Sunday, January 19, 2014

Two Plus Two Equals More: Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley in Hartford

Improvisations With Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley
Real Art Ways
Hartford, CT

Stephen Haynes/cornets and flugelhorn
Joe Morris/contrabass violin
Nate Wooley/trumpet
Ken Vandermark/clarinet, tenor and baritone saxophones

This past fall, Joe Morris and I joined with Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley for the second installment of Improvisations at Real Art Ways.  The evening was divided into duo and quartet sets.  The duo music departed from our normal format, as the material Nate and Ken performed was composed, intended to be performed over a series of nights on a small tour.  This was the first time that I had heard or played with Ken Vandermark.

The second set was a return to what we strive to do every time we encamp at RAW: build structure in real time, shared with the audience.  As usual, there was no discussion of what we might do together, and together we found a way, a most wonderful way.  We undertook this work surrounded by friends and followers, deep listeners all.  
What a delight the music and the company proved to be!

 Images by Rob Miller

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