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Made in Holland - 17 new Dutch Blues
Pianist Marcel Worms started in 1996 inviting composers worldwide to write pieces based on the blues. Until Yet more than 200 new pieces from 50 countries are written for this project.
Around 1996 Marcel Worm's passion for both modern classical music and jazz resulted in a ‘love child’: a crossover between these two genres - modern, composed music with jazz influences. Especially back in the 1920s many composers were bitten by the jazz bug, but the repertory was clearly not really being developed any further. The best way to provide a new impulse was by commissioning composers to write new pieces. Marcel chose the blues as point of departure for these commissions. The blues is one of the foundations of jazz and provides composers with a clear blueprint. He thought this would hugely increase the chance that my request would be carried out. On top of this, the blues and the blues form fascinates him and by choosing the blues he had the guarantee there would be some coherence between the compositions that were to be written.
Marcel left it up to the composers to decide how they wanted to incorporate the blues into their work. The blue notes, the three fundamental chords, the blues scale, the progression of 12, 16 or 32 measures could all be used, but were not compulsory. If desired, some improvisation was allowed. The essential thing was that each composer would try, of course in his or her personal way, to convey the ‘soul’ of the blues, the ‘state of mind’ that goes with it.
In 2007, when the first decade of the blues project had come to a close, Donemus published two albums, including two CDs, with a total of 31 blues by Dutch composers and composers living in the Netherlands. The fifteenth anniversary of Marcel Worm's project New Blues for Piano, for which by now some 200 composers from around 50 countries have written a piece inspired by the blues, was a good reason to publish a third album with a compilation of the new Dutch contributions from the period 2008-2011. You can hear these contributions on this CD.
Often the question has been raised whether there is a specific Dutch style of composition. Whatever the answer, it is remarkable - as this CD demonstrates once again - how diverse and undogmatic the work of Dutch composers is on the whole. 17 composers, 17 works and as many idioms.
In coproduction with Muziek Centrum Nederland.
KLASSIEKE ZAKEN Marcel Worms plays the Dutch blues again. Paul Janssen
read the full article (Dutch)KLASSIEKE ZAKEN - marcel worms plays the dutch blues again
|1||Elizabeth Gaskill - Blues for a busy night|
|2||Sylvia Maessen - Dansend door de woestijn|
|3||Claudia Rumondor - And maybe I seem a bit confused Blues|
|4||Mari-anne Hof - Something blue?|
|5||Gert Schoonbeek de Vlaming - Wad in Blaaeuwes|
|6||Holger de Bruin - Chromatic Blues|
|7||Janco Verduin - Nieuwblauw|
|8||Bram Kortekaas - Mental Hospital Blues|
|9||Roderik de Man - Blue Bait|
|10||Marco C. de Bruin - He was born for good luck|
|11||Morris Kliphuis - Plaint|
|12||Christiaan Richter - 78 RPM DVD Blues|
|13||Dirk Dekker - Mantra Blues|
|14||Huub de Vriend - Blues|
|15||Wilbert Bulsink - Living room blues|
|16||Paul van Brugge - Again I Tried EVerything I Possibly Could But I Still Can't Get My Damn'Car Started Blues|
|17||Guus Janssen - Tenslotte|