Episode 40: Sun-Mi Hong

Drummer Sun-Mi Hong talks to Pat about discovering the drums at a relatively late age, how she decided to move to Europe to pursue her passion for music, and how she has been embraced as one of the Netherlands' most promising young bandleaders.

Please visit Sun-Mi’s website to find her tour dates and more info.

Sun-Mi recommended Korean food, look for some authentic Korean cuisine near you!

Music featured in this episode:

“Thoughts to be Spoken” and “Escapism” by the Sun-Mi Hong quintet
Sun-Mi Hong - drums
Young-Woo Lee - piano
Alistair Payne - trumpet
Nicolo Ricci - tenor sax
Alessandro Fongaro - bass

photo by Petra Beckers

Episode 39: Tijn Wybenga

Composer and orchestra director Tijn Wybenga is Pat's guest on this episode. They discuss Tijn's ensemble AM.OK, each of its talented members and the opportunities he's been afforded as young artist in residence at the Bimhuis.

Tijn recommended the work of composer Michel van der Aa, the german trio heinz herbert, as well as reading the letters of Vincent van Gogh.

Please visit AM.OK’s website to get more info, tour dates, and to purchase his music.

Music featured in this episode:

Reflectie
Jelmer de Moed - clarinet
Angelo Boltini - electronics
Tijn Wybenga - composition

Hydra
Tijn Wybenga - composition
AM.OK featuring soloists:
Maripepa Contreras Gámez - oboe
Vuma Levin - guitar
Sven Hosheit - marimba
Yordi Petit - drums
Velican Sagun - percussion

Episode 38: Sanne Rambags

Vocalist Sanne Rambags is on the show to discuss her collaborative trio Mudita, Under the Surface's new live record Trinity, her instrumental approach to singing and her plans to bring together all kinds of musicians in her European Colours Group during this year's Young VIP tour.

Sanne recommended Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

Please visit Sanne’s website for more info, tour dates and to purchase her music.

Music featured in this episode:

“Listen to the Sound of the Forest” with Mudita, from the album Listen to the Sound of the Forest.
Sanne Rambags - vocals
Sjoerd van Eijck - piano
Koen Smits - trumpet

”Moksha” with Under the Surface, from the album Trinity
Sanne Rambags - vocals
Bram Stadhouders - guitar, electronics
Joost Lijbaart - drums, percussion

Thumbnail photo by IAMKAT

Episode 37: Franz von Chossy

Pianist Franz von Chossy just released a new record entitled "Life Theater". He joins Pat to discuss his return to the trio format 9 years after his last trio record, his love of Bach and counterpoint and his recent move to China.

Franz recommended the work of several artists from the Parisian jazz scene, specifically Robert Negro and Leïla Martial.

Please visit Franz’s website to find tour dates, more info and to purchase his music.

Music featured in this episode:

“The Cyclic Serpent” and “Imaginary Friend” from the album Life Theater.
Franz von Chossy - piano, compositions
Clemens van der Feen - bass
Kristijan Kranjčan - drums

Episode 36: Alisdair Pickering

Guitarist, composer and arranger Alisdair Pickering joins Pat for a special episode discussing "Red Light Solo", the documentary he produced featuring up and coming jazz musicians from the Amsterdam scene. He tells Pat about his decision to study composition and arranging rather than performance, his project orchestrating music from the Commodore 64, and his work with film director Ryan Smith.

Alisdair recommended Peter Gabriel’s albums with orchestra: New Blood and Scratch My Back.

Please check out the documentary Red Light Solo” on Youtube, as well as Ryan Smith’s other films to be found on that channel.

Music featured in this episode:

“Greatness of Things” from a live recording by Enea Besana and the United Soloists Orchestra
Alisdair Pickering - arrangement, orchestration
Enea Besana - drums, composition

Extracts of various pieces by the Guy Salamon Sextet, from the documentary Red Light Solo.
Guy Salamon - drums, composition
Ian Cleaver - trumpet
Lucas Martinez - saxophone
Teis Semey - guitar
Youngwoo Lee - piano
William Barrett - bass

Episode 35: Jasper Blom

Saxophonist Jasper Blom is on the show to tell Pat about his new record Polyphony. They talk about what it's like to lead a band for almost 15 years, how medieval music has influenced Jasper's composing and his decision to feature various guest soloists.

