Anatolian/Armenian roots and the music of Paul Motian, Komitas a.o.
Vahé Hovanesian – duduk
Jan Bang - live sampling
Stevko Busch - piano
1. Harry Tavitian (RO) – solo, and duo with Vahé Hovanesian
2. Dante Boon (NL) – solo piano
works of Komitas Vardapet, Cemal Resit Rey, Anastassis Philippakopoulos
3. Tom Arthurs (BG/D) (trumpet)
Jan Bang (NO) (electronics)
Stevko Busch (D/NL) (piano)
Samuel Rohrer (CH) (drums)
On the music of Paul Motian, Komitas Vardapet, own work
Amsterdam-based pianists meet renowned international guests during Gallery Of Tones / Pianolab. This year’s point of departure is the distinctive style and sonic universe of Paul Motian (1931-2011). This American percussionist is famous for his unique, spatial style of playing, combining Western, Afro-American and Eastern influences.
From this vantage point the invited musicians will improvise with Eastern and Western coloring, phrasing and timing. A crucial part is taken by the masterful live electronics of Jan Bang.
The program features three pianists in various roles. In his solo performance the Romanian-Armenian pianist Harry Tavitian will approach Armenian music from a jazz perspective. Dutch concert pianist Dante Boon uses Eastern sources in compositions from different periods. German pianist Stevko Busch, the initiator of Pianolab, will give a performance with a remarkable quartet including Jan Bang, british trumpetplayer and composer Tom Arthurs, and swiss drummer Samuel Rohrer .