Braaxtaal is a Dutch sound poetry/jazz trio formed in 1987 with Jaap Blonk, voice, Rob Daenen, synthesizer, and Theo Bodewes drums, electronic drums, and percussion. Blonk is considered one of the foremost interpreters of sound poetry and an amazing vocal improviser with a dizzying range of effects. With a powerful stage presence and an childlike freedom, he has performed with composers and improvisers including Tristan Honsinger, Guus Janssen, David Moss and Nicolas Collins. Both Rob Daenen and Theo Bodewes have had extensive experience both as "straight"musicians and free improvisors. Together this gives the ensemble its versatile character of a pendulum moving between groove and soundscape. Daenen spent his formative years playing fusion-jazz a la Weather Report and later he became interested in the possibilities of the synthesizer developing many patent sounds of his own. He has performed with Peter van Bergen's Loos, the famous Dutch improvisation band. Theo Bodewes emerged on the Amsterdam scene in the early '80s free-funk wave. Later he played improvised music with musicians like Wilbert de Joode, Ig Hannerman and Michael Braamwhioe touring extensively with the Dutch Singer Seriese.
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