| 06.07.2015 | 21h | 12/10€Ken Vandermark/Havard Wiik/Chad Taylor Projekt „Side A“
Side A - In The Abstract
Side A bündelt drei der feinsten Improvisatoren und Komponisten des Modern Jazz. Seit 2010 faszinieren Ken Vandermark, Håvard Wiik und Chad Taylor mit Livekonzerten, die Modern Jazz und Neue Musik verbinden. Mit seltener Intensität verbinden sie rhythmische Fundierung, Spontaneität und wunderbare Melodik.
Ken Vandermark gewann 1999 einen der angesehensten Kulturpreise der USA, den „McArthur Prize for Music“. Chad Taylors Vita reicht von Avantgarde-Legenden wie Pharoah Sanders und Roscoe Mitchell bis zu Indie Rock und Downtown-Jazz New Yorks. Håvard Wiik ist einer der profilierten Pianisten und Komponisten aus Norwegen, er war Gründer von Atomic, Motif und Free Fall.
Side A is a group featuring three of the finest composers and improvisers working in music today- Chad Taylor (drums), Ken Vandermark (reeds), and Håvard Wiik (piano). Created with the idea of forming a band as a collective, where all the members contribute compositions and shape the material together, the trio started work in 2010, performing at the internationally renowned Molde and Seixal Jazz Festivals, and touring in Portugal during the autumn of that year. The audience response to these performances was exceptional, and Side A returned to work in the fall of 2011, when they tour throughout Europe to coincide with the release of their first album, on the celebrated label Clean Feed, A new Margin. In June 2014 they released their second album, In the Abstract, on the label NotTwo Records. The music incorporates jazz and new music conceptions, and the material the trio investigates is intensely rhythmic, filled with spontaneity and beautiful melodicism.
Chad Taylor is the critically acclaimed drummer and percussionist for the Chicago Underground ensembles. He has been featured in Modern Drummer magazine, and has performed at major rock and jazz festivals throughout the world. Chad has played with a wide range of artists in both the Chicago indie rock and jazz scenes, as well as the New York downtown music scene. He has a B.A. from the New School of jazz where he studied with Joe Chambers, Yoron Israel, and Pheeroan Aklaff. Chad's performed on over 50 recordings and has worked with such artists as Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders, Roscoe Mitchell, Charles Gayle, Derek Bailey, Jeff Parker, Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson, Malachi Favors, Henry Grimes, Harrison Bankhead and William Parker.Since the spring of 1986, Ken Vandermark has focused on expanding the possibilities of improvised and composed music. He's worked continuously from the middle 1990's onward- both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe- and his primary creative emphasis has been contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. Ken moved to Chicago from Boston in 1989. Since then he's performed and recorded in a vast array of contexts, and with many internationally renowned musicians (such as Johannes Bauer, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Mats Gustafsson, Terrie Hessels, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Lasse Marhaug, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, and Paul Lytton), touring on a regular basis in North America, Europe, and Japan for more than half of each year. His concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In 1999 Ken won the MacArthur Prize for music.
Håvard Wiik studied jazz and composition at the jazz department at Trondheim Music Conservatory. He is one of Norway’s most respected and profiled jazz pianists. For more than a decade Håvard has been a member and founder of several of the most important Scandinavian music ensembles (Atomic, Motif, Free Fall), has toured all over the world with these groups, and he’s also a been the first choice accompaniment for several international jazz greats. In 2004 he had the honour to be selected as ’artist in residence’ at the Molde international Jazz festival in Norway, and in 2006 he received one of the greatest acknowledgements for a Norwegian jazz musician- the Kongsberg Jazzfestival’s "Vital-prize." Håvard relocated to Berlin in 2007, where he now works with musicians such as Axel Dörner, Michael Thieke, Jan Roder and Antonio Borghini.www.kenvandermark.com