CARTE BLANCHE MICHAEL VATCHER
‘THERE'S A BOAT THAT'S LEAVING SOON...’
Michael Vatcher percussion, Michael Moore reeds, Achim Kaufmann piano, Wilbert de Joode bass
For years the American percussionist Michael Vatcher has been one of the tastemakers of Dutch improvised music. In the summer of 1979 he moved from New York to Amsterdam with the jazz group, accompanying the theatre makers, dancers and clowns of The Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe. Since then he has been collaborating with musicians as well as dancers, actors and visual artists, from American contemporaries such as Michael Moore and Katie Duck to top international players such as John Zorn and Ken Vandermark.
Vatcher’s carte blanche at the Bimhuis is dedicated to his upcoming move to New York. He will perform with reeds player Michael Moore, who’s also a member of Available Jelly, pianist Achim Kaufmann and double bassist Wilbert de Joode.
‘Michael Vatcher has mastered, in his own way, a surprising range of styles. His first instruments were marimba and vibraphone and this can still be heard in the way he combines rhythmic patterns and melodic lines, coloring them with cartoonish sound effects from his countless ‘toys’. He is constantly in demand, which proves that his contributions are on point’ (de Volkskrant).
‘A fabulously inventive drummer’ (The Wire).
The Bimhuis restaurant is open prior to the concert from 6.00 til 8.30PM (reservations via 020-7882158). After the concert, the Bimhuis Café is open (free entrance).
Ticket: € 18 / € 15 (CJP, Student card, Stadspas)