Biography

New: the latest piano-solo CD of Michiel Scheen - 'Clouds and sunny chunks'!
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"Chunks and shadows, keys – black and white, sonic fiction articulated, conceptual codes shifting, focus on fluffy statements, temporal dynamics - harshmellow, reaching for hope, answers to be questioned."


In 2012 pianist and composer Michiel Scheen (1963, Amsterdam) joined Raoul van der Weide (bass, cracklebox, sound objects) and George Hadow (drums) in the Blue Lines Trio, a initiative by Van der Weide.
In 2016 the trio invited Ada Rave (tenorsaxophone), Bart Maris (trumpets) and Wolter Wierbos (trombone) to form the Blue Lines Sextet.

Besides that, Scheen regularly plays a duo with saxophonist and clarinetist Tobias Delius and with the Jan Nijdam Quartet.

After a retreat from 2000 untill 2004, he formed a new quartet with Ab Baars, Han Bennink and Ernst Glerum. They recorded the well received CD "Dance, my dear?".
From 1986 untill 1999 Scheen worked with many musicians, amongst others with Ab Baars, Conrad Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Han Bennink, Jaap Blonk, Anthony Braxton, Tobias Delius, Cor Fuhler, Hans Hasebos, Gerry Hemingway, Wiek Hijmans, Guus Janssen, George Lewis, Misha Mengelberg, Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris, Jacques Palinckx, Evan Parker, Hans Reichl, Vladimir Tolkachev, Tang Xu and John Zorn.
He also worked with the international ensemble Ohrkiste, led by Radu Malfatti (a.o. with Evan Parker), the Paul Termos Tentet and Dubbel Express, the electro-acoustic trio YPON (with Michael Barker and Wiek Hijmans), Structures, led by Peter van Bergen, Cardueles Cardueles (leader: Cor Fuhler), the Dickinson Projekt by Ig Henneman, Kenvermogen (with a.o. Wiek Hijmans and Hans Hasebos), the Maarten Altena Ensemble (collaborations with a.o. Remco Campert, Mark Terstroet, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Lawrence Butch Morris, John Zorn and theatergroup Discordia; tours through Europe, USA, Canada and USSR), the theaterproduction "Elektra and Orestes" by director Erik-Ward Geerlings and composer Arthur Sauer (theatergroup FACT Rotterdam), Seafood (led by Alan Laurillard) and the Object Theatre Orchestra (a duo with Augusto Forti).

In 1991 Michiel Scheen was commisioned by NOS-radio and Jazzmarathon Groningen to compose a live-set, which resulted in the project "Rijs", with a.o. Jaap Blonk, Tristan Honsinger and Paul Koek. He initiated projects and ensembles (Filiaal, the Michiel Scheen Sextet and -Quartet and TRIKLINION), with a.o. Ab Baars, Jaap Blonk, Michael Vatcher, Frank van Berkel and Hans van der Meer. Since 1990 Scheen recieved commisions and stipendia for his work as a composer from the "Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst" (the Dutch fund for composers).

Scheen also joined the Dutch jazz-musicians union: the BIM (Beroepsvereniging van Improviserende Musici). During 1994-1996 he was a member of the board, and during 1996-1998 he was the chairman of this union. As a chairman Scheen engaged in contacts with the Ministery of Education, Culture and Science, several funds for artists and other unions. He also was involved in the "Stichting de Centrale", a service-unit for freelance musicians.


October 24, 2014 - Michiel Scheen Piano Solo - Maarten Luther Kerk, Dintelstraat 134, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.
May 14, 2018 - Michiel Scheen Piano Solo - Pintotonics - Huis de Pinto, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.

Solo at the Maarten Luther Kerk: (the audio and grandpiano are not perfect, but, - I must say - the pieces and my playing are OK.)
Improvisation & "Idols".

"The apprentice" & "Gratitude".


Listen to an interview on Concertzender- radio station here.

Blue Lines Sextet CD Live at the BIMhuis - Casco Records 005



Ada Rave | soprano & tenor sax, clarinet + preparations
Bart Maris | trumpet, pocket trumpet, cornet, bugle, piccolo trumpet 
Wolter Wierbos | trombone
Michiel Scheen | piano 
Raoul van der Weide | bass, crackle box, sound objects
George Hadow | drums 

1
Chop
5:39
2
Improvisation 540     
4:05
3
Solid
4:21
4
Improvisation 541     
3:30              
5
Silence  
5:49
6
Idols                           
3:50
7
Improvisation 542     
3:54
8
Groove                       
6:26   
9
Improvisation 543     
3:11
10
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
7:22
11
Improvisation 544      
2:11
12
Stumble
5:17
13
Improvisation 545       
2:51
14
Sigh  
2:31

Total time 60:57

“Silence” composed by Charlie Haden, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” composed by Charles Mingus, tracks 1, 3, 6, 8, 12 and 14 composed by Michiel Scheen.

