Amsterdam’s Bimhuis received Europe Jazz Network Award for Adventurous Programming
Bimhuis was founded in 1974 in a former furniture show room near the Red Light District by a group of musicians among whom were saxophonist Hans Dulfer and pianist Misha Mengelberg, whom we listened to at the Jazz Fest in 2008. We cam almost say that the popular Bim played an important role in the foundation of such progressive music projects like the Instant Composers Pool or the Willem Breuker Kollektief.
The Bimhuis soon became Netherland’s most important venue for jazz and improvised music where among others Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Pharoah Sanders and Sun Ra performed. Today’s Bimhuis opened it’s doors in 2005 on the shore near the central railway station, where it, together with the venue Muziekgebouw, builds a recognizable architecture of modern Amsterdam.
The Europe Jazz Network award was founded last year and the first winner was the Irish festival Twelve Points from Dublin who has has led the way in programming adventurous music of all kinds, with jazz to the fore. The winner is being chosen by independent jazz experts and Network representatives.
The Bimhuis organizes more than 300 concerts annually.