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Monasteria
Aart Strootman

Stadhouders & Strootman

Monasteria

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Buzz
UPC: 0608917611625
Catnr: ZZ 76116
Release date: 01 February 2015
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Label
Buzz
UPC
0608917611625
Catalogue number
ZZ 76116
Release date
01 February 2015

""Monasteria is with its seventeen tracks an extremely glorious and atmospheric album that everyone who falls for the sound of a guitar will delight you.""

Klassieke Zaken, 01-6-2015
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About the album

Stadhouders & Strootman is a co-operation between Bram Stadhouders, one of the most promising jazz guitarists of the Netherlands and Aart Strootman, classial music pionier on guitar.

Endless improvisation, composing and sharing of thoughts has resulted in a very special duo and a mix of classical and jazz on two acoustic guitars.

The album was recorded in the south of the Netherlands in a old, abandoned monastery. The peace and quiet, and spiritual atmosphere has contributed to the quality of the music.

Stadhouders & Strootman is de samenwerking tussen een van de meest veelbelovende improvisatoren/gitaristen van Nederland, Bram Stadhouders en de hedendaagse muziekpionier Aart Strootman.

De nieuwsgierigheid naar elkaars concerten begon al vroeg. Terwijl Stadhouders zich ontwikkelde als experimenteel jazz gitarist deed Strootman onderzoek naar de nieuwste noten voor de klassieke gitaar. Jaren later besluiten ze de thuishaven van hun genre te verlaten. Eindeloos improviseren, gezamenlijk componeren en het delen van muziek en gedachtes heeft gezorgd voor een ongeëvenaard duo.

De muziek zweeft ergens tussen improvisatie, minimal music en het gecomponeerde klassiek gitaar repertoire (terwijl niets is uitgeschreven). Alles gebeurt in het moment, interactie is de sleutel.

Op een zonovergoten dag in het zuiden van Nederland kwamen Stadhouders & Strootman bijeen in een zeer tot de verbeelding sprekend, verlaten klooster om hun eerste cd Monasteria op te nemen. Ze werden omgeven door vogels, stilte en de religieuze geschiedenis. Een prachtige opname is het resultaat: wie deze muziek hoort voelt zich alsof hij in een warm en weldadig bad stapt! Zo goed kan muziek gespeeld op twee klassieke gitaren dus klinken, wanneer deze wordt uitgevoerd door twee van de meest interessante gitaristen van Nederland.


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Concerten februari 2015:
  • Het presentatieconcert van de cd 'Monasteria' in Paradox in Tilburg op 1 februari (N.B.het concert vindt plaats in de Synagoge, tegenover Paradox, naast het Helga Deen Park!) om 15.30 uur (zaal open vanaf 15.00 uur)
  • Tevens is er een tweede concert in Den Haag op zondag 8 februari, in 330live, om 16:00 (zaal open om 15:00) op de Prinsestraat
Website Stadhouders & Strootman: www.strootstad.nl
Auf dieser Aufnahme treffen einer der vielversprechendsten Jazzgitarristen der Niederlande und ein Pionier des klassischen Gitarrenspiels zusammen. Ihr nicht enden wollendes gemeinsames Improvisieren, Komponieren und Gedanken austauschen hat schließlich zu diesem ganz besonderen Duo und ihrem individuellen Mix aus Klassik und Jazz auf zwei akustischen Gitarren geführt. Ihr Album wurde im Süden der Niederlande in einem alten, verlassenen Kloster aufgenommen, und die Ruhe, die Friedlichkeit und die besinnliche Atmosphäre dieses Ortes hat ihren Teil nicht nur zum Titel, sondern vor allem zur Qualität der Musik beigetragen.

