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.
On The Move
In the international Hybrid 10tet Michiel Braam brings together top musicians from three different musical worlds: a classical string quartet, three improvising horns and the rock-oriented eBraam rhythm section. For this group of musicians Michiel wrote completely new music, using the strong features of all individual musicians and creating a unique blend of all those lovely idiosyncrasies.
The musicians contribute their personal background to the ensemble, but they are also invited to explore new musical worlds. Key element in this project is the collaboration between different musical personalities, thus creating a unique stylistic mix. Improvisation and unexpected twists and turns, the key elements in Braam’s work, also play an important role in this project.
For the first tour Michiel Braam wrote unique compositions for every venue of the tour. The compositions refer to one or more conspicuous elements of each venue. For Sju Jazz Podium in Utrecht for example, the name of the venue was the inspiration of the composition “Fat Centered Gravy”. The audience’s views of the Bimhuis led to “Sound With A View” and the building of the Orpheum Theater in Graz led to the coomposition “Three Grazing Arches”.
For the november 2012 tour this program was presented for the second time. For this tour Nils Wogram was replaced by Morris Kliphuis.
Michiel Braam piano, Pieter Douma electric bass, Taylor Ho Bynum cornet, Carl Ludwig Hübsch tuba, Karsten Kleijer viola, Dirk-Peter Kölsch drums, Maria-Paula Majoor violin, Daniel Torrico Menacho violin, Arno van der Vuurst cello, Nils Wogram trombone.