The Present is Present - Performance Videos

A collection of musical performances taking place during the 2017 Present is Present Festival in Amsterdam, NL. Performances facilitated by Doek, Bimhuis, Occii, De Ruimte, Splendor, and others. All video by Adam Shead. All photos by Andy Moor.

The Felix Quartet consists of American transplants Micheal Vatcher on drums and Michael Moore on reeds alongside Dutch trombonist Wolter Weirbos and bassist Wilbert de Joode. All four musicians have had a storied career regarding improvised music, performing with the ICP orchestra, Available Jelly, Peter Brotzmann, and Anthony Braxton; amongst others. This performance excerpt was recorded at a squat on the north east side of Amseterdam, NL; as part of the annual DoEk fiets tour.

Long time collaborators Terrie Ex and Andy Moor have been performing together for over three decades as part of The Ex and other creative collaborations. The two guitar players have been experimenting with new and innovative ways to produce sonic material on the guitar for even longer than their collaborations, beginning to play duo performances in the early 90's. The performance expert above was recorded at OCCII, a former squat turned performance and artist space on the west side of Amsterdam, NL.

Taking place at De Tanker (decommissioned gas station) on the north side of Amsterdam, the music of Brazilian composer and pianist Hermeto Pascoal was transcribed and arranged by Brazilian Reedist Yedo Gibson; performed by Gibson, Natalio Sued, Michael Vatcher, Renato Ferreira, Neils Brouwer, Ziv Taubenfeld, and Kristjan Martinsson. 

Michael Moore (born December 4, 1954) is an American jazz musician who has lived in the Netherlands since 1982. Moore graduated in 1977 from the New England Conservatory of Music. He played in a variety of musical contexts, especially those in support of theatre and dance groups. By 1982 he was a regular member of Misha Mengelberg's Instant Composers Pool and Georg Gräwe's Grubenklang Orchester. Wilbert de Joode (1955) is a veritable research scientist of bass pizzicato and bowing techniques. A self-taught musician, he has been playing the double-bass since 1982. He began working in groups that improvised within a jazz framework. Other musicians were soon drawn to his idiosyncratic style, and in the mid 80s he played in groups led by Vera Vingerhoeds, Armando Cairo and Ig Henneman where he further developed his improvisation skills. He came into contact with such musicians as J.C.Tans, Rinus Groeneveld, Michiel Braam, Han Bennink, Han Buhrs (Schismatics) and Ab Baars. Miri Lee is a dancer and choreographer from Korea. She studied traditional Korean dance in Seoul and moved to Amsterdam in 2008. ‘Imprography’ is the title she uses to represent her research in choreographic methodology combining improvisation and instant composition. The performance excerpt presented above was recorded at Zaal 100 on the west side of Amsterdam, a former squat turned restaurant and performance venue advocating for experimental and exploratory work. . 

Raoul van der Weide is a Dutch bassist who played violin in the Noord-Holland Jeugdorkest for six years . He studied (classical) double bass with John Clayton and Norma Brooks. He collaborated with PUNT-UIT Orkest and various Guus Janssen formations, and was a member of the Paul Trio Trio, the Burton Greenes Quartet, the Spazio Trio, and Ab Baars Sextet , He has worked on several projects by Peter Zegveld and played with the Gravitones , which won the Winnaars Dordtse Jazzprijs in 1995 , with Joost Buis & The Famous Astronotes and theNew Crosscurrents Sextet. Miriam den boer Salmon is a young Dutch improviser and violinist who studied music in Groningen under Michael Moore. Miriam has performed with the likes of Mary Oliver, Raoul van de Wiede, Felicity Provan, Marta Warelis, and Joost Buis; amongst others. Provan studied classical and jazz trumpet at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne until 1986 and was an active member of the Melbourne Improvisers Association. She worked with various jazz and improvisational ensembles, composed for dance and film projects, and was composer in residence at the Tanzkompanie Feats Unlimited in 1985. In 1990 Felicity moved to Amsterdam and began to collaborate with musicians such as Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Yedo Gibson, Sean Bergin, Michael Vatcher, and Michael Moore. Joost Buis is an improvising musician and composer from Amsterdam. He plays trombone and lap steel guitar, Buis has performed and recorded with the likes of Michael Moore, Han Bennink, Wilbert de Joode, Felicity Provan and many others. The above performance excerpt was recorded at Zaal 100 in Amsterdam, NL.

