Busch & Van Kemenade, THAAB, Boi Akih Storyteller

May, 11th | Start time 20:30,

Doors open 19:45

A Paul Van Kemenade Foundation, Gallery of Tones & Studio 150 Bethlehemkerk collaboration.



Supported by Gemeente Amsterdam.

Duo Busch & Van Kemenade
Paul van Kemenade · alto sax
Stefan Busch · piano

Their unique sound and way of communicating – serene, quiet, full of soul, with tender silences, contemplation and occasional primal outbursts – has been highly praised internationally. Tours in China, Russia, Scandinavia, North and South Africa and Europe have not only reached a large festival audience. Music journalists and jazz historians have also pondered this duo’s special way of playing.

“Recent duo recordings are full of the most essential details. Spawned by an immeasurable intuition of two musicians, which is far beyond the majority of other duo CDs. …utterly organic, the craftsmanship and connection of both musicians yields gentle, sometimes breath-taking improvisations.” jazznu.nl

Three Horns And A Bass

Louk Boudesteijn · trombone
Angelo Verploegen · flügelhorn
Wiro Mahieu · double bass
Paul Van Kemenade · altosax/compositions

Three Horns And A Bass  is one of the many projects of altoist-composer Van Kemenade. Writing for this unorthodox combination provides new opportunities for him. Three Horns And A Bass (THAAB) is a not often heard combination in a nimble occupation that goes in all directions. Some pieces of the above group can be heard with various other combinations on the cd ‘Close Enough’ with a five stars quotation in the American prestigious jazz magazine Down Beat. The CD is chosen as one of ‘Best CDs of 2011’. 


Picture by Maarten Mooijman

Boi Akih – Storyteller

Monica Akihary · vocals, bass kalimba
Niels Brouwer · acoustic nylon seven string guitar, harp guitar
Sekou Dioubate · 35 string kora
Dodó Kis · soprano,alto, tenor and paetzold bass recorder

Storyteller is a story in colours and sounds, a story of a journey full of unexpected encounters. BOI AKIH effortlessly weaves modern jazz and improvised music with folk traditions from all over the world, creating a unique sound that is unconventional, yet totally recognisable and accessible. Acoustic sounds and electronic soundscapes merge with the versatile, warm voice of Monica Akihary, who sings in both English and Haruku, the language of her father’s island. In Storyteller Akihary and guitarist and composer Niels Brouwer, who form BOI AKIH, are joined by recorder player Dodó Kis and kora player Sekou Dioubate. Together, these four evoke a world where boundaries dissolve and the distances between places, time and traditions don’t seem to exist.

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