Michael Moore is a saxophone, clarinet, composer “Few composer-improvisers can charm a listener like Michael Moore. His cool, silky tone, a bit dry, but not unpleasantly so, attracts your ear to his playing. His compositions seem effortlessly lyrical, but there’s always some odd little touch to grab your attention… This combination of modest beauty, sly intelligence, and clear focus is entirely winning.” Ed Hazell, Point of Departure Bron: DOEK

Michael Vatcher is a Drummer and percussionist who joined Available Jelly in the late ’70s. In the early ’80s, the members of this American band moved to Amsterdam. Since then, Vatcher has been a key player in the Dutch improvisation scene. Vatcher loves musical experiments and always seeks new, unexpected sounds in his playing. He doesn’t stick to just jazz; he shows his musical diversity by collaborating with musicians from pop, punk, and world music.

Eli Wallace, pianist/improviser/composer, resides in Brooklyn, NY envisioning his own projects, and collaborating with other like-minded artists. His work as a pianist displays a proclivity to free improvisation, incorporating elaborate piano preparations that John Lewis (The Guardian) says is “…pushing the boundaries of the prepared piano.” His compositions employ notational strategies to broaden how musicians produce sound and the ways in which they interact. Over the past decade, he appeared on dozens of albums and performed at venues such as Roulette, Brooklyn, NY, Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL, Bemis Center, Omaha, NE, and Cav12, Geneva, Switzerland.

Jessica Ackerley is a Canadian guitarist, improviser and composer based in Honolulu and New York City and has been described as “one of the most exciting guitarists to have emerged from the US free music scene in recent years” by Wire Magazine. Since 2017, Ackerley has released 19 albums to much critical acclaim with features in Wire Magazine, Pitchfork, BBC Radio, and Bandcamp. They have been commissioned by Adult Swim, Mutual Mentorship, and New Music USA as well as received funding from Canada Council for the Arts and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. As an active performer, Ackerley has toured extensively throughout North America, performing at noteworthy venues like The Met Breuer, Roulette, The Stone, Something Else! Festival, Coastal Jazz Festival, and countless underground venues ranging from the basements of houses to record shops.

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