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Reinier Baas & Ben van Gelder
Monday, 11th March, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guitarist Reinier Baas and saxophonist Ben van Gelder are prominent figures in the Dutch music scene, and long time collaborators. Their joint efforts have resulted in a collaboration with the multiple Grammy Award winning Metropole Orkest entitled ‘Smash Hits’, which was released in October 2018. Reinier Baas has toured with his quintet ‘The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble’. His second album ‘Mostly Improvised Instrumental Indie Music’ received the prestigious Edison Award in 2013. As a soloist, he has performed with the Metropole Orkest, Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw, New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 2016, Baas released his fourth studio record “Reinier Baas vs. Princess Discombobulatrix, a ‘mostly instrumental opera’. This collaboration with illustrator Typex and a line-up of 15 prominent improvisers and classical musicians received wide-spread critical acclaim and earned him a second Edison Award in 2017. “Ravel, Prokofiev, Poulenc, Baas, truly!” – VILLA D’ARTE Ben van Gelder is an authority on the alto saxophone and a composer with a contemporary view. His music is rooted in tradition but is distinguished by a unique blend of “lyricism, energy, grace and rhythm.” His albums ‘Frame of Reference’ and ‘Reprise’ garnered outstanding reviews in the Dutch and international press. The album ‘Reprise’ was named ‘best jazz album of the year’ by de Volkskrant. Van Gelder has won various awards, such as the Deloitte Jazz Award and the Stan Getz/Clifford Brown fellowship, and more recently a composition assignment from the Jazz Gallery in New York. He has collaborated with outstanding musicians such as Mark Turner, AmbroseAkinmusire and Aaron Parks. His latest outing ‘Among Verticals’, a record inspired by the painting of Frantisek Kupka, received 5-star reviews in Dutch newspapers NRC and Volkskrant. Ben van Gelder is on faculty at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. “Another strong release from an emerging young voice.” – All About Jazz Tickets are koha (at the door).