From the first moment since these two friends played music with each other it became clear that there was a strong musical connection between them. Guitarist Gijs Idema (1996) and alto saxophonist Mo van der Does (1997) got to know each other in 2014 during the finals of the Prinses Christina Jazz Concours and after a shared 1st place, a collaboration was inevitable. Since then they have played together in various line-ups on stages such like BIMhuis, Transition Festival and Jazz In Duke Town. They are praised for their idiosyncratic improvisations, lyricism and virtuosity.
In this intimate duo, the musicians project their shared musical experiences. They both write compositions, not only specifically for this instrumentation, but also with each other's musical identity in mind. This combined with years of playing together and a strong friendship makes each concert very personal. With their mysterious sounds and sparkling improvisations they explore the possibilities of contemporary jazz and improvised music. Elements of classical music composed organically alternate with fully improvised sections. This results in an adventurous mix of inspirational sources such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, Billy Strayhorn and Maurice Ravel.
"Downright refreshing is the set of alto saxophonist Mo van der Does and guitarist Gijs Idema. Van der Does is one of the greatest talents of the moment and plays repertoire from his recently released CD 'Common Myths'. (...) For this duo with Idema, he has stripped the pieces down to the bone and also demonstrates a certain conciseness in his improvisations. With Van der Does his pure tone and tasteful ideas form a beautiful musical whole." JazzEnzo Magazine
The Joris Ivensplein is located on Haveneiland West behind the shopping center on the IJburglaan and is surrounded by the Johan van der Keukenstraat, Eric Salomonstraat and Daguerrestraat. Haveneiland West is the largest neighborhood in IJburg. The watery character of the island is reinforced by the two canals. The choice was made for urban construction with a view of the IJmeer.