Recorded January 2nd, 2016 at the BIMhuis, Amsterdam by Micha de Kanter. 
Mixed, edited and mastered by Marc Schots. 
Produced by Marc Schots, George Hadow, Michiel Scheen and Raoul van der Weide. 
Cover art by Raoul van der Weide, graphic design by Hidde Dijkstra.
Compositions by Haden and Mingus © BUMASTEMRA.
Distribution: Toondist.

Casco Records 005

The CD will be released at Splendor on Saturday, April 22nd at 20:30 hrs.

Click here to order.


Liner notes by Guy Peters:

"Let’s say you receive an invitation for a formal New Year’s party. Question: how do you behave? The golden rule would probably to… stand back, observe, follow the example. It’s probably the decent thing to do, nobody likes a party pooper of the kind that’s a bit too present. But of course you also want to avoid that people start wondering why they invited the boring one. So, you adapt, but also bring some extra color to the party. Ideally.

When the Blue Lines Trio played 2016’s first concert at the Bim, they’d brought a few guests along. Not unfamiliar guests, of course, but it was the first time the band performed as a sextet in public. In 2014, the Trio had already released its terrific eponymous debut album, even though only drummer George Hadow was a true newcomer. Both Michiel Scheen and Raoul van der Weide had been members of the Dutch jazz/improvisation community for decades, but there had been a lengthy break for Scheen.

It was great to have him back, as the album throbbed with exciting playfulness and titillating energy, combining swift interplay with jerky rhythms, contagious swing and sudden bursts of near-chaos. No extended marathons or exhausting battles, but short and tasty bites, combining strong themes with a healthy dose of risk and freedom. Scheen’s compositions for that album all reappeared during this concert, but in a generously filled-out form, sometimes bustling with an endearing familiarity, but also approached with a balance of nerve and respect.

Don’t look any further than “Chop” for an example. Keep an eye out for Hadow’s nimble control and accents, Scheen’s swift gallop and the elastic accompanying of Van der Weide. It’s the trio’s fickle character on display. When trumpet, tenor saxophone and trombone join in, they do it almost unnoticed at first: with mournful singing by Wolter Wierbos, soft pops by Ada Rave, and short squeaky smears by Bart Maris – all dedicated colleagues who get to delve into their arsenal of styles and techniques throughout the concert. It’s the first example of a series where guests and hosts find themselves in a house party that’s only starting.

More striking evidence: the roles are exactly reversed in the following improvisation, with the guests painting a colorful picture, and the original trio joining them only later on. Not with a bang or grand entrance of authority, but by sneaking in through the backdoor, to take the temperature of what’s going on. It’s a sign of trust that is further explored in compositions and free improvisations. Group fractions develop and individual moments pop up at regular intervals, while the clattering energy of Scheen compositions “Solid”, “Idols” and “Stumble” get jerky, nervous renditions, and closer “Sigh”… the exact opposite.

Also their interpretations of Charlie Haden’s “Silence” and Mingus’s “Goobye Pork Pie Hat” are given impressive, differing interpretations. While the first shows an absence of polish that only heightens the emotional punch, the second enriches the stately performance with a game of hide & seek (and Van der Weide’s trademark cracklebox) that steers it towards chamber music territory, only to end up with an expressive, aptly orchestral elegance. And it’s exactly this balance of invention and loyalty that turns this recording into such a success.
Immediately after the recording, you could feel that audience and band had experienced something special. Returning to this performance only confirms that impression. The band displays all the qualities they’d shown on their debut album, and with the help of these three guests, the new result became a different, but thoroughly connected story, with added colors and sounds that enriched the whole and stressed the core qualities at work. You can imagine them looking forward to an invitation to the next party."

Guy Peters - January 2017

See also; 
Bart Maris
Wolter Wierbos 
Michiel Scheen
Raoul van der Weide 
George Hadow



Duo Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen





Tobias Delius - tenorsax, clarinet
Michiel Scheen - piano

Tobias Delius is looking for adventure, surprise and excitement; these are the sources from which his creative spirit springs. He certainly knows to fascinate his listeners every time. His saxophone playing sounds confident and convincing. Whatever is played: Tobias always retains his own identity and musical personality. That makes him a unique instrumentalist with an inescapable, beautiful tone, which you can’t but love. In 2003 he won the prestigious Dutch VPRO / Boy Edgar Prize.
In Michiel Scheen he has an excellent counterpart. This quirky pianist is a barrel full of ideas. He may suddenly surprise you with a short solo piece in the highest register of the piano. His game is solid and rooted in a strong foundation. He plays with a lot of momentum and has perfect technique. He alternates Taylor-fireworks as easily with sparse piano sketches à la Ellington.
Together, these musicians seek new paths and horizons of expression, and they know how to captivate their audience. By already working together for more than 30 years, they have been able to develop a special depth in their cooperation. The program offers an interesting palette of colors, from original compositions - spicy, melancholic, elegant, joyous - to Ellington and Fats Waller.

