Bik Bent Braam
Michiel Braam (piano); Peter van Bergen (clarinet, tenor sax); Bart van der Putten (clarinet, alt sax); Frank Gratkowski (alto sax, fagot); Frans Vermeerssen (tenor sax, baritone sax); Jan Willem van der Ham (alt sax, fagot); Eric Boeren (cornet); Angelo Verploegen (trumpet); Wolter Wierbos (trombone); Peter Haex, Carl Ludwig Hübsch (tuba); Wilbert de Joode (double bass); Dirk-Peter Kölsch (percussion).
Fri 11 July 2008 17:15 - 18:30 Missouri
The 13-man big band of pianist, composer and arranger Michiel Braam plays music in the tradition of the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra and the Willem Breuker Kollektief. Thanks to the international reputation of this award-winning Dutch orchestra, people all over the globe have developed an amenable ear for the groundbreaking sounds of Bik Bent Braam. Under the slogan Outer Limits, this year the musicians of this collective are exploring the farthest horizons of musical possibilities. Bik Bent Braam performs without drawing up a playlist in advance. Each member of the band is free to start playing a piece and his fellow musicians decide on the spot what the instrumentation will be. In this way, the music that Braam writes specifically for his musicians remains constantly fresh and surprising. After the release of their most recent album Growing Pains the orchestra was described as 'the most exciting music machine to be found anywhere.'