They had been gone for a while, but now DASH!
is back on the international jazz stages and enchant with their groovy mix of jazz, Balkan, free-funk and afrobeat. Saxophonist-clarinettist and composer Maarten Ornstein wrote completely new material and the lineup is new as well. DASH! used to be an octet with many vocalists, but the group now has a classic trio lineup, with Alex Oele on bass and Eric Hoeke behind the drums. A daring but successful change, because the solid and unpredictable base for their eclectic style, which brought recognition to the Amsterdam group, is maintained. With a new record as a source of inspiration, on stage the threesome demonstrates why DASH! live is one huge, flexible funk fest. The show is an exciting, almost physical experience where the band members lead each other to their musical limits – and sometimes even beyond. This makes DASH still one of the most exciting Dutch ensembles.