Link to www.jorritdijkstra.com at the artists page
alto saxophone, lyricon, analog electronics, tin whistles, music box
drums, percussion, autoharp, kalimba
all live improvisations, no overdubs, no edits. recorded november 12, 2004 and may 18, 2005 by jamie saft at frank booth studio. mastered by scott hull at jigsaw sound.
mp3: Dijks:Hol-bubble wig
John Hollenbeck and Jorrit Dijkstra have been playing duets on and off since 1998. They investigate the minuscule details within the sonic palette of their instruments by “zooming in” to a whole new world of sonic textures. With the help of some analog electronics, they place their sounds under an imaginary microscope, to orchestrate the overtones, micro-beats, wind flows, clicking of the pads, impact of the stick on the drumhead, and subtone effects, without losing their strong sense of melody and groove. They also share an interest in improvising with multiple-tempo layerings, melodic cells, cut and paste methods, extended techniques and integrating uncommon (analog) instruments. Their music shows influences from Ornette Coleman, Steve Lacy, György Ligeti, and Conlon Nancarrow, as well as minimalists like Morton Feldman, Ryoji Ikeda, Brian Eno and the Clicks and Cuts movement.
John Hollenbeck has created a body of work that challenges boundaries. Exceptionally creative and versatile, Hollenbeck continues to create a passionate new musical language based on world rhythms, lyricism, and the spirit. John's music is a bold attempt to combine a wealth of experience
into a style that is as accessible as it is advanced. In 2001, John released three discs on CRI/Blueshift: The Claudia Quintet, featuring Chris Speed, Matt Moran, Ted Reichman and Drew Gress, reveals tremendous wit, tasteful improvisation, strong melodies and equally strong grooves. Quartet Lucy featuring Theo Bleckmann, Dan Willis and Skuli Sverrisson, is a union of spacious, understated ethereal, spiritual moods which reflect the influences of world music folk traditions. "no images" is an eclectic composer's statement featuring David Liebman, Ben Monder, Ellery Eskelin, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others. Hollenbeck's performs frequently with his two mentors: Bob Brookmeyer and Meredith Monk. John earned a B.M. and M.M. from the Eastman School of Music. He won the 2002 IAJE Gil Evans Fellowship; the 2003 ASCAP/IAJE Commission; and was awarded a grant from Arts International to travel with his Claudia Quintet to Brazil. The Claudia Quintet recently released 2nd cd "I, Claudia" on Cuneiform Records, has been called "the first masterpiece of 21st century". John's recent commission's are for the Windsbacher Knabenchor and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. In September 2004, his first large ensemble recording will be released, on Omnitone Records. For more info: www.johnhollenbeck.com.
Dutch saxophonist and composer Jorrit Dijkstra has been an active member of Amsterdam’s vivid jazz and improvisation scene since 1985, before moving to Boston early 2002. The critical press compares his clear, flexible sound and lyrical improvisation to Ornette Coleman, Paul Desmond and John Zorn, showing the broad spectrum of his saxophone style. Besides the alto saxophone he plays the Lyricon and uses electronics to process his saxophone sounds live on stage. Jorrit Dijkstra studied improvisation and composition with Misha Mengelberg, Steve Coleman, Steve Lacy and Lee Hyla. He has performed extensively in Europe and North America, and he has released five CDs of his own music on the Songlines, BVHaast, and Trytone labels. He has worked with Anthony Braxton, Gerry Hemingway, Marty Ehrlich, Herb Robertson, Jim Black, Barre Phillips, Marc Ducret, John Butcher, Willem Breuker, and Guus Janssen. In 1995 he received the prestigious Podium Prize from the Dutch Jazz Foundation, and in 1998 a Fulbright grant to study and teach at the New England Conservatory in Boston. In Amsterdam Jorrit is currently co-leading the cool-jazz Quartet Sound-Lee!, and in Boston he is active with Curt Newton, James Coleman, Charlie Kohlhase and Stephen Drury. He has scored several documentary films, as well as music for theatre and dance.