BIMHUIS Productions & Tijn Wybenga
With jazz musician Tijn Wybenga, founder of orchestra AM.OK, BIMHUIS Productions starts a collaboration spanning several years, with the aim of giving an impulse to the new generation of jazz musicians in The Netherlands.
Tijn Wybenga (1993) made the transition from jazz pianist and arranger to composer, conductor and artistic director. After graduating he shook off his good side and now he writes intense musical, touching notes, rich and ripe, highly personal and specific. His craftsmanship is indisputable, as he proved with his multidisciplinary performance Prikkel at Oerol 2018.
As a specialist at the intersection of modern classical, jazz and electronics, and AM.OK’s bandleader Tijn brings together 14 musician, who play a typical Amsterdam sound together. They are working on their first album which will be released in the spring of 2020.
‘I strive to create a new music collective’, says Tijn, ‘expose the enormous diversity in the young Dutch music world and to invest in its development.’
In February 2019 Tijn recorded together with 6 musicians of AM.OK, their first EP at the Wisseloord Studio’s in Hilversum.
On April 29, 2019, Tijn and AM.OK performed for the very first time at the BIMHUIS stage.
Tijn is now busy composing, to release later on an album with AM.OK. More info on this follows soon!
BIMHUIS composition assignment
The BIMHUIS composition assignment was first awarded in 2019 to alto saxophonist and composer Ben van Gelder. His new work Paradís premiered at the BIMHUIS on November 29.
The press on Paradís:
“If someone goes for the wonderboy title of the Dutch jazz scene, then Ben van Gelder. With his precise and elegant playing, Van Gelder (31) can count on the admiration of all generations of listeners and fellow musicians. “(****, de Volkskrant)
“A nine-part suite full of imagination and refined beauty” (****, NRC)
The lyrical playing of alto saxophonist Ben van Gelder (1988), who was trained in New York, is compared to that of his teacher – and legend – Lee Konitz. The thirty-something is also widely appreciated as a composer: in 2017, he already wrote a composition for the Jazz Gallery in New York. The piece, Among Verticals, was based on a painting by František Kupka. In addition to his own band, Van Gelder forms a trio with guitarist Reinier Baas (The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble) and ICP drummer Han Bennink. His style of complements seamlessly with his playing: lyrical and melancholic, with thoughtful structures and harmonies, sometimes abstract, sometimes narrative. For BIMHUIS, therefore, plenty of reason to award Van Gelder the first composition assignment!