The Festival

A NEW WAVE OF JAZZ  2-DAY LABEL FESTIVAL
18 & 19 oktober 2019  De Singer, Rijkevorsel

Day 1 :
Jürg Frey &  Elisabeth Frey-Bächli
Benedict Taylor & Anton Mobin
Dante Boon
Tonus

Day 2 :
Daniel Thompson & Colin Webster
Asmus Tietchens
Antoine Beuger
Martina Verhoeven & Kris Vanderstraeten

A NEW WAVE OF JAZZ operates as a library in both design and the choice of music.  The goal is to bridge the free improvisation, originated from free jazz, and the minimal, modern and acoustic music.  Both genres draw from the creativity, freedom and respect of each musician to gain a better whole while they also benefit from the ongoing live interaction and on the spot development of their style and crossover.
This live ‘research’ is as well a very important element in the realization of the label.  A New Wave Of Jazz’s two-day festival is an anthology of what is already released and what is forthcoming on the label.  The festival is as well a symposium for the performers and composers to get acquainted and for the adventurous listener to dive deep into the diversity of music on each evening.

Until August 31st you buy combo tickets at De Singer website here and get a A New Wave Of Jazz totebag for free.


Day 1 :
22:00 – 22:30
Jürg Frey &  Elisabeth Frey-Bächli
21:25 – 21:55
Benedict Taylor & Anton Mobin
20:35 – 21:05
Dante Boon
20:00 – 20:30
Tonus

Jürg Frey &  Elisabeth Frey-Bächli
Jürg Frey, born in Suisse 1953, teaches clarinet, is foremost a composer, worldwide recognized for his large collection of minimal works, composed for classical instruments and/or field recordings.  Member of the acclaimed Wandelweiser collective.  Journalist Alex Ross (of the New Yorker) compared Frey’s music with ‘a Mahler adagio suspended in zero gravity’.  For the festival he performs together with his partner Elisabeth Frey-Bächli, organist, quatre-mains on the piano.



Benedict Taylor & Anton Mobin
Award winning componist & solo violist Benedict Taylor (UK) is one of the most productive and leading figures in free improvisation on the viola, talented in reaching extreme tonalities on the viola.  He’s also a composer of various soundtracks for Netflix series and independent movies, involved with a number of higher education institutions, giving composition, improvisation & performance lectures at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths College, amongst others. He is the founder / artistic director of CRAM, a music collective and independent label.

Anton Mobin (1979, France) is musician, improviser, radio activist, producer and soundartist and foremost designer and builder of his own ‘Prepared Chamber’ instruments.  A wooden box in which several objects are connected and amplified by guitar pick-ups and contact microphones.  His intuitive performance on the prepared chamber is energetic,  abstract, percussive or extremely refined.  Anton and Benedict have been performing frequently together , on the festival they showcasing their new album, for A New Wave Of Jazz.  Be ready for some out-there free impro.



Dante Boon
Dante Boon is a Dutch composer and pianist, living in Amsterdam.  Received critical praise (among a 4-star review in NRC) for his releases on labels like Wandelweiser (where he is as well a member of the collective) and Another Timbre. His compositions were performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Gaudeamus.  Most of the time written for him personally, Dante already performed more than 50 works in premiere throughout Europe, Canada and the States.  For the festival he will perform two compositions : Antoine Beuger’s ‘traces of eternity, of what is yet to be’, which is as well the album on A New Wave Of Jazz, and his own and brandnew ‘Before Traces’.



Tonus
Dirk Serries’ rotating ensemble TONUS, dedicated to his fascination for minimalisme, is this time a trio performing a graphic score for 3 windinstruments.  Apart from frequent partner Colin Webster on alto sax, Dirk (himself on soprano melodica) invites Tom Jackson (UK) on clarinet.    Tom is a highly-skilled clarinetist, active in both modern classical music and free improvisation.  He’s a member of critically-acclaimed ensembles like Apartment House, Lontano and orchestras like New London Sinfonia, British Sinfonietta and National Chamber Orchestra of Wales.


 

Day 2 :
22:00 – 22:30
Daniel Thompson & Colin Webster
21:25 – 21:55
Asmus Tietchens
20:35 – 21:05
Antoine Beuger
20:00 – 20:30
Martina Verhoeven & Kris Vanderstraeten

Daniel Thompson & Colin Webster
At our festival, both musicians are premiering their duo debut album ‘Boskage’.  London based saxophonist Colin Webster established himself on the European avant garde scene. Working with a broad range of collaborators like Graham Dunning ,Mark Halub, David Birchall, Otto Willberg, Webster is known for working from extreme sonic palettes – from minimal to maximal, constantly pushing boundaries.  He’s also member of working band KODIAN TRIO with Andrew Lisle and Dirk Serries as well as running the fascinating Raw Tonk Records.

Daniel Thompson, born in Norfolk and living in London. Largely autodidact but studied two years under the wings of guitarist John Russell, Daniel is part of the large free improvisation scene in the UK. Foremost active on acoustic guitar and according to his own specific and individual style, Daniel is a frequent live performer and collaborator with musicians like Steve Noble,  Alex Ward, Evan Paker and The London Improvisers Orchestra.  His albums were released on Leo Records, Creative Sources, FMR, etc.



Asmus Tietchens
Asmus Tietchens (1947), from Hamburg, is one of the most relevant and important composer active in the German avant-garde. Active since 1976, both solo and in collaboration (Dieter Moebius, Conny Plank, Brian Eno, etc.). His oeuvre contains more than seventy albums, raging from slightly rhythmical and melodic albums on Sky Records to his extreme sound analyses.  Asmus worked together with Dirk Serries on a trilogy of albums around soundrecycling in the eighties and nineties.  For TONUS Dirk invited Asmus to work around 6 recordings of windinstruments, focusing on silence, space and the strenght of each single note.  Asmus will showcase this album at the festival.



Antoine Beuger

Ducht composer Antoine Beuger (1955) and founder of the Wandelweiser label, studied with Ton De Leeuw at the Sweelinck conversatorium.  Internationally acclaimed for his extended compositions, like the 70-minutes ‘Calme Etendue – Spinoza’ and ‘24 Silent Harmonies In Discrete Continuity’.  Antoine released albums on Wandelweiser, Erstwhile and Another Timbre.  The Extradition ensemble from Portland performed Antoine’s ‘Now is the moment I learn to hope’ and is released on A New Wave Of Jazz.  For the festival Antoine will interpret his composition in solo mode.



Martina Verhoeven & Kris Vanderstraeten
Martina Verhoeven has been working on the development of her own photographic style for about 20 years, almost parallel to this process Martina took up the electric fretless bass when recording the two criticaly-acclaimed 3 Seconds Of Air albums. As her photography continues to grow, expand and develop, slowly mutating into collages on canvas, so does her approach to music. Switching from electric bass to double bass to piano, she slowly mustered a technique that’s exceptionally hers.  She already collaborated with John Dikeman, Colin Webster, George Hadow, Luis Vicente. More recently Italian label Silentes released her first photo artbook and solo piano album ‘Gratitude’.  For the festival she performs together with percussionist and soundsculptor Kris Vanderstraeten, probably one of the most underrated musicians within the Belgian free improvisation.   Since the seventies he’s active in various line-ups, like the Sureau trio and his collaborations with Timo Van Luijk.  Vanderstraeten doesn’t play according to specific rules, he tries to bend them.  His ‘drumkit’ isn’t just an instrument, it’s a soundstructure optimilized for creating texture, dynamics and space.