5 June, 2004


Due to increasing difficulties with the U.S. government and bringing musicians into the country, Atomic will unfortunately only be participating in the U.S. leg of the journey because crossing the American border more than once during the trip is too problematic a risk. So, after June 26th, the V5 continue alone up the East Coast and into Canada. Check the web site for tour updates, but here is the current schedule. Hope to see you there!

Vandermark 5 and Atomic (Magnus Broo, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten,
Fredrik Ljungkvist, Paal Nilssen-Love, Haavard Wiik) Double Bill Tour

FRI 6/11/04 Chicago, IL Green Mill confirmed
SAT 6/12/04 Chicago, IL Green Mill confirmed
MON 6/14/04 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry confirmed
TUE 6/15/04 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon confirmed
WED 6/16/04 Milwaukee, WI Onopa Brewing Company confirmed
THU 6/17/04 Champaign, IL Cowboy Monkey confirmed
SAT 6/19/04 Lexington, KY Mecca confirmed
SUN 6/20/04 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern confirmed
MON 6/21/04 Pittsburgh, PA Garfield Artworks confirmed
TUE 6/22/04 Knoxville, TN TBA
WED 6/23/04 Atlanta, GA Echo Lounge confirmed
THU 6/24/04 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club confirmed
FRI 6/25/04 Carrboro, NC Room Four confirmed
SAT 6/26/04 Baltimore, MD Ottobar confirmed

Vandermark 5 Tour continues

SUN 6/27/04 Arlington, VA IOTA confirmed
TUE 6/29/04 Philadelphia, PA TBA
WED 6/30/04 New York, NY Tonic confirmed
THU 7/1/04 Boston, MA Zeitgeist Gallery confirmed
FRI 7/2/04 Montreal, QC El Salon confirmed
SAT 7/3/04 Toronto, ON National Film Board Theatre confirmed

Also connected to this tour is a special project instigated and coordinated by the visual artist, Dan Grzeca. In the past, when Dan has created tour posters there have been issues getting the materials posted at the venues in each city. With the help of Kurt Kellison of Atavistic, Dan has coordinated nearly two dozen artists around North America to create posters and hang them in their locations throughout the length of the trip. All of these works are going to be collected and put in a box like a suitcase entitled, “Flammable Materials.” In addition, a live recording of performances by the V5 and Atomic from their Green Mill concerts will be included in the box. Each artist and musician will get a copy of this boxed set of posters and music for their involvement in the project, but there will also be a limited set of about 150 copies of the box for sale through Atavistic for avid collectors.

In closing, I’d like to thank three writers for their informed and inspired interviews regarding the music with me during the last month: Jose Tapiz and Ferran Esteve from Spain, and Fred Jung from Los Angeles. The discussions with Jose and Ferran should be posted on the site in Spanish (Jose), Catalonian (Ferran) and English within the next couple of weeks. Fred’s interview was done for a feature article on the Vandermark 5 for the Los Angeles edition of “All About Jazz,” and it includes statements and ideas about the quintet from all the members of the group. The completed article should be published in June.

So, until next time, keep listening!

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