Joost Buis trombone, lapsteelguitar
Michel Duijves clarinet, bass-clarinet, tinwhistle
Paul Pallesen guitar, banjo, bouzouki
Frank van Bommel piano, vibraphone, glockenspiel
Meinrad Kneer double bass
Alan Purves drums, percussion, squeekie toys
Jorrit Dijkstra altosaxophone
Bite the Gnatze is a band of many colours, with jazz, early seventies popmusic, traditional folk, free jazz, influences from contemporary classical music as most important influences. In their twenty years of existence Bite the Gnatze played and used whatever did feed the inspiration.
Drummer Alan Purves comes from Scotland and brings his traditional music influence , broad improvisation skills and fantastic percussion instruments. Pianoplayer Frank van Bommel is a powerful free/jazzman/improviser with a great sense for abstraction. Both clarinetplayers Steven Kamperman and Michel Duijves are improvisers who also explored European traditional folk music. Tromboneplayer and lapsteel guitarist Joost Buis is an improviser with a great tone and a soundwizzard on his lapsteelguitar. Guitarplayer and composer Paul Pallesen is an eclectic musician who collects whatever he needs to create his music.
Bite the Gnatze is a collective whose comic flair and precise technique confirms the exuberant passion and confidence in Holland’s free music scene (Cadence)