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.
The trio first got together in 1990, to play the music of Thelonious Monk. Not long after that, their repertoire consisted solely of Michiel Braam's compositions.
Colors was inspired on the texts of American poet and radio voice Ken Nordine. For the program Change This Song he wrote 18 small compositions, which can be played in any given order, mood or style. All titles are anagrams of 'change this song', a reference to the trio's playful approach to the music.
In 2010 they presented the 'Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher Quartet'. For this project they invited a different guest musician for each performance: Fred Anderson, Michael Moore, Paul Dunmall, Larry Coryell, Louis Sclavis, Taylor Ho Bynum, Mats Gustafsson, Nils Wogram, Miklós Lukács and Ferenc Kovács to name a few. 2 albums were issued with recordings of this program,
Up until recently Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher used written compositions as the starting point for their improvisations. At the moment the trio takes a different approach and focuses completely on improvisations.