""Evensong is a great CD, created for music lovers of all ages and all denominations""Luister, 03-10-2013
Eric Vloeimans (Huizen, 1963) is an improvising trumpeter and composer who regards the term ‘jazz’ as too limiting to describe his music. His work is characterized by melodic and lyrical power, and a distinctive, individual sound that is called velvety or whispering in the more subdued pieces.
Between 1982 and 1988, Vloeimans studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory; classical trumpet at first, later the jazz course. In 1989 he takes lessons in the US with Donald Byrd and forms part of the big bands of Frank Foster and Mercer Ellington.
In the early Nineties Vloeimans is regarded as a member of a younger generation of musicians who combine bebop with influences from rock and free improvisation, such as Michiel Borstlap, Benjamin Herman and Yuri Honing, with whom he works in the Michiel Borstlap Sextet. Between 1992 and 1998, he leads his own quartet with guitarist Anton Goudsmit, bassist Arnold Dooyeweerd and drummer Pieter Bast, with whom he records the CD’s No Realistics, First Floor and Bestiarium.
In 1998, the Edison-winning Bitches and Fairy Tales is released, recorded with pianist John Taylor, bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joey Baron. Taylor is also featured on Umai from 2000. In 2001, Vloeimans wins the Boy Edgar Prize, and in 2001 the Bird Award of the North Sea Jazz Festival.
The CD’s VoizNoiz 3 (with Michel Banabila, 2003), Summersault (with Fugimundi, 2006) and Gatecrashin’ (with Gatecrash, 2007) are also awarded Edison Awards.
From 2006/2007 Eric Vloeimans is active with two much-praised formations: the chamber jazz trio Fugimundi (Anton Goudsmit guitar, Harmen Fraanje piano) and the electric band Gatecrash, in which rock and funk elements can be traced (Jeroen van Vliet keyboards, Gulli Gudmundsson bass, Jasper van Hulten drums). With the latter group, he employs electronic effects in his trumpet playing for the first time.
In addition, he continues to develop other projects, such as the band Oliver’s Cinema with accordion
player Tuur Florizoone and cellist Jörg Brinkmann, and a duo with pianist Florian Weber, which releases Live at the Concertgebouw in 2011.
His broad range of interests has led Vloeimans to collaborate with artists from other musical worlds. In the pop music area, these include Fay Lovsky, Doe Maar, Spinvis and trumpeter Kyteman (Colin Benders). Kytecrash, the combination of the latter’s hip-hop band and Gatecrash, resulted in successful performances and a CD in 2011.
Where world music is concerned, Vloeimans was involved in projects with flamenco guitarist Eric Vaarzon Morel, Latin pianist Ramon Valle, and the fado-inspired Pessoa of Fernando Lameirinhas.
Vloeimans has performed as a soloist with classical ensembles such as the Matangi Quartet, the Calefax Reed Quintet, the Metropole Orchestra, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, the Holland Baroque Society and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. 2011 saw the premiere of his first trumpet concerto, Evensong, with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, orchestrated by Martin Fondse, and recorded for CD with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is based in Enschede, in the province of Overijssel. Performing at an international level, as evidenced by its highly acclaimed CDs and invitations for international tours, the orchestra is firmly rooted in society.
Jan Willem de Vriend has been its artistic director and chief conductor since 2006. Under De Vriend’s leadership, the orchestra has expanded its repertoire to cover music from four centuries. Its use of period instruments in the Classical repertoire gives the orchestra a distinctive and highly individual character.
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra performs amongst others in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Enschede, Zwolle and Deventer. In addition, it often works with the Dutch National Touring Opera Company. In its home country, the orchestra builds on a rich symphonic tradition, and it is known as one of the most modern and entrepreneurial orchestras in the Netherlands. Its international partners include the BBC Philharmonic and the Liszt School of Music Weimar.
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra has made successful tours of the United States, Spain and England, and it has performed in such famous venues as Carnegie Hall in New York and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Its CDs of the complete Beethoven symphonies (for Challenge Classics) were very well received by the international music press.
Jurjen Hempel studied conducting with David Porcelijn and Kenneth Montgomery at the Utrecht Conservatory. Already during his studies he was invited to assist Edo de Waart, Hans Vonk and David Robertson. On invitation of Seiji Ozawa, he studied in 1994 at the Tanglewood Conducting Class where he worked with Bernard Haitink and Lorin Maazel.
An important recognition of his already distinguished career at that time was when he was finalist and prize-winner at the first Sibelius Conductors Competition in May 1996 in Helsinki.
In 1996 Jurjen Hempel was appointed Assistant Conductor to Valery Gergiev with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Beside Orchestras in the Netherlands he conducts different orchestras abroad like the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the
Tapiola Sinfonietta, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Bochum Sinfoniker and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest with BBC Symphony as well as BBC Scottish.
Important activities in this area was the performance of Richard Strauss’ Salomé for the Gergiev Festival. As a result of this he was invited to conduct Salomé as well at Gergiev’s Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, being the first Dutch conductor ever in the history of this famous theatre. In the spring of 2004 he has conducted the long awaited opera Shadowtime by Brian Ferneyhough at the Munich Biennale. Later to be seen in Paris, London and New York. In august of 2005 he made his debut at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
His reputation as a conductor of contemporary music leads him to work on a regular base with ensembles as London Sinfonietta, the Asko Ensemble, the Nieuw Ensemble, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Schönberg Ensemble, and Orkest de Volharding. He is also Chief-conductor with the Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands.
Jurjen Hempel was appointed as Artistic Director for a period of three years at the Joensuu City Orchestra in Finland, starting January 2013.
Martin Fondse is one of Holland’s most cherished composers. Over the past twenty years Martin Fondse and Eric Vloeimans have been working together frequently.
His prowess as composer allows him to continually break new ground, and combine different styles in his work, establishing a remarkable balance between composition, improvisation, dialogue and personal expression. Fondse mainly composes music for his own projects such as Testimoni, Homelands and Rosefire.
Additionally Fondse composes for internationally acclaimed orchestras and soloists: a.o. Concertgebouw Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, Orquestra Tom Jobim, Cello Biennale 2012, Pat Metheny, Terry Bozzio, Matthew Herbert, Peter Erskine, Basement Jaxx and Lenine.
Next to the piano Martins’ favorite instrument is the vibrandoneon, also described as a baroque version of the melodica.
In 2012 Martin Fondse received the Edison Jazz Award for Testimoni.
"Evensong is a great CD, created for music lovers of all ages and all denominations"
"As in his four-part Evensong, this is a voluminous and enchanting masterpiece that changes from classical to jazz with excitement"
NRC Weekend, 16-7-2013