Renowned in the Dutch jazz scene as saxophonists and composers, Ad Colen is bringing a brand-new, one-of-a-kind, project to Maastricht. Though now based in Utrecht, Ad’s roots are firmly planted in Limburg, and we’re honoured to have him back on home turf!
With 5 albums under his belt and concerts all over the world, including shows at North Sea Jazz and Java Jazz festivals, Ad has returned to his childhood inspiration: birdsongs heard from the backyard of his parent’s holiday home. ‘Bird’s Eye View’ is his latest project: he’s transcribed various birdsongs, using them as a base for compositions and improvisations.
Ad’s songs are full of whimsical melodies and surprising twists and turns, with each bird lending a unique character to its own song: the cawing of crows bouncing off each other in chattering polyrhythms, the melancholy hooting of an owl slicing through a midnight serenade, and the almost-classical melody of a wren twisting and turning from instrument to instrument. The result is unlike any other jazz album out there: fresh, imaginative, and full of bubbling improvisations.
Backed by Roger Hornman (cello), Mike Roelofs (keys) & Dion Nijland (bass), and Yonga Sun (drums), with this concert Ad is sure to delight and amaze you.
For performances at AINSI, Theater aan het Vrijthof offers the possibility to travel back and forth by bus for € 7.