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The Bureau of Atomic Tourism: Nate Wooley / Teun Verbruggen / Hilmar Jensson / Andrew d’Angelo / Jozef Dumoulin / Tim Dahl

Bureau of Atomic Tourism

Andrew d’Angelo: Alto saxophone and Bass clarinet (USA)
Nate Wooley: Trumpet (USA)
Hilmar Jensson: Guitar (ICELAND)
Jozef Dumoulin: Fender Rhodes (BELGIUM)
Tim Dahl: Bass (USA)
Teun Verbruggen: Drums and electronics (BELGIUM)

This powerful band the Bureau of Atomic Tourism – or The BOAT – is an avant-garde free jazz outfit led by drummer Teun Verbruggen. At the request of Follow the Sound Festival in 2011 in Antwerp, he gathered some exceptional musicians to explore the space between jazz, rock, noise and electronics. The result exceeded all expectations and The BOAT is a fully formed band, enjoying the power of improvisation along with great compositions.

Andrew d’Angelo : Saxophone alto and bass clarinet

Andrew D’Angelo‘s charismatic presence and iconoclastic musical ambition have been well-established over the course of his twenty year plus career and his key roles in bands such as Human Feel, the Matt Wilson Quartet and “TYFT”. His dedication to pushing his limits and his willingness to delve into new musical areas have been powerful inspirations to his peers and to a new generation of improvisers. His forceful tone and hawkish improvisat ional style have made him one of the most influenntial alto saxophonists of his time. As a composer, D’Angelo has created a powerful personal language rooted in jazz but incorporating influences from electro-acoustic music, noise, and modern classical music. D’Angelo’s work as a composer has included music for big bands, chamber groups, string orchestras, various jazz ensembles and soloists.

Nate Wooley : Trumpet

Nate Wooley began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. Nate moved to New York in 2001, and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improvisation, noise, and new music scenes. Wooley’s solo playing has often been cited as being a part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet. He is considered as one of the leading lights of the American movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn, as well as demolishing the way trumpet is perceived in a historical context still overshadowed by Louis Armstrong. Downbeat’s Jazz Musician of the Year, Dave Douglas has said, “Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players l iving today, and that is without hyperbole”.

Hilmar Jensson : Guitar

Hilmar Jensson performed and recorded in a wide variety of settings and appeared on over 50 records including 8 as a leader or co-leader. He performed in 35 countries with his trio “TYFT”, Jim Black’s AlasNoAxis, Trevor Dunn’s MadLove, Mogil, Outhouse, BMX and others. He’s one the founders of Kitchen Motors, an Icelandic record label, think tank and art organization.

Jozef Dumoulin : Fender Rhodes

“A Fender Rhodes specialist” is just one of the quotes describing Jozef Dumoulin. He is known for being able to maintain his own voice in every musical context, whether it is traditional jazz, improvised music, pop music or contemporary music. Dumoul in has developed his unique sound on the Fender Rhodes, combining it with electronics. Using this setup, he joined forces with a number of existing formations (such as the Magic Malik Orchestra, Reggie Washington Trio Tree, Octurn, Dre Pallemaerts group, Othin Spake, …), still finding enough time to engage in other enriching get-togethers (Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Toots Thielemans, Aka Moon, Belmondo Brothers, David Lynx, …). After moving to Paris in 2006, his aim became giving a proper home to his own sound and style, and distilling his own interpretation of all the musical styles he had practiced with many different bands. A Fender Rhodes solo-album is to be released at the end of 2013, which will be the first solo-Rhodes album ever in music history.

Tim Dahl : Electric bass

Tim Dahl is a professional electric and double bass player, vocalist, keyboardist, and composer living in New York City since 1998. He is best known as the bass player and co-composer of the noise-rock band Child Abuse and the defunct avant-jazz group The Hub. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan with both groups. Tim has also performed with many notable musicians, composers and performers including Yusef Lateef, Archie Shepp, Eugene Chadbourne, John Zorn, Tatsuya Yoshida, Von Freeman, Stanley Jordan, Mary Halvorson, Malcolm Mooney, Marc Ribot, Brian Chase, Hamid Drake, Elliot Sharp, Weasel Walter, Marni Nixon etc. Tim is currently living in Brooklyn and is an active member in the music scene there.

Teun Verbruggen : Drums and electronics

The ‘V’ in Verbruggen stands for ‘versatile’. Teun Verbruggen is one of the most in-demand sideman in lots of different bands and musical styles in no time. His search for a personal touch and his desire to explore all possibilities of playing music and drums, his lack of boundaries and specific style and the non-stop trying to find fresh sounds and freedom in collective improvisation made him work with Alexi Tuomarila 4tet and Trio, Jef Neve Trio, Flat Earth Society, Too Noisy Fish, Karanova (featuring Hilmar Jensson, Johann Johannssonn from Iceland and Mauro Pawlowski), Molo Trio, Jambangle, Rackham, Pascal Schumacher 4tet, “4”, JojoBa, Streams, Silent Song, Jozef Dumoulin Trio, … In 2003, Teun founded his own label “RAT records”, and later started up the “Rat Events”, which strive for more concerts and visibility for free jazz and improvised music.

The Bureau of Atomic Tourism live @ Recyclart april 2013 (Vincent Glowinski drawings) from teun verbruggen on Vimeo.

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