Raoul van der Weide is a Dutch bassist who played violin in the Noord-Holland Jeugdorkest for six years . He studied (classical) double bass with John Clayton and Norma Brooks. He collaborated with PUNT-UIT Orkest and various Guus Janssen formations, and was a member of the Paul Trio Trio, the Burton Greenes Quartet, the Spazio Trio, and Ab Baars Sextet , He has worked on several projects by Peter Zegveld and played with the Gravitones , which won the Winnaars Dordtse Jazzprijs in 1995 , with Joost Buis & The Famous Astronotes and theNew Crosscurrents Sextet. Miriam den boer Salmon is a young Dutch improviser and violinist who studied music in Groningen under Michael Moore. Miriam has performed with the likes of Mary Oliver, Raoul van de Wiede, Felicity Provan, Marta Warelis, and Joost Buis; amongst others. Provan studied classical and jazz trumpet at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne until 1986 and was an active member of the Melbourne Improvisers Association. She worked with various jazz and improvisational ensembles, composed for dance and film projects, and was composer in residence at the Tanzkompanie Feats Unlimited in 1985. In 1990 Felicity moved to Amsterdam and began to collaborate with musicians such as Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Yedo Gibson, Sean Bergin, Michael Vatcher, and Michael Moore. Joost Buis is an improvising musician and composer from Amsterdam. He plays trombone and lap steel guitar, Buis has performed and recorded with the likes of Michael Moore, Han Bennink, Wilbert de Joode, Felicity Provan and many others. The above performance excerpt was recorded at Zaal 100 in Amsterdam, NL.

Jasper Stadhouders (Tilburg, the Netherlands, 1989) is a guitarist and bassist based in Amsterdam.  He’s performed music on stage since the age of 8.  He is an active member of the international improvised music circuit.  He is a co-founder of the bands Cactus Truck (with John Dikeman and Onno Govaert), Stadhouders/Govaert/De Joode Trio and two duos with percussionists Dag Erik Knedal Andersen and Nicolas Field.  He is also part of such diverse bands as Spinifex and Lily’s Déjà Vu, next to playing countless of ad hoc improv shows. While still in high school Onno Govaert (1987, Kaatsheuvel, NL) was already playing with such well-known Dutch jazz musicians as Eric Vloeimans and Harmen Fraanje. He moved to Amsterdam to study jazz drums and graduated cum laude from the Conservatorium of Amsterdam in 2009.
His playing has variously been described as ‘innovative’, ‘spectacular’, ‘relentless’, ‘possessed by the devil’ and ‘post Jim Black’. ‘Onno Govaert stokes the band’s fires with spazzy rumbles and unflagging motion’, commented Chicago Reader, and Volkskrant described his style as ‘full of initiative and uninhibited.’ Tristan Renfrow is an American drummer and is the founding member of such groups as Native Speaker and Morgan Freedom, receiving and undergraduate degree in music from Lawrence University Renfrow now resides in Amsterdam, NL. Renfrow has performed with the likes of Onno Govaert, John Dikeman, Jasper Stadhouders, Michael Moore, and many others. Miguel Petruccelli is a Uraguayan guitarist who moved to Amsterdam after receiving a bachelors degree from music at the university in Groningen, NL. Petruccelli has performed alongside such musicians as Marta Warelis, John Dikeman, Jasper Stadhouders, and Yedo Gibson, amongst others. The performance excerpt above was recorded at OCCII on the west side of Amsterdam, NL; a former squat turned artist's space/performance venue. 

The Zebra Street band was founded by Italian trombonist Salvo Lucifora Andrea in 2016 and takes influence from the music of Peru, West Guinea, Argentina, and South Africa; as well as the long tradition of Dutch and American Creative Improvisation. The Zebra Street band is seen performing on the Musiemplein in Amsterdam, NL as outreach for the Present is Present Festival in May of 2017. The ensemble consists of Andrius Dereviancenko, John Dikeman, Fabio Galeazzi, Onno Govaert, Allister Payne, and Salvo Lucifora Andrea.

Nicolas Chientorali is an Argentinean pianist who has recorded two albums as composer with his trio La Musica Es Prohibida, along with Carlos Alvarez and Hernan Rodriguez. Chientorali has also composed for and lead the septet La Gran Cena. Chientorali is seen performing on the opening night of the 2017 Present is Present Festival in Amsterdam, NL at the Bimhuis.

The Native Aliens Ensemble is a musical group devoted to the research of Brazilian folk music mixed up with free improvisation, performing the compositions and improvisation of Saxophonist and Bassist Renato Ferreira. For this project he puts in action a mix of influences of Brazilian, European and Dutch sources: from Louis Andriessen to Alban Berg, passing through Hermeto Pascoal and Egberto Gismonti. All those influences blend together with Amsterdam’s effervescent scene of improvised music to create a unique and explosive musical group. Native Aliens Ensemble can be seen performing at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, NL as part of the 2017 Present is Present Festival. 

Michael Vatcher is an American percussionist who lives in the Netherlands. Vatcher grew up in California and had a Vibraphone and Snaredrum class as a child. He worked there for a long time with Michael Moore, also with John Hnady and Terry Gibbs. In 1981 he came to Amsterdam. Here he was in groups such as the Tristan Honsinger Sextet , the Maarten Altena Ensemble , The Ex , Roof, Available Jelly and has performed with Van Dyke Parks, John Zorn, Ken Vandermark, and Steve Swell. Vatcher can bee seen here performing with Tristan Renfrow, George Hadow, Onno Govaert, and Fabio Galeazzi as part of the 2017 Present is Present Fiets Tour.