The Royal Improvisers Orchestra (RIO) is an international free improvisation orchestra based in Amsterdam. It is one of the foremost representatives of the new generation of improvisers in the Netherlands.
Over the past years RIO has collaborated with
the London Improvisers Orchestra (LIO), Instant Composers Pool (ICP),
Steve Beresford, Han Bennink, Phil Minton, Michael Moore, Wilbert de
Joode, Ab Baars, Luc Ex and Frank Gratkowski, in such venues as BIMHUIS,
Paard van Troje, LOOS and OT 301.
RIO's musicians have different types of expertise and a diversity of cultures and come from various genres including baroque music, punk rock, jazz and electronics. But they all share one thing: a passion for improvisation.
All are equal.
The musicians work freely yet closely,
communicating constantly with each other and with the audience.
"Everything is possible when a RIO concert begins"
The Royal Improvisers Orchestra musicians:
Yedo Gibson - baritone sax
John Dikeman - sax
Felicity Provan -trumpet
James Hewitt - baroque violin
Renato Ferreira - double bass
Alfredo Genovesi - guitar
Mikael Szafirowski - guitar
Oscar Jan hoogland - piano
Nora Mulder - cimbalom
Marcos Baggiani - drums
Onno Govaert - drums
RIO is supported by the Stichting Royal Improvisers Orchestra
The Royal Improvisers Orchestra was founded in 2006 by artistic director Yedo Gibson and later in 2010 Stichting RIO. The foundation's goal is to bring new musicians and ideas to the Dutch free improvisation scene by helping them on the organization side of it thru the Royal Improvisers Orchestra and the smaller groups formed around it.
Currently, Stichting RIO is organizing several concerts in Amsterdam inclusive a monthly concert of The Royal Improvisers Orchestra at Zaal100.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Anne La Berge
Martinus van der Loop