|Perch Hen Brock & Rain is an improvising quartet drawing on myriad experiences and backgrounds; a unique combination of two long-time duos. In this ensemble, four of the most interesting improvisational artists of the New York City and Amsterdam jazz circles form a musical collaboration that seems to take on an almost telepathic quality, pulsing with passion, dedication, and versatility.
The quartet came together for a first extensive European tour in November 2014.
Tampere Jazz Happening Nov 2-2014
"Perch Hen Brock & Rain creates a wide textural palette due to the clever deployment of resources, with the tough little string instrument often playing a strikingly aggressive role as a percussive engine that fires away tirelessly while the horns engage in intricate dialogue. True to its name, the group also produces a spectrum of sounds that vividly evokes nature and the animal kingdom, above all in the shrill, stark bird calls of the tenor saxophones and clarinet and the undergrowth rustlings of the drum kit, which Rainey works with consummate dexterity."
-Kevin Le Gendre Jazzwise
Dutch musician-composer and bandleader Ab Baars performs on tenor saxophone, clarinet and shakuhachi. He focuses mainly on Ab Baars Solo, Baars-Buis, trio Fish Scale Sunrise, Perch Hen Brock & Rain, Ab Baars Trio, Duo Baars-Henneman and the ICP Orchestra. His work has always been smart and marked by meticulous care, says DownBeat critic Peter Margasak, but as he's aged he's increasingly channeled his ideas into concentrated, perfectly pitched excursions that focus on specific notions without wasted notes.
Ig Henneman violist, composer and bandleader is an artist incapable of remaining satisfied with any music that liesstrictly within the boundaries of any one style, writes critic Ed Hazell. He described her music as, a beautiful, functioning musical world all its own that (she) developed organically out of poetry, jazz, classical, improvised music-and birdsong. Henneman has written for orchestras, ensembles, soloists, and for her own improvising groups. As an improviser she focuses mainly on the Duo Baars-Henneman, Ig Henneman Sextet and Perch Hen Brock & Rain.
lIngrid Laubrock soprano & tenor saxophone:
Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock lived in London/UK from 1989 till 2008 and is now residing in Brooklyn. She leads a host of her own projects including Anti-House, Ubatuba and Ingrid
She performed and recorded with: Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran, Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, Hamid Drake, Miya Masaoka, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey,
Evan Parker, Luc Ex, Django Bates, The Continuum Ensemble and others. As part of the F-ire Collective, she won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation and she was the recipient
of the 'Fellowship in Jazz Composition' by the Arts Foundation in 2006. Ingrid won the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize and was one of the fink nominees for the Doris Duke Impact Award 2015.
She is also a proli fic composer who has written for her own groups as well as for classical orchestra. Her orchestral piece 'Vogelfrei' has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra and the Tricentric Orchestra in 2012.
Tom Rainey drums:
Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1979 he has
performed and or recorded with the following artists amongst others: John Abercrombie, Mose Allison,
Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Ted Curson, Kris Davis,
Mark Ducret, Mark Feldman, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch, David
Liebman, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Albert Mangelsdorff, Carmen McRae, Mike Nock, Simon
Nabatov, Anita O'Day, Andrea Parkins, Angelica Sanchez, Louis Sclavis, and Kenny Werner.
Current activities include performing and recording music with the Tom Rainey Trio as well as his
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