Location: FORT MONOSTOR - ORNAMENT STAGE - KOMÁROM (HUN),
KEN VANDERMARK & PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE
(USA / NOR)
Genre: improvised music / improvizatív zene
Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love are the greatest characters of the contemporary improvisational music. They are the strong personalities, avant-garde stars of the present, not the past. 30 years ago we invited the most fresh, most important musicians of the time - for the International Jazz concert series Győr - like Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis, Rova Saxophone Quartet, etc. Back to the present. Both of them have been to MEDIAWAVE Festival before (2005 - Free Music Ensemble, 2006 - The Thing) and both occasions were strong and unforgettable expierience for the audience. After the latter concert when the Hungarian improvisational illustrious musicians stood up from their chairs - around 2 a. m. - sweaty and inspired I said: actually the festival should end right now because the peak point has been over. But there was an other eight days from the festival because it was on the opening day. Of course great performers followed them like Dave Holland, Marc Ribot and William Parker with different bands and more others but that concert was still unforgettable. What happens now? We'll seee.
Ken Vandermark - sax
Paal Nilssen-Love - drums
This is free improvised music of very high energy. Vandermark is stretching the tenor, baritone saxophone and Bb clarinet in a continuous flow of tones and timbres, whilst the Stavanger-drummer Nilssen-Love proves his reputation of being the avant-garde jazzâ most powerful mallet and stick wizard. However, Vandermarkâs logical lines stir the flow of energy. Though tonal and rhythmic patterns/structures appear, the duo does not seek simple solutions. This is raw music, with a brutal beauty, which becomes more and more exhilarating the more you let the music take control of body and mind and set aside the normal understanding of nice and ugly. Dagbladet (Terje Mosnes)
Vandermark and Nilssen-Love started their collaboration in 2000 when the group School Days was formed. One year later they started FME, a trio with bass player Nate McBride. After this it seemed very natural to define a duo. The first occasion for this format was when they recorded the cd âDual Pleasureâ in Oslo during the summer of 2002. Shortly after this they performed their first duo concert at Molde International Jazz Festival. Dual Pleasure was released by the Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound and has received excellent reviews.
Vandermark is also known for the work with his own quintet the Vandermark 5, the Peter BrÃ¶tzmann Chicago Tentet, the Territory Band, Spaceways Inc., and the DKV Trio. In 1999 Vandermark was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, previous recipients of this prize in the field of music include Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton and Max Roach. He has also been was voted âTalent Deserving Wider Recognitionâ in the critic's poll of the American jazz magazine Down Beat, both as composer and as a tenor saxophonist, every year since 2000.
Nilssen-Love has, during the last couple of years, established himself on the international scene as a powerful drummer with high energy and creativity. In 2002 he was "Artist in Residence" at Molde International Jazz Festival, a title Chick Corea and Pat Metheny held in previous years. After 7 days and 9 concerts at the festival, Down Beat stated, "His week at Molde proved a revelation: Nilssen-Love is one of the most innovative, dynamic and versatile drummers in jazz."
Their musical expression results from the influence of several traditions, both geographic and historical. In this duo, Vandermark and Nilssen-Love use free improvisation as a means to explore all levels of dynamics, density, rhythm, timbre, form and tonality. The results of their work are experienced as intense, exhilarating, and boundary breaking.
On the 4th of May, 2013, avoiding the protocol-centered award ceremony clichés of big film festivals, the organisers attempted to find a more human-centered and personal form of giving the awards and closing the 23rd Gathering in the Fort Monostor.