Tobias Delius zoekt avontuur, verrassing en spanning; dat zijn de bronnen waaraan zijn creatieve geest zich laaft en die zijn luisteraars telkens weer weten te fascineren. Zijn saxofoonspel klinkt zelfverzekerd en overtuigend. Wat er ook gespeeld wordt: Tobias behoudt altijd zijn eigen identiteit en muzikale persoonlijkheid. Ook dat maakt hem tot een unieke instrumentalist met een onontkoombare, prachtige toon, waarvan je wel mòet houden. In 2003 won hij de prestigieuze Nederlandse VPRO/Boy Edgar-prijs.
In Michiel Scheen heeft hij een uitstekende evenknie. Deze eigenzinnige pianist is een vat vol ideeën. Zo kan hij je zomaar verrassen met een kort solostukje in de hoogste regionen van het toetsenbord. Zijn spel is gedegen en geworteld in een solide basis. Hij speelt met veel dynamiek en een uiterst verzorgde techniek. Tayloriaans vuurwerk wisselt hij net zo gemakkelijk af met spaarzame pianoschetsen à la Ellington.
Gezamenlijk zoeken deze muzikanten nieuwe wegen, horizonten en expressie mogelijkheden, die ze voor de luisteraars boeiend weten te verklanken. Door de samenwerking van al meer dan 30 jaar, hebben zij een bijzondere diepte in hun muziek weten te ontwikkelen. Het programma biedt een interessant palet aan kleuren: van eigen composities - pittig, elegant, melancholiek, vrolijk - tot Ellington en Fats Waller.

Concerts:

2019
Sunday February 24 - duo Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen - Berlin

2016
Monday, September 12 - Duo Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen - Pintotonics at the Pintohuis, Amsterdam 20:30u.

2015
Saturday, July 18 - Duo Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen - Konfrontationen Festival, Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf, Austria.

2014
August 30 - Duo Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen - Zomer Jazz Fietstour, Feerwerd - 17:30 & 18:45

IMPROVISATION


THIS TIME IT WILL LAST FOREVER - IMPROVISATION - TURN


Michiel Scheen Quartet

Ab Baars - saxophones, clarinet
Han Bennink - drums
Ernst Glerum - bass
Michiel Scheen - piano, compositions

2004: Dance My dear?
In 2003 Michiel Scheen invited three prominent Dutch musicians: Ab Baars (reeds), Ernst Glerum (bass) and Han Bennink (drums), to join him in a Quartet. After a few years of musical in-activity, Scheen is back with his highly individual and recognizable style. With this Quartet, he strives to combine his very personal interpretation of jazz with the playful and adventurous nature of improvised music.

"For this group I composed pieces that feature individual freedom for the players. And it’s wonderful to see what such great musicians as Ab, Ernst and Han do with the material: their intuition and imagination is enormous! Melodic phrases are carefully cut into pieces and catapulted into space, lumps of harmonies hanging on the side. And their conception of tempo is mesmerizing: sometimes we play in four different pulses; it's not the beat that generates 'swing', but the more freely phrased pulses. There is no monotonous beat, but a kind of polyphonic, multi-subjective swing. If you would dance to it, every move would be permitted. An inevitable and often returning inspiration is the powerful and frenzy work of Thelonious Monk. Especially, my harmonic idiom is clearly influenced by him. But I think his music contains more and other musical possibilities, with its angular, pounding and rumbling, razor-sharp shining lyricism. He is a savage sculptor of sounds, a musical architect of genius, with a melancholic, happy, Dadaist and hopeful vision. With Monk, the world is an awful little bit more beautiful. Furthermore, I'm very happy to be able to work with musicians that still contribute so much to the development of improvised music; through their creativity, the vitality of improvised music is guaranteed."

Ab Baars - saxophones, clarinet (1955, Axel) collaborated with Harry de Wit, Wolter Wierbos and Mariëtte Rouppe van der Voort in the quartet Cumulus. He worked with a.o. Guus Janssen, Theo Loevendie, Willem van Manen, Steve Lacy, Maarten Altena, Roscoe Mitchell, Misha Mengelberg, John Carter, Anthony Braxton, Cor Fuhler, Gerry Hemmingway, Cecil Taylor, de EX, Sunny Murray, George Lewis and Ig Henneman. Now he works with Mengelbergs ICP Orchestra, and recently his trio with Wilbert de Joode and Martin van Duijnhoven celebrated their 12th anniversary.

Ernst Glerum - bass (1955) a much demanded bassplayer and currently working with the Amsterdam String Trio, Available Jelly, the ICP Orchestra, the ensembles of Guus Janssen and the collectively managed trio with Michiel Borstlap and Han Bennink.

