[members-announce] AB BAARS TRIO in OTTAWA on October 27

Ron Sweetman ronsweetman at canada.com
Tue Oct 7 17:40:51 EDT 2003


For immediate release

DUTCH REED PLAYER AB BAARS DEFINES HIS OWN STYLE

Ottawa, October 7, 2003  It's the rare jazz player who breaks so radically 
with what's expected that he creates his own definition of sound and 
structure. Forty-seven-year-old Ab Baars is one of those players, setting 
out a course so distinct that a sometime bandmate, pianist Misha 
Mengelberg, calls what he does simply "Ab music."

At 8:00pm on Monday, October 27, the renowned Dutch clarinetist and 
saxophonist brings his long-standing trio to the Mercury Lounge as part of 
their extensive fall tour of North America. Featuring bassist Wilbert de 
Joode and drummer Martin van Duynhoven, the trio has been together since 
1990, recording five CDs and developing a reputation as one of the leading 
bands on the vital improvised music scene in Holland.

Baars calls what he does "a very personal music/language. I hope it sounds 
strange, strange to catch." He likens his approach to that of a sculptor or 
painter, working in the moment and trying to create a form that no one can 
perceive until the instant it appears.

Influenced in equal parts by clarinetist John Carter and Chicago saxophone 
players Roscoe Mitchell and Von Freeman, Baars' musical scope is extremely 
wide, ranging on recent projects to the sport of boxing and Native American 
Indian music.

The Ottawa performance of the Ab Baars Trio is co-presented by Music Now 
and the Mercury Lounge, with support from the Consulate General of The 
Netherlands, New York, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Ottawa, Stichting 
Gaudeamus and Fonds voor de Amateur en Podiumkunsten

The Mercury Lounge is located upstairs at 56 ByWard Market. Tickets are 
$15.00, available at the door.

For review CDs, photographs, or to arrange an interview, contact:

Ron Sweetman
Music Now
730-2083
ronsweetman at canada.com
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