Birthday wishes in Derry, Northern Ireland (photo Susanna von Canon).
UPDATE: The book is now available from Subterranean Distribution.
On 08 October 2017, the Kranenburgh Museum in Bergen, NL will open a unique exhibition of Han's creative output, featuring a "total artwork" that unites music, rhythm, organization and visual art. Drawings, photographs, assemblies, installations and collages come together in an exhibition designed by Irma Boom. The afternoon will also feature a 45-minute performance by the ICP Orchestra.
In addition to opening Han's exhibition, 08 October will mark the official release of HAN BENnInK, a retrospective in book form of Han's visual art through the years, also designed and bound by master bookbinder Irma Boom.
Please join us!
08 October 2017, 15:00
1861 CR Bergen NH
T 072-589 89 27
-Han Bennink and Instant Composers Pool 50th Anniversary Concert
16:30 hrs – 18.30 hrs
-Welcome by Mariette Dölle, Director Museum Kranenburgh
-Rudi Fuchs on Han Bennink
-Ruud Visschedijk, Director the Nederlands Fotomuseum, on De Boswachter (The Forest Ranger),
-Tillie van der Poel, Chairman of the Supervisory Board Rabobank Noord-Kennemerland and
Member of the Art Committee Rabobank Group, on Rabo Art Collection
-Visit to the exhibitions | drinks, drumsticks and music
Han and The Quartet NL are hitting the road this September!
Sep 6, 2017
Osaka (JP), Way Out West: The Quartet NL (Benjamin Herman, Peter Beets, Ernst Glerum, Han Bennink)
Sep 6, 2017
Tokyo (JP), Super Deluxe: The Quartet NL
Sep 10, 2017
Hiroshima (JP), Lush Life: Han Bennink & Michiyo Yagi
Han Bennink is well-known as a drummer, but not many people know that he is also a visual artist, and considers himself as a servant of two masters: music and art. He never studied music, but he does have a diploma from art school! Now that he's turned 75, there will be a major exhibition of his art work, opening in October 2017 at the Museum Kranenburgh in Bergen.
But although there are myriad recordings of Han (many with his artwork on the cover!), there has been precious little published of his visual art. Now we would like to give him a big birthday present - a book of his art work, designed by the world-famous Irma Boom.
That's what this crowdfunding project is about, to make the book possible - and Han himself has donated ten collages for sale to support this endeavour, for € 500 each, all the profits going to the book. Irma Boom has made a special stop-motion film as well, which you can see on the crowdfunding project page at Voor De Kunst. Since the site is currently Dutch-only, they've set up a page to help English-speaking donateurs here, which allows you to donate via credit card and PayPal.
The rewards for contributors are at present:
€ 10 or more set of postcards by Han
€ 25 or more sign-up for the book at a reduced price
€ 50 or more personally signed copy of the new CD from the Han Bennink Trio, Adelante
€ 100 or more the book and a mention as donor in the book
€ 250 or more the book and a mention as donor in the book and a personal mini-concert by Han at the opening.
A sincere thank you very very much for considering a donation!
Han's trio with Joachim Badenhorst and Simon Toldam has a new record out! Here's the first review in English to hit the streets, from our friend Peter Margasak at the Chicago Reader.
Dutch drummer Han Bennink, who turns 75 next month, has been an unrelenting creative force in jazz and improvised music since the early 60s. In 1964 he played on Eric Dolphy's legendary final record, Last Date, and in '67 he formed the Instant Composers Pool with pianist Misha Mengelberg (who died two weeks ago) and reedist Willem Breuker. He has an instantly recognizable sound—loud, chaotic, furiously swinging—and he's applied it to hundreds of records. He's all about improvisation, so leading a regular band has never been high on his list of concerns—he's more interested in interaction and disruption. Finally, eight years ago, he decided to form a trio.
When the group dropped its 2009 debut, Parken (ILK), Bennink's two partners—Danish pianist Simon Toldam and Belgian reedist Joachim Badenhorst—were still relatively unknown figures, performing in the shadow of a charismatic, extroverted giant. They pulled it off, but on the trio's recently released third album, Adelante (ICP), the combo has clearly grown as a unit. While Bennink can't help but improvise at every turn, the album is rooted in compositions by Toldam and Badenhorst, most of which are beautifully lyrical—including Badenhorst's gently rolling "Comacina Dreamin'" and Toldam's high-velocity swinger "Supertyphoon."
The most arresting compositions on the new album, though, are by the late Mengelberg—they're both later works, and rank among his most tender and beautiful pieces. The trio's version of "De Sprong O Romantiek der Hazen," which shimmers with a Duke Ellington-like elegance, employs a piano line whose lovely fragility is instantly shattered by Bennink's deliberately anarchic clatter and Badenhorst's rheumy bass clarinet chortling. As the piece unfolds, though, the gorgeously moody melody wins out over this sort of turbulence. The piece was recorded last November, when Mengelberg was still alive, but it's hard not to hear it as a lovely tribute to his memory. Peter Margasak
Available here from Subterranean Distribution.
Hurtling through the cosmos like a demented drum legend on an Ethiopian bicycle, a new hanbennink.com is coming your way! It'll be full of news about Han's imminent 75th birthday celebrations, but for now the only news fit to print is the release of the third Han Bennink Trio CD, Adelante, available here from Subterranean Distribution. More soon!