On Friday, January 12, 2018, at 8pm, Ken Vandermark returns to ALL with an exciting new ensemble. 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 the 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.

Tickets $20 in advance at http://hassles.bpt.me or $25 at the door. Online sales end one hour before performance. Doors open at 7:30pm.


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 (www.theex.nl). 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 (www.terprecords.nl).


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.


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.


  • Occurred Friday, January 12th, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm


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