Renowned Dutch drummer Han Bennink, a pioneer in jazz and improvised music since the 1960s, is known as much for his deep rhythmic feel as his ability to coax music out of chairs, floors and random objects. Bennink tours the US in 2014 and is joined by violinist and violist Mary Oliver, a vital member of diverse European music scenes.
Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Han Bennink was born in Zaandam near Amsterdam in 1942. His first percussion instrument was a kitchen chair. Later his father, an orchestra percussionist, supplied him with a more conventional outfit, but Han never lost his taste for coaxing sounds from unlikely objects he finds backstage at concerts. He is still very fond of playing chairs.
Violinist/violist Mary Oliver was born in La Jolla, California. She completed her studies at the University of California, San Diego where she received her Ph.D for her research in the theory and practice of improvised music. Her work as a soloist and ensemble player encompasses both composed and improvised contemporary music. Oliver has premiered works by a.o. John Cage, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough, George Lewis, and Iannis Xenakis and has worked alongside improvising musicians and dancers such as Han Bennink, Mark Dresser, Katie Duck, Cor Fuhler, Rozemarie Heggen, Joëlle Leandre, Thomas Lehn, George E. Lewis, Phil Minton, Alexander von Schlippenbach and Michael Schumacher.
Cleveland, OH, January, 22, 2014. CMA concerts at Transformer Station – duo
Oakland, OR, January 23-24, 2014. Duende with Myra Melford (piano) and Ben Goldberg(clarinet)
Portland, OR, January 26, 2014. Redeemer Lutheran Church – duo and with members of Creative Music Guild
Seattle, WA, January 28, 2014. Masterclass Cornish Institute
Seattle, WA, January 29, 2014. The Royal Room – duo and with Wayne Horvitz (piano) and Jacob Zimmerman (saxophone)
Los Angeles, CA, February 2, 2014. The Blue Whale – quartet with Mark Dresser (contrabass) and Michael Dessen (trombone)
La Jolla, CA, February 4, 2014. The Loft (UCSD) – quartet with Mark and Michael
Los Angeles, CA, February 6, 2014. The Downtown Independent – duo and film + Peter Kolovos