flatlands collective

jorrit dijkstra - alto sax, lyricon, analog electronics
james falzone - clarinet
jeb bishop - trombone
fred lonberg-holm - cello, analog electronics
jason roebke - bass
frank rosaly - drums

the flatlands collective brings together the remarkable dutch alto saxophonist and composer jorrit dijkstra with some of chicago’s most interesting improvisers.  In chicago, one of the most important musical cities in the u.s., he found a common ground in a more trans-national way of improvising, using open forms, and a looser interpretation of the american jazz tradition.  dijkstra says: ”i believe that the landscape in which you grow up has an effect on how your music sounds.  this is what’s so interesting about jazz: musicians in new york, barcelona, moscow, shanghai or addis ababa play this music, but there is always a distinctive local interpretation.”  and he adds: “i called this group the flatlands collective after the landscape heritage I share as a dutchman with the chicago players.”