12 Points Festival

Day 1: Kasia Pietrzko Trio, Xavi Torres, Family Band. Orange Line: Sun Mi-Hong Quintet

Young, talented artists from Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom present beautiful soundscapes, myriad influences, fierce intensity and balanced improvisations, during the first day of 12 Points.
Before that: Drummer Sun-Mi Hong as a part of ORANGE LINE.

Sun Mi-Hong Quintet
The Netherlands

One of the most promising young jazz artists in The Netherlands. Sun-Mi Hong’s music balances between jazz, impressionism and the Korean tradition.
As a drum talent from South Korea, Sun-Mi Hong blossomed in The Netherlands. Here she dedicated herself fully to jazz, collaborating with Karel Boehlee, Benjamin Herman and Daahoud Salim. Her compositions show influences from traditional Korean percussion to classical impressionism.

Kasia Pietrzko Trio

Warsaw, Poland

A sublime blend of harmonic imagination, lyricism and seemingly boundless creativity, the Kasia Pietrzko Trio hints at their Nordic Roots with echoes of EST. However, Pietrzko’s sound here is entirely her own, with heartfelt stories forged into beautiful soundscapes.

Xavi Torres
Tarragona, Spain

With his eponymous trio this Spanish pianist made a name for himself. Playing solo he channels his myriad influences, from Argentinian chacarera rhythms, to Mahler-inspired harmonies, into compositions and improvisations that balance each other effortlessly. Xavi Torres was a semi-finalst in the esteemed Thelonious Monk competititon in 2018.

Family Band
London, United Kingdom

Channeling the powerful and freewheeling energy and momentum of the original guardians of the avant-garde, London’s Family Band are a modern take on the chordless jazz quartet. Expect moments of fierce intensity, introspection and blues all combining into an emotionally complex and often cathartic whole.

About 12 Points
4 days, 12 bands, 12 cities, 1 stage. This year, the thirteenth edition of the bustling, European 12 Points festival takes over Amsterdam! Presenting 12 young bands, who seek and stretch out the boundaries of jazz music. ‘The freshest, hottest sounds in jazz and contemporary experimental music.’ (Irish Times)

During 12 Points the BIMHUIS presents a sparkling fringe program with exciting Dutch Acts. Each of them presents in their own way the vibe of the Dutch jazz scene. With a.o. Sun-Mi Hong, Niels Broos & Jamie Peet and Guy Salomon Group. Orange Line is supported by Dutch Performing Arts.

Kasia Pietrzko Trio
Kasia Pietrzko piano, Andrzej Święs bas, Piotr Budniak drums

Xavi Torres piano

Family Band
Kim Macari trumpet, Riley Stone-Lonergan tenor sax, Tom Rivière double bass, Steve Hanley drums