May 14 2015
Instant Composers Pool Orchestra (ICP)

Instant Composers Pool Orchestra (ICP)

Presented by Epistrophy Arts at The North Door

Epistrophy Arts is proud to present

Amsterdam's 10-piece Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra has earned worldwide acclaim for its inventiveness, musical genius, and unpredictable stage antics. The group includes world-class improvisers Han Bennink on drums, Michael Moore on clarinet and alto saxophone, Ab Baars on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Tobias Delius on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Thomas Heberer on cornet, Wolter Wierbos on trombone, Tristan Honsinger on cello, Ernst Glerum on bass, Mary Oliver on viola, violin, vocals and Guus Janssen on piano.

"Arguably the most dynamic, unpredictable and just-plain-fun jazz ensemble on any continent." (Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe)

"If there was a facet of jazz expression that the ICP Orchestra didn't address Wednesday night at HotHouse, it probably wasn't worth mentioning. Practically every twist on the music – from 19th Century ragtime to 21st Century free-form experimentation – eventually came to the fore, and considering that this magnificent Dutch band has been swinging for decades, the sheer vitality of its explorations into American and European jazz vocabularies may have caught some listeners by surprise. Jazz organizations that last this long don't typically convey as much intellectual curiosity, stylistic reach and technical daring as the ICP (Instant Composers Pool) band did in every piece on its first set. Each of the evening's many miniatures, in fact, bristled with strange and provocative juxtapositions of style and musical language, a blues lament giving way to a series of fierce dissonances, an easy swing tempo abruptly interrupted by passages of seeming rhythmic anarchy…Long may they thunder."- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

advance tickets @
All ages admission

This project is supported in part by individual contributors, Ruby's BBQ, and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Admission Info

$15 students/artists
$20 general admission


Dates & Times

2015/05/14 - 2015/05/14

Location Info

The North Door

502 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702