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4/10 Instant Composers Pool Orchestra (from Holland)

In 1958, the liner notes of a Jimmy Giuffre album coined the term "instant composition" to describe improvisation. A few years later, pianist Misha Mengelberg made the term stick. He played with drummer Han Bennink on Eric Dolphy's "Last Date" (1964) and then the two founded the ICP in 1967. By 1974 it became a Tentet, and by the 1980s had begun to coalesce its present-day lineup, comprised of saxophonists/clarinetists Michael Moore, Ab Baars, and Tobias Delius, trombonist Wolter Wierbos, bassist Ernst Glerum, trumpeter Thomas Heberer, and violist Mary Oliver, along with Bennink and Mengelberg. The mature ICP is a hybrid of jazz ensemble and chamber orchestra, containing new originals and old tunes (Ellington, Monk, Herbie Nichols), jazz business and funny business, full-force raveups and improv breakdowns. It's full of surprises, unexpected turns, limber grace and strange eruptions. Nothing and no one else sounds like Amsterdam's finest - the world's longest-running avant-garde jazz group - and no two gigs are ever alike.

Tickets $20 door. $15 advance at Sound Cat Records, Caliban Books, Dave's Music Mine, Exchange Sq Hill, Exchange Downtown.

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  • Daniel

    If you saw the Willem BreukerKollectiv at the same venue, you know Dutch jazz rocks! It's a shame MM is too old to travel, but it'll be great, anyway.

    April 6, 2013

  • Mark

    Hey...I don't live in Pittsburgh...Any chance of buying or reserving a tik for the event..?

    March 14, 2013

    • Manny T.

      sales are only at the physical ticket outlets. don't worry - it won't sell out - the room

      March 27, 2013

    • Manny T.

      holds 300. just show up at the door.

      March 27, 2013

  • Terry P.

    Hello,my name Terry smiling all the time.

    March 14, 2013

  • Terry P.

    Sounds good to me.

    March 14, 2013

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