Pianist Harmen Fraanje (Roosendaal, 1976) has already been showered with prizes, has worked with too many famous musicians to mention here, has performed in all of the most far-flung (jazz) corners of the world, leads nine of his own musical projects, and is also a sideman in various other groups. He is open to many different kinds of music, which he always irrepressibly translates into his own vocabulary. So it's for good reason that Fraanje is appearing at DJWM 2010 with his Avalonia Trio, because the pianist feels so comfortable with drummer Flin van Hemmen and bassist Clemens van der Feen. The result is a kind of group improvisation that is as magnificent as it is elegant and spatial. Consider as well the recently released album Avalonia (Challenge). Michael Moore often joins as a guest performer, and the group is currently touring with the American saxophone legend Tony Malaby. According to Harmen, ‘The Avalonia Trio is a huge playground for us, where we can romp and mess about, in ripped-up clothes, and where nothing can spoil the fun.’...
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