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Instant Composers' Pool Orchestra, Guillermo Klein Quartet

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 19 August 2013

Dutch large ensemble The Instant Composers' Pool Orchestra is one of the world's longest-running improvisation projects. Founded almost half a century ago by pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink, the ensemble 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.

Argentinian pianist and composer Guillermo Klein first emerged a decade ago with a large ensemble of his own. Visiting the UK with a quartet of New York musicians that includes fellow pianist Aaron Goldberg and saxophonists Chris Cheek and Miguel Zenón, the music of this concert forefronts a more intimate chamber-group side to Klein's musical personality, blending American minimalism, wistful tango-canción and folksong simplicity. This is a chance to hear previously unbroadcast music from two contrasting performances recorded earlier this year.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Chris Elcombe.

Music Played

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • The Instant Composers' Pool Orchestra recorded at the Vortex, London on 2 February 2013

    • Line up: Misha Mengelberg (piano); Ab Baars (clarinet/sax); Tobias Delius (clarinet/sax); Michael Moore (clarinet/sax); Wolter Wierbos (trombone);

    • Thomas Heberer (trumpet); Mary Oliver (violin); Tristan Honsinger (cello); Ernst Glerum (bass); Han Bennink (drums)

    • Image for ICP Orchestra

      ICP Orchestra No Idea

      Composer: Misha Mengelberg (arr. Michael Moore)

    • Image for ICP Orchestra

      ICP Orchestra Barbaric

      Composer: Hoagy Carmichael

    • Image for ICP Orchestra

      ICP Orchestra Baltimore Oriole

      Composer: Hoagy Carmichael

    • Image for ICP Orchestra

      ICP Orchestra Peer's Counting Song

      Composer: Misha Mengelberg

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    • Image for Elephant9

      Elephant9 A Place In Neither

      Composer: Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen

      Atlantis, Rune Grammofon

  • Guillermo Klein on the influence of three cities

    • Image for Wayne Shorter

      Wayne Shorter Witch Hunt

      Composer: Wayne Shorter

      Speak No Evil, Blue Note

    • Image for Steve Reich

      Steve Reich Tehillim: Part I (Fast)

      Composer: Steve Reich

      Tehillim Three Movements, Nonesuch

    • Image for Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos

      Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos El Rio

      Composer: Guillermo Klein

      Una Nave, Sunny Sid

    • Image for Olivier Messiaen

      Olivier Messiaen Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia - O Sacrum Convivium

      Composer: Messiaen

      Garden of Love's Sleep, DG

  • Guillermo Klein Quartet recorded at the Wigmore Hall, London on 1 February 2013

    • Line up: Guillermo Klein (piano); Aaron Goldberg (piano, Fender Rhodes); Chris Cheek (saxophones); Miguel Zenón (saxophones, flute)

    • Image for Guillermo Klein Quartet

      Guillermo Klein Quartet Implacable

      Composer: Guillermo Klein

    • Image for Guillermo Klein Quartet

      Guillermo Klein Quartet Artesano

      Composer: Guillermo Klein

    • Image for Guillermo Klein Quartet

      Guillermo Klein Quartet Burrito Hill

      Composer: Guillermo Klein


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