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Portland Jazz Festival: A Celebration of ECM

Ken Vandermark

In addition to being one of the only museums devoted to a single artist, with room left over for like-minded traveling exhibitions, Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum has a reputation for hosting live acts ranging from theater performances to diverse types of music. The intimate auditorium-with just over 100 seats-served as an ideal setting for the current lineup of the Vandermark 5, which now includes Fred Lonberg-Holm’s electric, effects-laden cello. The room’s acoustics ensured that the reeds of Ken Vandermark and Dave Rempis didn’t get lost amidst Tim Daisy’s double-barreled drumming or Lonberg-Holm’s often ferocious scraping.

Additionally, the bandleader said the museum named for the father of pop art seemed like an appropriate follow-up to the performance space from the previous evening-a coffeehouse in a strip mall outside of Washington, D.C.

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