Space Impro
ThuMar 23, 2023
De Ruimte
Distelweg 83, 1031 HD Amsterdam

Doors 20:00, Music 20:30. Tickets 8-20 (Sliding Scale) This program is freely accessible  for spaceholders level 2 and up.
Two outstanding ensembles from different traditions with well-known faces and young adventurous musicians!

Pietre (‘stones’ in Italian) is the brainchild of bassist Alessandro Fongaro, a quartet he brought together during the second lockdown, in 2021. He describes the music he wrote as “a sort of personal diary, in which I collected all that I went through in that period: love, heartbreaks, friendships and so on.”
About his band mates: “In the past years I’ve spent so much time on and off stage with Sun Mi and Nicolò that I can basically call them family. Meanwhile, Jesse is a musician that I’ve got to know better only during the pandemic. We started off playing in a duo and right away I fell in love with his sensibility, energy and dedication. When the idea of Pietre started forming in my head and I was trying to imagine how I wanted the band to sound, these were the three musicians that I heard playing my music.”

Nicolò Ricci – tenor sax | Jesse Schilderink – baritone, tenor sax | Alessandro Fongaro – double bass | Sun-Mi Hong – drums


For twenty years vocalist Jaap Blonk had no band that played his own compositions. After the magnum opus “Consensus”, he realized his music for a long time in solo work with voice and electronics.
When Jaap Blonk turned 65, he thought, why not start a new band and name it Jaap Blonk’s Retirement Overdue. Featuring three younger luminaries of the Amsterdam improvised music scene: Frank Rosaly, Jasper Stadhouders and Miguel Petruccelli.
At the end of 2019, a beautiful double CD was recorded with the appropriate title “New Start”, very well received by the critics. Due to corona, a “New Start” could not be brought to the stage for several years. Bot now they can! And with two extra top musicians in the band who need no introduction: Michael Moore and Michael Vatcher.

Jaap Blonk – voice, electronics | Michael Moore clarinets, alt sax | Jasper Stadhouders – guitar, bass guitar | Miguel Petruccelli – guitar, bass guitar | Michael Vatcher – drums

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Mede mogelijk gemaakt door Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.