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  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

Chicago reed instrumentalist Ken Vandermark has performed in Madison a couple times in recent years, and returns here with Hassles, a new ensemble of adventurous, accomplished musicians, all of whom have a long history of playing together in some way or another. Dutch guitarist Terrie Ex is best known for his anarcho-punk outfit, The Ex, but has collaborated with Vandermark and percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love in free jazz project Lean Left (which includes guitarist Andy Moor, also of The Ex). Essentially a punk band in itself, Lean Left serves sped-up Downtown-y, No Wave vibes. The four-piece shares some of the brash attitude heard in The Ex, as well as the distinct, relentless intensity experienced in other Nilssen-Love/Vandermark jazz collaborations. Vandermark's history with percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love can be traced back to over 15 years of their duo project. My guess as to what to expect on this night of sonic exploration and accomplished collaboration: A violent disregard for the barriers of punk and jazz, and an exhibition of sheer expression and a stirring, skronky cacophony. —Emili Earhart

Earlier Event: January 11
Comedy At The Cabaret