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Blonk's, Jaap Retirement Overdue (w/ Petruccelli / Stadhouders / Rosaly): New Start [2 CDs] (Kontrans)

The first working band for Dutch vocal improviser Jaap Blonk in 20 years, as he passes 65 years and is clearly NOT ready for retirement, assembling Miguel Petruccelli (Native Aliens Ensemble) on guitar, Jasper Stadhouders (Cactus Truck) on bass, and Chicago ex-pat Frank Rosaly on drums for a double CD of new work, collective improvisation and reworked Blonk classics.
 

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Miguel Petruccelli-guitar, bass guitar

Jasper Stadhouders-guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, Kologo

Frank Rosaly-drums, percussion

Jaap Blonk-voice, electronics


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UPC: 8713897904604

Label: Kontrans
Catalog ID: Kontrans 1066
Squidco Product Code: 29601

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: The Netherlands
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio Swamp, in Hoboken, Antwerpen, Belgium, on December 11th and 12th, 2019, by Daniel Goldaracena.

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"'When I was about to turn sixty-five, I thought: why not start a new band, and give it a name that asks for consistent challenge: Jaap Blonk's Retirement Overdue ... And since it is twenty years ago that I last had a regular band that played mostly my pieces, this is a New Start'. "Thus the leader.

With Blonk on voice and electronics, his band features three younger luminaries of the Amsterdam improvised music scene: Frank Rosaly, Jasper Stadhouders and Miguel Petruccelli. Rosaly was a mainstay of the Chicago scene; the Uruguayan Miguel Petruccelli has been based in Amsterdam for several years. Both Petruccelli and Stadhouders play electric guitar as well as bass guitar.Advertisement

All compositions are by Blonk, often collectively improvised with the group, except for Leonard Bernstein's Somewhere, and Rápido Y Leve by Jasper Stadhouders, which has text by Blonk. The result is a characteristically exuberant and entertaining set of performances, and I'm reminded of the memorable Blonk gig I heard in 2016, at York Medical Society Rooms, which included a performance of Kurt Schwitters' Ursonate.

Blonk was born in 1953 in Woerden, Netherlands, and took up saxophone in the late 1970s. It was a few years before he discovered his true metier as a vocal performer - reciting poetry, and eventually creating new sounds through vocal improvisation. From the mid-90s, Blonk began working with electronics, using samples of his own voice, and eventually pure sound synthesis.

These recordings give some indication of Blonk's stage presence and improvisational freedom. The band has a rough energy that's been called "Dada-punk", and the results are a bit scrappy - but that's the ethos. The very fractured No Go Area is an excellent example, with its fine guitar solo, I presume by Stadhouders. The words - I'm not sure you'd call them lyrics - are very witty. This is characteristic and rewarding work by an Old Dutch master."-Andy Hamilton, Jazz Journal UK


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Artist Biographies

Miguel Petruccelli is an Amsterdam, The Netherlands guitarist known for the bands Jaap Blonk's Retirement Overdue, and Native Aliens Ensemble.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/6121807-Miguel-Petruccelli)
6/12/2024

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"Jasper Stadhouders (Tilburg, the Netherlands, 1989) is a guitarist and bassist based in Amsterdam. He's performed music on stage since the age of 8. He is an active member of the international improvised music circuit. He is a co-founder of the bands Cactus Truck (with John Dikeman and Onno Govaert), Stadhouders/Govaert/De Joode Trio and two duos with percussionists Dag Erik Knedal Andersen and Nicolas Field. He is also part of such diverse bands as Spinifex and Lily's Déjà Vu, next to playing countless of ad hoc improv shows. Jasper also occasionally works in the fields of dance, theatre and contemporary composed music. He has played with Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Paal Nilssen-Love, Marshall Allen, Wolter Wierbos, Noel Redding, Ken Vandermark, Jim Black, Andrew D'Angelo, Terrie Ex, Andy Moor, Peter Evans, Frank Rosaly, Dave Rempis, Roy Campbell, Michael Moore, Jeb Bishop, Peter Jacquemyn, Wally Shoup, Ingrid Laubrock, Mars Williams, Michael Vatcher, Alan Wilkinson and many more. Jasper has performed extensively in Europe and the USA, as well as in India."

