COMPOSERS & IMPROVISERS
AMOK – Amsterdam Modern Orkest
An orchestra specialized at the intersection of modern classical, jazz and electronic music.
Led by composer and conductor Tijn Wybenga.
ADRIAN MONCADA SEXTET
Adrián Moncada 6tet was founded in 2019 in the city of Amsterdam. The band plays all original music from pianist and composer Adrián Moncada, together with some of the most individual and forward thinking musicians from the Amsterdam scene filling his musical architectonical visions with their own personality. On drums and bass there is the duo of Nick Thessalonikefs and Pedro Ivo Ferreira, which together with Adrián have been playing in the avant garde brazilian ensemble, Noneto Desconcertante. On the horn section Adrián asked Federico Calcagno (bass clarinet) and Jose Soares (alto saxophone) with whom he takes part in the band Liquid Identities. Last but not least, the fundamental drive on the trumpet of Alistair Payne was primordial in the assembling of this band, being one of the cutting edge musicians of the Amsterdam scene.
The influence of the band is mainly contemporary jazz, a term that serves as an umbrella for a lot of music that tries to use the rhythm, improvisation, and intention of the jazz tradition but with the eclecticism of the times that we are living were identities are more fluid than ever. The camaraderie they have developed can be reflected in the trust they have in each other when it comes to take musical risks. At times highly structured and composed, and others freely improvised and loose, the music this band delivers shows that they don’t mind to be vulnerable in front of an audience as long as the thread of the story is not lost.
Archipélagos is a jazz progressive band born in Bruxelles in May 2019, led by the drummer Francesca Remigi, finalist at the Maastricht Jazz Awards 2020. Her music is inspired by some socio-political concepts theorized by thinkers such as Noam Chomsky, Zygmunt Bauman, Roberto Saviano, Samuel Huntington and William McNeill, with the aim of expressing some of the key notions of their thinking through music, such as the liquidity of social relationships, the decadence of the concept of society as perceived nowadays, the decay of the capitalist free market economy, the evolution of the armed forces’ organization, the development of an almighty and unbridled individualism…
AVIV NOAM 4et
“This is in Everything we do”:
As individual musicians, we play in different bands and do different types of music. Even when we play music completely non-related to the quartet, it is always rooted in our exploration for musical artistry. The music we play in this project is actually the fundamentals of who we are as artists.
“Önder Vol.1 ” is the debut album of the low-end-band ‘Önder’. Set up by Amsterdam-based double bassist/composer Jort Terwijn, accompanied by bass clarinettist Federico Calcagno, bassguitar/fx player Daan Leever and drummer Nick Tessalonikefs. Önder Vol.1 contains five stories about serial killers, places of belonging, an homage to Iceland, nostalgic disorientation and “Crushed Drum N Bass” penned by Jort Terwijn and produced by Jort Terwijn and Alessandro Mazzieri.
”They created a fresh and rare installation of bass instruments in the context of acoustic-electronic instrumental music. Compositions go from hypnotic, labyrinthine drones to chopped-up beats and from open soundscapes to harsh avant-garde constantly on the quest for new curves in the musical lineage of jazz.”
This beautiful nonet was created in October 2016, led by Brazilian double bassist Pedro Ivo Ferreira, with the goal of writing music inspired by avant-garde Brazilian composers and contemporary classical music.
Their repertoire is full of surprises as well as tasteful arrangements in tribute to Brazilian composers, such as Guinga, Villa Lobos and Claudio Santoro.”
A unique clarinet quartet specialized in klezmer and original contemporary music!
Tri(o)ttico is a Milan based jazz trio. The main idea of the project is to combine the different timbres and characteristics of the three instruments in an acoustic, chamber music-like context. Tri(o)ttico is the winner of the Prize of the Conservatory of Milan 2017 and finalist in Stefano Cerri and Sergio Dragoni competitions.