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Belonging

Anette von Eichel

Belonging

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Format: CD
Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917143522
Catnr: DMCHR 71435
Release date: 22 September 2023
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Double Moon Records
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0608917143522
Catalogue number
DMCHR 71435
Release date
22 September 2023

"... Her voice has many colors, is transparent, mobile and always full of feeling..."

Jazzthing, 23-8-2023
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The English term “belonging” naturally raises the question of family origin, of parents, grandparents and siblings on the one hand. But on the other hand, there is also an “affiliation” in which life partners, friends, own children, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances, etc. can play just as much a role as the social or political environment in the broader sense. This kind of belonging can perhaps best be described as “identity”. In the social sciences, however, this is no longer understood as something fixed and unchanging, but rather as a continuous process of self-discovery, which becomes a production site for inner and outer categories and criteria, with which one's own self can be formed and assembled again and again.

The Cologne singer Anette von Eichel also thought of this when she chose “Belonging” as the title for the second record with her quartet. The nine songs often deal with topics such as belonging, origin, identity, departure, arrival, etc. The lyrics of the Elton John classic "Rocket Man" (one of two pieces on this record that was not composed and written by Eichel ; the other is the jazz standard "A Time For Love") is an example of this. An astronaut is sent into space to find a new home for humanity. He is celebrated as a hero on Earth, but he has doubts during the long journey about the correctness of his actions. In general, he would much rather be at home on Earth; especially when he reaches his destination, Mars, and realizes that this inhospitable planet is not an attractive and livable place for humanity.

The quartet with von Eichel. Sebastian Sternal (piano), Henning Sieverts (bass) and Jonas Burgwinkel (drums),has been around for more than two years when the singer recruited them for the production of “Inner Tide”. They have been on tour and have rehearsed new pieces together since then. As a result, they have grown increasingly closer and have a feeling belonging to each other; in the process, they have found a new meaning for “belonging”. Of course, this had an effect on the atmosphere in the studio, where they were relaxed, friendly and laid-back with each other. At the same time, the recording of the songs was completely focused on the setting of the music. This contributed to the fact that the songs could also expand stylistically and aesthetically in the direction of rock, singer/songwriter or pop styles – of course with jazz as the basis, which combines tradition and modernity.

When von Eichel composes her own songs, she first writes the lyrics. On the one hand, she does this because the text leads them easily into the music. On the other hand, this kind of creative work makes it possible for her to leave her comfort zone and compose a piece of music without clichés and conventions. Only in this way does Eichel get the greatest possible freedom to let a song as a whole grow out of the respective lyrics. “Through the lyrics, for example, I have the opportunity to imagine at an early stage what color the harmonics will be, and what rhythms and what form could result from this,” von Eichel explained this process. “I believe that music has its own will, and if it doesn't like an idea, it resists it. For example, 'Tree Of Life‘ was previously available in many different versions until it then took the form that can now be heard on the new record.”

It is a testimony of great self-awareness that von Eichel starts “Belonging” with a ballad, “Let’s Go Slow”, which becomes the feature number for her and her quartet – with a rhythm group that sketches the harmonic and rhythmic space with a few tones and accents, with on-cue pauses that break up the metric flow again and again and put the harmonic foundation under tension per se, with a Sebastian Sternal who plays a quiet, a thoughtful and withdrawn piano solo, and with an Anette von Eichel who knows how to put this ballad into a loose frame with her equally emotional and eloquent phrasing art.

