February 2004


“Painting is a way of living, that is where the form of it lies.”

– Willem de Kooning
What Abstract Art Means to Me,” Museum of Modern Art Bulletin, XVIII, No. 3 (Spring 1951).†


This is the first edition of an ongoing monthly article focusing on updates concerning my past and future work: details regarding concerts, tours, recordings and releases. I hope that you find the information interesting and informative! -Ken Vandermark

FALL 2003

Starting with the end of August, the end of last year was an exceptionally busy time. Rehearsals ran for the new large band project, The CRISIS ENSEMBLE (Jeb Bishop: trombone, Josh Berman: cornet, Dave Rempis: saxophones, Aram Shelton: reeds, Fred Lonberg-Holm: cello, Kent Kessler: bass, Jason Ajemian: basses, Tim Daisy: drums, Frank Rosaly: drums, myself: reeds), in preparation for a concert at the Chicago Jazz Festival on the 30th of August. In the middle of this period, the new reed trio with Peter Brotzmann and Mats Gustafsson performed in Mulhouse, France.

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