A programme by Performing Arts Fund NL to promote Dutch music, theatre and dance abroad.
25 Jun. → 04 Jul. '21online

Dutch focus at Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2021

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Jasper Stadhouders. Photo: Andy Moor
Michael Moore
Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2021 organises a Dutch focus presenting three jazz trios from the Netherlands: OMAWI Trio, Michael Moore’s Dice Cup Trio, and Trio Vatcher/Stadhouders/Petruccelli. Supported by Dutch Performing Arts, the Dutch focus will take place online during Vancouver International Jazz Festival, from 25 June-4 July 2021.
Founded in 1986, Vancouver International Jazz Festival has a long history of presenting local, national, and international artists. The annual festival is produced by Coastal Jazz, whose mission is to connect, transform, inspire and nurture artists and audiences through the joy, passion, and power of jazz.

Online Dutch focus

The Dutch focus was originally scheduled for Vancouver Jazz's 2020 edition, which had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. This year the festival will stream performances by the following Netherlands-based jazz musicians:

Marta Warelis - piano
Wilbert de Joode - bass
Onno Govaert - drums

From Amsterdam’s flourishing improvised music circuit, OMAWI unites rising stars Onno Govaert (Cactus Truck) drums and Marta Warelis (Michael Moore, Ab Baars) piano with ‘old dog’ bassist Wilbert de Joode, one of European improv’s most recognized and active players and the 2016 winner of the Netherlands’ most prestigious jazz award, the Boy Edgar. Together, they create music that is urgent, elastic, and “free of all the clichés of the modern jazz piano trio” (Salt Peanuts).

Michael Moore’s Dice Cup Trio
Michael Moore - reeds player
Omer Govreen - bass
Nino Baleyte - drums

A new project from veteran Amsterdam-based reeds player Michael Moore, Dice Cup Trio takes Max Jacob’s 1923 collection of tightly constructed, absurdly humorous prose poems Le Cornet a Dés as its jumping-off point. Combining rigor with a streak of mischief is not a new lark for Moore, though. Since relocating from California in 1982, the Boy Edgar Award-winner has been a lynchpin of the Dutch scene, and a member of the iconic and iconoclastic Instant Composers Pool Orchestra alongside collaborators like Han Bennink and Misha Mengelberg.

Moore is joined by bassist Omer Govreen (Billy Cobham, Anat Fort) and Nino Baleyte, a dynamic French drummer who also plays in Govreen’s trio Garden Crack.

Trio Vatcher/Stadhouders/Petruccelli
Jasper Stadhouders - guitar
Miguel Petruccelli - bass
Michael Vatcher - drums

Bursting forth from Amsterdam’s vibrant improvised music scene in 2019, the classic “power trio” instrumentation is put to full use by guitarist Jasper Stadhouders, bassist Miguel Petruccelli, and drummer Michael Vatcher. Never shying away from pummeling grooves, noisy outbursts, sudden silences, abstract reflections, and unexpected shifts, this non-hierarchal trio is always in fiery forward motion.

Tune in for the Dutch focus for free

Specially for Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2021, the jazz trios will be playing sets at jazz venue Bimhuis in Amsterdam, which will be recorded and then streamed during the festival. The Dutch focus will premiere on 26 June 2021 at 17:30 (PST) on the YouTube channel of Coastal Jazz. The programme will be streaming until 6 July 2021.

More information

Visit the website of Vancouver International Jazz Festival for updates on the Dutch focus and more information about Vancouver Jazz's 2021 edition.