Han Bennink - drums (1942, Zaandam) is, besides a visual artist, an internationaly renowned solo-player and much demanded percussionist. He worked with Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Eric Dolphy, and had/has a major influence on the development of the Dutch and European improvised music. For more than 30 years, he works together with Misha Mengelberg, as a duo, but also with the ICP Orchestra. Furthermore he worked with a.o. Peter Brötzmann, Steve Beresford, Eugene Chadbourne, Fred van Hove, Derek Bailey, Ernst Reijseger, Michael Moore, Willem Breuker, Marion Brown, Don Cherry, Alex von Schlippenbach, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Albert Mangelsdorff, Cor Fuhler, Tobias Delius, Dudu Pukwana, Keshavan Maslak, Toshinori Kondo, Leo Cuypers, Roswell Rudd, Harry Miller, Conrad Bauer, George Lewis, Teo Joling, Sean Bergin, Peter Kowald, Cecil Taylor, de EX, Fred Frith, 'Butch' Morris, Anthony Braxton, Ray Anderson, Myra Melford, Dave Douglas, Eric Boeren, Evan Parker and with kind of practically everybody.

CD - Dance my dear ?

Data 042
Dance, My Dear?

















Ab Baars - tenor saxophone, clarinet
Han Bennink - drums
Ernst Glerum - bass
Michiel Scheen - piano, compositions
2004

1 Similarities
2 God in Heaven (stay!)
3 This time it will last forever
4 Idols
5 Dance, My Dear?
6 Non-circle agreeable
7 Patience
8 Subsequently
9 Summerwindow

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Recorded by Dick Lucas, December 17th 2003, BIMhuis Amsterdam
Produced by Dick Lucas and Michiel Scheen

Distributed by Toondist

Agenda

2022

Sunday, May 15 - Blue Lines Trio at StrandLab Festival with Quito Nicolaas, Almere, time t.b.a.
Friday, May 20 - Blue Lines Trio at StrandLab with Mario Withoud, Almere, time t.b.a.
Saturday, August 27 - Duo Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen, Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour, Goningen, time t.b.a.
Friday, September 2 - Blue Lines Trio at StrandLab with Wim van Broekhoven, Almere, 19:30 hrs.
Thursday, September 8 - Blue Lines Trio at BIMhuis, Amsterdam, 20:30 hrs.
Friday, September 30 - Blue Lines Trio with Han Buhrs - De Pletterij, Haarlem, 20:00 hrs.
Sunday, October 9 -  Blue Lines Trio with Keefe Jackson and Mars Williams - Wijnbar Koffie & Ambacht, Rotterdam, 16:00 hrs.


2021

Tuesday, June 8 - Concentric Circles (John Hughes [b], Els Vandeweyer [vib], Cristiano Calgnile [dr], Tobias Delius [ts, cl], Michiel Scheen [pi]) - Blurred Edges Festival, Hamburg (DE), 20:00hrs
(watch first and second set)
Monday, November 8 - Blue Lines Trio with Han Buhrs - Pintotonics, Amsterdam - 20:00 hrs.
Saturday, November 13 - Blue Lines Trio with Han Buhrs - JazzblazztNeeritter - 20:00 hrs.


2020

Friday January 31 - Michiel Scheen Piano Solo - Ditdit dada ditdit Fest - De Ruimte, Amsterdam - 19:00hrs
Wednesday Februari 12 - Hernán Sama (saxes), Marcos Baggiani (drums), Michiel Scheen (piano) - Mixtural Series, Zaal 100, Amsterdam, 20:00hrs
Saturday Februari 22 - Blue Lines Trio featuring Mars Williams - Wijnbar Koffie & Ambacht, Rotterdam - 20:00hrs
Sunday Februari 23 - Blue Lines Trio featuring Mars Williams - Houseconcert, Amsterdam
Tuesday Februari 25 - Blue Lines Octet featuring Mars Williams & featuring Han Buhrs - De Roze Tanker, Amsterdam Noord, 20:00hrs
Monday November 9 - Pintotonics, Amsterdam - 20:30 uur POSTPONED
Monday November 16 - De Pletterij, Haarlem - 20:30 uur POSTPONED
Friday November 27 - JazzBlazzt @Pitboeltheater, Sittard - 20:00 uur POSTPONED
Monday December 14 - Mixtural, Zaal 100, Amsterdam - 20:00 uur POSTPONED


2019 

Thursday January 3 - Michiel Scheen Piano solo - de Ruimte, Amsterdam - 21:00hrs
Saturday February 16 - Blue Lines Sextet - de Pletterij, Haarlem - 20:30hrs
Sunday February 17 - Blue Lines Sextet - BIMhuis, Amsterdam - 20:30hrs
Wednesday February 20 - Blue Lines Sextet - Stichting Jazz in Groningen, Brouwerij Martinus, Groningen - 20:30hrs
Sunday February 24 - duo Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen - Jazzkeller69, Industriesalon Schöneweide, Berlin -  15:30hrs
Monday September 9 - Duo Frank Rosaly/Michiel Scheen - Pintotonics @Huis de Pinto, Amsterdam - 20:00hrs
Saturday September 14 - Blue Lines Trio - Jazzblatt OZO Landfestival, Hunsel - 18:00-1:00hrs


