(ICP 066) ICP Septet + Joris Roelofs + Terrie Ex & Gaan – Komen & Gaan is available on CD.
It would be hard to overestimate the importance of the ICP Orchestra to the development of European improvised music…t’s hard to overestimate how the orchestra symbolizes and represents modern Dutch music abroad—music that’s brainy, limber, well-executed, serio-comic, and maybe a wee bit theatrical (Kevin Whitehead, January 2020, Fresh Air, NPR).
At long last, Komen & Gaan is available on CD. The band is the ICP Septet + Joris Roelofs + Terrie Ex, and as the press release says:
Even in the wildly eclectic ICP catalog, this 66th release stands out. Absent are the ‘3 T’s’ (Tristan Honsinger, Tobias Delius, Thomas Heberer); instead, you get familiar guests (Joris Roelofs and Terrie Ex) and the musical direction of ICP co-founder Han Bennink. And then there is the setting: Le Brocope, a gallery, music venue, caférestaurant situated in a tiny village in Holland’s far North. An inspiring location that takes up a central role on Komen & Gaan…what could have become a mess in the hands of lesser musicians is turned into a refreshing combination of discipline and spontaneity that keeps the legacy of the late Misha Mengelberg alive while giving it another subversive twist. Hovering between wide-eyed playfulness and goodnatured mutiny, Komen & Gaan is nothing less than prime ICP.
The CD booklet for Komen & Gaan is chock full of recording session photos by Emma Fischer and contains detailed liner notes by Mara Eijsbouts; you can check out video clips of the making of the album here on the ICP YouTube channel, and/or get yourself a copy of Komen & Gaan as well as ICP065 (Han and Guus) and ICP064/063 (Han and Oscar Jan Hoogland) here or here.
The 28th edition of the Stranger Than Paradise festival will be taking place 13-17 February, albeit without a live audience. However! The concerts will all be livestreamed for you to enjoy at home. Below are the performance times for ICP members’ shows, but please do check out the entire program.
13 feb 15.00: Den Bosch, Willem Twee Toonzaal: Han Bennink & Guus Janssen
15 feb 20.30: Tilburg, Paradox: ICP Septet
17 feb 20.30: Nijmegen, Podium JIN: ICP Septet
BANDCAMP DIGITAL RELEASES
We continue to release new (and new/old) music exclusively to our Bandcamp page. Our most recent batch of uploads includes a rare 1984 recording of the Herbie Nichols program: https://icporchestra.
We continue to get our hands on a few copies of the ICP 50-CD boxset here and there. If you don’t have one yet, there’s still a chance! Available now from both the ICPShop and Subterranean…as are all our other still-in-print releases. And, if you do have the box already, please get in touch with us: we have solved the mystery of ICP 017/018 and have a free download for you (email Mark at email@example.com).
As you might know, ICP lost its government funding, and we have to say goodbye to our office after many many years.
No tears! ICP is carrying on, and we still have an ANBI status, which means that any donations are tax-deductible (in the Netherlands). If you’d like to support us directly, well we have a PayPal link for that
Better yet : order some ICP merchandise – help and enjoy at the same time.