Thursday, April 02, 2015


Drummer Han Bennink and the world-renowned Amsterdam-based Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra celebrate the release of their recent CD East of the Sun with a 13-date US tour, May 2 – 17, 2015.

The 9-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 coronet, Wolter Wierbos on trombone, Tristan Honsinger on cello, Ernst Glerum on bass, and Mary Oliver on viola, violin, vocals.

Since 1967 when Willem Breuker and Han Bennink released ICP 001 New Acoustic Swing Duo, the group has toured and recorded widely. It has released a total of 51 recordings, most recently ICP Orchestra (ICP 049) recorded in 3 sessions in 2009, and !ICP! 50 (vinyl) and East of the Sun (051), the first release in ICP’s 47-year history without pianist and co-founder Misha Mengelberg. But with guest star Guus Janssen at the piano, a handful of stalwart DownBeat Critics Poll honorees on board, and a set of tunes handpicked by drummer and co-founder Han Bennink, “the music—as rich, wobbly, and unpredictable as ever—is still imbued with [Mengelberg’s] contrary character." (Guy Peters). Out November 15, 2014, East of the Sun is earning the highest praise.  As Bruce Lee Gallanter says in Downtown Music Gallery, "There is something magical and distinctive about this ensemble. They seem to have their hands in a wide variety of influences or genres: cartoon or circus music, traditional Dutch melodies, old school swing/jazz, modern classical arrangements, with lots of unexpected twists and turns and solo[s] or small subgroup sections and free eruptions when you least expect them. The quirky and consistently crafty arrangements by different members of the band (especially Mr. Moore) is/are what makes this band unlike any other…. There is only one ICP Orchestra...each and every release is a treasure.” 

Tour dates:
May 2 - 4 at Constellation, Chicago, IL
May 5 at Trinosophes, Detroit, MI
May 6 - 8 at Roulette, Brooklyn, NY
May 9 at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
May 11 at Caspe Terrace, Waukee, IA
May 14 at The North Door, Austin, TX
May 15 at Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque, NM
May 16 at The Royal Room, Columbia City, WA
May 17 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Portland, OR

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