It perhaps testifies to even greater self-confidence that the singer ends her album with a piece that is actually quite atypical for her. Because von Eichel no longer only sings, but also speaks in “After The Storm”, this piece becomes an exegesis, which rebalances the text through the constant alternating of singing and speaking and tries to interpret it differently. By the way, the text is a variation on the subject of Doctor Faustus.
Ins Deutsche übersetzt bedeutet das englische „Belonging“ schlicht „Zugehörigkeit“. Zum einen stellt dieser Begriff natürlich die Frage nach der familiären Herkunft, nach den Eltern, Großeltern und Geschwistern. Aber es gibt auch eine „Zugehörigkeit“, bei der Lebenspartner/-in, Freund/-innen, eigene Kinder, Kolleg/-innen, Nachbar/-innen, Bekannte usw. ebenso eine Rolle spielen können wie das gesellschaftliche oder politische Umfeld im erweiterten Sinn. Diese Art der Zugehörigkeit lässt sich vielleicht am ehesten als „Identität“ beschreiben. In den Sozialwissenschaften versteht man darunter aber längst nicht mehr etwas Festgefügtes und Unabänderliches, sondern einen kontinuierlichen Prozess der Selbstfindung, der zur Produktionsstätte wird für innere und äußere Kategorien und Kriterien, mit denen das eigene Ich immer wieder neu herausgebildet und zusammengesetzt werden kann.
Daran hat die Kölner Sängerin Anette von Eichel auch gedacht, als sie sich für „Belonging“ als Titel für die zweite Platte mit ihrem Quartett entschieden hat. Die neun Songs behandeln oftmals Themen wie Zugehörigkeit, Herkunft, Identität, Aufbruch, Ankommen usw. usf. Der Text des Elton-John-Klassikers „Rocket Man“ (eines von zwei Stücken auf dieser Platte, das von Eichel nicht komponiert und getextet hat; das andere ist der Jazzstandard „A Time For Love“) ist ein Beispiel dafür. Ein Astronaut wird ins Weltall geschickt, um für die Menschheit eine neue Heimat zu finden. Auf der Erde wird er als Held gefeiert, während der langen Reise kommen ihm aber Zweifel an der Richtigkeit seines Tuns. Überhaupt wäre er viel lieber zu Hause auf der Erde; vor allem dann, als er sein Ziel, den Mars, erreicht und feststellen muss, dass dieser unwirtliche Planet kein lebenswerter Ort für die Menschheit ist.



Das Quartett mit von Eichel, Sebastian Sternal (Piano), Henning Sieverts (Bass) und Jonas Burgwinkel (Drums) gibt es seit gut zwei Jahren, als es die Sängerin für die Produktion von „Inner Tide“ zusammengestellt hat. Seitdem ist man zusammen auf Tournee gewesen und hat gemeinsam neue Stücke geprobt. Man ist dadurch immer enger zusammengewachsen und fühlt sich einander zugehörig; und hat damit eine neue Bedeutung für „Belonging“ gefunden. Das hat sich natürlich auf die Atmosphäre im Studio ausgewirkt, wo man gelassen, freundschaftlich und entspannt miteinander umging. Gleichzeitig war man bei den Aufnahmen der Songs ganz auf das Setting der Musik fokussiert. Das hat dazu beigetragen, dass sich die Songs stilistisch und ästhetisch durchaus auch in Richtung Rock, Singer/Songwriter oder Pop weiten konnten – mit Jazz als Basis natürlich, der Tradition und Moderne verbindet.
Wenn von Eichel eigene Lieder komponiert, schreibt sie zuerst die Lyrics. Zum einen, weil der Text sie leicht in die Musik hineinführt. Zum anderen, weil diese Art des kreativen Arbeitens es ihr möglich macht, ihre Komfortzone zu verlassen und ein Stück Musik ganz ohne Klischees und Konventionen zu schreiben. Erst dadurch bekommt von Eichel die größtmögliche Freiheit, um den Song als Ganzes aus dem jeweiligen Liedtext erwachsen zu lassen. „Über die Lyrics habe ich beispielsweise schon früh die Möglichkeit mir vorzustellen, welche Farbe die Harmonik haben wird – und was für Rhythmen und welche Form sich daraus ergeben können“, erläutert von Eichel diesen Prozess. „Ich glaube, dass Musik ihren eigenen Willen hat – und wenn ihr eine Idee nicht passt, sie sich dagegen wehrt. ,Tree Of Life‘ zum Beispiel gab es zuvor in vielen verschiedenen Fassungen, bis es dann die Form bekommen hat, wie sie jetzt auf der neuen Platte zu hören ist.“
Es zeugt von großem Selbstbewusstsein, dass von Eichel „Belonging“ mit einer Ballade, „Let‘s Go Slow“, beginnen lässt, die zur Feature-Nummer für sie und ihr Quartett wird – mit einer Rhythmusgruppe, die mit wenigen Tönen und Akzenten den harmonischen und rhythmischen Raum skizziert, mit On-Cue-Pausen, die den metrischen Flow immer wieder aufbrechen und das harmonische Fundament per se unter Spannung setzen, mit einem Sebastian Sternal, der ein leises, ein bedächtiges und zurückgenommenes Klaviersolo spielt, und mit einer Anette von Eichel, die mit ihrer gleichermaßen emotionalen wie eloquenten Phrasierungskunst diese Ballade in einen losen Rahmen zu setzen versteht.
Es zeugt vielleicht von noch größerem Selbstbewusstsein, dass die Sängerin ihr Album mit einem Stück enden lässt, das eigentlich ganz untypisch ist für sie. Weil von Eichel in „After The Storm“ nicht mehr nur singt, sondern auch spricht, wird dieses Stück zu einer Exegese, die durch den steten Wechsel von Gesang und Sprechstimme den Text neu gewichtet und anders zu deuten versucht – der Text ist übrigens eine Variation über das Thema Doktor Faustus.


