The Consortium presents
Wed April 10 8 pm all ages welcome $15 adv/$20 door
First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Ave., Shadyside/Oakland
an evening with Dutch avant-garde jazz legends celebrating their 45th year!
INSTANT COMPOSERS POOL ORCHESTRA
tickets on sale now at Caliban Books, Sound Cat Records, Dave’s Music Mine, The Exchange Squirrel Hill, and The Exchange Downtown.
In 1958, the liner notes of a Jimmy Giuffre album coined the term “instant composition” to describe improvisation. A few years later, pianist Misha Mengelberg made the term stick. He played with drummer Han Bennink on Eric Dolphy’s “Last Date” (1964) and then
Bennink, Willem Breuker and Misha Mengelberg founded the ICP co-op in 1967. In 1974 the saxophonist left to form the Willem Breuker Kollektief, longtime flagship of Dutch improvised music. Mengelberg and Bennink founded the raggedy ICP Tentet (including German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, and sometimes cellist Tristan Honsinger). That band matured into something very like the present-day ICP Orchestra in the 1980s, with the addition of younger players, some of whom have been there ever since. The mature ICP is a hybrid of jazz ensemble and chamber orchestra, containing new originals and old tunes (Ellington, Monk, Herbie Nichols), jazz business and funny business, full-force raveups and improv breakdowns. It’s full of surprises, unexpected turns, limber grace and strange eruptions. Nothing and no one else sounds like Amsterdam’s finest – the world’s longest-running avant-garde jazz group – and no two gigs are ever alike.
The current group includes:
Drummer Han Bennink (who has played with Sonny Rollins and Derek Bailey).
Clarinet/tenor saxophonist Ab Baars (The Ex, Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd, Cecil Taylor).
Tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius (played with Georg Graewe).
Double bassist Ernst Glerum (John Zorn, Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Don Byron, Amsterdam String Trio).
Trumpeter Thomas Heberer (Muhal Richard Abrams, Dave Douglas, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, Elliott Sharp, Bob Moses).
Cellist Tristan Honsinger (various Cecil Taylor groups).
Michael Moore on clarinet/alto sax (Jaki Byard, Joe Maneri, Gunther Schuller, Dave Douglas).
Mary Oliver on viola (premiered works by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Brian Ferneyhough, Iannis Xenakis; played with Joelle Leandre, George Lewis).
Wolter Wierbos on trombone (Henry Threadgill, The Ex, Sonic Youth, Mingus Big Band, Gerry Hemingway).