Flex Bent Braam, Michiel Braam's newest ensemble, is a continuation of Bik Bent Braam. While Bik Bent Braam consists of thirteen permanent musicians, the septet Flex Bent Braam is flexible: every year some new members will join Flex Bent Braam while others will leave the ensemble. The 'old' members function like a sourdough starter: they safeguard experience and continuity. The new members, among which young talented musicians and musicians from different musical backgrounds, bring in fresh ideas and new dynamics.
Within Flex Bent Braam, Michiel Braam further explores the transitions between composition and improvisation. Again the musicians will have total freedom. Flex Bent Braam performs without a set-list, it employs a strategy in which the musicians all provide input. They can call out tunes in mid-phrase and decide tempo and instrumentation to generate a new musical direction for the ensemble. Compelling themes echoing the complete jazz history and precise ensemble work alternate with wild, screaming improvisations.
In 2013 Flex Bent Braam will present the program 'Lucebert'. When Simon Vinkenoog in 1965 asked eleven fellow writers to comment on “De beweging van de vijftigers” Lucebert, a jazz lover, replied writing a telegram with a listing of jazz standards: Hot House, Dizzy Atmosphere (Misty), When Your Lover Has Gone (Get Out Of Town), Straight No Chaser, I May Be Wrong (So What), Let's Cool One, Better Git It In Your Soul and Stratus Seekers. For the 'Lucebert' program Michiel Braam will arrange these jazz standards and write new compositions, inspired by Lucebert's Japanese epigrams. While performing, Braam's compositions can be picked by the band members at will, combined or adjusted. Each concert is improvised yet totally accessible.
Line up: Michiel Braam (piano/compositions), Oleg Hollmann (baritone saxophone), Bart van der Putten (alto saxophone), Angelo Verploegen (trumpet), Wolter Wierbos (trombone), Tony Overwater (double bass), Joost Lijbaart (drums).
Flex Bent Braam is financially supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL.
10 May 2014,
Flex Bent Braam
20 Jun 2014,
Goffert Jazz Festival
Openlucht Theater Goffert, Nijmegen
30 Aug 2014,
Flex Bent Braam
Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour, Groningen
Flex Bent Braam - Lucebert
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