MADE TO BREAK is improviser/composer Ken Vandermark's newest ensemble and his most radical. Combining elements of his interest and experience with the music of Ethiopia and the Ex, alongside the New Music ideas of John Cage and Morton Feldman, and mixing these with his perspective toward jazz and improvised music history, he has devised a compositional framework for the band that can be restructured for every performance and which deals with melody, sound, and rhythm in a completely unique way. This creative system gives the music of MADE TO BREAK an almost unprecedented flexibility and immediacy. The instrumentation of the quartet (drums, electric bass, electronics, and reeds) has given Vandermark an amazing palette of sounds to explore with each composition, but it is the individuals involved (with Tim Daisy, Jasper Stahouders, Christof Kurzmann), and their diverse approaches to improvisation, that give the ensemble such a dynamic and spontaneous energy.
MADE TO BREAK developed its preliminary work in June of 2011 for the 3rd Okka Festival, and toured Europe in November of that year, to prepare to record their first albums in Lisbon. The band then returned to Europe from February 28th until March 10th, 2013, to play a series of concerts featuring music from those recordings (on lp, "Lacerba," and cd, "Provoke"), which were issued by Clean Feed. In addition, the group worked on new material during these performances, which they recorded in Vienna at the conclusion of that trip and released by Trost in March of 2014, on an album called "Cherchez La Femme." In October of 2015 they released their last album for Trost, “Before the Code”.
The group returns to Europe in October of 2016, after a spring tour of North America, a new recording session for Trost, a special project with Nate Wooley and C. Spencer Yeh, and the presentation of a 3 CD boxset from Audiographic Records.
This radical and groove-based ensemble has repeatedly amazed audiences wherever and whenever they perform.
Tim Daisy (percussion) has been an active member of Chicago’ s creative music scene since moving there in 1997. He has performed, composed, recorded, and toured with many of the city’s celebrated musicians and ensembles, including the Engines, KLANG, the Rempis Percussion Quartet, the Resonance Ensemble, and the Vandermark 5. In addition, Tim maintains an active composing schedule, writing for his own bands (such as Vox Arcana and Group 4-34) as well as contributing music to a number of collaborative projects- including chamber groups, jazz ensembles, dance, and film. He has had the fortunate experience to perform and record with many great improvisers both from around the world, including: Fred Anderson, Jim Baker, Jeb Bishop, Magnus Broo, Xavier Charles, James Falzone, Erik Friedlander, Per-Ake Homlander, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nate McBride, Joe McPhee, Dave Rempis, Steve Swell, Mikolaj Trzaska, Havard Wiik, Waclaw Zimpel, and Michael Zerang. Besides a regular concert schedule in Chicago, Tim has toured throughout North America and Europe, and has performed at numerous international music festivals.
Jasper Stadhouders (Tilburg, the Netherlands, 1989) is a guitarist and bassist based in Amsterdam. He’s performed music on stage since the age of 8. He is an active member of the international improvised music circuit. He is a co-founder of the bands Cactus Truck (with John Dikeman and Onno Govaert), Stadhouders/Govaert/De Joode Trio and two duos with percussionists Dag Erik Knedal Andersen and Nicolas Field. He is also part of such diverse bands as Spinifex and Lily’s Déjà Vu, next to playing countless of ad hoc improv shows. Jasper also occasionally works in the fields of dance, theatre and contemporary composed music. He has played with Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Paal Nilssen-Love, Marshall Allen, Wolter Wierbos, Noel Redding, Ken Vandermark, Jim Black, Andrew D’Angelo, Terrie Ex, Andy Moor, Peter Evans, Frank Rosaly, Dave Rempis, Roy Campbell, Michael Moore, Jeb Bishop, Peter Jacquemyn, Wally Shoup, Ingrid Laubrock, Mars Williams, Michael Vatcher, Alan Wilkinson and many more. Jasper has performed extensively in Europe and the USA, as well as in India.
Christof Kurzmann (vocals, lloopp, clarinet, alto sax) is an Austrian musician, performer, and composer currently living in Buenos Aires. Beginning in 1994 he started his work in the field of experimental electronic music. Since that time Christof has collaborated with some of the most significant artists working in contemporary music and improvisation- including Toto Alvarez, Martin Brandlmayr, John Butcher, Eden Carrasco, Sebi Ciurcina, Werner Dafeldecker, Kai Fagaschinski, Fernanda Farrah, Bernhard Fleischmann, Michaela Grill, Margareth Kammerer, Leonel Kaplan, Bernhard Lang, Andrea Neumann, Fernando Perales, Eva Reiter, Marina Rosenfeld, Ursula Rucked, Burkhard Stangl, Michael Thieke, and Clayton Thomas- in groups such as El Infierno Musical, The Magic I.D., and Schee. During the course of his career Christof has performed throughout Europe, Japan, North and South America. He has also been a music curator since the mid 1980's, and in 1999 founded the record label, Charhizma, which has released more than 30 cds.
Since the spring of 1986, Ken Vandermark has focused on expanding the possibilities of improvised and composed music. He's worked continuously from the middle 1990's onward- both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe- and his primary creative emphasis has been contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. Ken moved to Chicago from Boston in 1989. Since then he's performed and recorded in a vast array of contexts, and with many internationally renowned musicians (such as Johannes Bauer, Ab Baars, Magnus Broo, Peter Brötzmann, Mats Gustafsson, Terrie Hessels, Per-Ake Holmlander, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Thomas Lehn, Lasse Marhaug, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Joe Morris, Steve Swell, Chad Taylor, Philipp Wachsmann, and Haavard Wiik), touring on a regular basis in North America, Europe, and Japan for more than half of each year. His concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In 1999 Ken won the MacArthur Prize for music.