Dash! Releases New Album "Dash! Off," Marking Their 10th Anniversary


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Celebrating ten years of highly individual music by the funk ensemble from Amsterdam with a live album featuring some very special guests.
DASH! Off is the fourth album of DASH!, the Amsterdam-based free-funk trio led by saxophonist-clarinettist-composer Maarten Ornstein. This new album was recorded live in Splendor Amsterdam, the city's most dynamic new music venue. DASH! Off offers five trio pieces and a 30 minute suite featuring special guests Michael Moore, Joost Buis, Jasper Stadhouders and Joshua Samson, all of whom have worked with DASH! before.

Inspiration for this new album comes from the likes of Ornette Coleman, James Blood Ulmer, Sonny Sharrock and Odean Pope, to name a few.

DASH! Off marks the band's 10th anniversary. Starting out as an octet in 2005 (with percussion and 4 singers) the band was re-formed in 2012 as a trio after a two year pause. Two octet albums were released; DASH! in 2006 and Bangalore in 2009. As a trio they released Lowpass Heroes in 2013.

About Maarten Ornstein

Maarten Ornstein plays tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. On ocassion he plays tarogato, electric saxophone, MPC and laptop computers. He is also a composer and arranger. He leads the avantgarde funk ensemble DASH! and performs as a soloist. Additionally, he plays with performance poet and singer Jeannine Valeriano, and is a member of Splendor Amsterdam. Maarten Ornstein has played with the likes of Pat Metheny, Ebony Band, Ilse de Lange, David Liebman, Arturas Bumsteinas, Claron McFadden, Red Mitchell, the Schoenberg Ensemble, Rima Kcheich, Sunna Gunnlaugs, etc etc. and has composed for the Calefax Reed Quintet, the North Sea Jazz Festival, Ties Mellema, Koor Nieuwe Muziek Amsterdam, Xenia Meijer, the Metropole Orchestra, New Cool Collective Big Band, Orkater Theatre Company, Anouk van Dijk DC, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Helena Rasker, the Ricciotti Ensemble etc etc, he was co-leader of the modern jazz trio Jungle Boldie.

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