Almeida/Dijkstra/van Wijck are a free improvisation trio, formed by Portuguese double bass player Gonçalo Almeida and the Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra and drummer/percussionist Friso van Wijck.
On their musical journey the trio engages into unique improvisations of texture, tone and extended techniques.
Grensverkennigen Festival in de Pletterij, mei 2016: Almeida en Van der Weiden “Vrije improvisatie”
Gonçalo Almeida| website
Bassist and composer Gonçalo Almeida (Lisbon, 1978) lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he studied at the Rotterdams Conservatorium with Hein van Geyn, Stefan Lievestro, Marius Beets and Peter Leerdman. He has been making a mark as one ofNetherlands’s most interesting new generation bass players. His projects involve the forerunners of the Dutch and Portuguese jazz scenes, bridging modern jazz, free jazz, jazzcore and free improvisation. He has shared the stage with improvisers such has Ab Baars, Balasz Pandi, Chris Speed, Carlos Zíngaro, Fred Lonberg-Holm , Jasper Stadhouders, Jorrit Dijkstra, Martin van Duynhoven, Rodrigo Amado, Tobias Klein, and Wilbert de Joode. In addition Gonçalo works with video artists, modern dancers, poets and theater makers, such as Arnold Dreyblatt, Julyen Hamilton, Rita Vilhena, and others.
Jorrit Dijkstra| website
The music of saxophonist and composer Jorrit Dijkstra (Eindhoven, 1966) draws from the jazz tradition in spirit and sound, but has crossed stylistic and cultural borders in order to express a strong, evolving personal vision. He spent his formative years inAmsterdam’s vibrant improvisation community playing jazz, free improvisation, and world music. Since moving to the United States in 2002, Dijkstra has deepened his affinity with the experimental forces of American music, while staying in touch with his Dutch musical roots. His recent projects include his quartets BOLT and Matchbox, Music for Reeds and Electronics, the octet Pillow Circles, and his Solo project with electronics. Dijkstra uses the Lyricon – a vintage electronic wind instrument from the 1970’s – to extend his musical palette into an idiosyncratic mix of cool jazz, free improvisation, and electronic minimalism. As a composer he has received commissions from the North Sea Jazz Festival, the David Kweksilber Big Band, Tetzepi Big Band, Amstel Saxophone Quartet, and The Harvard Jazz Band. Dijkstra has released eighteen CDs as a leader, and has participated in projects ranging from Anthony Braxton’s Ghost Trance and Guus Janssen’s opera Noach to a rare live performance of Texas outsider musician Jandek. He is a co-founder of the independent record label Driff Records, and an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music.
Friso van Wijck| soundcloud
Composer and drummer Friso van Wijck (Rotterdam, 1974) studied composition and electronic music and the Rotterdam’s Conservatory with Peter-Jan Wagemans, Klaas de Vries, Robin de Raaff and René Uijlenhoet and drums with Hans van Oosterhout, Fred Krens and Peter Ypma. Friso is active internationally with groups such as Insomniac’s Lullab, The Nine, The New Earth Group,Heinz Karlhausen, Bulliphant and Yellow Dog, ranging from modern jazz, free improvisation, rock,
metal and everything in between. As a composer he has received commissions from Asko/Schoenberg ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Doelen Ensemble, Mondriaan Kwartet, David Kweksilber Big Band, Zapp String Quartet, Clazz Ensemble, ThailandPhilharmonic Orchestra among others.