2018

February 12 - Blue Lines Trio - Pintotonics - Huis de Pinto, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.
February 21 - Blue Lines Trio with Bart Maris - Hotclub Gent - Gent, Belgium - 21:00 hrs.
April 5 - Blue Lines Trio with Mars Williams - Ramses Shayy Huis - Amsterdam - 20:00 hrs.
April 6 - Blue Lines Trio with Mars Williams - Openbaar huisconcert - Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.
April 7 - Blue Lines Trio with Mars Williams - Plusetage - Baarle-Nassau - 20:30 hrs.
April 28 - duo Frank Rosaly / Michiel Scheen  - Atelier 5 > Rencontres - Amsterdam - 14:00 hrs.
May 14 - Michiel Scheen Piano Solo - Pintotonics - Huis de Pinto, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.


2017

March 22 - Blue Lines Trio & Mars Williams & Wolter Wierbos- De Ruimte, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.
April 22 - Blue Lines Sextet - CD launch party - Splendor, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.
April 29 - Interview at NTR-radio Co Live (online available)
May 24 - Paraula at Splendor, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.
May 27 - Jan Nijdam Quartet - CD launch party - BIMhuis, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.
May 28 - Blue Lines Trio & Wolter Wierbos - Soulbar Parazzar, Brugge, 20:00 hrs.
November 24 - Maarten Ornstein: Creator/Destroyer - De Vereeniging, Nijmegen, 20:15 hrs.
December 11 - Michiel Scheen Piano Solo - Pintotonics, Huis de Pinto, Amsterdam, 20:30 hrs.


2016

January 2 - Blue Lines Sextet - Bimhuis, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.
February 20 - Blue Lines Sextet - Plusetage, Baarle Nassau - 20:30 hrs.
February 29 - Jan Nijdam Kwartet (minus one) - De Ruimte, Amsterdam Noord - 20:30 hrs.
May 5 - Blue Lines Trio with Keefe Jackson - at City Art, Rotterdam - 20:30 hrs.
July 23 - Maarten Ornstein: Creator/Destroyer - Wonderfeel Festival, 's Graveland, 17:00 hrs.
August 27 - Jan Nijdam Kwartet - Zomerjazzfietstour 2016, Hervormde kerk, Oostum, 13:30 & 14:45 hrs.
September 12 - Duo Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen - Pintotonics at the Pintohuis, Amsterdam 20:30 hrs.
September 17 - Maarten Ornstein: Creator/Destroyer - De Nacht van Kunst en Kennis, Universiteit van Leiden, Leiden.


2015

February 7 - Jan Nijdam Kwartet - Salon de IJzerstaven, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.
March 26 - Jan Nijdam Kwartet - Grand Theatre, Groningen - 20:30u Cancelled by Halbe Zijlstra (VVD Member of Parliament).
April 11 - Blue Lines Trio with special guest Mars Williams (saxophones) - De Roze Tanker, Amsterdam Noord, 20:30 hrs.
May 4 - BIM Lab 21: Hermine Deurloo (harmonica), Tony Overwater (bass), Onno Govaert (drums), Michiel Scheen (piano) - BIMhuis, Amsterdam - 21:30 hrs.
June 27 - Jan Nijdam Kwartet - Plusetage, Baarle Nassau - 20:30 hrs.
July 18 - Duo Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen - Konfrontationen Festival, Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf, Austria.
September 5 - Creator | Destroyer (Maarten Ornstein / Dana Linssen) - St. Aegtenkapel, Amersfoort - 20:00 hrs.
November 10 - Blue Lines Trio - Jazz in Arnhem, Musis Jubileumzaal, Arnhem - 20:30 hrs.


2014

April 7 - Blue Lines Trio - Huis de Pinto, Amsterdam - 20:30u
April 26 - Blue Lines Trio - Salon De IJzerstaven, Amsterdam - 21:00 hrs.
April 26  -Blue Lines Trio - Studio LOOS, Den Haag - 16:00 hrs.
August 30 - Duo Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen - Zomer Jazz Fietstour, Feerwerd - 17:30 hrs. & 18:45 hrs.
October 10 - Blue Lines Trio - Mirliton Theater, Utrecht - 20:30 hrs.
October 11 - Blue Lines Trio - Plusetage, Baarle Nassau - 21:00 hrs.
October 24 - Michiel Scheen - Solo - Maarten Luther Kerk, Dintelstraat 134, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.
November 17 - Blind-date session - Oorsprong Curator Series, Poortgebouw, Tolhuisweg 1, Amsterdam - 20:00 hrs.
November 19 - Blue Lines Trio - CD-launch partySplendor, Amsterdam - 21:00 hrs.


