Luc Houtkamp

Saturday, June 29 · On The Boards Studio Theater · 100 W Roy · 8 PM · $10

Largely self-taught while growing up in The Hague, Netherlands, alto/tenor saxophonist Luc Houtkamp became active there in electronic music with leading Dutch composers while attending a music academy in his late teens in the 1970s. He also began working with Sven-Ċke Johansson, John Russell, the new-music composer Gilius van Bergeijk, and in the group Klimaat with Maartje ten Hoorn. The start of the 1980s saw him in a Dutch saxophone quartet, Hommage, and then a trio and quartet with Han Bennink, Ernst Reijseger, and Konrad Bauer, and in other trios with the likes of Greetje Bijma and Alex Maguire. In the early 1990s he appeared and recorded with the European improv powerhouse King Übü Orchestrü and then a trio and quartet that included Gert Jan Prins and Johannes Bauer. Along the way, Houtkamp has worked with Günter Christmann, Jon Rose, George Lewis, Richard Teitelbaum, Ned Rothenberg, and many others, and also with dancers. He has played at many of the more adventurous festivals in Europe and North America, and has written many compositions for saxophones, electronics, and interactive computer programs that he developed himself. He is, to put it mildly, a monster saxophone player, having mastered a wide range of contemporary techniques—slaptongue, multiphonics, circular breathing—and has taught at European conservatories and, in the U.S., the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mills College, and other institutions. The founder of the label X-OR, he is also a new-music adviser to the Den Haag Korzo theatre, which presents music ranging from Charles Ives to Derek Bailey.

17th Seattle Improvised Music Festival