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.
Olanda In Due
This duo combined jazz, blues and contemporary music, playing the compositions of Bo van de Graaf and Michiel Braam, but also Verdi, Harry Bannink and André Hazes, to name a few. Bo and Michiel had been collaborating in different ensembles and musical projects since 1986. Bo van de Graaf, who comes from an Italian circus family, is the driving force of I Compani, known for projects such as Fellini / Rota and Last Tango in Paris. Michiel Braam, pianist and composer, has performed around the world with his bands and projects and is one of the most influential and productive bandleaders in jazz and improvised Dutch music. The performance in the musical duo had no boundaries and was very expressive. Using the full range of musical colors, these musicians of Nijmegen (the oldest city in the Netherlands) used short and powerful compositions to create fun and unexpected musical interactions. The improvisations which combined jazz, blues and contemporary music were full of nuances and detail.
Bo van de Graaf saxes, Michiel Braam piano