations in Arlington, Virginia on May 12

On Monday, May 12, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project (; returns to Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201 ( $5 admission at the door. 9 p.m. Information at 347-687-5243.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello, baritone sax and bass clarinet) and T. A. Zook (basscello and misc. instruments). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Amanda Huron (percussion); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Nate Scheible (percussion), Mark Pry and Emily Chimiak (violin).

At this performance, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project will be joined by Jerry Busher (Fugazi, Deathfix, Fidelity Jones, The Spinanes, French Toast, Allscars, Alfonso Velez and John Frusciante) on drums.

((S*5))/Evan J Dice ( will open the evening. ((S*5))/Evan J Dice is a live electronica project by composer/performer Evan J Dice. ((S*5)) is an experimental combination of electric violin and non-laptop electronics that are manipulated live. The result is a array of borrowed genres like hip-hop, house, jazz, avant-garde and contemporary classical that are bound together by playful, improvisatory performances.

Hailing from Michigan by way of Zambia, Evan is a classically trained violinist, and an active composer and jazz musician for whom the DC area has been home base for the last 4 years. ((S*5)) has performed at house shows and music venues in Boston, NYC, and DC and most recently, Evan self-released an album of looped and effected solo violin, and a follow-up of remixes by a spectrum of artists; named Images vol. 1 and Images vol. 1a, respectively.

The Nels Cline Singers Play New Music at Le Poisson Rouge

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Nels Cline 


The rangy terrain traversed by the Nels Cline Singers on Thursday night, in a riveting, sold-out show at Le Poisson Rouge, could be understood a few different ways: as a rejection of fixedness, or an endorsement of flux, or a way of moving the conversation forward. What it all amounted to was a distillation of the musical ideals long embodied by Nels Cline, a guitarist with a knack for wrangling restlessness into coherence.

This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

Oren Ambarchi
Cover of Oren Ambarchi

From the ISSUE Project Room:

FRI, MAY 9 – 7:30PM
The Imprint of the City
Van Alen Institute’s Spring 2014 Events launch at ISSUE with a fast-paced medley of music, poetry, personal reflections, conversations, and performances by designers, artists, musicians, writers, social scientists, and others exploring the meaning of well-being, and the effects of the city on our minds and bodies. Featuring Vito Acconci, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Ariane Lourie Harrison, Seth Harrison, Brian House, Rachel Levitsky, Damon Rich, Martha Rosler, Meredith Tenhoor, Ben Vida and C. Spencer Yeh.

MON, MAY 12 – 8:00PM
Graham Lambkin + Devin DiSanto
A unique presence in underground culture for the past twenty years, Graham Lambkin makes a rare solo appearance to celebrate his solo exhibition at AVA (May 13). Following his initial rise to prominence first through The Shadow Ring, Lambkin embarked on a series of striking and highly original solo releases, a critically acclaimed trilogy with experimental tape music artist Jason Lescalleet and a collaboration with legendary table-top guitarist Keith Rowe. With support from Devin DiSanto, who uses everyday objects to explore presence in incidental sound and labor-oriented approaches to performance.

WED, MAY 21 – 8:00PM
Nazoranai (Ambarchi / O’Malley / Haino)
*at The Wick

Alvin Lucier‘s “Criss Cross” with Stephen O’Malley & Oren Ambarchi / Eyvind Kang / Crys Cole / Iancu Dumitrescu / Jessika Kenney

Harley Gaber, “The Winds Rise in the North”

Eric Richards / Hildur Guðnadóttir / Alvin Lucier & Jenny Lin / Jeffrey Gavett