Dear all,

I'm arranging some solo gigs for the Dutch drummmer Han Bennink.
Please read the biography here under and also click on this link.

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.
In Holland in the 1960s, Bennink was quickly
recognized as an uncommonly versatile drummer. As a hard swinger in the
tradition of his hero Kenny Clarke, he accompanied touring American jazz
stars, including Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Wes Montgomery, Johnny
Griffin, Eric Dolphy and Dexter Gordon. He is heard with Gordon on the
1969 album "Live at Amsterdam Paradiso" (on the Affinity label) and with
Dolphy on 1964s "Last Date" (PolyGram). At the same time, Bennink
participated in the creation of a European improvised music which began to
evolve a new identity, apart from its jazz roots. With fellow Dutch
pioneers, pianist Misha Mengelberg and saxophonist Willem Breuker, he
founded the musicians collective Instant Composers Pool in 1967. Bennink
anchored various bands led by Mengelberg or Breuker, and appeared in their
comic music-theater productions.
Bennink attended art school in the
1960s, and is also a successful visual artist in several media, often
constructing sculpture from found objects, which may include broken drum
heads and sticks. He has designed the covers for many LPs and CDs on which
he appears. Bennink is represented by Amsterdam's Galerie Espace, and has
been the subject of several one-man shows, including one at the Gemeente
Museum in the Hague in 1995.
In 1966, Bennink played the US's
Newport Jazz Festival with the Mengelberg quartet. From the late 1960s
through the '70s Bennink collaborated frequently with Danish, German,
English and Belgian musicians, notably saxophonists John Tchicai and Peter
Broetzmann, guitarist Derek Bailey and pianist Fred van Hove. Bennink,
Broetzmann and van Hove had a longstanding trio well documented on FMP
Records. There Bennink also showcased his talents on clarinet, trombone,
soprano saxophone and many other instruments, also featured in a series of
solo albums he began in 1971.
Bennink's many recordings from the
1980s include sessions with Mengelberg's ICP Orchestra (where he remains),
South African bassist Harry Miller, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy,
trombonists Roswell Rudd and George Lewis, and big-bandleaders Sean Bergin
and Andy Sheppard.
From 1988 to'98 Bennink's main vehicle was
Clusone 3, with saxophonist and clarinetist Michael Moore and cellist
Ernst Reijseger, a band noted for its free-wheeling mix of swinging jazz
standards, wide-open improvising, and tender ballads. Clusone played
Europe and North America, West Africa, China, Vietnam and Australia, and
recorded five CDs for Gramavision, hat Art and Ramboy.
Nowadays he
is frequently heard with tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius's quartet and in
a trio with pianist/keyboardist Cor Fuhler and bassist Wilbert de Joode,
and he still collaborates occasionally with jazz luminaries such as Johnny
Griffin, Von Freeman and Ray Anderson.
A conspicuous feature of
Bennink's musical life since the 1960s is the spontaneous duo concert with
musicians of many nationalities and musical inclinations; in the '90s he
recorded in duo with among others pianists Mengelberg, Irene Schweizer and
Myra Melford, guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, trumpeter Dave Douglas and
tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin.
Since 2008 Han Bennink has his own Han Bennink Trio consisting of Han
Bennink, Joachim Badenhorst on clarinet and Simon Toldam on piano.

I hope to hear from you asap.

Have a nice day.


Some Noise asbl
C/O Alain Bolle
1050 Brussels 5

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