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2-7 June 2015, Amsterdam at the Bimhuis, OBA, Zaal 100, Pianola Museum, Torpedo Theater, Het Perron and Straattheater Instituut Nederland

Sparks will fly when ten top US musicians cross the Atlantic Ocean this June to work with ten of their Dutch counterparts. Six days full of intriguing music, where you can get to know the work of living legend Anthony Braxton and immerse yourself in the world of improvisation.

The focus of 2015's festival is the exploration of the territory where composition and improvisation meet, starting with the musical systems of Braxton and Dutch 'instant composing.' Get inside the skin of the musicians during open rehearsals, lectures, interviews, intimate concerts, podium-filling performances, or informally at the bar and during dinner.

Festival Pass: A festival pass, valid for all concerts, is available for €55. With the fetival pass you also receive a free CD or LP from a Doek related ensemble. Purchase now on the Doek website.

Programme overview

2 June: Zaal 100 - open rehearsals/concert
OBA - talk Anthony Braxton
Tickets concert: €8 Tickets talk: €10 Open rehearsals free
Anthony Braxton and some of his long-time collaborators will discuss the basic principles behind the Tri-Centric music system Braxton has spent the last five decades developing.
How do improvising musicians rehearse? How do they work with composition and improvisation? Find out during open rehearsals at Zaal 100.
In the evening at Zaal 100 there will be a musical round-up of the day's rehearsals with discussions and interviews led by Kevin Whitehead. Line-ups of various sizes and instrumentation featuring both Doek and Tri-Centric musicians.

3 June: Zaal 100 - open rehearsals/concert
Tickets concert: €8
See 2 June.

4 June: Bimhuis - Braxton 70: transatlantic encounters
Tickets: €25
Celebrating Anthony Braxton's 70th birthday. Braxton's Tri-Centric tentet will launch the evening, which will culminate in a spectacular piece for all 20 musicians. During the evening Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson and James Fei will talk about the influence, direct and indirect, that Anthony Braxton has had on them.

5 June: Bimhuis - How and Now
Tickets: €20
All 20 musicians will be on stage for the whole concert and will perform in ensembles of varying size, playing improvisations as well as new compositions by Eric Boeren, Kaja Draksler, Taylor Ho Bynum and Carl Testa.

6 June: Bimhuis - Misha Mengelberg: a celebration
Tickets: €20
We turn our attention to another key figure in the world of creative music: Misha Mengelberg, who turns 80 on June 5. Various size ensembles play improvisations, interpretations of Misha pieces and new compositions from Michael Moore, James Fei and Ingrid Laubrock.

7 June:
Pianola Museum/Torpedo Theater/Het Perron/Straattheater Instituut Nederland
Tickets: €5 per concert, €15 for tour. Limit of 80 places
A regular, and popular Doek Festival event! This year a cycling voyage of discovery to four of Amsterdam's smallest theatres, in each of which we present a mini theatre performance back to back with a solo interpretation of a Misha Mengelberg piece by a Doek or Tri-Centric musician.

Zaal 100: Closing party
Free entrance
Yedo Gibson Trio featuring Ab Baars - radical interpretations of Misha Mengelberg compositions.
Doek and Tri-Centric DJs.

Complete programme here.

Anthony Braxton sax, clarinet
Taylor Ho Bynum cornet
Vincent Chancey French horn
Nate Wooley trumpet
James Fei sax, electronics
Ingrid Laubrock tenor sax, soprano sax
Mary Halvorson guitar
Brandon Seabrook guitar, banjo
Tomeka Reid cello
Carl Testa double bass, electronics

Eric Boeren cornet
Wolter Wierbos trombone
John Dikeman tenor sax, baritone sax
Michael Moore alto sax, clarinet
Mary Oliver violin, viola
Oscar Jan Hoogland piano, electric clavichord
Kaja Draksler piano
Wilbert de Joode double bass
Michael Vatcher drums
Onno Govaert drums

Jappe Groenendijk tenor sax, text
Harald Austbø cello, text
Oscar Jan Hoogland piano
Jochem van Tol drums

Yedo Gibson Trio with Ab Baars
Yedo Gibson reeds
Ab Baars alto sax, clarinet, shakuhachi
Mikael Szafirowski guitar
Gerri Jäger drums
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