Celebrating the Bimhuis 40th Anniversary, Amsterdam Real Book – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – November 29th, 2014
Celebrating the Bimhuis 40th Anniversary, Amsterdam Real Book

Celebrating the Bimhuis 40th Anniversary

Amsterdam Real Book

Sat, November 29, 2014

9:30 pm


Chicago, IL


This event is 18 and over

Celebrating the Bimhuis 40th Anniversary
Celebrating the Bimhuis 40th Anniversary
The ideals that Constellation is based upon are highly influenced by the Bimhuis, the venerable performing arts center in Amsterdam.

In celebration of the Bimhuis’ 40th anniversary as a center for progressive performance in jazz and improvised music, it is our distinct honor to officiate over celebrations in Chicago as part of the City Links program. Through sustained efforts to build an international community, the Bimhuis and Dutch jazz tradition has consistently created deep connections around the world, and this is true especially of Chicago.

This free evening of events will showcase the deep impact the Dutch tradition has had around the world, as well as the creative forces that are at the center of 40 years of concerts at the Bimhuis.

Special surprise guests. Festivities will also include a premier screening of the documentary 'Misha Enzovoort' about the final appearance abroad by the great Dutch pianist Misha Mengleberg as he deals with dementia.

This event is made possible with support from Stichting Doek and the Consulate General of The Netherlands; supporting Dutch culture in North America. For more information visit DutchCultureUSA.com.

The Bimhuis was founded in 1974, three decades prior to the completion of the current building. The former furniture showroom on the Oude Schans, nearby Amsterdam’s Red Light district had been acquired by few musicians who had just become members of the recently founded Beroepsvereniging voor Improviserende Musici (BIM), such as saxophonist Hans Dulfer and pianist Misha Mengelberg. It was a time of new, enthusiastic initiatives in jazz, with a conscious choice to depart from traditional approaches. In the Netherlands this led to the formation of such progressive ensembles as the Instant Composers Pool and Willem Breuker Kollektief.

The Bimhuis quickly achieved the status as the premiere Dutch venue for improvised music and the hall became a favourite spot for such renowned international bandleaders as Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Pharoah Sanders and Sun Ra. The space was simultaneously made available to new Dutch initiatives, conservatory students and apprentice orchestras. To this very day the Bimhuis continues to be a spot where new bands and projects are formed in which local and international musicians collaborate.

In 1984 the building underwent drastic renovation, whose most important feature was a hall in the shape of an amphitheatre. This allowed for an intimate atmosphere near the stage, while still allowing the audience to circulate at the back of the space to the adjacent bar. A professional recording system was installed which resulted in many concerts either being recorded for LP and CD releases or radio broadcasts. By the nineteen eighties and nineties the revolutionaries from the initial years had become internationally respected band leaders.

The present-day Bimhuis opened in 2005. The characteristic ‘black box’ protruding from the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, was designed with the old Bimhuis in mind. The lay-out of the stage and access to the bar have remained the same, but now everything is more spacious, comfortable and technically advanced. The Bimhuis annually receives twice as many visitors now as the old venue did in its most successful year ever. Everyone plays there now, from stars to amateurs, from mainstream to avant-garde. In essence, the Bimhuis has basically remained the same: an important junction in the international network of improvising musicians.
Amsterdam Real Book
Amsterdam Real Book
Chicago / Amsterdam participants TBD

The Amsterdam Real Book started off as a project to build a bridge between the new up-and-coming scene of improvisers in Amsterdam around such players as Yedo Gibson, John Dikeman , and the internationally known New Dutch Swing scene with its roots in the instant composing of Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink and Willem Breuker. Full on rock-based free improv meets lively jazz-based instant composing. The Amsterdam improvisers are famous all over the world for their groundbreaking treatment of composition within jazz. Cutting-edge playful and smart.

The repertoire includes music by Misha Mengelberg, Sean Bergin, The Ex, Paul Termos, Theo Loevendie, Michael Moore, Willem Breuker, Leo Cuypers, Guus Janssen, Ab Baars, Jack Bulterman, Joost Buis and Tristan Honsinger.

The Amsterdam Real Book project doesn’t have a fixed line up. Different players work in different constellations and settings to create, revive and sustain an oral scene-based history of Amsterdam repertoire. Past editions have included three bike tours visiting the underground stages of Amsterdam, a week long festival, and concerts at OT301, Bimhuis, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and the Amsterdam Museum.
Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618