DUO LUC HOUTKAMP & STEVE BERESFORD
Steve Beresford en Luc Houtkamp kennen elkaar al sinds 1972 en hebben vooral in de ‘70er jaren veel met elkaar gespeeld. Na vele omzwervingen hebben ze elkaar na bijna veertig jaar weer gevonden op het podium, en het speelplezier spat eraf. Dit avontuurlijke duo heeft een onuitputtelijk muzikaal repertoire, snel schakelend van wilde jazz improvisaties naar subtiele klanken uit de speelgoedelektronica, en via populaire songs en hedendaags klassiek naar ruige rock. “Pas op: Europese improvisatiemuziek voor gevorderden”, schreef de ZomerJazzFietstour in 2017, “U bent gewaarschuwd”. Houd je stoel vast!
Luc Houtkamp (1953), saxophones, clarinet
Luc Houtkamp is a musician and improviser who bridges the gap between different worlds of music. Having a background in jazz & improvised music as a saxophone player, his musical goal is to establish a continuum between improvisation and composition in which the difference between the two dissolves.
As an improviser, he has worked with countless ensembles and musicians all over the world. In 2005 he was honoured with the Boy Edgar Prize, the most prestigious award in the field of jazz & improvised music in The Netherlands.
After a long-standing career as an improvising musician, Houtkamp established his own POW Ensemble in 2001. Being a flexible unit of musicians with musical backgrounds in jazz, rock, electronic and contemporary music, it soon became the ideal body for the performance of his own compositions.
Over the years, writing compositions became an important part of his musical output. Besides pieces for the POW Ensemble, he started composing for numerous other ensembles and musicians.
Luc Houtkamp currently lives and works in Malta as a saxophone player and composer.
Steve Beresford (1950) – piano, electronics
Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on the piano, electronics and other things with people like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn and Alterations (with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack).
He has written songs, written for large and small ensembles, and scored short films, feature films, TV shows and commercials. He was part of the editorial teams of Musics and Collusionmagazines, writes about music in various contexts and was a senior lecturer in music at the University of Westminster. With Blanca Regina, he is part of Unpredictable Series, which produces events and sound and video recordings of experimental music and art.
Steve has worked with Christian Marclay on numerous Marclay mixed media pieces. He has also worked with The Slits, Najma Akhtar, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Tania Chen, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Zeena Parkins, Satoko Fukuda, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Ilan Volkov, Rachel Musson, Vic Reeves, Sarah Gail Brand, Lore Lixenberg and many others.
Beresford has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, free-improviser, composer and producer, and was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.
Haarlem Jazz & More
Haarlem Jazz & More is 10 mei 2012 opgericht met als doel het behouden en uitbreiden van het muziekfestival Haarlem Jazz voor de stad Haarlem. ‘& More’ is toegevoegd aan de festivalnaam om een breder publiek te kunnen aanspreken.