British drummer Bill Bruford and Dutch keyboard master Michiel Borstlap are two of the leading lights in progressive improvised music. Since their first meeting at the Music Meeting, Nijmegen Festival in Holland in 2002, the duo have recorded on both CD and DVD, and gone on to play major Festivals and concerts in Japan and Europe.
By the tender age of 27, Bill Bruford’s musical character had already been forged in the fiery furnace of four of the biggest progressive rock groups of the 1970s; Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, and UK. This early success propelled Bill, by nature a restless innovator uncomfortable with the well-worn path, into a fascinating 30-year search for the innovative, the unusual, and the unpredictable with groups such as Bruford, Earthworks, and the Bruford-Borstlap Duo.
Pianist Michiel Borstlap graduated Cum Laude from Hilversum Conservatory in 1992. He has had his music recorded by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and has released eight albums, including ‘Every Step a Dance, Every Word A Song’, and the DVD ‘In Concert In Holland’ with Bill. He may appear one day in a duo improvising instant compositions with Bruford, the next in a trio with with Jeff 'Tain' Watts on drums, and a third day behind his Yamaha grand improvising over techno and house beats with the group Soulvation.
‘In Two Minds’, the second CD to come from this pairing of fine musicians, will no doubt be hugely anticipated by the large and dedicated fan base built up by these two artists in addition to their own separate respective fan bases who have witnessed them in concert since the duo’s first formal collaboration back in 2002. Recorded in 2007, ‘In Two Minds’ features eleven intimate and conversational tracks of new, original material, and a stand-out reading of the Miles Davis classic ‘All Blues’. Released on the Summerfold imprint, the Bruford- Borstlap Duo will again be playing selected live dates in the run up to the release of this album, including their London debut at the London Jazz Festival on 24th November 2007.