The Instant Composers Pool (ICP) Orchestra is a nine-piece jazz group, all of whose members are world-class improvisers. It was founded in 1967 by drummer Han Bennink, pianist Misha Mengelberg (who was responsible for the name), and saxophonist Willem Breuker. All three of these musicians had a keen sense of performance, extending beyond jazz to slapstick and absurdist humor, all of which contributed to defining the ICP “style” (such as it was). Breuker died of lung cancer in 2010. Bennink continues to lead the group; and he is now joined by Michael Moore on clarinet and alto saxophone, Ab Baars on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Tobias Delius, also on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Thomas Heberer on trumpet, Wolter Wierbos on trombone, Tristan Honsinger on cello, Ernst Glerum on bass, and Mary Oliver on viola and violin.
This group will visit the United States for the first half of next month. They will visit eleven cities across the country. Their itinerary is as follows:
- Tuesday, April 2, Colorado Springs, Colorado: University of Colorado
- Wednesday, April 3, Seattle, Washington: an Earshot Jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum
- Thursday, April 4, Oakland, California: Duende
- Friday, April 5, Portland, Oregon: a concert at the Redeemer Lutheran Church for the Creative Music Guild
- Saturday, April 6, Chicago, Illinois: Constellation
- Sunday, April 7, Chicago, Illinois: The group will divide up for three different gigs. Baars will do a solo concert at 2 p.m. at Corbett vs. Dempsey. In the evening there will be two small group performances by ICP members, the first at 8:30 p.m. at Constellation and the second at 10 p.m. at the Hungry Brain.
- Tuesday, April 9, Detroit, Michigan: Trinosophes
- Wednesday, April 10, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: a concert at the First Unitarian Church for Garfield Artworks
- Thursday, April 11, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: a concert presented by ArsNova hosted at International House
- Friday, April 12, Baltimore, Maryland: a concert presented by Creative Differences at The Wind Up Space
- Saturday, April 13, Brooklyn, New York: Littlefield
- Sunday, April 14, Buffalo, New York: Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center