Do you want a pigeonhole for Teun Verbruggen’s Bureau of Atomic Tourism? Good luck with that. One thing is for certain: this is a sextet that dives headfirst into free improvisation, gleefully throwing all the conventional ideas about musical concepts such as melody, harmony and rhythm overboard as they go. The front section with trumpet player Magnus Broo and saxophonist Jon Irabagon draws on a wide palette of styles, from beefy solos to subtle techniques. Guitarist Julien Desprez coaxes his instrument into mysterious song.
“BOAT pushes against the urge to create melody and harmony while subliminally exposing just enough of both to keep the proceedings from complete chaos. It's interesting listening for tolerant ears.” – All About Jazz
Miles’ electric period
Entirely in keeping with the New York avant-garde tradition, the sextet tackles throbbing fusion with a nod to Miles’ electric period and muscular concrete jazz in the style of The Lounge Lizards and X-Legged Sally. Think ultrafast themes, subtly introduced electronics and turbulent dynamics.
Håker Flaten and Verbruggen’s rhythm section creates an irrepressible groove, while Jozef Dumoulin engages in musical action painting on his Fender Rhodes. When he built the Bureau of Atomic Tourism, Teun Verbruggen forgot to add the hand brakes. A BOAT concert is a whirlwind performance by six musicians who take improvised music to the limits.