music clip of the day


Category: Amsterdam

Saturday, July 29th

Want to be swept away?

Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Cello Concerto in A minor; Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra with Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), live, Amsertdam, 2016




art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940), Fresh Air for the Baby, New York East Side, c. 1910

Wednesday, April 26th


Han Bennink (drums, 4/17/1942-), live, Amsterdam, 4/15/17

With Ab Barrs (tenor saxophone), Terrie Ex (guitar)


With ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra and friends



art beat

William Klein (1928-), New York, 1950s

Monday, April 24th

sounds of Amsterdam

Turning seventy-five, some folks get gloomy; others celebrate.

Han Bennink (drums, 4/17/1942-) & All-Star Band
Live (TV show), Amsterdam, 4/13/17



random sights

other day, Oak Park, Ill.


Saturday, June 11th

There’s Amsterdam.

There’s Ethiopia.

And there’s Amsterdam in Ethiopia.

The Ex & Han Bennink (drums), Ethiopia, 2002

Wednesday, March 16th

sounds of joy

Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra, “Lavoro” (S. Bergin, borrowing from “Moten Swing”), live, Amsterdam, 2013

Joyful? Yes. But sad, too. Pianist (and cofounder) Misha Mengelberg’s encroaching dementia, which has since sidelined him altogether, provides a poignant counterpoint.

Monday, May 4th

sounds of Amsterdam

It’s a wonderful life—sometimes, anyway. This weekend, in Chicago, I got to hear these folks twice: Saturday night all together (Constellation), Sunday in a series of (mostly) duos and trios (Elastic Arts).

Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra*

“Lavoro” (S. Bergin, borrowing from “Moten Swing”), live, Oakland, Ca., 2013


“East of the Sun, West of the Moon” (Brooks Bowman), recording (East of the Sun), 2014


*Ab Baars, tenor saxophone; Tobias Delius, tenor saxophone; Michael Moore, alto saxophone; Thomas Heberer, trumpet; Walter Wierbos, trombone; Tristan Honsiger, cello; Mary Oliver, violin; Ernst Glerum, bass; Han Bennink, drums.

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