Jasper recommended Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1967 film Oedipus Rex (Edipo Re).

Go to Jasper’s website to find more info, tour dates, and to purchase his music.

Music featured in this episode:

“Virelai” and “Running Gag” from the album Polyphony.
Jasper Blom - saxophone
Jesse van Ruller - guitar
Frans van der Hoeven - bass
Martijn Vink - drums
Bert Joris - trumpet (on “Virelai”)
Niels Wogram - trombone (on “Running Gag”)

Episode 34: Alex Simu

Clarinettist and saxophonist Alex Simu is the lead of an international quintet, their latest project is called "Echoes of Bucharest". In this episode we discuss the clarinet and how he is contributing to the manufacture of new forms of the instrument, his love for Bucharest and the music it has inspired, as well as his approach to film composing.

Alex recommended In the search of the miraculous by P.D. Ouspensky.

Please visit Alex’s website for more information, tour dates and to purchase his music.

Music featured in the episode:

“Slowly Dancing for Peace” from the album Echoes of Bucharest.
Alex Simu - clarinets
George Dumitriu - guitar, viola
Franz von Chossy - piano
Jörg Brinkmann - cello
Kristijan Kranjčan - drums, cello

”Quiet Storm” from the album Free Fall
Alex Simu - clarinets
Lucian Ban - piano

Episode 33: Floris Kappeyne

Pianist Floris Kappeyne has just released his second trio album Synesthesia. We talk about how he dove deep into jazz tradition at a young age but then chose to study classical music, the parallel he draws between the human voice and synthesizers, and the addition of live visuals to his performances.

Floris recommended the work of audio visual artist Tarik Barri, as well as Tolstoy’sThe Death of Ivan Ilych.

Please go to Floris’ website to purchase his music and find more information.

Music featured in this episode:

“IX” and “IV” from the album Synesthesia.
Floris Kappeyne - piano, synthesizer
Tijs Klaassen - bass
Wouter Kühne - drums
Janneke Stoute - vocals

Picture by Govert Driessen

Episode 32: Gidon Nunes Vaz

Trumpeter Gidon Nunes Vaz is releasing a new quartet album entitled There's No End. In this episode he joins Pat to discuss the legacy of his late mentor Peter Guidi, touring Japan as a soloist and playing with local musicians, as well as how his research into Kenny Dorham lead him to spend an afternoon with the legendary Jimmy Heath.

Gidon recommended the work of philosopher/speaker/writer Krishnamurti.

Please visit Gidon’s website for more information and to purchase his music.

Music featured in this episode:

“Yesterday’s Dreams” and “Lazy Afternoon” from the record There’s No End.
Gidon Nunes Vaz - trumpet
Denise Jannah - guest vocals
Timothy Banchet - piano
Thomas Pol - bass
Yoran Vroom - drums

Episode 31: Reinier Baas

Guitarist Reinier Baas recently released "Smash Hits", an album with his longtime collaborator Ben van Gelder and the prestigious Metropole Orchestra. In this episode he tells Pat about the process of translating his small ensemble compositions into orchestral pieces, his particular voice on the guitar, as well as his new project "Minute music", a series of one minute pieces written specifically for Instagram video.

Reinier recommended Kit Downes’ solo record Obsidian, as well as Joris Roelofs and Han Bennink’s record Ikarus (as discussed on episode 19 of this show!).

Please visit Reinier’s website to purchase his music and find tour dates.

Music featured in this episode:

”Stuiter” from the album Smash Hits
Reinier Baas - guitar
Ben van Gelder - saxophone
Christian Elsässer - conducting
Gerd Hermann Ortler - arrangement
and all the members of the Metropole Orkest

“Filter” unreleased recording
Reinier Baas - guitar, coffee filter, sympathetic piano strings

thumbnail picture by Govert Driessen, edited by Stijn van der Pol.