-Jasper Stadhouders Website (https://jasperstadhouders.wordpress.com/about/)
6/12/2024

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"Frank Rosaly (Francisco Javier Rosaly Amoros Rosello - b. 5/30/74 Phoenix, AZ) is a drummer and composer living in Chicago. He has been involved in the improvised and experimental music community since 2001 where he has become an integral part of Chicago's musical fabric, navigating a fine line between the vibrant improvised music, experimental, rock and jazz communities. He contributes much of his time to performing, composing, teaching, as well as organizing musical events, while also touring regularly domestically and internationally.

Frank is currently active in many projects throughout Chicago as well as New York and in Europe. Some groups include Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad Quartet, Matana Robert's Chicago Project, Rob Mazurek's Mandarin Movie, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten Quintet, Scorch Trio, Nicole Mitchell Ice Crystal Quartet, Jason Stein Quartet, Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, Josh Abrams' Natural Information Society, Fred Lonberg-Holm's Valentine Trio, Keefe Jackson's Project Project, The Fast Citizens, The Jeb Bishop Trio, Jason Adasievicz's Rolldown, Jorrit Dijkstra's Flatlands Collective, Chicago Lucern Exchange, Hearts and Minds, Slow Cycle, Outskirts, Darren Johnston's Chicago Quintet, Anchor and others."

-Frank Rosaly Website (http://fjrosalbio.blogspot.com/)
6/12/2024

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"Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in Woerden, Holland) is a self-taught composer, performer and poet.He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies.In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music.A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds.From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well.He took a year off of performing in 2006. As a result, his renewed interest in mathematics made him start a research of the possibilities of algorithmic composition for the creation of music, visual work and poetry.

As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He has performed around the world, on all continents. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension.

Besides working as a soloist, he collaborated with many musicians and ensembles in the field of contemporary and improvised music, like Maja Ratkje, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, The Ex, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band. He premiered several compositions by the German composer Carola Bauckholt, including a piece for voice and orchestra. A solo voice piece was commissioned by the Donaueschinger Musiktage. On several occasions he collaborated with visual computer artist Golan Levin, for the Ars Electronica Festival.

Blonk's work for radio and television includes several commissioned radio plays.He also makes larger-scale drawings of his scores, as well as visual poetry, which is being exhibited.

He has his own record label, Kontrans, featuring a total of 25 releases so far. Other Blonk recordings appeared on various labels, such as Staalplaat, Basta, VICTO, Ecstatic Peace, Monotype Records, Terp and Elegua Records.His book/CD 'Traces of Speech' was published in 2012 by Hybriden-Verlag, Berlin. Forthcoming is a sequel with the title "Traces of Cookery".A comprehensive collection of his sound poetry came out as a book with 2 CDs in 2013, entitled "KLINKT"."

-Jaap Blonk Website (http://www.jaapblonk.com/Pages/biography.html)
6/12/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. New Start 4:22

2. Talking Drums 7:46

3. Wow Hape 2:31

4. What The President Will Say And Do, Part 1 0:55

5. Kterg 3:14

6. My First Nightmares 4:04

7. Measure The Night 8:36

8. Pool Naw 2:57

9. Retirement Overdue 5:33

10. No Go Area 5:11

CD2



1. About Itself 6:57

2. Aggeloche 4:07

3. Somewhere 3:16

4. Kown Sah 3:40

5. So Wie Damals 6:50

6. What The President WillSay And Do, Part 2 0:59

7. Rapido Y Leve 4:44

8. Nem Boha 3:42

9. I Saw A Wobbzag 7:11

10. How To Be 10:37

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