2013

March 13 - Blue Lines - Zaal 100, Amsterdam - 21:00 hrs.
March 18 - Oorsprong serie - Het Poortgebouw, Amsterdam Noord - 20:00 hrs.
March 30 - Mr. Millen's Jazzomatik Lay-inn Lounge - Apollo Hotel, Almere - 19:00 hrs.
April 3 - Monday Night Dance & Music Impro Lab - Bimhuis, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.
May 25 - Carte Blanche for Michiel Scheen: Blue Lines & duo Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen - BIMhuis, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.
June 28 - Jan Nijdam Kwartet - Het Perron, Amsterdam - 20:30 hrs.


2011

May 12 - Boucalé - Provadja, Alkmaar - 21:00u
May 14 - Boucalé - PlusEtage, Baarle Nassau - 21:00u
June 2 - Boucalé - Bimhuis, Amsterdam - 20:30u


2009

January 10 - Tobias Delius/Michiel Scheen Duo - SJU Jazzpodium, Utrecht - 21.00


2005

February 27 - Tobias Delius/Michiel Scheen Duo - De Toonzaal, Den Bosch - 21.30
April 9 - Alliage Orkest, Menschen am Sonntag - Filmmuseum, Amsterdam - 20.00
June 17 - Tobias Delius/Michiel Scheen Duo - Bimhuis, Amsterdam - 21.00
September 2 - Michiel Scheen Quartet - Bimhuis, Amsterdam - 21.00
September 3 - Michiel Scheen Quartet - Plusetage, Baarle-Nassau - 21.00
September 17 - Michiel Scheen Quartet - Hothouse. Leiden - 21.00
October 15 - Michiel Scheen Quartet - Mahogany Hall, Edam - 21.00
December 10 - Michiel Scheen Quartet - Artischock, Soest - 21.00


2004

March 11 - Michiel Scheen Quartet - Bimhuis, Amsterdam - 21.00
March 12 - Michiel Scheen Quartet - Paradox, Tilburg - 21.00
March 13 - Michiel Scheen Quartet - SJU Jazzpodium, Utrecht - 21.00
March 15 - Michiel Scheen Quartet - Jazzcafé Wilhelmina, Eindhoven - 21.00
August 28 - Michiel Scheen Quartet - ZomerJazzFietsTour, Groningen - 15.30
January 9 - Tobias Delius/Michiel Scheen Duo - Loft, Köln, Germany - 21.00
January 10 - Tobias Delius/Michiel Scheen Duo - Wist, Graz - 21.00
January 11 - Tobias Delius/Michiel Scheen Duo - Györ, Hungary - 21.00
January 12 - Tobias Delius/Michiel Scheen Duo - Porgy and Bess, Wien - 21.00
January 22 - Tobias Delius/Michiel Scheen Duo - Paradox, Tilburg - 21.00
January 23 - Tobias Delius/Michiel Scheen Duo - Smorjazz, Delft - 21.00
March 5 - Tobias Delius/Michiel Scheen Duo - De Burcht, Zaandam 21.00
March 14 - Tobias Delius/Michiel Scheen Duo - Haarlem - 15.00

Label Filiaal

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Filiaal 1
Contrapposto




















Michiel Scheen - piano
1993

1 A part
2 Norg
3 Is
4 Tretes
5 Een lege zwarte kist
6 Siluur
7 Voor de wereld
8 Sloot
9 Kyr-in

Recorded Februari 3, 1993 Centrum Nieuwe Muziek, Middelburg
by Chris Weeda
Edited by Dick Lucas
Many thanks to Ad van 't Veer, Middelburg


Filiaal 2
TRIKLINION




















Michiel Scheen - synthesizers
Frank van Berkel - bassguitar
Hans van der Meer - percussion
1997

1 Bunk
2 Boxpeoplemusic
3 Undo delete
4 Senak
5 An sicht
6 The miracle is the shortest time*
7 Calcia
8 Brain Dance
9 Metzel
10 Second Gallery

Live at
Korzo Den Haag, May 23, 1997
Bimhuis Amsterdam, June 14, 1997
*Poem by Charles Bukowski


Filiaal 3
Sphere's Works




















Michiel Scheen performs the music of Thelonious Monk
1999

1 Green Chimneys
2 Bye-ya
3 Epistrophy
4 Locomotive
5 Briljant Corners
6 Jackie-ing
7 Played twice
8 Pannonica
9 Round Midnight
10 Off Minor
11 Stuffy Turkey
12 Bemsha swing
13 New swing
14 We see/Monks point

Recorded at Studio M, Amsterdam
December 1998


Filiaal 4
GOODBYE!




