Episode 30: Laura Polence

Vocalist Laura Polence is releasing her debut album "Side by Side"' this week. She and Pat discuss the making of her new record and the process of recording for the native DSD format, the Latvian scene and how the fall of communism affected the current generation of musicians, and her love of Brazilian music.

Laura recommended the work of poet Karl Kempton, specifically his book Poems about Something & Nothing.

Please visit Laura’s website to find more information as well as to purchase her new record.

Music featured in this episode:

“Viena Pati Dvēselīte part 1” and “Short Summary” from the album Side by Side.

Laura Polence - vocals
George Dumitriu - viola & guitar
Lennart Heyndels - bass
Saskia Oving, Una Bergin, Laurien Schreuder, Femke Smit, Sanne Huijbregts, Irene Rametta, Mara Berzina and Anna Maria Nitschke - choir

Episode 29: Marco Zenini

Bassist Marco Zenini just released his debut album "Brighter Times Ahead". On this episode he talks to Pat about his return to Rome after years of absence, his busy international career as a sideman, and the process of making his very first album as a leader.

Marco recommended Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book on mindfulness: Wherever you go, there you are.

Please visit Marco’s website for his tour dates and to purchase his music.

Music featured in this episode:

“Belastingdienst” and “Five Letters for Sofie” from the album Brighter Times Ahead.
Marco Zenini- bass
Laura Giavon - vocals
Michael Moore - clarinet
Xavi Torres - piano
Attila Gyàrfàs - drums

Episode 28: Philippe Lemm

New York based drummer Philippe Lemm is the guest on this episode. Amongst other things we discuss his new trio album "City Birds", how he came to live and work in New York, and modern television as a source of inspiration.

Philippe recommended singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane, specifically his album Book of Travelers”. He also recommended the movie Aurora Borealis” directed by Márta Mészáros.

Please visit Philippe’s website to find tour dates and to purchase his music.

Music featured in this episode:

”Emerge” from the album City Birds by the Philippe Lemm trio.
Philippe Lemm - drums
Angelo Di Loreto - piano
Jeff Koch - bass

"War Chant” by Ajoyo.
Sarah Elizabeth Charles - vocals
Yacine Boulares - saxophone
Michael Valeanu - guitar
Jesse Fischer - keys
Yonathan Cohen - bass
Philippe Lemm - drums

Episode 27: Efraim Trujillo

Saxophonist Efraim Trujillo and his organ trio The Preacher Men just released their second album Blue. In this episode we discuss the blues and its many forms, the importance of rhythm in Efraim's music and how the band got to record with legendary producer and engineer Al Schmitt.

Efraim recommended William Ferris’ book Blues from the Delta.

Please visit Efraim’s website for more information, tour dates and to purchase any of his music.

Music featured in this episode:

“Lost and Nowhere to be Found” and “Into the Blue” from the album Blue.
Efraim Trujillo - saxophone , vocals
Eline Gemerts - lead vocals
Rob Mostert - hammond organ
Chris Strik - drums
Rory Ronde - guitar
Michael Varekamp - trumpet

thumbnail photo by Ferry Knijn

Episode 26: Gerri Jäger

Drummer Gerri Jäger is one half of the duo Knalpot, and they have a new record out called Dierendag. In this episode, Gerri discusses his hybrid electronic/acoustic drums setup, the history of Knalpot, as well as his new project as a leader STUG.

Gerri recommended the electronic music artist Chris Clarke.

Please visit Gerri’s website to get more info, tour dates and to purchase any of his music.

Music featured in this episode:

“Indianerwurst” from Knalpot’s album Dierendag.
Gerri Jäger - drums, synths, electronics
Raphael Vanoli - guitar, synths, electronics
Sandor Caron - sound design

"Breathing” by STUG, live at Korzo The Hague 23/11/17
Sofia Jernberg - vocals, sampler
Joachim Badenhorst - tenor saxophone
Raphael Vanoli - guitar
Trevor Dunn - bass
Gerri Jäger - drums, electronics

thumbnail photo by Raoul Hilbink

Episode 25: Stephanie Francke

Stephanie Francke is a member of the Spoken saxophone quartet. In this episode of the show she talks to Pat about their new album Artic Monsoon, how she came to be a jazz musician, and taking a step back from the stereotypical role of saxophonist as leader and soloist.

