Born as Luc Klaasen in 1958 in Holland. After being a taxi-driver in Amsterdam he started his activities as musician (The Ex), making films (Mal Films) and was also one of the founders (and is still one of the responsible figures) of the CD distribution and production company ‘Konkurrent BV’.
Felicity Provan is an improviser from Australia. In Melbourne she studied both classical and jazz/improvisation at the ‘Victorian College of the Arts’. In Australia she was a member of the Melbourne Improvisers association, performed and recorded with jazz and improvisation ensembles, composed music for independent films and television. Since being based in Amsterdam, ´90, Felicity has performed with musicians such as: Sean Bergin, Han Bennink, Curtis Clark, Anne La Berge, Rajesh Mehta, Ab Baars, Michiel Braams, Corrie van Binsbergen, Ig Henneman and The Ex. At present she performs with trio KPV which includes pianist Achim Kaufmann and drummer Michael Vatcher, Joost Buist’s ‘Astronotes’, The Royal Improvisers Orchestra, The David Kweksilber Big Band, ‘Home as Small as the World’ a Scottish based multimedia performance, duo Lampe-Provan with pianist Walter Lampe, dance/music projects with Lily Kiara and ‘Wonderland’ a dance/music performance for children led by Japanese dancer Makito Ito.
My story is quite simple, I was living in São Paulo (Brazil) a big city with 21.000.000 people and a incredible concrete jungle and it happen to be playing music too, after many years playing Brazilian music, free improvisation started to take place in my music.
Waking up and sleeping with this constant noise that this huge city makes it was inevitable to not have it on my music. As any 3rd world citizen I had to improvise every day and that is what happen to my “forró” (Brasilian music from the north east that I was playing in Brazil), became more and more full of noises and freer in the form and content.
Gerri Jäger (1979, Innsbruck) picked up the drums when he was 9 years old. After some brass-band and grunge-rock teenage years he studied jazz at the Conservatories of Innsbruck and later in Amsterdam, where he graduated in 2006. Through years of playing in numerous different bands from free-jazz to alt-rock, playing modern dance-improvs, experimental electronic club music and improvisation, Gerri is looking for ways to expand boundaries in music and its genres. Current working bands include Knalpot, EKE, Naked Wolf and Rooie Waas. He has performed a.o. with Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Colin Stetson, Shazad Ismaily, Marc Ducret, Fred Frith, Frank Möbus, Terrie Ex, Jozef Dumoulin, Franz Hautzinger, Ron Anderson, Wolter Wierbos, Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Achim Kaufmann, Luc Ex a.o. Gerri has toured throughout Europe, USA, Russia and Brazil, and has released albums on Rat Records, Eat Concrete, Red Note, PAO Records, HAK Records and Cuneiform.
Mikael Szafirowski is a Finnish guitar and cavaquinho player residing around the west of Europe, mainly in Amsterdam and Köln. He is markedly working on expanding the vocabulary of amplified string instruments by way of extended playing techniques, as well as exploring new forms of structure and sound in music. Having lived his formative years in the realm of jazz music, he is now looking at other avenues of expression, such as noise, free improvised music, contemporary classical music, and a mix of popular and world music. His current projects include The Royal Improvisers Orchestra, Pumporgan, Naked Wolf, Rooie Waas and his own project Bony Fish with Luc Ex and Aymeric Avice. Mikael has played among others with Han Bennink, Phil Minton, Abaetetuba, Michael Moore, Veryan Weston, Ab Baars, Michael Watcher.