Bit of history : Resonance was born on 2007, special project for the Autumn Jazz Festival, ten musicians from four different countries, five different cities, some of them old fellows, for many of them it was the first chance to collaborate. Which, as a result, brought on many new, ongoing, partnerships like Reed Trio (Waclaw Zimpel, Ken Vandermark, Mikolaj Trzaska), Mikolaj projects with Michael Zerang, Inner Ear (Mikolaj, Steve Swell, Per-Ake Holmlander, Tim Daisy), Project Four (Waclaw Zimpel, Dave Rempis, Mark Tokar, Tim Daisy) or Waclaw & Michael duo.
The new cd "What Country is this" presents the program played in Chicago last year, which was the third edition of project. Now they started an european tour to present the program, gradually introducing new compositions to the playlist.
There will be chance to write more about music and the cd, for now let me say this - if any of the next few dates happen to be anywhere nearby your place, do not miss it. This band storms through complex charts and arrangements with grace, power and conviction, explodes with fiery improvisations, rides the funk-rock powerfull grooves (not unlike the riffs and tunes Ken writes for Vandermark V but with twice the same amount of colours, layers and brass-reeds contrasts and contrapoints).
Ken's writing echoes Mingus, Kenton, Evans, Lutoslawski and probably much more that I'm not able to enlist here. Ten of the top improvisors's execute the pieces bringing the life to the notes with massive group sound and mind-blowing soloing. (immagine a powerfull base line played by the baritone, tuba, bass and two drum -sets, a rhythm counterpoint set by roaring brass section, another layer added by reeds and a smoking solo on top of that). Will get back to the cd (can't wait to have my first listen tomorrow evening), for now, let me repeat - do not miss this band's performance if you have a chance to see them!
March 15th, 2012
Pawilon Nowej Gazowni, Poznań, Poland
[part of the cycle, "Nowy Wiek Awangardy"]
March 16th, 2012
klub Żak, Gdańsk, Poland
March 17th, 2012
Kunstencentrum Belgie, Hasselt, Belgium
more info about the group
Ken Vandermark - baritone sax, clarinet
Dave Rempis - tenor sax, alto sax
Mikolaj Trzaska - alto sax, bass clarinet
Waclaw Zimpel - clarinet, bass clarinet, alto clarinet
Steve Swell - trombone
Magnus Broo - trumpet
Per-Ake Holmlander - tuba
Mark Tokar - double bass
Michael Zerang - drums
Tim Daisy - drums
Fabryka Klub. Krakow. 14.03.2012