Artist(s)

Anette von Eichel (vocals)

„… modern Jazz vocal artistry!“ Jazzthing, October 2012 Music is a language, Jazz one of its idiom, and the voice its first instrument. The voice draws brigdes between musical texture and lyric, is taking the word dialogue seriously and who ever sings should have something to say. Anette von Eichel’s voice is a natural beauty, extraordinary and unique in many aspects: low and guttural, warm, powerful and to the point, in the higher range clear and always transparent. Two other striking qualities of Anette von Eichel as a singer and a musician are her way of moving in the interplay of a band and Anette’s personal charme that radiates in her singing and in her performance on stage. Having grown up in the...
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„… modern Jazz vocal artistry!“ Jazzthing, October 2012

Music is a language, Jazz one of its idiom, and the voice its first instrument. The voice draws brigdes between musical texture and lyric, is taking the word dialogue seriously and who ever sings should have something to say. Anette von Eichel’s voice is a natural beauty, extraordinary and unique in many aspects: low and guttural, warm, powerful and to the point, in the higher range clear and always transparent. Two other striking qualities of Anette von Eichel as a singer and a musician are her way of moving in the interplay of a band and Anette’s personal charme that radiates in her singing and in her performance on stage.

Having grown up in the countryside in the north of Hessen Anette von Eichel studied Jazzsinging at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL) from 1994-1998 with a.o. Rachel Gould, Ineke Heijliger, Jeanne Lee and Frans Elsen. She also studied the history of European Expansion at the Rijksuniversiteit in Leiden (NL) from 1995 on. In 1998 Anette did her bachelor’s degree for Jazzsinging, in 2000 followed her bachelor in history and her master degree in Jazzsinging with distinction.

In 2001 Anette published her debut cd „Welcome To My World“ that was welcomed warmly by the critics. Further CD productions and music projects followed that established collaborations with e.g. Jasper Blom, Jonas Burgwinkel, Rainer Böhm, Wolfert Brederode, Hein van de Geyn, John Hollenbeck, Marko Lackner, Robert Landfermann, Florian Ross, Jesse van Ruller, Matthias Schriefl a.o.

With her new project „Golightly“ Anette has published her latest CD in September 2012. In this project she has found a new Dream Band with Florian Ross (hammond), Jesse van Ruller (git), John Hollenbeck (dr) and Jasper Blom (sax, clar). Musical Godmother of the project is Holly Golightly, the heroin of Truman Capote’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s and the way she sees the world. The music is trying to give the listener a sound portrait of Holly’s character.

Anette sees herself as a Jazzsinger and a Jazzmusician. Musically it is important for her to always be in dialogue with her fellow musicians and to taste the dynamics of the music on one level with them. Jazzsinging to her is the interaction of song, poetry and improvisation – always in the energetic exchange with her fellow musicians. Important topics in this respect are the interpretation of music with the means of sound, phrasing, timing, arrangement and improvisation and the everlasting search for the moment of magic that music can give us.

Next to her work as a singer Anette soon recognized her love for teaching singing and Jazzmusic in general. Since 2010 she is Professor for Jazzsinging at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Germany). Before she was offered this position Anette taught at several schools e.g. the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the departments for Jazz at the Musikhochschulen in Cologne and Osnabrück (Germany).
In 2006 Anette moved back to Germany where her current residence is in Cologne. Anette is married and has two daughters.

CD-productions that Anette participated in: 2012 „Golightly“, Anette von Eichel Quintett mit: Florian Ross, Jesse van Ruller, John Hollenbeck und Jasper Blom (Double Moon Records) 2007 „Kauf Dir einen bunten Luftballon“, Deujazz mit: Matthias Schriefl, Robert Landfermann und Jonas Burgwinkel (Blue Concept) 2007 „Ein Fliehendes Pferd“, Filmmusik mit Annette Focks (Normal Records) 2004 „Get Out Now“ Anette von Eichel Band mit: Michael Erian, Jakob Frandsen, Wolfert Brederode, Jens Loh und Thorten Grau (Double Moon Records) 2001 „Welcome To My World“, Anette von Eichel Band mit: Michael Erian, Matthias Bergmann, Jakob Frandsen, Wolfert Brederode, Jens Loh, Thorsten Grau und Hein van de Geyn (AVE 2001) 1998 „Focus on Vocals“, Bundesjugendjazzorchester u.L.v. Peter Herbolzheimer (Mons Records)


