Ab Baars Trio & Guests


Ab Baars - tenorsax /clarinet /shakuhachi
Wilbert de Joode - bass
Martin van Duynhoven - drums
Fay Victor - voice
Vincent Chancey - french horn
Anneke Brassinga - reads Interrotte Speranze and Hoe stiller ik sta

Since 1990, Baars has been heading the Ab Baars Trio, along with fellow Dutch musicians Martin van Duynhoven (drums) and Wilbert de Joode (bass).

All three have long and varied musical histories that encompass both the world of jazz and many points on the musical spectrum beyond, working with everyone from pianist Cecil Taylor and guitarist-composer Fred Frith to fellow Dutch avant punks the Ex.
While a connection between these ventures seems negligible, there is a strong common denominator throughout; the commitment to improvisation. With this emphasis and the endless possibilities it yields, it’s not surprising that Baars views music as an idiom beyond the reaches of neat-fitting names.

“Music shouldn’t be about labels. I get inspiration from music, paintings, sculptures, owls, the wind, poetry, sounds of cars, actors, etc., etc., and this I try to canalise into original music. And till this day improvisation has been the best form to do this,” says Baars.
The Ab Baars Trio embodies the heights improvisational music can scale. The trio glides effortlessly between delicately detailed and gently intricate work and the geometrically grandiose, but never falls prey to sneering gaudiness. The trio’s creations, when at their peak, are transcendent works created by true soulmates of sound.

Catching the trio live will afford the opportunity to encounter this spirit at it’s pinnacle. For Baars, the live experience is meant to be just that – an experience.
--Barb Stewart