Ken Vandermark formed his quintet, the VANDERMARK 5, during the spring of 1996. Since that time it has been a major outlet for compositional and improvisational ideas that have been fascinating its leader, whose thinking has been developed through years of work with groups like the NRG Ensemble, AALY, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Free Music Ensemble, School Days, Free Fall, the Territory Band, Powerhouse Sound, Frame Quartet, and the Resonance Ensemble- the members of which represent an international gallery of the cutting edge of contemporary music.
Edwin Prévost (born June 22, 1942 in Hitchin) is an English drummer and percussionist. An important figure in the history of free improvisation, Prévost began as a jazz drummer before branching out into entirely improvised music. He was a co-founder of the group AMM, and remains its only constant member. Prévost has worked with several prominent jazz musicians, including saxophonist Lou Gare.
Kent Kessler is an American jazz double-bassist, best known for his work in the Chicago jazz and avant garde music scene from the 1980s into the 2000s. Kessler grew up in Cape Cod and began playing trombone at age ten. He and his family moved to Chicago when he was 13, and a few years later Kessler became intensely interested in jazz. He dropped out of high school and began taking lessons in electric bass and jazz theory in the middle of the 1970s. In 1977 he formed the ensemble Neutrino Orchestra with percussionist Michael Zerang and guitarists Dan Scanlan and Norbert Funk.
This quartet came about by accident. Fairly early in 1998, the trio of Evan Parker, John Edwards and Louis Moholo was booked to play a gig at the Vortex in London. On the night, Edwards was very ill - he managed to get through the first set, but couldn't summon up the strength to do the second. So Parker asked Steve Beresford, who happened to be in the audience, to step in for the second half. This worked so well that Parker decided to put together a band containing all four musicians, which went on to play the Vortex twice later on that year, and once more in May of the following year.
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Riaan Vosloo, Mark Hanslip & Tim Giles are Twelves Trio. They have recently been joined by Rob Uptergraff on guitar, thus rendering their name a tautology. They are therefore thinking of changing their name to just "The Twelves" for the purpose of clarity - any thoughts on this important matter will be gratefully received. An new acoustic album is to be recorded in May, which is sure to be to a great success. An electronic album is also in the works, more details soon.
Chris Bowden is a British alto saxophonist, composer and arranger, working across a variety of genres from acoustic jazz to hip hop and drum and bass. As well as his solo releases he has contributed to music by 4hero, The Herbaliser and The Heritage Orchestra among others. He is currently active with The Tomorrow Band and Scorched Earth. Originally from Birmingham, UK, he began his professional career with The K-Creative in the early 90s acid jazz boom, and also worked with Palm Skin Productions, Jessica Lauren and Jhelisa Anderson.
Hypnotic and psychedelic different sounding ”jazz” from brand new Swedish group counting three brilliant musicians in Mats Gustafsson (The Thing) on saxophones and Fender Rhodes, Johan Berthling (Tape) on bass, electric guitar and Hammond organ and Andreas Werliin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums) on drums.
There are 3 bands and one Game with the name Evil Twin. 1) Evil Twin (Seattle, USA) Hard Rock / Punk influenced band from Seattle. Signed to Flotation Records in 2006. Main release: Radio Salvation (2007). (http://www.eviltwinrocks.com) 2) Evil Twin (Poland) Death Metal. Releases include To Your God (1999), An Erotic (2002), Villian (2003), and Dying Art of the Human (2004). (http://www.eviltwin.prv.pl) 3) Evil Twin (UK)
Improvising duo from Canberra, Australia featuring Shoeb Ahmad and Evan Dorrian. Their sound is rooted in free jazz and micro-sound as well as bands like Fugazi and The Ex, utilising loops and processed melodies to build their songforms from. On any given night, they can work their pieces into ambient passages or post-punk riots. They have toured Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, playing shows with the likes of Adrian Klumpes, My Disco, Cleptoclectics, Akta Angkasa and many others.