Resonance Ensemble | Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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When: Sun., March 6, 2 p.m. 2011
In the liner notes for the Resonance Ensemble's ten-CD 2009 debut, Resonance (Not Two), Chicago reedist and composer Ken Vandermark expresses wonderment at Nelson Riddle's opinion of Frank Sinatra's Only the Lonely. Riddle called it his favorite among the Sinatra albums he'd done arrangements for because he got an entire week to write the charts. Vandermark describes Resonance as his Only the Lonely: in fall 2007 he spent an entire week in an apartment in Krakow, Poland, with nothing to do but write and arrange music for this transcontinental tentet. Despite the difficulty of maintaining a large ensemble made up of players scattered over the globe, Resonance has emerged as the successor to Vandermark's previous large-group effort, the Territory Band. Its lineup includes trumpeter Magnus Broo and tubaist Per-Ake Holmlander (Sweden), reedists Mikolaj Trzaska and Waclaw Zimpel (Poland), bassist Mark Tokar (Urkaine), reedist Dave Rempis and drummers Tim Daisy and Michael Zerang (Chicago), and powerhouse trombonist Steve Swell (New York). As he did with the Territory Band, Vandermark uses the group's rare performance opportunities to rehearse and record new material. They'll play brand-new music for their local debut, which is only disappointing because it'd be great to hear the three excellent pieces off their new album, Kafka in Flight (Not Two). Recorded in October 2009 in Gdansk, Poland, they're built from musical modules, held together by extensive improvisation, that can be reordered each time they're performed. Tokar was denied his U.S. visa, but the very able Devin Hoff will fill in. The full group's two performances—one of which is in Milwaukee—are part of the five-day Resonance Festival, which began Wednesday; members will improvise in smaller ad hoc configurations Wed 3/2 and Thu 3/3. —Peter Margasak



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