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Pillow Circles Live Bimhuis Amsterdam

by Jorrit Dijkstra's Pillow Circles

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Driff Records 1406 (digital download only)


released July 18, 2014

Jorrit Dijkstra - alto saxophone, tin whistle
Jasper Blom - tenor and soprano saxophones
Ilja Reijngoud - trombone
Tanya Kalmanovitch - viola
Raphaël Vanoli - guitar, electronics
Paul Pallesen - guitar, banjo
Jason Roebke - bass
Frank Rosaly - drums

All compositions by Jorrit Dijkstra © Buma/Stemra

Recorded Live at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam on March 5th, 2011 by Micha de Kanter.
Cover art by Lisa Carroll, Design by Hidde Dijkstra, Pictures by Tanya Kalmanovitch.
Thanks to Fonds Podiumkunsten, North Sea Jazz Festival, Vera Vingerhoeds, Huub van Riel, Henrika Boer, Wilbert de Joode.

Pillow Circles originated as the annual composition commission for the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam in 2009. The idea was to assemble a large ensemble where the guitar would play a major role in the group sound, inspired by the stretchy soundscapes of indie-rock bands such as Sonic Youth and Spiritualized. The basis was formed by Dutch guitarists Paul Pallesen (with whom Dijkstra has worked since the mid ‘80s) and Raphaël Vanoli (known from the successful improv-rock duo Knalpot) and three members of Dijkstra’s “Chicago” band The Flatlands Collective. New York saxophone giant Tony Malaby and Dutch virtuoso Oene van Geel, were added, and the results were first documented on Clean Feed Records in 2010. The group had the opportunity to get more touring experience in 2011 (with Jasper Blom, Ilja Reijngoud and Tanya Kalmanovitch as substitutes), and this recording documents the evolution Pillow Circles had gone through after a week of gigs in The Netherlands and Germany, with more open space for improvisations and an overall looser atmosphere towards the composed material. Each piece is dedicated to a musician that had a significant influence on Jorrit’s music, and the dedications to Denardo Coleman and Kate Bush were newly composed for the tour.


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