North of Blanco
Jaap Blonk / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn
""A really cool album with a wide array of diverse sounds and adventurous textures." - Ed Pettersen, Free Jazz Blog"
Jaap Blonk's Retirement Overdue
"When I was about to turn 65, I thought: why not start a new band, and give it a name that asks for consistent challenge: Jaap Blonk’s Retirement Overdue. I am very happy these wonderful younger musicians joined me. And since it is 20 years ago that I last had a regular band that played mostly my pieces, this is a New Start. —Jaap Blonk, March 2020"
Jaap Blonk's Splinks
""From very short ditties (the 16 “Reportraits” are only ten seconds long) to 15-minute compositions, humor has always been an important part of Blonk’s work and it is central here: musicians have fun, so does the listener." - Underbelly"
Hugo Ball's Six Sound Poems, 1916
Jaap Blonk, Bart van der Putten, Pieter Meurs & Damon Smith
"Reissue of two out-of-print CDs as a double album: the 1989 live recording of Hugo Ball's Six Sound Poems by the trio Baba-Oemf (Jaap Blonk, Bart van der Putten, Pieter Meurs) and the 2013 duo recording of the same poems by Jaap Blonk and Damon Smith."
Jaap Blonk, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang
"Cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist Michael Zerang have collaboratively joined forces before, but the addition of Dutch vocalist Jaap Blonk is a wonderful complement to the Chicago duo. Blonk, of course, is much more than your usual "singer, " as the sounds he caresses from his vocal chords are utterly unconventional and strikingly unique. He is literally a one-man band, reaching into a bag of bizarre blips and pops, wonderfully complementing his colleagues. Lonberg-Holm and Zerang have mastered their crafts so well that they almost sound as one. Transforming the cello into a wildly, freestyle machine, Lonberg-Holm creates a unique blend of noise and scratches into which Zerang holds on and digs. The results are totally satisfying, and each of the ten tracks glows with highlights. ~Steven A. Loewy"
Blonk, Zach & Grydeland
Jaap Blonk, Ingar Zach & Ivar Grydeland
""Fourth record in the Kontrans "improvisors" series, with the seminal design by Melle Hammer""
Blonk, Nijdam & Van der Putten
Jaap Blonk, Jan Nijdam en Bart van der Putten
"The trio started playing in 1990. From the beginning the trio was able to create it's own sound world. The musicians understand each other without the need for explanation. Intuitively they switch direction as one, go into fierce discussions, discover idyllic landscapes, play limping rhythms or dive into lyrical pursuits all this in pure sound."
Five Men Singing
Jaap Blonk, Koichi Makigami, Paul Dutton, Phil Minton & David Moss
""You may call them sound poets, vocalists, or even singers, but when you gather all five of them on-stage they become pure entertainers. Five Men Singing is the genuine avant-garde voice summit. Recorded live at the 2003 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, this performance is a delightful demonstration of what the human voice is capable of, what level of excitement group improvisation can provide, and what creative singing is all about. The performance is spontaneous, mischievous, occasionally deviant, often humorous, and extremely physical." -François Couture"