For this new project Teun Verbruggen chooses a somewhat bizarre line-up, but on the other hand a quartet that certainly appeals to the imagination. This carte blanche consists of musicians from totally different backgrounds. Musicians who personally inspire him in different ways.
Bram De Looze (Eric Mcpherson, Joey Baron, Fred Hersch) already played with Teun in the band Chasing Penguins, no stranger to Verbruggen. Bram is a virtuoso and a renowned pianist who always gives the music surprising and fresh twists and turns. Every time he goes looking for his place in every musical context and is a person who certainly doesn’t shrink from strange line-ups. Bram has an intelligent analytical insight into the form and architecture of the music. His impressive skills in composition and improvisation are a great added value in a project that will clearly explore musical boundaries. Teun wants to work with Bram on a basis of short compositions and already prepare a trajectory in which the new band can work and improvise.
Musician number two is called Chris Speed (Dave Douglas, John Hollenbeck, Erik Friedlander) a musician who can place himself so effectively in the music that he can express himself with one note where most musicians need 10. Teun and Chris got to know each other through work with mutual friends Trevor Dunn and Nate Wooley. Their paths also crossed through his bands Yeah No and the Chris Speed trio. Chris’ American background and his own unique jazz sound combined with his deep sense of musicality on sax and clarinet are the great assets of this project.
Last but not least Teun introduces the innovative musician Ikue Mori (John Zorn ‘Masada’, Marc Ribot, Fred Frith). She is known for her many works as a soloist but also for her passage with bands like Hemophiliac and the bagatelles of John Zorn. Ikue doesn’t shy away from any style with her interesting electronics. She offers a broad spectrum from Noise improvisations with Mike Patton to minimal abstract lyrical music.
Chris Speed – Tenor Saxophone , Clarinet Bram De Looze – Piano Ikue Mori – Electronica/Lap Top Teun Verbruggen – Drums