photo by Michael Yu
(L-R) Will McEvoy, Flin van Hemmen, Patrick Breiner, Adam Hopkins
Double Double is Brooklyn free jazz with lots of low end. 2 upright basses, percussion, woodwinds, and other sounds. Organized (loosely) by Patrick Breiner.
In 2009 I became enamored with the idea of improvising with 2 bass players. I put together several ensembles of varying sizes and instrumentations over the next few years for gigs in Baltimore and NYC. At the time I was living in Madison, Wisconsin. I flew or drove to the East Coast several times a year to make events like these happen. Bassists included Will McEvoy, Sean Ali, Jeff Reed, Michael Formanek, Eivind Opsvik. The incredible versatility and individual personality of each of these wonderful musicians intrigued me to no end.
I began writing music for 2 basses in 2010. Still living in Madison, the band I had in mind lived in Chicago. Bassists Daniel Thatcher and Anton Hatwich, and drummer Quin Kirchner helped me shape the early iterations of this music.
Having moved back to the East Coast in 2011, I knew exactly who I wanted on my new team. Will, Flin, Adam and I all go way back. Their commitment, flexibility, and outstanding musicianship are crucial to this music.
The first recording, Mileage, came out on April 1, 2014. Hand-screened packaging as always by Connie Wang.
Will McEvoy - bass
Adam Hopkins - bass
Flin van Hemmen - drums
Patrick Breiner - tenor saxophone, clarinet