See you at The Market: Wolter Wierbos

Posted on 10 June 2019 in Concerts, Media, Video

See you at The Market: Wolter Wierbos

Wolter Wierbos is widely regarded as one of the leading trombonists in improvised music. His playing is wholly unique and alway effortlessly musical. Wolter plays with such passion and intuition that one can sometimes forget how mind-blowing his abilities on the instrument really are. As fellow trombonist Jeb Bishop said: “There are things on the trombone Wolter can do that no one else can do”. However, it’s still his strengths as an improviser that shine the brightest. Blending the delicate, esoteric, absurd and heroic in every endeavour, he is equally comfortable playing parts and filling out a horn section with a tone that would be the envy of any jazz player, or pushing against the grain, improvising in a way that will steer an ensemble out of its comfort zone, elevating the music to strange and new places.

One of the “first call” trombonists in improvised music, Wolter has played with practically everyone, from Cecil Taylor to Sonic Youth, and has been on over 100 recordings. Wolter is/was a long time member of the ensembles ICP Orchestra, Available Jelly, the Frank Gratkowski Quartet, Bik Bent Braam, The Ex Brass Unbound, Carl Ludwig Hübsch’s Longrun Development of the Universe, as well as various groups led by Gerry Hemingway, Maarten Altena, Guus Janssen, Franky Douglas and Sean Bergin. In 1995 he was awarded the Boy Edgar Prijs in recognition of his significant contributions to the music.