I had a fabulous evening in the Amsterdam jazz and improvisation temple the Bimhuis www.bimhuis.nl with my favourite Boi Akih group. They launched their new CD: Circles in a square society, and it is a must-have one.
Monica and Niels are my former neighbours and I did an unforgettable tour with them in Indonesia in 2009, from which I reported in this blog, see http://dutchindianheritage.net/?s=Boi+Akihi. For this new CD and this concert the duo teamed up with Wolter Wierbos on trombone an Kim Weenhof on drums.
It was a remarkable concert combining new compositions from Niels Brouwer Circle 1 to Circle 5 with inspired interpretations of songs from Joni Mitchel (Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire), David Crosby (Guinnevere), Jimmy Hendrix (A Merman I should turn to be and Drifting), Neil Young (Old Man) and Bob Marley (Redemption Song). Monica sings text and improvisations from the heart straight to the hearts of her audience.
I heard Wolter’s trombone as I have never heard a trombone before. The duos between Niels and Kim and Niels and Wolter were fabulous. My advice, get this CD, through firstname.lastname@example.org and visit their site for more concerts http://www.boiakih.com.
Listen to their Guinnevere version on You Tube.