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 Ingrid Laubrock (Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran). Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock is a saxophonist/composer based in Brooklyn since 2009. Laubrock is interested in exploring the borders between musical realms and creating multi-layered, dense and often evocative sound worlds.
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.
Ingrid Laubrock [DE] – Saxophone Bram De Looze – Piano Ikue Mori [JP] – Electronica/Laptop Teun Verbruggen – Drums