An Evening with Hassles (New Ken Vandermark Quartet)

Primarily Seated, General Admission (Tavern)

An Evening with Hassles (New Ken Vandermark Quartet)

Wed · January 10, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is all ages

(New Ken Vandermark Quartet)

In Association with New Ghosts

Primarily Seated, General Admission

Hassles (New Ken Vandermark Quartet)
Hassles (New Ken Vandermark Quartet)
HASSLES is a brand new quartet built around a long list
of histories: Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Ken
(reeds) have been playing together as a duo for 15
years; Paal, Ken, and Terrie Ex (guitar) have been
playing in Lean Left for almost a decade; and Paal has
been collaborating with a Norwegian Bassist in the
Frode Gjerstad Trio since 2010.
Put together as a band for the first time in order to
conclude Ken's second Stone residency at the beginning
of January 2018, HASSLES will continue with a series
of concerts in North America that includes dates on the
East Coast, in Canada, and in the Midwest. Based on
their previous collaborations, the music created by
this lineup promises to be an electrifying and visceral
inquiry of contemporary improvised music, post-punk,
Tropicalia, and the freest jazz possible.
Terrie Ex:
Aka Terrie Hessels, born in Westzaan, 12 October 1954.
Started playing guitar when he co-founded the Ex in
1979. Some 1900 concerts with The Ex ever since.
( Next to all The Ex releases, he
started free-improvising from the very start. From a
little guitarsolo on the Awara/Ex 7" in 1981, till
recent tours with Han Bennink or impro-groups Offonoff
or Lean Left (with Ken Vandermark, Andy Moor
and Paal Nilssen-Love). Starts in 2000 the TERP
label, for his own impro-projects and African Music.
Produced CDs with Tsehaytu Beraki, Getatchew Mekuria,
Konono No.1 and Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed; 25 releases
thus far. (
Played with:
Sonic Youth, John Cale, Getatchew Mekuria, Herman
Brood, Herr Seele, Kamagurka, Jan Mulder, Mekons,
Chumbawamba, Tsehaytu Beraki, Peter Brozmann, Hamid
Drake, Jan Akkerman, Djibril Diabate, Butch Morris,
Mats Gustafsson, ICP, Wolter Wierbos, Wilbert de
Joode, Zu, Guy Picciotto, Roy Paci, Cactus Truck,
Christine Senaoui, Mary Oliver, Ig Henneman, Tim
Hodgekinson, Michael Vatcher, Magpie Dancecompany,
Alex d' Electrique, Ferrie Heyne, Saadet Turkoz, Peter
Evans, Nate Wooley, Melaku Belay, Endris Hassen,
Misale Legesse, Noel Akchote, Akira Sakata,
Has toured with:
Andy Moor, Han Bennink, Ab Baars, John Butcher,
Rozemarie Heggen, Jaap Blonk, Paul Lovens, Paal
Nilssen-Love, Joost Buis, Xavier Charles, Thurston
Moore, Steve Beresford, Moe! Staiano, Katherina 'Ex'
Bornefeld, Tony Buck, Tom Cora, Lasse Marhaug, Ken
Vandermark, Steve Albini, Wim Janzen (accordeon), Rene
van Barneveld, Onno Govaert. George Hadow, Colin
Stetson, Romeo Mayor, Peter Zegveld.
Paal Nilssen-Love:
Paal was born in Molde, Norway, Dec 24. 1974. From 1990 on he
took an active part in the jazz milieu in Stavanger and joined
bands with established musicians such as trumpeter Didrik
Ingvaldsen and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad. During his studies
at the Jazz department at the University in Trondheim, where
the first self initiated bands were established, things
developed really fast – and Paal was nationally acknowledged
at the age of 20. Paal moved to Oslo in 1996, where he joined
and/or took part in the forming of bands like Vindaloo, SAN,
Håkon Kornstad Tio, The Quintet and Frode Gjerstad Trio. He
later on got more into self initiated projects and
collaborations with Swedish musicians, such as pianist Sten
Sandell and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.
Being active in several bands at the same time has always been
Paal’s deliberate working method. Today Paal’s portfolio
includes The Thing, the Large Unit, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Sten
Sandell Trio, Scorch Trio, various duo projects such as with
reedmen Ken Vandermark, John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, Peter
Brotzmann, organist Nils Henrik Asheim and noise wizard Lasse
Norwegian Bassist:
Born in Namsos, Norway, on January 29th 1985, he has emerged
on the jazz and improv-scene as a bass player with extremely
high energy and stamina. Taking inspiration from William
Parker, Jimmy Garrison, Johnny Dyani and Gary Peacock among
others, he represents a new generation of Norwegian bass
players. Norwegian Bassist works regularly with bands like Universal
Indians, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Friends & Neighbors, All Included
and his own Jon Rune Strøm Quintet.
Ken Vandermark:
Born in Warwick, Rhode Island on September 22nd, 1964, Ken
Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of
16. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Communications
from McGill University during the spring of 1986, his primary
creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary
music that deals directly with advanced methods of
improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and
has worked continuously from the early 1990's onward, both as
a performer and organizer in North America and Europe,
recording in a large array of contexts, with many
internationally renowned musicians (such as Fred Anderson, Ab
Baars, Tim Barnes, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake,
Terrie Hessels, Mats Gustafsson, Elisabeth Harnik, Steve
Heather, Didi Kern, Kent Kessler, Christof Kurzmann, Fred
Lonberg-Holm, Paul Lytton, Lou Mallozzi, Lasse Marhaug, Joe
McPhee, Andy Moor, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, Paal Nilssen-Love,
Eddie Prevost, Eric Revis, Jasper Stadhouders, Chad Taylor,
John Tilbury, Nasheet Waits, Mars Williams, Nate Wooley, and
C. Spencer Yeh).
His current activity includes work with Made To Break, Marker,
Lean Left, Shelter, DEK, The DKV Trio, Fire Room; duos with Paal
Nilssen-Love, Tim Daisy, Terrie Hessels, and Nate Wooley, as
well as work as a solo performer. Since June of 2015 has been
co-curator of Option, a music series held on a weekly basis at
the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago. In 2014 he began an
independent label, called Audiographic Records, created to
document special aspects of his work through albums and books.
More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North
America, Russia, Brazil, and Japan, and his concerts and
numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home
and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the
bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone. In 1999 he was
awarded the MacArthur prize for music.
Venue Information:
Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo
Cleveland, OH, 44110