Marker includes Andrew Clinkman and Steve Marquette on guitar, Macie Stewart on violin & keyboard, Phil Sudderberg on drums, along with Ken Vandermark on tenor, baritone, and Bb clarinet. The band has received critical acclaim for their first two recordings, Wired For Sound (***** from The Free Jazz Collective, February 21, 2018), and Roadwork 1/Roadwork 2/Homework 1 (Number Three on the Free Jazz Blog, New Ears Album of the Year per the People 2018; three top ten 2018 critics picks from The Free Jazz Collective).
Their third album, New Industries, is a double CD comprised of studio and live versions of a dozen new compositions by Vandermark. The studio album was recorded in Chicago at Experimental Sound Studio on July 15th, 2018, directly after Marker's tour of the Midwest; the live album is a document made of their July 12th performance at Milwaukee's Sugar Maple. The combination of both recordings provides listeners an opportunity to hear the compositional strategies of the music truly come into play. Not only is the music improvised within individual pieces, the spontaneous narrative between each is altered by the way that these compositions are sequenced and layered.
Marker's second book of material was inspired by an exploration of a wide range of music sources, including the work of composer Mauricio Kagel, the post-punk movement, albums such as DNA On DNA, D'Angelo and the Vanguard's Black Messiah, and Brazilian singer Elza Soares' The Woman At The End Of The World (A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo). These investigations led to a series of exciting developments in the group's material: a broader scope of violin and keyboard timbres, the use of a bass amp for the keyboard adding low frequency power, a new way for the guitarists to perform live while keeping their stereo split intact. Also, to better illustrate the concepts of musical superimposition and open sequencing, some compositions had more than one possible version, and there were a greater set of foreground/background strategies or structural methods within individual pieces, with more consideration paid to "free" playing combinations, and organic vs. pivot transitions. These changes kept Marker's sonic flexibility intact while giving the band's material much more dynamic range and impact.
The end result is a real evolution for the ensemble, a jump forward built on two tours made in the United States during 2018. New Industries is released in conjunction with Marker's first trip to Europe that takes places in the second half of March, 2019. During that tour the group will have concerts in Gdansk, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, and Antwerp, performing their music and collaborating with improvising musicians during multiple shows in each of those cities.
released March 1, 2019
Compositions by Ken Vandermark (Twenty First Mobile Music/ASCAP-Cien Fuegos)
Music performed and improvised by-
Andrew Clinkman: guitar (right)
Steve Marquette: guitar (left)
Macie Stewart: keyboard and violin
Phil Sudderberg: drums
Ken Vandermark: reeds
CD 1: New Industries: Studio (dedicated to Robert Bresson)
1. Alphaville #2/Trance/Alphaville #1 [14:08]
2. L'Argent/Roulette [11:57]
3. La Chambre #1/La Chamber #2/Pickpocket #1/Two or Three [19:38]
4. Porto/Key for 23 pt. 2/Key for 23 pt. 1/Baal [19:58]
Recorded by Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago on July 15, 2018. Mixed and mastered by Alex Inglizian at ESS.
CD 2: New Industries: Live (dedicated to Elza Soares)
1. L'Argent/La Chambre #2/La Chambre #1 [15:27]
2. Porto/Two or Three/Baal [20:04]
3. Key for 23 pt. 1/Key for 23 pt. 2/Roulette [12:41]
4. Alphaville #2/Trance/Pickpocket #1/Alphaville #1 [16:54]
Recorded by Dave Zuchowski at the Sugar Maple, Milwaukee on July 12, 2018. Mixed and mastered by Dave Zuchowski at One Room Studio.
Design by Federico Peñalva
Photograph by Ken Vandermark
Thanks to the musicians; to Alex Inglizian and the staff at Experimental Sound Studio; to Adrienne Pierluissi, Robert Szocik, and the staff at the Sugar Maple; to Federico Peñalva, Brock Stuessi, and Joel Villafañe for their assistance at Audiographic Records; and to the listeners.
supported by 17 fans who also own “New Industries”
That's an easy one! We're all BEING human, and we're all BECOMING dead!
'Til then, Parmenides and Heraclitus aside, I'll add Evans to my collection of favourite trumpeter albums.
I love the easy-breezy charm of Chet Baker, blowing soft clouds; and Miles Davis' Bitches Brew is obviously it.
This is suiting my taste in the abstract right now.Put a trumpet player through a mincer with a squeaky toy he might sound like this.Which is not a criticism, truly.A link of Peter Evans? Breakfast sorted! nicholas hamnett
supported by 16 fans who also own “New Industries”
So happy to see a new album from this band. I've long been a fan of Mazurek and Parker's work in Tortoise, on top of the CUQ... Anyhow, if you're curious about contemporary jazz, this is a terrific place to start.