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Willem Breuker Kollektief from Netherlands Highlight of September Lakeside Concert-Only Midwest Appearance

 

 

In another presenting coup for portoluz, the Willem Breuker Kollektief from Amsterdam will perform their only Midwest date as part of the Jazz on a Summer’s Day series.

 

THE WILLEM BREUKER KOLLEKTIEF

a Special farewell tour will be held, Sunday, September 30th, 4 p.m., $15, at the Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Road, Lakeside Michigan. For directions to the Lakeside Inn, go to www.lakesideinns.com.  

 

 

About the artist

 

The WILLEM BREUKER KOLLEKTIEF

The Dutch group Willem Breuker Kollektief celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2004. Founded in 1974 by saxophonist/clarinetist/composer Willem Breuker (who died in 2010), the eleven-piece Kollektief plays a hybrid of music which cuts through traditional musical barriers and has long been one of Europe’s finest ensembles playing contemporary and improvised music.

 

The Kollektief’s approach combines jazz and ‘serious’ (i.e. classical) music with many popular genres, from marching band and circus music to latin dance steps and music for film and theatre. The result is humorous and surprising, full of false stops and starts, clean breaks, sudden shifts in musical mood, and above all, a fine sense of irony. At any given moment, the Kollektief can be churning out hot jazz, European style, and the next moment they’re tearing through a classical repertory with all the irreverence of Spike Jones. And whether playing Breuker, Weill, or Gershwin, the Kollektief maintains an orchestral precision that, in the words of one critic, “would be the envy of most philharmonics”, while at the same time its members are highly skilled and individual improvisers as well.

Willem Brueker Kollektief 

Over the decades, The Kollektief has been one of the busiest ensembles in Europe, touring extensively in Eastern and Western Europe, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia and India, giving an average of 85 concerts a year. They have twenty-one compact discs to their credit, numerous radio and television performances. A biography of Willem Breuker has been published in France and in the Netherlands; he is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious “Bird Award” (in 1988.) In April 1998, Willem Breuker was awarded the “Knight in the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands”, one of the highest honors in this country.

This concert of the Kollektief is part of an international farewell tour as the group is disbanding following the death of Brueker.

WBK members::Hermine Deurloo – alto sax/harmonica, Frans Vermeerssen – bariton sax, Maarten van Norden – tenor sax, Andy Altenfelder – trumpet, Sjors Pancras – trumpet, Andy Bruce – trombone, Bernard Hunnekink – trombone, Henk de Jonge – piano, Arjen Gorter – bass and Rob Verdurmen – drums.

 

NEXT AND LAST IN 2012 SERIES  

OCTOBER 28TH 4PM $15

DOUBLE BILL: IG HENNEMAN AND AB BAARS

with JASON AJEMIAN’S SMOKELESS HEAT TRIO

 

ABOUT THE DUO BAARS-HENNEMAN

 

The Dutch duo, Ig Henneman and Ab Baars are touring the US from October 12 to November 5 in support of a new program entitled  ‘Autumn Songs’. The compositions and improvisations they will perform are inspired by ‘autumn poems’ by poets such as Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Ingeborg Bachmann and Hadewijch. DUO BAARS-HENNEMAN Ab Baars: tenorsax/clarinet/shakuhachi  Ig Henneman: viola

 

Ab Baars leads his own group, the Ab Baars Trio which celebrated a 20th anniversary in November 2011. Baars is also a member of the ICP Orchestra led by Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink.   

Ig Henneman is a composer/performer. She leads her own groups in which she works with musicians from various areas of music, like radical free improvisation, jazz, contemporary music and punk.  In 2010 she started the Ig Henneman Sextet that toured Europe and Canada.

Henneman and Baars 

 

Together Ab Baars and Ig Henneman are among the leading representers of the jazz- and improvised music scene in the Netherlands. Their program contains improvisations based on compositions written by Baars or Henneman and completely improvised material. Ab Baars and Ig Henneman have participated in international festivals and played venues as a duo and with their own groups. The duo toured in The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, Norway, USA, Canada and Brazil.

