SHELTER features new material created by key members of four major centers for contemporary improvised music: Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, and New York. Over nine compositions and during the course of an hour, Jasper Stadhouders (electric bass & guitar), Steve Heather (drums, noise box & macumbista benjolin), Ken Vandermark (reeds), and Nate Wooley (trumpet) present their unique perspectives toward what freedom currently means in sound. The pieces included are incredibly diverse. Genres such as jazz, funk, and rock are investigated, then inverted and reassembled to reveal new compositional strategies and new improvisational methods. Available now, in anticipation of their European tour during March:

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  • 1. F -1 [8:21]
  • 2. Accidentals Don’t Carry [6:42]
  • 3. Burnt Njal [8:48]
  • 4. J -1 [7:12]
  • 5. Of Use [3:30]
  • 6. Bartleby [8:09]
  • 7. Drinks & Logistics [7:36]
  • 8. B -1 [6:24]
  • 9. Pan [6:01]

5 and 9 composed by Steve Heather (APRA)

2 and 7 composed by Jasper Stadhouders (BUMA/STEMRA)

1, 4, and 8 composed by Ken Vandermark (Twenty First Mobile Music/ASCAP-Cien Fuegos)

3 and 6 composed by Nate Wooley (fourwordseamusic/BMI)

Recorded on May 13th, 2016 by Marco Birkner at studio h2, Berlin.
Mixed by Steve Heather.
Mastered by Dave Zuchowski at One Room Studio.

Produced by Ken Vandermark for Audiographic Records.

VEIL by Steve Heather

Design by Federico PeƱalva