Bimhuis

Wed 27 Dec 2017

20:30   € 20 seating / € 17 standing

IRENE SCHWEIZER & HAN BENNINK

Irene Schweizer piano, Han Bennink drums

Groundbreaking Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer and her Dutch contemporary, drummer Han Bennink, improvise as a duo. ‘Serious playfulness’ (New York City Jazz Record).

Irène Schweizer has made a significant contribution to European jazz, pioneering free improvisation in the 1960s and breaking boundaries for female musicians. As a teenager she already played jazz piano and drums. Eventually, she concentrated on piano and developed a strong preference for improvising, especially in duo line-ups with drummers.


Alongside Andrew Cyrille, Pierre Favre, Louis Moholo-Moholo and Günter Sommer, Iréne Schweizer regularly forms a duo with Han Bennink, Holland’s most adventurous drummer and co-founder of Instant Composers Pool. Their collaboration has led to two albums. In their improvisations they combine swing- and ragtime-like parts with South African jazz and Monk-like passages.

‘Han and I are soul-brother and soul-sister. We have the same taste and rhythmical feelings in jazz music’ (Irène Schweizer).

‘Irène Schweizer and Han Bennink inhabit overlapping musical orbits, sharing an affinity for incisive swing, spontaneity and serious playfulness, such that their camaraderie is effortless’ (New York City Jazz Record).



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

Ticket: € 20 seating / € 17 standing

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