The Willem Breuker Kolloktief is on their last run. The last tour of this great band and central form of outlet of the great late Willem Breuker for the last thirty years of his life. They warmed up this tour in the Netherlands, a few shows in Rochester, Montreal and tonight coming straight from Chicago before heading back south of the border to Philadelphia.
John Litweiler from the Chicago Reader described the band in such a great way:
"How do you describe the indescribable? The Willem Breuker Kollektief sounds like the pit band from a Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht musical; the show they put on is something like Spike Jones, or Sun Ra meeting Madame Florence Foster Jenkins, or the left-wing musical equivalent of the Naked Gun movies--but all of these on a high musical level. The Kollektief's raw material is modern Europe's high and low culture: Rachmaninoff collides with rock, sleazy Valkyries ride merry-go-round rhythms, tangos are arthritic and polkas stagger wildly, and boogie and bebop are strangled into a free-jazz hell. It's all played with straight faces to the pounding of nonstop rhythm, and slapstick routines are an inevitable part of the performance--this band must be seen to be believed."
The National Arts Center's Fourth Stage