Doek Festival 2015
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 meets Tri-Centric Foundation: a unique meeting of two important musician’s collectives. The Tri-Centric Foundation, from New York, supports the formidable legacy and on-going work of Anthony Braxton, still inspiring and mentoring a new generation of musicians. Doek collective, a key player in the Amsterdam improvisation scene, operates as a thriving platform for exchange, experiment and performance. Doek’s approach to improvisation has had an enormous impact on young improvisers the world over.
The festival will focus on two key figures in the combined world of composed and improvised music – Anthony Braxton, who celebrates his 70th birthday during the festival, and Misha Mengelberg who turns 80 two days later.
Over a period of six days a pool of 20 musicians will meet and play in varying line-ups in diverse Amsterdam venues. There will be performances of Braxton’s large scale of works, improvisations by ad hoc ensembles, interpretations of Mengelberg pieces and newly commissioned works from Doek musicians.
The festival is also a unique chance to attend open rehearsals, hear Braxton talk about his music, or listen to interviews with participating musicians.
Practical info and news will be updated online; keep in touch, and make sure to be there, from June 2!
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.