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ICP Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary and the 75th birthday of drummer/ICP founder Han Bennink

Instant Composers Pool celebrates its 50th anniversary with a weekend full of concerts at the Bimhuis, welcoming many special guests. Drummer Han Bennink, a leading figure of the improvisational group since its foundation, will celebrate his 75th birthday along with the anniversary. As always, an important share of the repertory will consist of the compositions of former ICP pianist Misha Mengelberg, who passed away on March 3, 2017.
The ICP Orchestra, which was founded by Mengelberg and Bennink, is a unique cross between a big band and a chamber orchestra in which brass and string players challenge each other. The orchestra connects American swing to European music and singular improvisations. ‘They are brilliant soloists, scholars and physical comedians, critics and joy-spreaders’ (New York Times). Among the many guests this weekend are singers, dancers, a pop/funk heroine, a noise/rock guitarist and many others. Also, all ages can join in and sing along on the Zing Zang Mengelberg afternoon with timeless Mengelberg songs.

The special exhibition, from April 12 onwards at the Bimhuis café, includes posters, LP covers, sheet music by Misha Mengelberg and other ICP memorabilia from the past 50 years. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Dutch Jazz Archive.
http://bimhuis.com/highlights/save-the-date-icp-50–han-bennink-75

FRI APR 14 8:30PM seated € 20 / standing € 17
ICP ORCHESTRA 50 & HAN BENNINK 75 – DAY 1
ICP ORCHESTRA & FRIENDS
FEAT. EVAN PARKER, OTTO LECHNER & NOËL AKCHOTÉ & ICP RITMESECTIE, MARIJE NIE & MARY OLIVER, GREETJE BIJMA, ICP ORCHESTRA
Michael Moore alto saxophone/clarinet, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius tenor saxophone/clarinet, Thomas Heberer trumpet, Wolter Wierbos trombone, Guus Janssen piano, Mary Oliver viola/violin, Tristan Honsinger cello, Ernst Glerum bass, Han Bennink drums. Special guests: Evan Parker, Otto Lechner, Noël Akchoté, Marije Nie, Greetje Bijma
On Friday night the ICP Orchestra welcomes close friends such as saxophone innovator Evan Parker and vocal performer Greetje Bijma. Tap dancer Marije Nie will form a duo with ICP violinist Mary Oliver. The ICP’s rhythm section will perform with Austrian singer/accordionist Otto Lechner and French guitarist Noël Akchoté.
http://bimhuis.com/gigs/icp-orchestra–friends

SAT APR 15 4PM € 15 / 5-18 YRS € 10
ICP ORCHESTRA 50 & HAN BENNINK 75 – DAY 2
ZING ZANG MENGELBERG
FAMILIECONCERT DOOR ICP ORCHESTRA & MATTIJS VAN DE WOERD & OTTO LECHNER & GREETJE BIJMA
Michael Moore alto saxophone/clarinet, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius tenor saxophone/clarinet, Thomas Heberer trumpet, Wolter Wierbos trombone, Guus Janssen piano, Mary Oliver viola/violin, Tristan Honsinger cello, Ernst Glerum bass, Han Bennink drums. Special guests: Mattijs van de Woerd & Otto Lechner & Greetje Bijma
All ages can join in and sing along on the Zing Zang Mengelberg afternoon with timeless songs by Misha Mengelberg (1935-2017), main composer for the world famous ICP Orchestra.
Misha Mengelberg’s songs are often funny and moving at the same time, with catchy melodies and crazy tones. Misha was the main composer of singular ICP Orchestra, which has been around for half a century. Drummer Han Bennink is still part of the gang and is known all over the world. He can drum on literally anything. The songs will be performed by vocalist Greetje Bijma, baritone Mattijs van de Woerd and accordionist Otto Lechner. Everyone, young and old, can sing along!
http://bimhuis.com/gigs/icp-orchestra-29

SAT APR 15 8:30PM seated € 20 / standing € 17
ICP ORCHESTRA 50 & HAN BENNINK 75 – DAY 2
ICP ORCHESTRA & FRIENDS
FEAT. TERRIE EX, HAN BENNINK TRIO (FEAT. BADENHORST & TOLDAM), JORIS ROELOFS, CANDY DULFER MET ICP RITME SECTIE & CAMILO RODRIGUEZ, ICP ORCHESTRA
Michael Moore alto saxophone/clarinet, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius tenor saxophone/clarinet, Thomas Heberer trumpet, Wolter Wierbos trombone, Guus Janssen piano, Mary Oliver viola/violin, Tristan Honsinger cello, Ernst Glerum bass, Han Bennink drums. Special guests: Terrie Ex, Joachim Badenhorst, Simon Toldam, Joris Roelofs, Candy Dulfer, Camilo Rodriguez
On Saturday night many different guests will appear, including guitarist Terrie Ex and reedist Joris Roelofs. ICP drummer Han Bennink will perform with his steady trio. Saxophonist Candy Dulfer and young singer/keyboardist Camilo Rodriguez will form a unique group with the rhythm section of the ICP Orchestra.
http://bimhuis.com/gigs/icp-orchestra–friends-2

SUN APR 16 8:30PM seated € 20 / standing € 17
ICP ORCHESTRA 50 & HAN BENNINK 75 – DAY 3
ICP ORCHESTRA & FRIENDS
FEAT. BEN VAN GELDER & REINIER BAAS & HAN BENNINK, OSCAR JAN HOOGLAND, MARIJE NIE, MICHAEL SCHUMACHER, ICP ORCHESTRA
Michael Moore alto saxophone/clarinet, Ab Baars, Tobias Delius tenor saxophone/clarinet, Thomas Heberer trumpet, Wolter Wierbos trombone, Guus Janssen piano, Mary Oliver viola/violin, Tristan Honsinger cello, Ernst Glerum bass, Han Bennink drums. Special guests: Ben van Gelder, Reinier Baas, Oscar Jan Hoogland, Marije Nie, Michael Schumacher
Among the guest of Sunday evening are musicians as well as dancers, from pianist Oscar Jan Hoogland to tap dancer Marije Nie and Michael Schumacher, winner of the prestigious dance award Gouden Zwaan (Golden Swan). ICP drummer Han Bennink will form a trio with Dutch rising stars Ben van Gelder on alto sax and Reinier Baas on guitar.
http://bimhuis.com/gigs/icp-orchestra–friends-3