Doek meets Tri-Centric: improvisation & composition
June 2→7, 2015
Bimhuis and other Amsterdam venues
The Doek Festival has developed over the years into a significant event for improvised music. For the next edition, we’re collaborating with the Tri-Centric Foundation to present the music of one of the greatest living composers and improvisers, Anthony Braxton.
Doek Festival countdown
Sara Anke Morris photography
Strong music calls for strong images, and many, many jazz photographers have enriched our understanding of the art by capturing the way improvised action looks in the moment. The Doek festival and Doek’s musicians are grateful to the many photographers who have documented music on our stages over the years. To officially recognize the contribution such visual artists make, in 2015 the festival named the first Doek Photographer in Residence, Sara Anke Morris.
Belgium-born Sara Anke Morris says ‘I think I’m an intuitive photographer.’ There is a quiet curiosity in her work; she lets things come to her, unhurried.
“I know I’m an African-American, and I know I play the saxophone, but I’m not a jazz musician. I’m not a classical musician, either. My music is like my life: It’s in between these areas.”
Anthony Braxton is recognized as one of the most important musicians, educators, and creative thinkers of the past 50 years, highly esteemed in the creative music community for the revolutionary quality of his work and for the mentorship and inspiration he has provided to generations of younger musicians.
John Dikeman was born in Nebraska in 1983 and grew up in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Thanks to the extreme isolation of his hometown, he spent most of his free time practicing and studying music. He quickly discovered the music of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, John Zorn, and Albert Ayler and instantly connected to the unmatched expressive power of free jazz. John was very fortunate to meet and collaborate with many excellent improvisers at a rather early age.
Carl Testa: I am a composer and instrumentalist based in New Haven, CT and New York City. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. While in Chicago, I studied music with Donn DeSanto, at the U of C Lab School, as well as at the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) School of Music. There I studied and performed with Mwata Bowden, Ann Ward, Avreeyal Ra, Steve Berry, Ernest Dawkins, Aaron Getsug, Isaiah Spencer, Stephen Ptacek, Will Faber, Noah Meites, Kevin Nabors, Justin Dillard, and many others.
Taylor Ho Bynum is a composer, cornet player, bandleader and interdisciplinary collaborator. Critics have called him “a singular and thrilling artist” (All About Jazz), “a major force on the outward-bound side of the jazz continuum” (The Boston Globe) and “a provocateur in the guise of a consensus builder” (The New York Times). Bynum currently leads his Sextet and 7-tette, and works with many collective ensembles including a duo with drummer Tomas Fujiwara, the improv trio Book of Three, the UK/US collaborative Convergence Quartet, the dance/music interdisciplinary ensemble Quartet Collective, and the trans-idiomatic little big band Positive Catastrophe.
Wolter Wierbos is considered one of the world’s leading trombone players. He has played throughout Europe, Canada, USA and Asia. Wierbos has many awards to his name, including the Podiumprijs for Jazz and Improvised music and the most important Dutch jazz award, the VPRO Boy Edgar Prize.
Like many Dutch brass players Wierbos started out in a ‘fanfare’ (brass band), switching from trumpet to trombone when he was 17. “It looked good, and the trombones walk in front….” His interests range from precise chamber jazz to throbbing post punk and contemporary composed and improvised music.