Michiel Scheen - piano
2003

1 So far so good, cool...
2 (Got myself) Together again
3 A (w)hole in my heart
4 Hold that thought!
5 (We're) Off track
6 Free, at least...
7 Dance, my dear?
8 On that lonesome road again
9 There's no turning back

Recorded at Studio M, Amsterdam
January 2003


Filiaal 5
Clouds and sunny chunks
























Michiel Scheen - piano
2020

1 Legs
2 The Dude's weekend
3 Surface
4 Improvisation
5 Clouds and sunny chunks
6 Reliqwy
7 Idols
8 Groove
9 A (w)hole in my (w)heart
10 Gratitude

"Chunks and shadows, keys – black and white, sonic fiction articulated, conceptual codes shifting, focus on fluffy statements, temporal dynamics - harshmellow, reaching for hope, answers to be questioned.”

Michiel Scheen (1963, Amsterdam), since the 1980’s, worked with many musicians throughout Europe, the USA and Canada. In 2012 he joined Raoul van der Weide (contrabass) and George Hadow (drums) in The Blue Lines Trio. The Blue Lines Sextet, with Ada Rave (saxophones), Bart Maris (trumpets) and Wolter Wierbos (trombone) regularly extend the line-up of this trio. Scheen also performs with the Jan Nijdam Quartet and as a duo with saxophonist and clarinettist Tobias Delius.
Scheen’s work has been described as: “Odd twists and sharp angles, post-Monk, post-Mengelberg even” (Frances Davis, The Village Voice, 2004).

Recorded at Studio M, Almere
February 2020

Digital album download: Michiel Scheen's Bandcamp site

Blue Lines Trio - CD Chance and Change - Casco 008 - september 2022






Chance and change

1 Diddleville
2 Improvisation 2153
3 Iggy Abdul
4 Improvisation 2155
5 Culture Boy
6 Improvisation 2154
7 Improvisation 2152
8 Traces
9 Improvisation 2156
10 Vacuumville
11 Improvisation 2158
12 Improvisation 2159
13 Clouds and sunny chunks
14 Improvisation 2167 & Home


George Hadow - drums
Michiel Scheen - piano
Raoul van der Weide - contrabass, sound objects, crackle box

Tracks 3, 5 and 8 composed by Raoul van der Weide (BUMA/STEMRA). Tracks 1, 10, 13 and 14 composed by Michiel Scheen.
Recorded June 6 and 7, 2022 at Atelier 5, Amsterdam by Hayden Hook.
Mixing and mastering by Hayden Hook. Produced by Raoul van der Weide.
Cover art: Raoul van der Weide, graphic design by Hidde Dijkstra.
Distribution: Toondist
Casco Records 008.

Released September 1, 2022  



Blue Lines Trio: Chance and Change

- Liner notes by Kevin Whitehead / July 2022

"Free music: is it okay if it swings? Blue Lines Trio can answer that: Oh my, yes. It’s true some progressive improvisers appear swing-averse, as if buoyant propulsive floating syncopated rhythm were passé: a line they wouldn’t cross. We might trace this attitude back to the new assertive freedoms that drummers and bassists enjoyed in the 1960s, liberated at last from subservience to the beat. Back then, in the new and exciting field of European improvised music, rejecting swing had a political dimension: a pushback against American (rhythmic) hegemony. Little as the quietly cooperative English and machine-gunning German free schools had in common, they shared that aversion. The Dutch gave up swinging too—for about five minutes; they (cough Han and Misha) loved that buoyant beat too much. Dutch improvisers had their own aversion, to ruling anything out: for such free-thinkers free music means free to (do what you want), not free from (traditional musical values). The object is to broaden the possibilities, not narrow them.

BLT is hardly the only piano/bass/drums trio who swing, play tunes and play free—maybe you heard of Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette. But it is rare for a band’s free pieces to swing so hard and habitually: hear the back half of “Improvisation 2153” or “2154.” Even scratchy “2158” goes there. Part of the trio’s buoyancy stems from Raoul’s plump woody sound, at a realistic acoustic volume, which reinforces his pliable beat and tuneful figurations. (There’s sly humor in his lines, as in his talk.) Michiel Scheen’s piano sound is equally distinctive. In the 1990s his diamond-hard attack at the ivories made him pianist of choice for (among others) leaders Paul Termos—Raoul’s mate in a few bands, earlier still—and Maarten Altena. (At the same time Michiel had his own bands, projects, records and composer commissions to deal with.) Some percussive pianists sound heavy, overbearing. Michiel’s sound is often bright and springy, as on Raoul’s “Trace Materials”: you can almost see hands as well as piano hammers bouncing clear of the keys, kinetic. He improvises long coherent sequences but doesn’t forget to come up for air. (It’s not just wind players who need breath pauses; listeners do too.) Drummer George Hadow keeps his mates surging ahead, propelling the action with every stick or brush stroke. As I’ve written elsewhere, Hadow’s explicitly jazzy time-keeping isn’t at-one-remove style-quoting: he loves that slippery pulsation.

