The first official day of the festival takes place at the Bimhuis and showcases three established bands representing the three capitals of improvisation – Amsterdam, Berlin and Chicago. Afterwards, hang out for tag team DJing by the Berlin boys.
This day is a part of We Are Public, a relatively new initiative in Amsterdam that allows you entrance to a wide variety of cultural events around town for a low monthly fee.

20:30 at the Bimhuis

Michael Moore Bigtet

Eric Boeren – cornet, Wolter Wierbos – trombone, Giuseppe Doronzo – baritone sax, Michael Moore – alto sax, clarinet, Jorrit Westerhof – guitar, Kaja Draksler – piano, Arjen Gorter – bass, Han Bennink – drums

Michael Moore created the Bigtet to celebrate his 60th birthday at the Bimhuis. New and older compositions from his oeuvre will be played, sometimes quietly, but more often cheerfully, by the Michael Moore Bigtet. This group features younger musicians as well as established names from the Amsterdam jazz and improv scene. Pianist Kaja Draksler, baritone saxophonist Giuseppe Doronzo and guitarist Jorrit Westerhof represent the younger generation. Cornet player Eric Boeren, trombonist Wolter Wierbos come from the band Available Jelly, of which Moore has been a member since the 1970s. And rounding things off is the legendary Han Bennink with whom Michael has been playing in ICP Orchestra and numerous other projects for the past 30 years.

Hyperactive Kid

Philipp Gropper – saxophone, Ronny Graupe – guitar, Christian Lillinger – drums

HYPERACTIVE KID is a band made up of three musicians currently living in Berlin. They came together in 2003 and since then they have been working on developing their collective musical ideas. Most importantly, their focus is to find the sound of the pulsating breath of life together – their interplay reminds us of the energy and continuous flow of ideas coming from a hyperactive child. Three musicians – ONE work of art. Everyone is everything and together they are HYPERACTIVE KID.

These Things Happen

Oscar Jan Hoogland – piano, electric clavichord, Keefe Jackson – saxophone, Joshua Abrams – bass, Mikel Avery – drums

The music of these things happen is a commuting between chicago and amsterdam, composition and improvisation, sobriety and [inhibitionlessness], wild playfulness and [purity]. Starting with classical pieces and originals from the dutch and american jazz traditions, the trio will digress covering new ground: discover and ignore, grab and release, creating and letting go …