October 9, 2013 — 8PM
$10 - 15, sliding scale
The Piano Fort
1715 SE Spokane St.

Ken Vandermark is an American jazz composer and saxophone and clarinet player. A fixture on the Chicago-area music scene since the 1990s, Vandermark has earned wide critical praise for his playing and his multi-layered compositions, which typically balance intricate orchestration with passionate improvisation. He has led or been a member of many groups including The Flying Luttenbachers, NRG Ensemble, Territory Band, Vandermark 5 and RARA AVIS, has collaborated with many other musicians, and was awarded a 1999 MacArthur Fellowship. He plays tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet; in about 2000, added baritone saxophone to his arsenal, and often favors the instrument, particularly in larger ensembles. ( www.kenvandermark.com )

Nate Wooley was born in 1974 in Clatskanie, Oregon. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. Nate moved to New York in 2001, and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson. Wooley’s solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet. A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor has led one reviewer to call his solo recordings “exquisitely hostile”. ( natewooley.com )

The Demolition Duo is Dr. John C Savage (flutes & saxophone) and Ken Ollis (drums). No holds barred free jazz by a couple of master musicians.