When the open improvising is this strong, the program’s composed pieces had better measure up. Michiel’s “Diddleville” kicks Chance and Change off right. Fleet bass and drums (dig those brushes) spark an inspired piano flight, an essay on clarity and speed. The off-kilter “Clouds and sunny chunks” is also title track to Michiel’s 2020 solo album (Filiaal 5), just as Raoul and George had recorded the bassist’s “Culture Boy,” with its echoes of a Nat King Cole evergreen, in 2018 for the Xavier Pamplona Septet’s Dutch repertoire CD Play the (Casco 006). On the trio “Culture Boy,” the melody is mostly in the bass, which mostly plays melody: a quixotic choice that works. There are many such choices here, like the typewriter rhythms Raoul and George tap into their duo “Improvisation 2155.” (A large dried Gambian bean pod wedged between bass strings creates authentic West African rattling.)

The players hail from non-adjacent decades—Raoul was born in 1949, Michiel in ’63. No longer a newcomer, George Hadow, b.1992, hails from Devon in the southwest UK, and began studying drums as a kid, in time drawing timely inspiration from among others Joey Baron, whom he saw live a few times, and Han Bennink, discovered via YouTube. That discovery led George to enroll at the Dutch Impro Academy in 2011. Within a year he was living in Amsterdam, where he soon crossed paths and instantly connected with Raoul. “I’ve played with him in many bands and many more ad hoc improvised settings—more than anyone anywhere,” says George. When the bassist brought Michiel in to play a trio session in 2012, the drummer and pianist had the same kind of quick connection. Hear their telepathic conjunctions on the duo “2159” and the trio’s “Improvisation 2153” in particular. BLT can make it all sound easy, but they work at it—try to play together every week (where, say, Jarrett and company only convened on stage).

George Hadow: “One of the strongest parts of the trio is, when we sit down to improvise, and create a piece of music with a nice structure. It’s a cheeky trio in a way: Any of us can take any decision at any moment—to break things up, or reintroduce a previous section, or just go BLAM. I love those telepathic moments. And we do swing quite a bit. To me the trio sounds quite inspired by Dutch music—humorous, colorful, playful: musicians unafraid to take risks. We find our own strange way of playing jazz.”

It’s that freedom to not freedom from he’s talking about. Lines, even blue ones, can divide: think of borderlines. But other lines connect, take the short route between isolated points, and in so doing join those points together in some maybe-more-than-symbolic way. Blue Lines Trio make it all too clear which side of that line they play on.

Blue Lines Trio’s eponymous first album from 2014 (Casco 002) was a gem. Does Chance and Change advance their range? Oh my, yes."




Boucalé!

De muziek van Paul Termos (1952-2003)

Michiel Scheen - piano, arrangementen
Michael Vatcher - slagwerk
Raoul van der Weide - contrabas, klankobjecten, crackle box
Wolter Wierbos - trombone

Componist, altsaxofonist en improvisator Paul Termos (1952 -2003) schreef aanstekelijke, vitale en ogenschijnlijk bedrieglijk eenvoudige improvisatie stukken. Stukken die vaak opzettelijk aansturen op 'gecomponeerde misverstanden' en alle ruimte bieden aan eigenzinnige improvisaties. Met het verdwijnen van de componist echter dreigt ook zijn prikkelende repertoire ten onrechte te verdwijnen.
Boucalé! wil dit repertoire - op basis van bijvoorbeeld classics als Bokkenrijders dans, Pok, The Invisible Man en For Sandy Nelson - actualiseren en nieuwe impulsen geven.
Ook zullen drie nog niet eerder uitgevoerde compositie schetsen uit de muzikale nalatenschap van Paul Termos op het programma staan: Kop op!, After Travelling en Very Good Weather Today. Deze gecomponeerde aanzetten zijn door Michiel Scheen voor Boucalé! gearrangeerd.
Boucalé! bestaat uit 4 musici die nauw en jarenlang in verschillende combinaties met Paul Termos hebben samengewerkt. Sinds de oprichting van het 'PUNT-UIT orkest' van trombonist Bert Koppelaar (1978-79) en daarna via het instant composing 'Paul Termos Trio' (1979-1985), 'Guus Janssen Septet/Orkest', 'Maarten Altena Ensemble' en -kwartet en Paul Termos' eigen 'Tentet' en 'Dubbel Express Ensemble.
Boucalé! vormt een creatief eerbewijs aan een open en bevlogen lyricus wiens uitgesproken muziek zich ontwikkelde vanuit de creatieve spanning tussen lichtvoetig alledaags muzikaal optimisme en de diepgang van voelbare maar onuitgesproken onderhuidse weemoed.

Michiel Scheen
Raoul van der Weide
Wolter Wierbos
Paul Termos