No band has ever attempted to bridge the sounds of free improvisation, funk, and electronics before Ken Vandermark formed the quartet Made To Break. The saxophonist and composer whose credits include the seminal bands Vandermark 5, Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Resonance Ensemble, and Audio One, to name just four of his multiplicity of current and former groups, has, of late, set about unfettering his approach to composition. With Made To Break, he refrains from linear composing with improvised parts to a modular system with players allowed to shuffle and reorder the composed sections within a given tune. Made to Break is Ken Vandermark’s most radical ensemble. Combining elements of his interest and experience with the music of Ethiopia and the Ex, alongside the New Music ideas of John Cage and Morton Feldman, and mixing these with his perspective toward jazz and improvised music history, he has devised a compositional framework for the band that can be restructured for every performance and which deals with melody, sound, and rhythm in a completely unique way. This creative system gives the music of the band an almost unprecedented flexibility and immediacy. The instrumentation of the quartet (drums, electric bass, electronics, and reeds) has given Vandermark an amazing palette of sounds to explore with each composition, but it is the individuals involved and their diverse approaches to improvisation, that give the ensemble such a dynamic and spontaneous energy.
15 October Macedonian National Theatre, 20:00