Five Seasons – New project

This project was started by Maryana Golovchenko. After she contacted me, we started working mainly on traditional melodies from Ukraine -where she comes from-, related to the seasons calendar. Soon after, Cengiz Arslanpay would join us with his modular synths and countless flutes. I add my eccentric cello playing to this trio with a mix of folk and experimental music.

Here the version of Grey Geese with guest Geerte de Koe on violin. It was recorded in Grote Kerk in Den Haag. During the commemoration of the remembrance day, 4th of May.

And here a more psychedelic approach to another traditional melody

Ayman Sandok – edit
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Oude en Nieuw – Muziekgebouw

The ensemble Asko-Schoenberg organized quite an eclectic new year eve. A mix of contemporary music, jazz, pop, and a final DJ in the Muziekgebouw – produced together with the Bimhuis-.

The line up included the Asko-Schoenberg ensemble, the trio Janssen-Glerum-Janssen, Loes Haverkort & LOUIS V, David Kweksilber, and we participated with the AMOK septet.

It was great night!

With: Tijn Wybenga composities & keys, Alistair Payne trompet, Kika Sprangers sax, George Dumitriu altviool, Pau Sola cello, Alessandro Fongaro bas, Alex Brajkovic drums

New Generation NTR – Tijn Wybenga

Thanks to Tijn’s Nieuwe Makers fond, I had the opportunity to collaborate with him and his band AMOK in many occasions the last two years.

NTR, a dutch tv channel (I think…) did an episode of New generation with him in dialogue with Martin Fondse. In that episode, we recorded some new tunes by Tijn with the AMOK orchestra.

Here the full concert (starting in a duo by me and Angelo Boltinin on electronics)

And here the episode:

With: Kika Sprangers sax, Alistair Payne trumpet, Federico Calcagno clarinet/bass clarinet, Salvoandrea Lucifora trombone, Luka Batista guitar, Freek Mulder bass, Tom Pritchard vibraphone, Felix Back keys, Margot Kolodziej violin, Pablo Rodriguez violin, Annemarie Hensens viola, Pau Sola cello, Angelo Boltini live electronics, Alex Brajkovic drums, Tijn Wybenga conductor

Laura Polence at Holysloot

That November I had the pleasure to play with Laura Polence’s quartet. Laura is an amazing Latvian singer and composer, I really love her music, fun, exciting, with a lot of humor and freedom. Holysloot is a very small village on the middle of the waterlands in the north of Amsterdam, really recommend to have a cycle ride to there!

Laura’s music with animation by Michael Landau. (I’m not on the recording)

With: Laura Polence (composition and voice), Lennart Heyndels (Bass), Onno Govaert (drums)

Trash Panda at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

I had the honor to sub on a Trash Panda concert. I’m a great fan of the group, and I was really happy that they asked me to play. We played “Smart Alienation”, an amazing crazy piece by Igor C Silva. Here you can see the piece recorded by the original members of the Ensemble.

It was a great event, the Composer’s Dinner, that every year is organized at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. People brings their own food to share, and during the whole evening there are small acts with the last music composed/improvised on the Netherlands. A great concept.

Liquid Identities at the Bimhuis

Liquid Identities, the band started by Federico Calcagno is getting stronger and more stable. We had the opportunity to perform twice at the Bimhuis during the last months.

The first time was with the Keep an Eye international competition, where Liquid Identities got the second prize. It was a nice evening with beautiful people from all over Europe and US.

The second time was with the cycle Rough Diamonds, a cycle where the Bimhuis gives the opportunity to give a concert to 8 different bands of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Listen here to a fragment of the concert:

With Federico Calcagno on clarinets – José Soares on alto saxophone – Adrian Moncada on piano – Nick Thessalonikefs on drums – and myself on cello.

Tijn Wybenga and AM.OK at the Bimhuis

I was really happy to be part of this Amsterdam Modern Orkest with Tijn. Since the end of the bubble project last August, Tijn started working on a concert with a bigger orkestra that had to be presented at the bimhuis.

It was a great team of international really young players. I’m really glad to be part of them: Tijn Wybenga conductor, Alistair Payne trumpet, Kika Sprangers sax, Odei Al Magut trombon, Federico Calcagno bassclarinet, Andre Lima violin, Pablo Rodriguez violin, George Dumitriu altviolin, Pau Sola cello, Angelo Boltini live electronics, Felix Back synthesizers, Vuma Levin guitar, Allesandro Fongaro contrabass / bassguitar, Alex Brajcovic drums, Ruven Ruppik percussion.

You can listen to the whole live concert in the Bimhuis radio!

Silence in De Oude Kerk

Every first friday of the month at 8 o’clock in the morning, inside de Oude Kerk there is a very special concert. The cycle “Silence”, organized and programed by Jacob Lekkerkerker, is based on the idea of introspection, exploration, and experience.

The last concerts “Silence” has been arranged around the “instrument of troubled dreams” an instrument designed by the sound artists Cardiff and Miller. The instrument is an amazing sampler organ (mellotron), with field recordings, text readings and instrument samples that are spread through the whole church.

I participated in the last 2 concerts of this cycle. Silence #18 with Kaspar Kröner (countertenor), Margarida Sampaio (recorder), Oene Van Geel (viola), Gareth Davis (bass clarinet), and Jacob Lekkerkerker (mellotron) playing Sweelinck, Pärt and improvisations. And Silence #19 with Gareth Davis (bass clarinet), Carole Reis (organ) and Jacob Lekkerkerker (mellotron) playing two pieces by Alvin Lucier.

With Harald Austbø at the Bimhuis

Harald Austbø presenting his solo album “Ontwaak” for the Cello Biennale at the Bimhuis. He originally recorded this album overdubbing himself, but did the presentation with the band. I was really happy to play as a guest with this amazing quartet. Jasper Stadhouders on guitar, Frank Rosaly on drums and Ernst Glerum on bass.

This concert was dedicated to Boris. The son of Harald that was born just two days before this moment, creating many crazy situations around what was a great concert with a full Bimhuis.

Don’t miss the album!

Philipp Rüttgers Twists Of H.C. Andersen’s Untaped Fairy Tales

Every year the North Sea Jazz Festival commissions a promising Dutch jazz composer to write a free composition. In 2018, the honour goes to pianist and composer Philipp Rüttgers.

The result is an amazing album, full of colors, crazy rhythms and beautiful melodies. I really like the music (originally recorded by Jörg Brinkmann on cello) , and I had the pleasure to play with them on the So what’s next? festival in Eindhoven. We will play again on April in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Nijmegen.

With Philipp Rüttgers on piano and compositions – Heidi Heidelberg on voice and guitar – Oene van Geel on viola – Yonga Sun on drums and electronics – Myself on cello.