The ICP Orchestra
Pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink have been instantly composing together for half a century in the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, one of the world's longest-running improvisation projects. The ten-piece ensemble that they co-founded draws on the jaunty swing of Blue Note-era musicians such as Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk within avant-garde parameters: the pieces often have no pre-ordained structure, and the players can inject 'viruses', or themes known by the group, at any point in proceedings. The music veers from the arthouse to the circus, with a sense of surprise never far away.
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Chris Elcombe.