Contemporary Fortepiano

Contemporary Fortepiano

The Rembrandt Frerichs Trio plays in different styles and always tries to find new ways in doing so. The trio is a welcome guest at improvised jazz venues and festivals. The musicians have also always had a link with classical music, early music in specific. And... they feel inspired by music from the Middle East. The Contemporary Fortepiano project started in 2013. The trio formed several projects around the fortepiano, in which all the genres they play unite. The three musicians extract the instruments they play, the compositions and style elements from their original context, giving them new meaning in a different framework.

Classical instruments

Rembrandt plays the fortepiano, forerunner of the modern piano. Bass player Tony Overwater plays the violone, the six-string predecessor of the double bass, and drummer Vinsent Planjer hits the whisperkit, designed and built by himself. It is made of instruments from different geographical areas and times.

The National Musical Instruments Fund (NMF) was so enthusiastic about the use of old instruments in contemporary music, the organisation decided to finance the creation of a new fortepiano and a violone. Both instruments have been made specially for the trio members, copying hand-picked instruments to the liking of the musicians.

Due to his work on the fortepiano, classical music plays a role in Frerich's recent compositions. During concerts of the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio, cello suites, chorals, fugas and preludes of Bach are transformed into contemporary music. In this way of working, the classics serve as the beginning or endpoint of an improvised piece, which is unique in each concert as it differs every time.