The ICP Orchestra encapsulates the singular absurdist aesthetic of experimental Dutch jazz. The group, once known as the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, has existed in some form or another for nearly four decades, forever helmed by the marvelous pianist Misha Mengelberg and frequently joined by madcap drummer Han Bennink. Its current incarnation includes some of the most important and active players on the adventurous Dutch scene. Like so many other creative musicians that call Amsterdam home, Mengelberg has a real love and understanding for jazz’s rich history, but he’s also a prankster who understands the value of confusion, an element he often introduces into the proceedings, like a punk shoving a stick into the spokes of a moving bicycle.
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