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Jonas Burgwinkel (drums)

He studied drums at music colleges in Cologne, Boston and Maastricht with Michael Küttner, Ralph Peterson and Jamey Haddad. He was awarded the reknown „ECHO JAZZ“ 2012 as best drummer „BEST SOLOIST AWARD“ on the European Jazz Competition at the North Sea Jazzfestival , the prestigous „WDR JAZZPREIS“ and „SWR JAZZPREIS“ in Germany and the Dutch „TRITONE AWARD“  among others. The press refers to him often as one of the leading young percussion players of the European Jazzscene. Burgwinkel also holds the drum Professor chair at the reknown “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln”. During his young career he has already recorded over 50 jazz albums and toured worldwide in numerous different settings with artists like John Scofield, Chris Potter,...
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He studied drums at music colleges in Cologne, Boston and Maastricht with Michael Küttner, Ralph Peterson and Jamey Haddad. He was awarded the reknown „ECHO JAZZ“ 2012 as best drummer „BEST SOLOIST AWARD“ on the European Jazz Competition at the North Sea Jazzfestival , the prestigous „WDR JAZZPREIS“ and „SWR JAZZPREIS“ in Germany and the Dutch „TRITONE AWARD“ among others. The press refers to him often as one of the leading young percussion players of the European Jazzscene. Burgwinkel also holds the drum Professor chair at the reknown “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln”. During his young career he has already recorded over 50 jazz albums and toured worldwide in numerous different settings with artists like John Scofield, Chris Potter, Mark Murphy, Lee Konitz, Uri Caine, John Taylor, Till Brönner, Chris Speed, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Nils Wogram or Dave Liebman.

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Sebastian Sternal (piano)

Twenty-five year old Sebastian Sternal from Mainz learned to play classical piano when he was six and was already awarded his first prize in his Palatine homeland when he was 12. He was the prizewinner of 'Young People Jazzing' twice, and another distinction followed as first-place winner in the contest 'Young People Compose'. He was a member of the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and studied jazz piano at Cologne Music College under John Taylor and Hubert Nuss. Sebastian has composed film music and is a member of several ensembles. 'One' of these – and his most important – is the Sebastian Sternal Trio. The trio has been together for seven years and plays original compositions by Sternal. One song is by...
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Twenty-five year old Sebastian Sternal from Mainz learned to play classical piano when he was six and was already awarded his first prize in his Palatine homeland when he was 12. He was the prizewinner of "Young People Jazzing" twice, and another distinction followed as first-place winner in the contest "Young People Compose". He was a member of the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and studied jazz piano at Cologne Music College under John Taylor and Hubert Nuss.
Sebastian has composed film music and is a member of several ensembles. "One" of these – and his most important – is the Sebastian Sternal Trio. The trio has been together for seven years and plays original compositions by Sternal. One song is by the bassist Sebastian Klose, who also graduated together with drummer Axel Pape and both with excellent grades as a music majors from the University of Mainz. Both play in numerous bands and are musicians much in demand. The trio was already named state winner at their first public performance in the Hessian state contest "Young People Jazzing" in 2002. In 2003, the musicians were awarded a special prize at the "German Encounter of Young People Jazzing". Following one year of studies in Paris, Sebastian Sternal has lived in Cologne for the past year. In 2007, he was distinguished with the renowned "WDR Jazz Prize" for his outstanding skills in the area of improvisation.

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Composer(s)

Anette von Eichel (vocals)

„… modern Jazz vocal artistry!“ Jazzthing, October 2012 Music is a language, Jazz one of its idiom, and the voice its first instrument. The voice draws brigdes between musical texture and lyric, is taking the word dialogue seriously and who ever sings should have something to say. Anette von Eichel’s voice is a natural beauty, extraordinary and unique in many aspects: low and guttural, warm, powerful and to the point, in the higher range clear and always transparent. Two other striking qualities of Anette von Eichel as a singer and a musician are her way of moving in the interplay of a band and Anette’s personal charme that radiates in her singing and in her performance on stage. Having grown up in the...
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„… modern Jazz vocal artistry!“ Jazzthing, October 2012

Music is a language, Jazz one of its idiom, and the voice its first instrument. The voice draws brigdes between musical texture and lyric, is taking the word dialogue seriously and who ever sings should have something to say. Anette von Eichel’s voice is a natural beauty, extraordinary and unique in many aspects: low and guttural, warm, powerful and to the point, in the higher range clear and always transparent. Two other striking qualities of Anette von Eichel as a singer and a musician are her way of moving in the interplay of a band and Anette’s personal charme that radiates in her singing and in her performance on stage.

