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Fay Victor & Tristan Honsinger 18+ Free Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Nov. 28, 9:30 p.m. 2014
Price: free
Storied Amsterdam venue Bimhuis, which has long reigned as one of the world’s most progressive and sustainable presenters of jazz and improvised music, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. This involves exchanges with cities whose networks of musicians have been important to it, starting with London, Berlin, Oslo, and Chicago; various Bimhuis-related festivities take place today and tomorrow at Constellation. Cellist Tristan Honsinger and vocalist Fay Victor are Americans, but they’ve had fruitful relationships with the Dutch scene—Honsinger has been based in Amsterdam since 1974 and has long been a crucial member of the influential ICP Orchestra, a sophisticated but irreverent collective cofounded in 1967 by pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink. Honsinger and York each have a firm grasp on jazz tradition, but their predilections as improvisers frequently take them outside it; Honsinger coolly juggles ideas from classical music and Italian folk, his extended techniques disfiguring everything with the prankish glee of the ICP. On Fay Victor’s Bare (Greene Avenue Music), a 2010 album with guitarist Anders Nilsson (they’re billed as the Exposed Blues Duo), just about every tune is either a jazz standard, a vintage blues number, or a spiritual, but her reimaginings frequently render the source material unrecognizable. The album opens with “Mood Indigo,” where her creamy glisses smudge each melodic shape into an exhilarating string of bent notes, and throughout the set she often outdoes the swoops and twists of Nilsson’s slide guitar. Preceding the concert at 8 PM is a free screening of Misha Enzovoort, a new Cherry Duyns documentary about Mengelberg that addresses his struggles with dementia and his decision to withdraw from live performance. —Peter Margasak

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