 

 

ABOUT JASON AJEMIAN’S

Smokeless Heat Trio 

with Tim Haldeman (tenor saxophone) & Jaimie Branch (trumpet) 

 

 

“What makes this group so important is the relationship that exists between its members. Bassist Jason Ajemian (Chicago Underground Trio, Marc Ribot’s SunShip, Exploding Star Orchestra), saxophonist Tim Haldeman, and trumpeter Jaimie Branch are regulars on the Chicago (& now New York) improv scenes.  After years of regular weekly gigs in Chicago, this expansive and inventive group becomes a sonic family as they drift to different locations in life. The interplay between the players is ceaseless in reawakening the heart of what is jazz today. Like a conversation among old friends its intimacy is palpable; warm, friendly and at ease. ”

Jason Ajemian 

 

Jason Ajemian has acquired a high profile in the improvised music scene over the years, performing with Jeff Parker weekly for five years in Chicago, Rob Mazurek’s Mandarin Movie, Exploding Star Orchestra, and the Chicago Underground Trio, Ken Vandermark’s Crisis Ensemble and currently with Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship and Matana Robert’s CoinCoin.  Ajemian’s curiosity has ranged far and wide-he’s just as comfortable in the hushed, folksy setting of Born Heller, his duo with Josephine Foster, as he is in the breath-processed arrangements of his large ensemble Who Cares How Long You Sink. Given such a variety of musical interest, a detour like “From Beyond,” Ajemian’s backwards version of Back Sabbath’s “Into the Void” for chamber ensemble, begins to seem like an obvious stop on this bassist’s journey from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Chicago and his current home in New York City. – Jacob Kart

 

Jaimie Branch
Tim Haldeman 

 ABOUT THE LAKESIDE INN

The Lakeside Inn, is a landmark hotel perched on the shores Lake Michigan, a speedy 90 minute drive from Chicago. The Inn remains a charming wooden structure dating from the 1880’s and has long been associated as a destination for artists and day trippers escaping the hectic city. Furnishings reminiscent of the early 20th century create a casual atmosphere and decorate the 31 rooms, the fabulous porch laden with rocking chairs, and the ballroom with its impressive stone fireplace. The Lakeside Inn is a centerpiece of the fascinations found in Harbor County- an area next to the Indiana Dunes that has long been Chicagoans favored place for respite and rejuvenation. www.lakesideinns.com  

About Jazz on a Summer’s Day  

a monthly concert series showcases roster of international virtuoso musicians

May through October at the Lakeside Inn.

 

JAZZ ON A SUMMERS DAY presents uncompromising jazz and creative improvised music (and more) in an idyllic rural setting perched on the shores of Lake Michigan. The series Jazz on a Summers Day presented by portoluz is a chance to encounter some of the world’s most innovative and compelling artists in a seductive arts-centric and semi-rural environment- a perfect place for deep listening and untrammeled creativity.

 

The “ballroom” of the historic Lakeside Inn is a mid-size wooden room filled with arts and crafts era antiques. The ballroom looks out over Lake Michigan and in this cozy and informal setting, the performance unfolds. The magic of the environment, the virtuosity of the musicians, the intimacy of the performance and the natural acoustics of the wooden room conspire to create a deeply meditative experience.

 

Veteran impresaria Marguerite Horberg owned the fabled nightclub HotHouse in Chicago for many years. HotHouse was one of the world’s premiere stages for Jazz and eclectic contemporary cultural expression. Now Horberg and her new company, portoluz are bringing the same top talent to Harbor Country in a special all-acoustic program. This seasonal series of sophisticated artistry is designed to be unfettered by commercial distractions -making the Lakeside Inn a perfect spot for artistic discovery and adventure.

 

Featured in this year’s season are some of the music world’s most treasured creative artists. While each performance on the bill is uniquely representative of the genre -jazz/creative improvised music, altogether and over the years, dedicated audiences can appreciate the comprehensive language of the improviser and how the music is continually being advanced through contemporary exploration. In fact, the point of the series is to take audience members on a journey through modern music and provide opportunities to experience art that they might not otherwise have access to.

 

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