Tijn Wybenga & AM.OK - Brainteaser
Tijn Wybenga: composer & conductor
Alistair Payne: trumpet
Kika Sprangers: sax
Nabou Claerhout: trombone
Federico Calcagno: bass clarinet
Pablo Rodriguez: violin
Yanna Pelser, George Dumitriu: Viola
Pau Sola: cello
Teis Semey: guitar
Alessandro Fongaro: bass
Jamie Peet drums
Tom Pritchard: percussion
The legendary BIMHUIS jazzclub in Amsterdam sent composer Tijn Wybenga (1993) out with a goal; lead the way for jazz in Amsterdam. Originally founded in 1974, the venue was the center of progressive freejazz, its sound bold and unique. In 2018 a collaboration was started named Bimhuis Productions.
During the span of two years Tijn Wybenga was instructed to research and compose, his task to discover the sound of Amsterdam in the 21st century.
June 2021 his debut album ‘BRAINTEASER’ is released, featuring 5 compositions performed by AM.OK (Amsterdam Modern Orchestra). Wybenga draws inspiration from the city, its emerging musicians and today’s pop culture. The result is a synthesis in sound.
Honouring Bimhuis’ founders, freejazz is at its root. Unlike before, Wybenga starts with free improvisation to write compositions. He recorded the AM.OK members as they freely played their instrument, unbound.
As hiphop artists like J Dilla recycled jazz and soul records, Wybenga cunningly sampled free improvisations as seeds for his works, in a similar workflow to create newfound grooves and beats.
‘BRAINTEASER’ does what it was set out to do; lead the way. Showcasing some of the best newcomers in jazz, melting with live electronics and Amsterdam’s lifestyle.
Wybenga dares to be unapologetic yet playful, with AM.OK showing great promise both as a group as with its members.