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The Vandermark 5, Jon Rose

1 hour, 45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 27 September 2010

Jez Nelson presents the Vandermark 5 in concert at The Vortex, led by reeds player Ken Vandermark, who has been a pioneer of Chicago's jazz and improvisation scene for two decades. Ken formed the Vandermark 5 in 1996. 14 years and 15 albums later, they continue to be one of the most exciting and forward-looking bands in contemporary music, exploring the borders of composition and improvisation, and of jazz, funk rock and new music. Alongside Ken Vandermark, the band currently features drummer Tim Daisy, Kent Kessler on double bass, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and saxophonist Dave Rempis.

Plus a session from experimental violinist and improviser Jon Rose who performs on tenor violin with an interactive K bow. Built into the bow are several movement and pressure sensors that trigger samples and vary musical parameters set by a specially designed software package. Using a range of samples manipulated by conventional bowing techniques and dramatic sweeping movements alongside the acoustic sound of the violin Jon Rose creates a mind blowing solo session.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Joby Waldman.

Music Played

9 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Loose Tubes

    Loose Tubes Yellow Hill

    Dancing on Frith Street, Lost Marble Records

  • Jez interviews Ken Vandermark

  • The Vandermark 5 recorded at The Vortex, London on 16 September 2010

    • Untitled

      Line up: Ken Vandermark (reeds), Tim Daisy (drums), Kent Kessler (acoustic bass), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello and electronics), Dave Rempis (alto and tenor saxophone)

    • Image for The Vandermark 5

      The Vandermark 5 Friction

      Composer: Ken Vandermark

    • Image for The Vandermark 5

      The Vandermark 5 Fables of Facts

      Composer: Ken Vandermark

    • Image for The Vandermark 5

      The Vandermark 5 Location

      Composer: Ken Vandermark

    • Image for The Vandermark 5

      The Vandermark 5 Leap Revisited

      Composer: Ken Vandermark

  • Jez interviews Jon Rose

  • Jon Rose performs solo violin with an interactive K bow recorded at Somethin’ Else on 21 April 2010


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