Ken Vandermark, born 1964,is a musician (improviser/composer) who plays saxophone and clarinet, and works with a variety of styles and artists. Vandermark grew up in Massachusetts, and has lived in Chicago since 1989. Since then, he has performed or recorded with many musicians (including Hal Russell, Paal Nilssen-Love, Hamid Drake, Fred Anderson, David Stackenäs, Paul Lytton, Ab Baars, The Ex, Mikolaj Trzaska, Waclaw Zimpel, Axel Dörner, Mats Gustafsson, Peter Brötzmann, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Paul Lovens). He first gained widespread attention while with the NRG Ensemble from 1992 to 1996. He has led or co-led several groups, and released his solo debut album in 2002.