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, then mixing these with his sense of Jazz and Improvised Music history; Ken has devised a compositional framework for the band that can be restructured for every performance and 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 group (electric bass, drums, electronics, and reeds) has given Ken an amazing palette of sound to explore in each composition, but it is the individuals involved (with Tim Daisy, Devin Hoff, and Christof Kurzmann), and their diverse approaches to improvisation, that gives the ensemble such a dynamic and spontaneous energy.
Made To Break returns to Europe from February 28th until March 10th to play a series of featuring music from their upcoming albums, on lp (“Lacerba”) and cd (“Provoke”), which are being issued by Clean Feed to coincide with this tour. In addition, the group (which features the crucially acclaimed musicians, Tim Daisy [drums], Devin Hoff [electric bass], Christof Kurzmann [electronics], performing the compositions of Ken Vandermark [reeds]) will be working on new concerts material during these shows, which they will then record in Vienna at the conclusion of their trip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBzT_JKbj7I (Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, 2011)