September 22, 2011 — As part of an ongoing series produced in cooperation with Dutch cultural agencies, the Charlottesville Jazz Society and WTJU-FM will bring Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher to the University of Virginia's Brooks Hall on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. The 'trio's special guest will be University of Virginia trumpeter John D'earth, a performance faculty member in the College of Arts & Sciences' McIntire Department of Music.
WTJU (91.1 FM) is U.Va.'s radio station.
Based in Holland, TrioBraamDeJoodeVatcher is a collaborative ensemble consisting of Michiel Braam on piano, WilburtdeJoode on bass and Michael Vatcher on drums, who have been musical friends since 1989. All three play an equal role in the music, which can go in any direction at any time, depending on decisions made on the spot. Cadence Magazine says, "The trio has one of the most integrated sounds 'I've heard from any such grouping. They travel the continuum from traditional to free with ease and dexterity."
Pianist Braam combines virtuosity with a playful unpredictability. ''I'm a child of the zap culture;I get bored quickly," he said. "If I know what's coming beforehand, it's no fun anymore." Among his influences are pianists Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Monk and Lenny Tristano, who like Braam moved outside the mainstream while building on the jazz tradition.
California native Vatcher has lived in Amsterdam since 1981. He has amazed audiences all over the world with his intricate, exciting style of drumming, performing with the likes of John Zorn, Van Dyke Parks and the Dylan cover band Jewels and Binoculars.
A self-taught musician, de Joode is currently one of the most active bass players in improvised music. His individual style and musicality transform the double bass into an equal partner in a wide variety of ensembles.
Brooks Hall is located on the U.Va. Grounds on University Avenue near the Rotunda. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for Jazz Society members and $5 for all students. Tickets are available at the door only.
The group will also conduct a free master class for U.Va students on Oct. 7 at noon. For information, call Gary Funston at 434-249-6191 or visit here.