Doek Festival: Saturnalia X Bacchanalia at Sexyland

The Doek Festival is one of the best events to enjoy the colorful and varied scene of Amsterdam improvisers. The Doek Collectif organized a two days festival at the Bimhuis and it ended it with a great party at Sexyland. A night of different small sets programed by Miguel Petruccelli, with a big ending playing cumbia with Bacchanalia – la Orquesta.

I played a set with Mary Oliver on violin/viola, Eric Boeren – cornet, and Wolter Wierbos – trombone.

The last orchestra set was with: Miguel Petruccelli – bass, composition, Ab Baars – tenor saxophone, Eric Boeren – cornet, Nico Chientaroli – keys, John Dikeman – tenor, baritone saxophones, Onno Govaert – percussion, Pau Sola Masafrets – cello, Michael Moore – alto saxophone, clarinet, Mary Oliver – violin, viola, Tristan Renfrow – drums, Jasper Stadhouders – guitar, Wolter Wierbos – trombone.

Photos: Cristina Marx

Trash Panda at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

I had the honor to sub on a Trash Panda concert. I’m a great fan of the group, and I was really happy that they asked me to play. We played “Smart Alienation”, an amazing crazy piece by Igor C Silva. Here you can see the piece recorded by the original members of the Ensemble.

It was a great event, the Composer’s Dinner, that every year is organized at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. People brings their own food to share, and during the whole evening there are small acts with the last music composed/improvised on the Netherlands. A great concept.

Liquid Identities at the Bimhuis

Liquid Identities, the band started by Federico Calcagno is getting stronger and more stable. We had the opportunity to perform twice at the Bimhuis during the last months.

The first time was with the Keep an Eye international competition, where Liquid Identities got the second prize. It was a nice evening with beautiful people from all over Europe and US.

The second time was with the cycle Rough Diamonds, a cycle where the Bimhuis gives the opportunity to give a concert to 8 different bands of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Listen here to a fragment of the concert:

With Federico Calcagno on clarinets – José Soares on alto saxophone – Adrian Moncada on piano – Nick Thessalonikefs on drums – and myself on cello.

Tijn Wybenga and AM.OK at the Bimhuis

I was really happy to be part of this Amsterdam Modern Orkest with Tijn. Since the end of the bubble project last August, Tijn started working on a concert with a bigger orkestra that had to be presented at the bimhuis.

It was a great team of international really young players. I’m really glad to be part of them: Tijn Wybenga conductor, Alistair Payne trumpet, Kika Sprangers sax, Odei Al Magut trombon, Federico Calcagno bassclarinet, Andre Lima violin, Pablo Rodriguez violin, George Dumitriu altviolin, Pau Sola cello, Angelo Boltini live electronics, Felix Back synthesizers, Vuma Levin guitar, Allesandro Fongaro contrabass / bassguitar, Alex Brajcovic drums, Ruven Ruppik percussion.

You can listen to the whole live concert in the Bimhuis radio!

Collective Imprography at Cafe Belcampo

Last December I had the pleasure to be part of this event. Collectief Imprography, started by the amazing dancer Miri Lee, presented a night of dance/music improvisation.

Dance: Christian Guerematchi, Francine Marie, Miri Lee
Music: Oene Van Geel(Viola), Remco Menting(Percussion), Pau sola Masafrets(Cello)

Here you can watch a short fragment recorded and edited by Kagi.

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Silence in De Oude Kerk

Every first friday of the month at 8 o’clock in the morning, inside de Oude Kerk there is a very special concert. The cycle “Silence”, organized and programed by Jacob Lekkerkerker, is based on the idea of introspection, exploration, and experience.

The last concerts “Silence” has been arranged around the “instrument of troubled dreams” an instrument designed by the sound artists Cardiff and Miller. The instrument is an amazing sampler organ (mellotron), with field recordings, text readings and instrument samples that are spread through the whole church.

I participated in the last 2 concerts of this cycle. Silence #18 with Kaspar Kröner (countertenor), Margarida Sampaio (recorder), Oene Van Geel (viola), Gareth Davis (bass clarinet), and Jacob Lekkerkerker (mellotron) playing Sweelinck, Pärt and improvisations. And Silence #19 with Gareth Davis (bass clarinet), Carole Reis (organ) and Jacob Lekkerkerker (mellotron) playing two pieces by Alvin Lucier.

With Harald Austbø at the Bimhuis

Harald Austbø presenting his solo album “Ontwaak” for the Cello Biennale at the Bimhuis. He originally recorded this album overdubbing himself, but did the presentation with the band. I was really happy to play as a guest with this amazing quartet. Jasper Stadhouders on guitar, Frank Rosaly on drums and Ernst Glerum on bass.

This concert was dedicated to Boris. The son of Harald that was born just two days before this moment, creating many crazy situations around what was a great concert with a full Bimhuis.

Don’t miss the album!

Solo at Nausicaa #23

Nausicaa is a monthly evening of art and music organized by a beautiful and dedicated group of artists. Every evening is special, with contrasting sets of music, with short movie views, art expositions, and amazing food.

I had the pleasure to perform a solo next to the shorts of Kleoniki Stanich and Elia Kalogianni, another solo set on the tenor saxophone by Ab Baars, and an amazing improvisation on the Shakuhachi by the same Ab Baars together with an installation of 8 record players controlled by Oscar Jan Hoogland.

Wonderland

Wonderland is a great project started by the dancer Makiko Ito with Ellen Knops always very close to it. Its a project where a group of musicians and dancers with Ellen on lights, improvise for and with a group of kids from 0 to 4 years old!

Wonderland is basically a big pool of music and dance improvisers opening a whole world for these children. I’m really glad to be part of it since more than a year ago.

I’ve performed until now with musicians Ada Rave, Bernt Nellen, Laura Lotti, Kristian Martinsson, Jodi Gilbert, Allan Purves, and Marcos Baggiani. And dancers Makiko Ito, Manuela Tessi, , Maria Mavridou, Stephanie Lama, Stefania petroula Raul Germano, and Kim Hoogterp.

Philipp Rüttgers Twists Of H.C. Andersen’s Untaped Fairy Tales

Every year the North Sea Jazz Festival commissions a promising Dutch jazz composer to write a free composition. In 2018, the honour goes to pianist and composer Philipp Rüttgers.

The result is an amazing album, full of colors, crazy rhythms and beautiful melodies. I really like the music (originally recorded by Jörg Brinkmann on cello) , and I had the pleasure to play with them on the So what’s next? festival in Eindhoven. We will play again on April in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Nijmegen.

With Philipp Rüttgers on piano and compositions – Heidi Heidelberg on voice and guitar – Oene van Geel on viola – Yonga Sun on drums and electronics – Myself on cello.