Wed 30 Apr 2014

20:30   € 20 / € 17 (CJP, student card, stadspas)


feat. Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Mary Halvorson, Andrea Parkins

Tim Berne altsax, Tony Malaby tenorsax, Mary Halvorson gitaar, Andrea Parkins accordeon, Ches Smith drums/composities

April 30, International Jazz Day*, in the Bimhuis: Brilliant musicians from the New York avant- jazz scene brought together by young master drummer Ches Smith. ‘Smith and his sonic buccaneers blow, wheeze, bang and skronk away’ (Downbeat).

Ches Smith is a master drummer of the new generation, a self-styled improviser who has studied jazz and modern percussion and is open to alternative rock, noise and metal as well. This wealth of styles characterizes his music for These Arches, the band with which he brings four brilliant New York avant-jazz musicians to the Bimhuis: Tim Berne and Tony Malaby on saxophones, Mary Halvorson on guitar and Andrea Parkins on accordion and electronics.

With Jim Black as his peer, Ches Smith is among the most appreciated drummers in the improvised music scene of New York and Brooklyn: free-thinking, widely varied and with an original vision on composing. Heavily in demand, Smith has performed very regularly at the Bimhuis in recent years, for example in the groups of Marc Ribot, Tim Berne and John Hébert. Last season he was offered carte blanche in the Bimhuis, choosing to perform with traditional Haitian percussionists.

‘Smith’s writing is breathlessly episodic, with his tunes constantly morphing into fresh melodic schemes, rhythmic feels, and harmonies’ (Chicago Reader).

‘Smith and his sonic buccaneers blow, wheeze, bang and skronk away with merry glee and abandon. But there’s order to Smith’s liberating madness—a deliberate and articulate structure to compositions based in an avant-garde rock aesthetic… the drummer tows the lines between planned and chaotic, tension and looseness, harmony and discord, soul and blues. Underlying humor informs most of the hard-driving work. As does Smith’s familiarity with cartoon music and its spasms of furiousness, movement and zany plot.’ (Downbeat, ****½ review of the album Hammered by Ches Smith & These Arches).

The Bimhuis restaurant is open prior to the concert from 6.30 til 8.30PM (reservations via 020-7882158). After the concert, the Bimhuis Café is open (free entrance).

Ticket: € 20 / € 17 (CJP, student card, stadspas)

© Peter Gannushkin

© Peter Gannushkin


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