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Willem Breuker Kollektief: At Ruta Maya Cafe

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The picture on the back of the CD booklet for the Willem Breuker Kollektief's At Ruta Maya Café shows a low-lying, nondescript building that looks like an old Howard Johnson's. The website for the Austin venue mostly talks about its coffee business,with some live entertainment on the side. You would think, with over thirty years on the road, and having given performances across Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, Mexico, Russia and India, this Dutch tentet would be celebrating its history at Carnegie Hall. Such is the plight of the working jazz band, however, but the music on this disc is ...

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Faust: A Silent Movie (1926)

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F.W. Murnau Music by Willem Breuker Faust (1926) BVHaast 2005 F.W Murnau was one of the giants of the Silent Film Era. His most famous work is 1922's Nosferatu but his interpretation of the Faust legend was his most expansive work, also his last before leaving his native Germany. That Willem Breuker would choose to write new music for this film should surprise no one. Breuker has never backed away from a challenge and he is cinematic enough in scope to be successful. And up ...

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Willem Breuker

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Willem Breuker's music is an experience--part circus, part orchestra, part theater. The man himself is no less complex and some of his thoughts on being a musician bely his humour and good nature. At Joe's Pub this month with his long-standing Kollektief, Breuker spoke with All About Jazz. All About Jazz: Let's start at the beginning. Willem Breuker: I always wanted to play the piano but after the second world war Holland was a very poor country like all Western Europe. It was not possible to buy a piano so I got a clarinet. ...



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