The Han Bennink 70th Birthday Festival -- Concert and Radio Marathon (April 21, 2012)

Event Location: 
The Italian Academy of Columbia University, 1161 AMSTERDAM AVE
Event Contact: 
Anabel Anderson,
Event Contact: 
Thuto Durkac Somo,
Event Sponsors: 
Sponsored in part by the Edwin H. Case Chair in American Music, Columbia University

WKCR-FM Proudly Presents:
The Han Bennink 70th Birthday Festival
Featuring Bennink in a special 70th Birthday Concert and five-day radio marathon

70th Birthday Concert:
Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 PM (doors at 6:30 PM)
The Italian Academy of Columbia University
1161 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Advance tickets available here

Radio marathon:
All day Tuesday, April 17th through Saturday, April 21st on 89.9 FM or streaming on

Starting on Tuesday, April 17th on 89.9 FM and, WKCR-FM will commence a five-day radio marathon celebrating the 70th birthday of inimitable Dutch drummer and multi-instrumentalist Han Bennink. With Bennink present for the festivities, WKCR will delve into half a century of his exuberant and imaginative playing on record.

The radio festival will then culminate on Saturday night, April 21, in a live performance at The Italian Academy of Columbia University, featuring Bennink with his esteemed colleagues Mary Oliver, Michael Moore, Thomas Heberer, Richard Teitelbaum, Ray Anderson, Uri Caine, and Mark Dresser.

Bennink is renowned for his dazzling energy and versatility as a percussionist and performer.  He excels equally in straight-ahead swinging- as exemplified by his early collaborations with Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Dexter Gordon, and many others-as he does in the form of European free improvisation, which he helped to found in the 1960's.

Bennink has sustained astoundingly long-lived musical partnerships, including the Instant Composer's Pool (still performing in evolving configurations since 1967) and trio work with Peter Brotzmann and Fred van Hove.  He has collaborated with a vast range of international artists particularly in duo settings, but also leading ensembles and backing them as a drummer.  Traversing the wide range of music Bennink creates, his unique approach to percussion has often found him playing his chair, various found objects, and his own body. Bennink's visual artwork, often depicted on his album covers, explores multiple media and has been the subject of solo gallery shows in Amsterdam and internationally.

Join WKCR in celebrating Han Bennink's 70 years on 89.9 FM, on, and live in concert.  WKCR is a non-commercial, student-run station affiliated with Columbia University.
Direct press inquiries to:
Anabel Anderson,
Thuto Durkac Somo,

Sponsored in part by the Edwin H. Case Chair in American Music, Columbia University