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Friday, April 07, 2017

GIJF Day 2: Garibaldi Plop and The ICP Orchestra @ Sage Gateshead - April 1

ICP Orchestra
Ab Baars, Toby Delius, Michael Moore (reeds); Thomas Heberer (trumpet); Wolter Wierbos (trombone); Mary Oliver (violin); Tristan Honsinger (cello); Guus Janssen (piano); Ernst Glerum (bass); Han Bennink (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
The ICP Orchestra (Instant Composers Pool) was formed 50 years ago in The Netherlands. Sadly co-founder Misha Mengelberg died recently (a photo tribute to the man is currently on show until April 14) but drummer Hans Bennnink, aged 75, still drives the band with tremendous energy and good humour. It would be hard to single anyone out in this 10 piece ensemble. I enjoyed everyone’s playing but Cellist Tristan Hinsinger has to get my MVP award, not only for his poetry reading and singing but also for the most amazing piece of conducting which took the form of a dance. All in all a delightful performance full of spontaneity, wit and swing -pure class.


Garibaldi Plop
Roberto Negro (piano); Valentin Ceccaldi (cello); Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums)
The opening set of this double was joy from beginning to end. A musical journey which explored every nook and cranny of the musical spectrum. There were: quiet bits, melodious passages, free and improvised parts and in one particular passage the most sensational, cacophonous, wild, explosive ensemble playing I have had the good fortune to experience. My only complaint was that it was over all too quickly (45minutes). I really could have done with the same again.
Steve H.

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