Dutch drumming legend Han Bennink will be arriving in Cheltenham with a bang in May, when he debuts at the University of Gloucestershire’s Xposed Club, as part of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2008.
According to organisers, Bennink is a rare musician whose abilities and interests span music’s entire spectrum, from Dixieland to free. His timing is solid, his sense of swing strong, and his technique flawless. He also possesses the requisite qualities of a free jazz virtuoso; Bennink’s ability to interact quickly and creatively with horn players and pianists is great, as is his ear for timbral contrasts.
Han Bennink started bashing out beats during his teens under the influence of his father, a classical percussionist, and what ultimately makes the musician so special is his manifest love for a spectrum of music, a love that inclines him cross the different schools of jazz. At his best, with colleagues who share his all-encompassing stylistic embrace, Bennink plays the continuum of jazz as an instrument unto itself.
The Dutch drummer has recently finished a tour with the ICP orchestra in America and his great musical talent and his whimsical theatricality proves a winning combination.
‘Without a doubt this is the highlight of the Xposed Club year,’ organiser Stuart Wilding said. ‘Han Bennink is not only a brilliant drummer, he is a leading percussionist and has been a massive influence on many drummers. This will be a very special night.’
Whether you wish you could return to your golden student days or are currently a proud NUS card-carrier, everyone is welcome at the Xposed Club. With a name like Han Bennink headlining this month, however, arrive early to ensure there is tickets left.
Event: Han Bennink at Xposed Club
Venue: University of Gloucestershire, Media Atrium, Pittville Studios, Albert Road, Cheltenham, GL52 3JG
Date: Friday 2 May 2008
Times: From 8pm
Tickets: Cost £7, or £3 for concessions, available on the door. Phone Stuart on 07817 963214 for more information.
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