January 2018, a new album, "Crime", by Penguins Too was released. The duo formerly known as "Two Penguins In The Desert" was founded in 1987 to play at Frank's and Michiel's finals at the conservatory, more specifically to play the Lennie Tristano tune "Wow". The cooperation felt very comfortable and the duo continued to play for 16 years, specializing in cool jazz and the "hotter" bebop tunes, resulting in its first album "Jazzs". After a sabbatical between 2003 and 2017, the duo currently focusses on music written for or associated with crime films and television series, such as the twelve tone music from the 1974 movie "The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three", Ennio Morricone's music from the television series "La Piovra", the main title of "Narcos", Duke Ellington's "Anatomy of a Murder". All these pieces, plus a Chopin prelude, a Misha tune and several duo improvisations will be issued as a suite. Visit our shop page to hear samples of the mentioned tracks.
Bik Bent Braam
2013 was the last year in which Bik Bent Braam performed in its current form and line-up, with a program called 'Exit'.
To challenge the musicians, the program 'Exit' had two parts. In this first set of each concert pieces will be played that only have a beginning but no ending. The musicians had to find their own way out. For the second set, Michiel only wrote the endings of each piece. The question how to get to this ending was up to the musicians. They had to improvise their way there.
Michiel also decided to not use the CEG notes in the compositions. This forced him to find solutions for problems he did not yet know.
'Exit', the farewell program of Bik Bent Braam had it's premiere during a tour in Januari and Februari 2012.
Eric Boeren cornet, Michiel Braam piano, Peter van Bergen tenorsax, clarinet, bassclarinet, Jörg Brinkmann cello, Frank Gratkowski altosax, clarinet, bassclarinet, Peter Haex euphonium, Jan Willem van der Ham altosax, bassoon, Carl Ludwig Hübsch tuba, Bart van der Putten altosax, clarinet, Michael Vatcher drums, Frans Vermeerssen tenorsax, baritone sax, Angelo Verploegen trumpet, Wolter Wierbos trombone.