Ars Nova's New Paths Festival Presents Ken Vandermark's Made to Break Ensemble at the Barnes

21 Apr 2014
8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Ken Vandermark. Photo by Ziga Koritnik.

MacArthur Fellow and Chicago jazz musician Ken Vandermark premieres a piece inspired by the Barnes Foundation's collection with his latest ensemble, Made to Break. Inspired by elements of Ethiopian music, Dutch group The Ex, the New Music concepts of John Cage and Morton Feldman, and jazz and improvised music history, Vandermark has devised a compositional framework that engages and complements Dr. Barnes' peculiar personal curatorial philosophy. Before the show, ticketholders are invited to join Vandermark and Blake Bradford, the Barnes Foundation's Bernard C. Watson Director of Education, for a discussion on Vandermark's composing practices and how they relate to Dr. Barnes' curatorial vision.

The Made to Break Ensemble includes: Ken Vandermark, reeds; Devin Hoff, electric bass; Tim Daisy, drums; and Christof Kurzmann, electronics.

This event is part of Ars Nova Workshop's Center-funded New Paths Festival, a citywide festival conceptually connecting some of the most innovative artists in the world to a variety of historic and peculiar Philadelphia spaces. While the work of these artists is inherently adventurous, the festival aims to deepen artists' engagement with their performance space as well as with the city's history, cultures, and people, making these events uniquely Philadelphian.