South African expatriate and reed player Sean Bergin
was part of a fairly large-scale diaspora of musicians from that country who, beginning in the 1960s, migrated to Europe searching both for a freer political climate and a wider range of performance opportunities. Bergin
settled in the Netherlands and quickly began working with many of the most forward-looking jazz musicians on the scene. For his M.O.B. ensemble, he constructed an all-star lineup utilizing many of the members of the wonderful Dutch band the ICP Orchestra
died in Amsterdam in September 2012 at the age of 64.