For this new project, Teun Verbruggen has chosen an undoubtedly unusual line-up, which nonetheless strongly 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, Stéphane Galland, Mark Feldman) already played with Teun in the band Chasing Penguins. Bram is a virtuoso and a renowned pianist who always gives his music surprising and fresh twists and turns. He manages to leave his imprint in every musical context and is a person who certainly doesn’t shrink away from strange line-ups. Bram has an intelligent, analytical insight into the form and architecture of music. His impressive skills in composition and improvisation are of tremendous value to a project that will clearly explore musical boundaries.
The second musician joining this project is Chris Speed (Dave Douglas, John Hollenbeck, Erik Friedlander), a musician who can position himself in the music so effectively that he can express himself with one note where most musicians need ten. Teun and Chris got to know each other working with mutual friends Trevor Dunn and Nate Wooley. Their paths also crossed through his bands Yeah No and the Chris Speed trio. Chris’s American background and his own unique jazz sound combined with his deep sense of musicality on sax and clarinet are undeniably great assets for this project.
Last but not least, Teun introduces the innovative musician Ikue Mori (John Zorn ‘Masada’, Marc Ribot, Fred Frith). She is known for both her work as a soloist and her collaborations 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.
The album is yet to be released, but this unusual foursome will surely hit the mark with their creativity and the unexpected, innovative element of their music.
Chris Speed – Tenor Saxophone , Clarinet Bram De Looze – Piano Ikue Mori – Electronica/Laptop Teun Verbruggen – Drums