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The ICP Orchestra

Jez Nelson presents music from improvising ensemble the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, featuring co-founders Han Bennink and Misha Mengelberg.

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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • BBC Introducing Track

    • Metamorphic

      What is Real

      Composer: Laura Cole

      • Coalescence.
      • F-ire.
  • Evan Parker and Han Bennink in conversation

    • Han Bennink / Evan Parker

      Traps of Appetite

      Composer: Han Bennink / Evan Parker

      • Grass Is Greener.
      • Psi.
    • Ornette Coleman

      Ramblin'

      Composer: Ornette Coleman

      • Change of the Century.
      • Atlantic.
    • Eric Dolphy

      Epistrophy

      Composer: Kenny Clarke / Thelonious Monk

      • Last Date.
      • Verve.
    • The Peter Br√∂tzmann Octet

      Music for Han Bennink

      Composer: Willem Breuker

      • Machine Gun.
      • FMP.
    • Spontaneous Music Ensemble

      Distant Little Soul

      Composer: John Stevens

      • Challenge.
      • Emanem.
    • ICP Orchestra

      Rumboon

      Composer: Misha Mengelberg

      • Tetterettet.
      • ICP.
    • Misha Mengelberg & Han Bennink

      Einpartietischtennis

      Composer: Misha Mengelberg / Han Bennink

      • Einpartietischtennis.
      • ICP.
    • ICP Orchestra

      2300 Skidoo

      Composer: Herbie Nichols

      • Two Programs: Performs Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk.
      • ICP.
    • ICP Orchestra

      Round Midnight

      Composer: Thelonious Monk

      • Two Programs: Performs Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk.
      • ICP.
    • ICP Orchestra

      Ellington Mix: Happy Go Lucky Local Mix

      Composer: Duke Ellington (arr. Misha Mengelberg)

      • Bospaadje Konijnehol 1.
      • ICP.
  • The ICP Orchestra recorded at the Vortex, London on 2 February 2013

    • Untitled

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

    • Untitled

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

    • ICP Orchestra

      House Party Starting

      Composer: Herbie Nichols (arr. Misha Mengelberg)

    • ICP Orchestra

      Picnic

      Composer: Misha Mengelberg

  • Steve Beresford Interview

    • Untitled

  • The ICP Orchestra recorded at the Vortex, London on 2 February 2013

    • ICP Orchestra

      Jaloers, Ik?

      Composer: Misha Mengelberg

    • ICP Orchestra

      Ezels

      Composer: Ab Baars

    • ICP Orchestra

      Criss Cross

      Composer: Thelonious Monk (arr. Misha Mengelberg)

    • Untitled

      Line up: Steve Beresford joins on piano, in place of Misha Mengelberg

    • ICP Orchestra

      Caravan

      Composer: Duke Ellington

    • ICP Orchestra

      The Mooche

      Composer: Duke Ellington

Misha Mengelberg at The Vortex

Misha Mengelberg at The Vortex
Photo: Andy Newcombe

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