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Benjamin Herman Quartet plays the music of Misha Mengelberg
"In 2001 I released a live album together with Misha. Just like then I have tried to interpret his music in my own way. His work is so well composed that interpretations of any kind are possible. And as with all big composers in jazz, one's personality is always recognizable in his music, no matter what you do with it." - Benjamin Herman
Please join Ars Nova Workshop for this special performance where the Benjamin Herman Quartet will be playing the music of Misha Mengelberg, in preparation for the March 2011 ICP Orchestra performances.
Composer, conductor, and pianist Misha Mengelberg wrote his first composition for piano at the age of 4. He studied music at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, and in the same year (1964) he performed on Eric Dolphy's Last Date. In 1967, along with Han Bennink and Willem Breuker, Mingelberg founded the Instant Composers Pool (ICP) to facilitate and strengthen Dutch improvised and experimental music. The ICP Orchestra, which over the years has included Wolter Wierbos, Ab Baars, Michael Moore, and Ernst Glerum, continues to perform internationally and has released several recordings on the ICP label.
Benjamin Herman began playing saxophone at 13 and performing for audiences less than a year later. He soon after toured internationally with various projects, and in 1994 he founded New Collective Cool, an ensemble that merges punk, salsa, Afrobeat, free jazz, traditional and surf music. He has appeared on over 100 albums as either a sideman or group leader, and in addition to working with Misha Mengelberg - they appeared on a live album together in 2001 - in 2008 he released Hypochristmastreefuzz (More Mengelberg), for which he provided interpretations of Mengelberg's compositions. He is the winner of several Edison Awards (the Dutch equivalent of the Grammys) and was named the Best Dressed Man of 2008 by the Dutch Esquire magazine.
Herman's quartet for this evening features some of the best Dutch jazz musicians today. Bassist Ernst Glum studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (where he currently teaches) and has worked with Han Bennink, Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Uri Caine, Jamaladeen Tacuma, John Zorn and many others. He also performs with Misha Mengelberg in the Instant Composers Pool. Guitarist Anton Goudsmit, who has worked with Tony Allen, Han Bennink, and John Zorn, is a founding member of The Ploctones, a group that merges rock, jazz, funk, punk, and many other seemingly disparate musical categories. In 2010, Goudsmit won the Boy Edgar Award, an annual prize given to those who have made a meaningful contribution to Dutch jazz music (Misha Mengelberg was the winner in 1966). Drummer Joost Patocka studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and in addition to teaching there, he also currently teaches at the Rotterdam Jazz Academy. He has appeared on over 25 releases with artists like The Beets, Carolyn Breuer, Ernst Glerum, Jazz Cats, and Five Up High.
Ars Nova Workshop is a Philadelphia nonprofit jazz and experimental music presenting organization. As a facilitator between artists and their audiences, Ars Nova Workshop works to inform, inspire and challenge listeners in order to elevate the role of jazz, improvisation and experimental music in contemporary culture.