Artist(s)

Bram Stadhouders

Bram's relentless search for unknown territory and new destinations began in 2007 with his first album Tonelist, followed by 12 other albums (5 releases on Challenge Records). At 18 he was selected for the prestigious Young VIP tour. At the age of 26, he was the youngest composer ever to receive the annual North Sea Jazz Composition Commission. Not long after, he received carte blanche from the BIMhuis, for which he wrote the successful Cantata for tenor voice, guitar and live electronics.  Bram's playing is influenced by (natural) landscapes, visual arts, ambient and global music, always exploring the boundary between improvisation and composition. Trained as a jazz guitarist, he often seeks metamorphosis with electronics and classical music. With each new project...
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Bram's relentless search for unknown territory and new destinations began in 2007 with his first album Tonelist, followed by 12 other albums (5 releases on Challenge Records). At 18 he was selected for the prestigious Young VIP tour. At the age of 26, he was the youngest composer ever to receive the annual North Sea Jazz Composition Commission. Not long after, he received carte blanche from the BIMhuis, for which he wrote the successful Cantata for tenor voice, guitar and live electronics.

Bram's playing is influenced by (natural) landscapes, visual arts, ambient and global music, always exploring the boundary between improvisation and composition. Trained as a jazz guitarist, he often seeks metamorphosis with electronics and classical music. With each new project he tries to challenge himself again. Bram is part of the trio Under the surface (with singer Sanne Rambags and drummer Joost Lijbaart) and is currently working on three major projects: A collaboration with the enigmatic Berlin neo-classical pianist Lambert. The further development of Orbit, an immersive surround sound experience with 8 Ambisonics speakers and special guests (including Nils Petter Molvaer and Remy van Kesteren at So What's Next? festival). And Suite X: a 9-part work inspired by baroque music in collaboration with the Belgian out-of-the-box thinking baroque ensemble B.O.X.

Apart from Holland's neighboring countries, Bram has performed in Mali, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Bolivia, Peru, Tadzjikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, India, China, South-Korea, North America, Canada, Norway, Poland, Germany, Russia, Israel, Spain, Turkey, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria.

He has collaborated with artists like: Onno Govaert, Eric Vloeimans, Jim Black, Sidsel Endresen, Terje Isungset, Arve Henriksen, Wolfert Brederode, Karl Seglem, Thomas Strønen, Grzech Piotrowski, Sainkho Namtchylak, Sinikka Langeland, Per Oddvar Johansen, Ruth Wilhelime Meyer, Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Koenraad Ecker, Gulli Gudmundsson, Skuli Sverisson, Theodossi Spassov, Marcin Wasilewski, Bulgarian choir Angelite, Harmen Fraanje, Jeroen van Vliet, Eric van der Westen, Sanne van Hek, Haytham Safia, Wouter Jaspers, Laïs, Noel Redding (bassist from Jim Hendrix), Nelson Veras, Hein van de Geyn, Matthieu Chazarenc, Staplerfahrer, Spinvis, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, and much more.

“His composition with the barrel organ was not only fascinating, but also sounded wonderful. It attracted a lot of audience.”— Michelle Kuypers, North Sea Jazz Festival “The result is breathtakingly beautiful. Very unique how classical vocals and impro-jazz come together here. **** 4 stars, 23-09-2015. About Henosis.” — Gijsbert Kamer, Volkskrant

“The guitarist claims a unique place in the music world for himself with this project” — Jan Jasper Tamboer, Parool
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"Monasteria is with its seventeen tracks an extremely glorious and atmospheric album that everyone who falls for the sound of a guitar will delight you."
Klassieke Zaken, 01-6-2015

4/5 stars
Lapsus, 11-5-2015

"Very strong is the organic and responsive manner in which the limits of an idea is explored and shifted and how the tonality is streched of even left." 
NRC Handelsblad, 04-5-2015

A perfect mix out of improvisation, minimalism and classical styles of playing. Excellent!
Jazzpodium, 30-3-2015

"It arouses without a doubt desire to see the gentlemen in real life."   
Jazzism, 16-3-2015

"Hallreiche Ambiente für eine ganz eigene Atmosphäre." 
Concerto, 15-2-2015

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