Redwood Jazz Alliance

Holshouser, Bennink, and Moore
Tuesday, October 20, 8 p.m.| Fulkerson Recital Hall, HSU

"Will Holshouser is the secret weapon in several of the scene's most inventive and engaging bands.”
Time Out New York

What ultimately makes Han Bennink special is his manifest love for the music, a love that inclines him to tear down the cardboard walls that too often separate different schools of jazz. At his best, with colleagues who share his all-encompassing stylistic embrace, Bennink plays the continuum of jazz as an instrument unto itself.

"Michael Moore is a virtuosic wind instrumentalist whose ironic whimsy never outshines his respect for the music."
—SF Weekly

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Holshouser Bennink Moore
Third Man Trio - Geert Clarisse
Han Bennink Humboldt

We're overjoyed to welcome home local-boy-made-good, multi-reedist Michael Moore, as he returns to Humboldt County with accordionist Will Holshouser and legendary drummer-wildman Han Bennink.  The group performed for a while as the "Third Man Trio," a name suggested to them by an Austrian friend (whom they reminded of the Viennese thugs in Carol Reed's classic postwar film noir, surmises Holshouser). They're stopping in Arcata as part of a ten-city U.S. concert tour that includes Ann Arbor’s Edgefest and Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival.

Since the demise of the legendary Trio Clusone (featuring cellist Ernst Reijseger) in 1998, the jazz world has eagerly awaited a vehicle for the virtuosic Moore and the raucous Bennink to carry on their uniquely rambunctious work with melody, harmony, and rhythm.  After a decade-long search, the longtime collaborators found their optimal third man in the Brooklyn-based Holshouser.

A student of avant-garde composer Anthony Braxton, Holshouser began playing piano as a child and discovered the accordion by accident, after a friend gave him an old one as a present. Since then he has drawn on a variety of jazz, folk, and experimental music traditions, seeking his own sound as a performer, composer, and improviser.  With two albums to his credit as a leader (both featuring one of the RJA's favorite trumpeters, Ron Horton), Holshouser has also written and arranged for film and ballet, and he's performed with groups as diverse as indie cult act Antony and the Johnsons, neo-klezmer band Klezmer Madness, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with such jazz luminaries as Maria Schneider, Regina Carter, and Dave Douglas.

A living jazz legend and founding father of Dutch improvised music, 2008 European Jazz Prize winner Han Bennink’s first percussion instrument was a kitchen chair.  His sonic curiosity has led him on a succession of explorations with other instruments and collaborations with other musicians.  In a career spanning five decades, he has performed with figures ranging from Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Eric Dolphy to Steve Lacy, Peter Brötzmann, and Dave Douglas.  A restless experimenter and often wildly theatrical performer, Bennink has always understood how to swing in the traditional way and to explore the textural possibilities of free jazz.  He may be best known for his groundbreaking role with frequent partner Misha Mengelberg in Amsterdam’s Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra, which touched down in Arcata as part of the RJA’s Spring 2007 season.

Multi-reedist Michael Moore was born and raised in Humboldt County, the son of longtime College of the Redwoods music professor Jerry Moore.  He attended HSU and graduated in 1977 from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Jaki Byard and Gunther Schuller and was a classmate of reedist Marty Ehrlich.  With brother Gregg, he relocated in the early 1980s to Amsterdam, where he remains active to this day.  In 1992 he started Ramboy Records, which has released over two dozen titles.  In addition to Trio Clusone and ICP, Moore was central to the collective trio “Jewels and Binoculars,” which recorded three well-received albums of jazz interpretations of Bob Dylan tunes before dissolving in 2008.  This past summer, he joined Gregg Moore and fellow ex-pat and Humboldt native, drummer Michael Vatcher, for a reunion of the uncategorizable “Available Jelly.”  (And yes...Moore, too, has teamed up with Dave Douglas.)

(Adapted from Braithwaite & Katz Communications)

Tickets ($15 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors) are available here at our website, or at Missing Link Records, People's Records and The Works.

Holshouser, Bennink, and Moore will also present a FREE public workshop on Wednesday morning, October 21st at 10:00 on the stage of Fulkerson Recital Hall.

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Additional support for this show comes from The Arcata Eye, Libation Wine Shop & Wine Bar, North Coast Co-Op, Northtown Books, and Zwerdling Dibble, LLP.

HSU SealWednesday's free public workshop is made possible through the generosity of HSU's Office of the President, Provost Robert Snyder, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Interim Dean Kenneth Ayoob, and the Department of Music.

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