Having grown up in the countryside in the north of Hessen Anette von Eichel studied Jazzsinging at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL) from 1994-1998 with a.o. Rachel Gould, Ineke Heijliger, Jeanne Lee and Frans Elsen. She also studied the history of European Expansion at the Rijksuniversiteit in Leiden (NL) from 1995 on. In 1998 Anette did her bachelor’s degree for Jazzsinging, in 2000 followed her bachelor in history and her master degree in Jazzsinging with distinction.

In 2001 Anette published her debut cd „Welcome To My World“ that was welcomed warmly by the critics. Further CD productions and music projects followed that established collaborations with e.g. Jasper Blom, Jonas Burgwinkel, Rainer Böhm, Wolfert Brederode, Hein van de Geyn, John Hollenbeck, Marko Lackner, Robert Landfermann, Florian Ross, Jesse van Ruller, Matthias Schriefl a.o.

With her new project „Golightly“ Anette has published her latest CD in September 2012. In this project she has found a new Dream Band with Florian Ross (hammond), Jesse van Ruller (git), John Hollenbeck (dr) and Jasper Blom (sax, clar). Musical Godmother of the project is Holly Golightly, the heroin of Truman Capote’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s and the way she sees the world. The music is trying to give the listener a sound portrait of Holly’s character.

Anette sees herself as a Jazzsinger and a Jazzmusician. Musically it is important for her to always be in dialogue with her fellow musicians and to taste the dynamics of the music on one level with them. Jazzsinging to her is the interaction of song, poetry and improvisation – always in the energetic exchange with her fellow musicians. Important topics in this respect are the interpretation of music with the means of sound, phrasing, timing, arrangement and improvisation and the everlasting search for the moment of magic that music can give us.

Next to her work as a singer Anette soon recognized her love for teaching singing and Jazzmusic in general. Since 2010 she is Professor for Jazzsinging at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Germany). Before she was offered this position Anette taught at several schools e.g. the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the departments for Jazz at the Musikhochschulen in Cologne and Osnabrück (Germany).
In 2006 Anette moved back to Germany where her current residence is in Cologne. Anette is married and has two daughters.

CD-productions that Anette participated in: 2012 „Golightly“, Anette von Eichel Quintett mit: Florian Ross, Jesse van Ruller, John Hollenbeck und Jasper Blom (Double Moon Records) 2007 „Kauf Dir einen bunten Luftballon“, Deujazz mit: Matthias Schriefl, Robert Landfermann und Jonas Burgwinkel (Blue Concept) 2007 „Ein Fliehendes Pferd“, Filmmusik mit Annette Focks (Normal Records) 2004 „Get Out Now“ Anette von Eichel Band mit: Michael Erian, Jakob Frandsen, Wolfert Brederode, Jens Loh und Thorten Grau (Double Moon Records) 2001 „Welcome To My World“, Anette von Eichel Band mit: Michael Erian, Matthias Bergmann, Jakob Frandsen, Wolfert Brederode, Jens Loh, Thorsten Grau und Hein van de Geyn (AVE 2001) 1998 „Focus on Vocals“, Bundesjugendjazzorchester u.L.v. Peter Herbolzheimer (Mons Records)


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Press

... Her voice has many colors, is transparent, mobile and always full of feeling...
Jazzthing, 23-8-2023

... Anette von Eichel is a great composer, but also a lyricist. Once again, she has written and composed a fine collection...
sk.jazz.sk, 15-1-2024

... Burning Bridges" already sets a different tone, and is very lively, rhythmically going beyond the framework of pure jazz, including a light funk and groove, with a fine bass solo. ...
musikansich, 12-12-2023

Strikingly independent, singer ANETTE VON EICHEL intones her mostly own titles, supported and carried by three big names of the German jazz scene (Sternal,p, Sieverts,b, Burgwinkel,dr) who give "Belonging" a very special, additional tension through their sparse (positively holey!) implementation of the rhythms in ballads and tempo.
NaDann, 28-9-2023

... Let yourself go and join us on this great musical journey.
Stadtgarten, 28-9-2023

... The polished accompaniment is mostly gentle and restrained, which helps to focus primarily on the musical vocal lines and original lyrics...
jazzfun, 26-9-2023

... The program includes seven original compositions as well as an interesting arrangement of the Elton John classic "Rocket Man"...
Inmusic, 01-9-2023

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