Ken Vandermark

Also known as Ken, Vandermark
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Discography of Ken Vandermark:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Hidden In The Stomach 6 Audio 1997 Silkheart
2 No Such Thing 9 Audio 2001 Boxholder Records
3 Stumble 5 Audio 1998 Wobbly Rail
4 Live At The Glenn Miller Cafe 4 Audio 1999 Wobbly Rail
5 Hoxha 6 Audio 2005 Spool
6 I Wonder If I Was Screaming 6 Audio 2000
7 Like Rays 11 Audio 1998 Knitting Factory Works
8 Fox Fire 10 Audio 2009
9 Gambit 8 Audio 2004 Clean Feed
10 Immediate Sound 5 Audio 2007 Smalltown Superjazzz
11 Standards 12 Audio 1995 Quinnah Records
12 Rebus 6 Audio 2007-08-00 Clean Feed
13 English Suites 21 Audio 2000 Wobbly Rail
14 Collected Fiction 26 Audio 2009 Okka Disk
15 A Meeting In Chicago 13 Audio Okka Disk
16 Furniture Music 18 Audio 2003 Okka Disk
17 Foreground Music 9 Audio 2007-06-00 Okka Disk
18 Resonance 2 Audio 2008 Not Two Records
19 Ideas 10 Audio 2005 Not Two Records
20 Resonance 29 Audio 2009 Not Two Records
21 The Perfect Little Door 5 Audio 2001 Merge Records
22 Brooklyn Cantos 7 Audio 2004 Squealer
23 Alive In Lisbon 3 Audio 2008 Clean Feed
24 Mark In The Water 10 Audio 2011-11-00 Not Two Records
25 A Meeting In Chicago 13 Audio 1997 Eighth Day Music
26 Cement 3 Audio 2012 PNL
27 Abet?! አቤት?! 4 Audio 2012-03-00 Terp Records
28 The Nows 8 Audio 2012-09-00 Clean Feed
29 OX 3 Audio 2012-10-15 dEN Records
30 Lacerba 2 Audio 2013 Clean Feed
31 Utility Hitter 11 Audio 1996 Quinnah Records
32 Verses 6 Audio 2013 Corbett vs. Dempsey
33 Interacting Fields 6 Audio 2013-12-12 Discordian Records (2)
34 Interacting Fields 6 Audio 2013-12-12 Discordian Records (2)
35 Expansion Slang 5 Audio 2000 Boxholder Records
36 "August Music" Live At The Empty Bottle 6 Audio 2007 Not On Label
37 Trost Jukebox Series #2 2 Audio 2014-10-10 Trost Records


Born September 22, 1964 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

For the past 20 years, Ken Vandermark has been exploring and working to expand the possibilities of improvised and composed music in North America and Europe. Since moving to Chicago from Boston in 1989, he's performed and recorded in a variety of contexts, and with many internationally renowned musicians.

In addition to creating music, Ken has made many significant and highly respected contributions to both the local and international jazz/improvised music scenes through organizing concerts in Chicago and sponsoring North American tours with various ensembles. In 1996, he and writer John Corbett began organizing the Empty Bottle "Wednesday Night Jazz Series," concerts that brought musicians from Chicago, North America, and Europe to audiences on a weekly basis for nearly a decade. Starting in April 2006, Ken has continued this work by co-directing the "Immediate Sound Series" with Mitch Cocanig at the Hideout. Since the fall of 2005 he has also been a member of Umbrella Music, a musician based group of organizers collaborating in Chicago. His work as a presenter led to the invitation to act as creative director for the ACME Festival, a four-day event held in Athens, Georgia, during April, 2004, which featured concerts and workshops involving 21 musicians from Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the United States.

-Was selected as a MacArthur Fellow in 1999.

-One of the "Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts, 1994" (Chicago Tribune, January 1, 1995) for the Vandermark Quartet.

-Selected as one of the "25 For The Future," the most significant improvising musicians under the age of 40 by Down Beat Magazine, June 1998.

-In 2004, was named one of the "Musicians Of The Year" by All About Jazz, New York.


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