alto saxophone, bass clarinets, composition

Man Bites Dog

Damien Cluzel - guitar
Mark Haanstra - bass guitar
Emmanuel Scarpa - drums
Tobias Klein - bass clarinet, alto saxophone

We started this band in 1994, first in order to play heavy-metal versions of Ornette Coleman tunes. Later our own stuff. Until 2002 Bernt Nellen played the drums, then Emmanuel Scarpa joined the band. In 2001 we did a tour with as guest tenorsax and clarinet player Chris Speed. From 2003 on MBD played as a quartet, with bass guitarist Mark Haanstra. Later, singer Sylvia de Hartog joined as a guest for some tracks. In 2004, MBD collaborated with Amsterdam Klezmer Band, performing as a 10-piece band.

CDs (on Trytone,
Man Bites Dog (1998)
Hot Mule Bait (2001)
Okno (2004)
Man Bites Dog Eats Amsterdam Klezmer Band (2004)


'... comes as close as possible to the cutting edge of modern jazz without falling off. It largely avoids the self-consciousness that weighs so heavily on the music of likeminded groups; it is serious without being dull, fun without being trite, earnest without being amateurish. Because the musicians build on a robust base of influences and do so intelligently, there are touchstones galore for listeners from across the music spectrum: rock, jazz, world, contemporary classical (another amusing little paradox), and even punk and ska.
E.J. Iannelli, All About Jazz

"...since ten years one of the absolute highlights of the Amsterdam jazzscene..."
Edo Dijksterhuis, 6/5/2004, NRC Handelsblad