Yes, it was ICP light without Misha Mengelberg, but it was still outstanding. I love Han Bennink and the horn section ans string section were phenomenal. It was great.
The 10-piece, Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra has earned
worldwide acclaim for its inventiveness, musical genius, and
unpredictable stage antics. The group includes world-class improvisers
Han Bennink on drums, Michael Moore on clarinet and alto saxophone, Ab
Baars on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Tobias Delius on clarinet and
tenor saxophone, Thomas Heberer on trumpet, Wolter Wierbos on trombone,
Tristan Honsinger on cello, Ernst Glerum on bass, and Mary Oliver on
viola and violin.
From ragtime to swing, composed pieces to improvisation, bop to free
jazz, classical to carnivalesque, the ICP Orchestra continues to be at
the forefront of the creative music that they have been so influential
in founding, proliferating and supporting over the last five decades.
BOUT THE MUSICIANS:
Han Bennink (drums) is a co-founder of the ICP, long-time associate of
Misha Mengelberg, and one of the most in-demand drummers in Europe. He
has performed and recorded with jazz musicians such as Dexter Gordon and
Sonny Rollins, as well as European improvisers such as Peter Brotzman,
Derek Bailey, and Willem Breuker. He trained as a graphic artist and has
exhibited work in several media, including sculptures from found
objects that can include broken drum heads and drumsticks; he also
designs many of his own LP and CD sleeves. More: www.hanbennink.com.
In addition to playing solo concerts and his own trio, Ab Baars
(clarinet, tenorsax) is a regular guest with the EX, Cor Fuhler, Michael
Moore, and Michiel Scheen. Since 1990, his main focus has been on the
Ab Baars Trio, which led to tours with Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd; a
collaboration with the Nieuw Ensemble, shakuhachi player Iwamoto and
conductor Butch Morris at the festival Improvisations. Baars has also
worked with Francois Houle, John Carter, Roger Turner, Sunny Murray,
George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, and Gerry Hemingway among
others. More: www.stichtingwig.com.
Tobias Delius was born in Oxford, England but grew up playing tenor
saxophone in Germany and Mexico. In 1984 he moved to Amsterdam where he
studied briefly at the Sweelinck Conservatorium. Since 1990 Delius leads
his own 4tet with Tristan Honsinger, Joe Williamson, and Han Bennink;
APA INI is currently a quartet with Hilary Jeffery, Wilbert de Joode
& Serigne Gueye. He can also be heard in Available Jelly, Sean
Bergin’s MOB, Cor Fuhler’s Corkestra, and Georg Graewe Quintet. In 2004
Delius was awarded the Boy Edgar Prize, the Netherlands' most
prestigious award in improvised music. More: www.doek.org.
Ernst Glerum studied classical double-bass at the Conservatory of
Amsterdam. During his studies he joined contemporary music ensembles
(ASKO ensemble) as well as improvised music groups (Curtis Clark, Hans
Dulfer, JC Tans, Theo Loevendie). He frequently performed with such
artists as Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Uri Caine, Teddy Edwards, Benny
Maupin, Jimmy Knepper, Jamaladeen Tacuma, John Zorn, Bud Shank, Art
Hodes, Don Byron and many others. Besides ICP and the Amsterdam String
Trio he performs in the Guus Janssen Trio, Michiel Scheen Quartet, Trio
Continuo, Trio Bennink-Borstlap-Glerum and Available Jelly. He doubles
on piano in Glerum Omnibus with Clemens van der Feen and Owen Hart.
Thomas Heberer (trumpet) was born in 1965 in Schleswig, Germany, and
studied at the Conservatory in Cologne until 1987. Since then he has
performed with musicians such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Pina Bausch, Dave
Douglas, Maria Joao, Howard Johnson, Bob Moses, David Moss, Evan
Parker, E. L. Petrowsky, Enrico Rava, Alex Schlippenbach, Elliott Sharp,
Tomasz Stanko and Attila Zoller. Thomas is member of several ensembles
such as the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, European Jazz Ensemble,
Aki Takase Quintet, Tome XX and of course has a duo with bassist Dieter
Born in New England, the cellist Tristan Honsinger studied at the
Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. By the '70s, the Trans-American had
moved to Amsterdam. Since a memorable set of concerts in Berlin in 1988,
released on the much sought-after FMP box set, Honsinger has been a
fairly regular member of Cecil Taylor's groups, including the
now-disbanded European Quartet with Harri Sjöström and Paul Lovens,
including an unusual combination that performed at the Total Music
Meeting in November 1999: the Cecil Taylor Ensemble with Franky Douglas,
Tristan Honsinger and Andrew Cyrille.
Michael Moore was born in Arcata, California, where he played in clubs
and attended school before moving to Boston to study at the New England
Conservatory of Music. There he worked with Joseph Allard, Jaki Byard,
Joe Maneri, Gunther Schuller, George Russell and others. After spending
two years in NYC he moved to Amsterdam, where he has lived since 1984.
He currently works with Available Jelly, Jewels & Binoculars, Franky
Douglas, Achim Kaufmann, Dave Douglas, Fred Hersch, Benoit Delbecq,
Eric Boeren, Paul Berner and others. His own projects include the White
Widow Quartet, the Monitor Trio w/ Cor Fuhler and Tristan Honsinger and
the Michael Moore Quintet. More: www.ramboyrecordings.com.
Mary Oliver was born in La Jolla, California, and studied at San
Francisco State University (Bachelor of Music), Mills College (MFA) and
the University of California, San Diego where she received her PhD in
1993 for her research in the theory and practice of improvised music.
Her work as a soloist encompasses both composed and improvised
contemporary music; she has premiered works by Richard Barrett, John
Cage, Chaya Czernowin, Morton Feldman, Brian Ferneyhough, George Lewis
and Iannis Xenakis among others and worked alongside improvising
musicians such as Ab Baars, FURT, Tristan Honsinger, Joelle Leandre,
George Lewis, Phil Minton and Evan Parker.
Wolter Wierbos can be heard on more than 100 CD’s and LP’s. Like many
Dutch brass players Wierbos started out in a ‘fanfare’ (brass band),
switching from trumpet to trombone when he was 17. Since 1979 he has
performed with with Henry Threadgill, The Ex, The Berlin Contemporary
Jazz Orchestra (led by Alexander von Schlippenbach), the European Big
Band (led by Cecil Taylor), Sonic Youth, the John Carter Project, Mingus
Big Band (Epitaph, directed by Gunther Schuller) and many others. He is
currently active with Gerry Hemingway Quintet, Franky Douglas’
Sunchild, Bik Bent Braam, Albrecht Maurer Trio Works, Nocando, Carl
Ludwig Hübsch’s Longrun Development of the Universe, Frank Gratkowski
Quartet, Available Jelly and Sean Bergin’s MOB. More: