A masterpiece…Among the most significant efforts of the year – or any year this decade, for that matter” (Movieline). Part of Daniel Kraus’ critically-acclaimed Work series, Musician takes a cinéma vérité approach to Chicago saxophonist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Ken Vandermark’s story. Among avant-garde musicians and fans, Vandermark’s work ethic is the stuff of legend; he spends more time on the road than he does at home and has released over 100 albums with nearly 40 ensembles. True to the series, Musician captures the dichotomy of Vandermark’s artistic practice: “Vandermark loves what he does, but because resources for the improvising musician are so limited, he can never rest” (Chicago Reader). Forgoing interviews and voice-overs, Kraus captures what it means, at least for Vandermark, to be a working musician, allowing the audience to see the entire process, from quotidian struggles to triumphant performances.
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