AboutJaap Blonk. Born 1953 in Woerden, Holland, Jaap Blonk is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. As a vocalist, Jaap Blonk is unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, combined with a keen grasp of structure. He performed in many European countries, as well as in the U.S. and Canada, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa and Latin America. With the use of live electronics the scope and range of his concerts has acquired a considerable extension. He is well known for his recordings of Kurt Schwitters Ursonate,and at Hundred Years Gallery he will perform a Khlebnikov sound poem from 1913.
Alan Wilkinson (b. London 1954) comes blazing out of a saxophone tradition that includes the likes of Ayler, Roscoe Mitchell, Mike Osborne, Evan Parker and Brötzmann, with a highly vocalized and personal style. Based in London since 1990 he first became known as part of the fertile Leeds scene of the â80s, founding the Termite Club and as a member of Hession/Wilkinson/Fell. Currently he has an acclaimed trio with John Edwards and Steve Noble, a Norwegian group with Kim Johanessen, Ola Hoyer and Dag Erik Knedal, a trio with James Dunn and John Bisset, recent collaborations with Chris Corsano, and American duo Talibam!, Spanish group Laxula, and plays regularly at his club flimflam in London. Previous collaborations have included Derek Bailey in duo and with Company; a quartet with Brötzmann, Fell, and Kellers; a trio with Rainer Kuhn and Willi Kellers; Alex Maguire's Cat o'Nine Tails; Sunny Murray; Eddie Prevost; Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo; Stefan Jaworzyn; Spring Heel Jack. He has played at many national and international festivals and is featured on numerous recordings.
Steve Noble studied with Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde and in the early 1980s was a member of Rip Rig and Panic, touring extensively throughout Europe and Englan. Since then he has worked in a variety of musical contexts but has been extensively involved in improvised music through work with a wide range of musicians, including Derek Bailey, Lol Coxhill, Wadada Leo Smith, and Alex Ward.