recent poetry/voice work with bassist WILBERT de JOODE
Wilbert and I have known each other a number of years and worked together in a musician / dancer combination, showing pieces in Italy, Belgium and Holland.
Over the last few years we've begun to make material in a musician/poet combination.
Firstly making a live version of my poem 'Bass Homage' in Amsterdam's OT301 and then taking time to record in July 2011and January of this year.
Here are a couple of the numerous tracks produced during these rich sessions.
Both music and text are improvised.
Feelings are, that there is a cd in the making here.
"........ I bought a lullaby for Dan once
brought it from behind the lime trees
wrapped it in crispy paper and solid string and said
'here you go Dan, here you go m'man, here's a lullaby for you'
he said ' you're sweet, by I don't need it' "
excerpt from 'Dan' 2011
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.
De Joode is currently one of the most active bass players on the European improvised music circuit. His individual style and musicality transforms the double bass into an equal partner in the most varied ensembles. A personal tone colour, exploration of the outer registers, quirky improvisations and the use of gut strings contribute to an instantly recognizable and intriguing sound.
The seventeen improvised pieces on his first solo cd Olo (distributed by ToonDist ( www.toondist.nl ) show how rich and complex his sound on the double bass is.