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Thelonious4 Coming from different countries and different musical backgrounds they were eager to start a group dedicated to the music of Monk in combination with other musical influences.The band functions as a true collective while examiningtunes and trying out different approaches. For each tune they look for a totally fresh outcome in this process whilst not forgetting the richnesses of Monk's heritage: swing and rhythmical surprises, awkward melodies and intriguing hamonies.
Iman Spaargaren Iman is a multi-reed player, arranger and composer. Iman has a distinctive way of playing and a very personal tone on his horn. During the past few years Iman has been busy over the years with a wide variety of music groups such as Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent, Iman Spaargaren Quartet & Septet, Captain Hook, European Union Quartet, TRUNK. and New Generation Bigband. "Iman is an important player in the Dutch jazzscene" (Jazzflits). Iman Spaargaren released "In The Moment" on EyemanRecords with Iman Spaargaren Undercurrent in 2013. In 2012 Iman Spaargaren toured the Netherlands with the Iman Spaargaren Quartet during Young VIP Tour 2012. His cd 'Flow' got very positive reviews in the national press: "Promising modern jazz album. Spaargaren solos with great skill, he lets his emotions run free" (www.draaiomjeoren.nl). "Contemporary adventure", "eager and energetic" (JB, Nederlands Dagblad). “Spaargaren is skilful at blowing lyrical lines. The sound of the Quartet is attractive and the compositions are very varied” (de Volkskrant @BIMhuis). You can visit iman at www.imanspaargaren.nl
Guillermo Celano Guitarist and composer Guillermo Celano was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1977. After completing his musical education at the E.M.P.A. (in Bs.As.) he travelled to Amsterdam where he received his Master’s degree in music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. During his studies he took lessons with many different musicians such as Lee Konitz, Ben Street, Ben Monder, Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, Matt Penmann, Peter Bernstein, Nestor Crespo, David Horta, Jesse van Ruller, Arnold Dooyeweerd, Maarten v.d Grinten, John Ruocco and many others. As the co-Leader and co-producer Guillermo started the ‘Celano Baggiani Group’‘together with the drummer Marcos Baggiani. This group has already released three cd’s: ‘Figuras’ by BAU Records, with Natalio Sued on tenor sax, Rodrigo Reijers on double bass and Florien Hamer on Cello; ‘Simple songs’ by MDR, with Michael Moore on alt sax and clarinet and Sven Schuster on double bass; and ‘Nothing changes’ by Trytone Records, with Michael Moore on alt sax and clarinet, Gorka Benitez on tenor sax and Sven Shuster on double bass.


Andreas Metzler was born in Bern (Switzerland) in 1974. He has played at a number of national and international occasions with local and international musicians (Gary Smulyan, Dick Oatts, David Friedman, Tony Miceli, Okay Temiz, John Engels, Saskia Laroo, Michiel Borstlap, Patrick Manzecchi...). He achieved to get into the semi finals of the DUTCH JAZZ COMPETITION in 2004 at the BIM-HUIS in Amsterdam. Andreas has played in many different groups and styles: Ton Art Ensemble (experimental/avantgarde) Hamburg 1998, Shibly Band (worldmusic) Skopje Acoustic Festival 2001, at many clubs and festivals since 2006, Nomy Rosenberg Trio (Gypsy Jazz) 2009, and many more. His newest Project is MACROCOSMOS with Thomas Hilbrandie on guitar playing and improvising on Bartoks Mikrokosmos. Since 2015 he lives and works in Istanbul.
Since a couple of years he performs also solo "BASSOLUTIONS" with electronics and loops. "Bassolutions" is a poetic masterpiece which is mostly outlined by allegorical creations of atmospheres alternating with breezy passages every so often." (Jazzmozaik/Belgium). ... In short, a beautiful and incorruptible piece of work achieved by an outstanding bassist. (De Bassist / Netherlands).
www.bassolutions.eu
Jurjen Bakker Jurjen’s drummer’s career started with a local marching band in the north of Holland. It was the start of an interesting drummer’s career which includes playing in teenage bands and covering the various styles of punk, rock and jazz. He moved to Amsterdam to study urban planning, while jazz was pulling him in more and more. This brought him to the Amsterdam Conservatory. Jurjen likes to play in groups where there is a lot of space for the players to improvise and communicate. A group, that searches for the unknown when entering the stage. Jurjen has had lessons with Marcel Seriese, Martijn Vink, Gerhard Jeltes and Lucas van Merwijk. He has also followed master classes by Jack DeJohnette, Joey Baron, Ari Hoenig, Bill Stewart and Han Bennink. Sources of inspiration for Jurjen are The Ahmad Jamal Trio with Israel Crosby and Vernell Fournier, Maurice Ravel and drummers like Jeff Ballard, Steve Gadd, Mel Lewis and Brian Blade. Jurjen’s day job is as a policy researcher, but next to that he finds time for music. At the moment Jurjen is active in the jazz bands ‘Quincey’ and ‘Thelonious 4’, but he also performs with several other groups and musical initiatives.
Tony Miceli is a vibraphonist of astonishing virtuosity, musical resilience, and inventiveness.” – Vic Schermer, All About JazzVibraphonist Tony Miceli, whose playing has been compared with the legendary Milt Jackson and Gary Burton, grew up in New Jersey, currently resides in Philadelphia, and has been working steadily on the jazz scene since 1980. As a group leader, sideman, and recording artist, he has performed with numerous top musicians including David Liebman, Jimmy Bruno, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, Diane Monroe, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle, Larry McKenna, and many others. In addition to his work with the group Monkadelphia, which he co-founded in 1990, Miceli is a member of the PhilOrch Jazz Ensemble (a quartet featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and the Adam Unsworth Ensemble. His recordings include a compilation CD, Looking East with the Philly 5; On a Sweet Note, with Gerald Veasley and the Electric Mingus Project; Band Shapes with French pianist Olivier Hutman; Monkadelphia; Crepuscule (featuring Monkadelphia); Music From the Inside Out, a companion CD for a documentary showcasing the Philadelphia Orchestra, and …In addition to his busy schedule of club dates, concert performances, and recordings, Miceli is a sought after master teacher. In addition to workshops in Amsterdam and other major cities, when at home base in Philadelphia, he conducts master classes at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music and gives private instruction in his home studio. He is a member of the Jazz Faculty at the University of the Arts and Temple University, and serves as a consultant to various music and arts organizations. Of his playing and musicianship, reviewers have praise: “Miceli's vibes playing is nothing short of phenomenal, as he moves effortlessly from fiery virtuoso runs to gentle, pianissimo, legato improvisations on the ballads.” “Micel's playing had a transcendent glow. He was no longer playing notes, but rather developing ideas that seemed to come from a source beyond himself.” “His runs were so rapid and well executed that it was as if he had a couple of rogue virtual mallets helping him out.” “Miceli’s solos were done with agility and subtlety, stunning the audience with their virtuosity. Miceli is a consummate versatile musician who is involved in diverse musical currents and projects. His CD Hippie Jazz with vocalist Meg Clifton recapitulated the rock music of the 1960s-70s in a jazz format. In a concert called “Mozart Reloaded” at the Kimmel Center, he played vibe improvisations behind singer Joanna Pascal’s rendition of a Mozart opera aria. With crossover violinist, Diane Monroe, he is now working on a project using jazz, folk, and classical influences. www.tonymiceli.com
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