Stephanie recommended Yuval Noah Harari’s bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

Please visit Stephanie’s website, as well as that of the quartet Spoken for more info, tour dates and to find where you can purchase their music.

Music featured in this episode:

Inspector” from the album Arctic Monsoon by Spoken+2.
Stephanie Francke - alto and soprano saxophones
Wietse Voermans - alto saxophone
Jasper van Damme - tenor saxophone
Ruben Verbruggen - baritone saxophone
Sanne Huijbregts - vocals, glockenspiel
Friso van Wijck - drums, percussion

Two Moons” from the album Ripples.
Stephanie Francke - soprano saxophone
Koen Schalkwijk - piano
Guus Bakker - bass
Niek de Bruijn - drums

Episode 24: Mark Haanstra

Bassist Mark Haanstra joins Pat to discuss his duo project with viola player Oene van Geel. They talk about this unusual instrumentation, creating music based on the photography of Udo Prinsen and their new record Shapes of Time.

Mark recommended taking a look at the work of photographer Udo Prinsen, as well as listening to Raphael Vanoli’s solo album Bibrax.

Please visit Mark and Oene’s website for more information and to purchase Shapes of Time.

Music featured in this episode:

“Skúli” and “Cyclo” from the album Shapes of Time.
Mark Haanstra - bass guitar, double bass
Oene van Geel - viola
Raphael Vanoli - guitar, effects
based on the photography of Udo Prinsen

No new episode this week, but some recommendations

I decided to take the week off, so there's no new episode today. I'll be back in two weeks with a new guest, but in the meantime I have a couple of related podcasts I'd like to recommend!

First is the Improvised Music Agenda Podcast, hosted by Huw V Williams. Huw started his show shortly after I did mine, he is based in London and he has had a bunch of great guests on for conversations that are well worth your time.

Second is The Jazz Session with Jason Crane. I can't say enough good things about this show, it started my love for podcasts years ago, introduced me to tons of new music and planted the seed that would eventually inspire me to start Sound of the Moment. After quite a few years of absence, Jason just started releasing new episodes to add to an already massive catalog.

Episode 23: Kevin van den Elzen

In this episode, my guest is drummer Kevin van den Elzen. We discuss the scene in Los Angeles, why he chose to move there and what that has meant for his career, as well as his love for Big Band music.

Kevin recommended Kenny Werner's book "Effortless Mastery", that you may remember was previously recommended by Bobby Petrov in episode 3 of the show!

Please visit Kevin's website to find his tour dates and to purchase any of his music.

Music featured in this episode:

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"Take it Day by Day" live at the Bimhuis on 06/10/2017.
     Kevin van den Elzen - drums, composition
     Ben van Gelder - alto saxophone
     Mike Lebrun - tenor saxophone
     Adam Hersch - piano
     Max Kraus - bass

"Hero with a thousand faces" by the Dutch Concert Big Band live at the Grachtenfestival on 16/08/2018.
     Vince Mendoza - composer
     Jasper van Damme, Donald Simoen, Bernard van Rossum, Joao Driessen and Jessie Brevé - saxophones
     Jos van den Heuvel, Peter Keijsers, Matthias Konrad and Bart van Gorp - trombones
     Ywo Lamonaca, Florian Sperzel, Coos Zwagerman, Gidon Nunez Vaz and Jan-Willem te Kiefte - trumpets
     Koen Schalkwijk - piano
     Durk Hijma - guitar
     Tobias Nijboer - bass
     Kevin van den Elzen - drums
    
    

Episode 22: Itai Weissman

In this episode my guest is the Israeli saxophonist and EWI player Itai Weissman. We talk about his band Used to be New and their record Popular Emotions as well as his love of the EWI, its history and its status as a misunderstood instrument.

Itai recommended practicing sports!

Please visit Itai's Bandcamp page to purchase his music, and follow this link to the new album on Spotify.

Photo by INDVDU

Music featured in this episode:

"Binyamin" and "N.I.S." from the album Popular Emotions.
    
Itai Weissman - saxophone, EWI
     Diego Rodriguez - bass
     Henning Luther - drums