Rembrandt Frerichs Trio
THE CONTEMPORARY FORTEPIANO
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1 CD | Digipack | Just Listen/Jazz in Motion Records |0608917470925 | JIM 74709 | 2018 | Buy
Rembrandt Frerichs - fortepiano, harmonium
Tony Overwater - violone
Vinsent Planjer - Whisperkit
Hip music on historic instruments. Did you ever hear an 18th century fortepiano, a violone from 1560 and a historical drum and percussion kit playing contemporary music full of improvisation and groove? On the latest release of the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio this unlikely combination has come together. And how! This mix of sounds has never been heard before, certainly not in jazz. The chosen repertoire is equally unorthodox: the trio plays original compositions, baroque repertoire, modern improvisations and even Herbie Hancock's jazz-rock hit “Butterfly”.
Piano-pioneer Rembrandt Frerichs developed a unique playing style on the fortepiano, an idea that was spawned by the many collaborations with musicians from the Middle East. The National Musical Instrument Fund had such an instrument built, custom made for Rembrandt by Chris Maene in Belgium. In response to this, Tony Overwater started to master the violone, precursor to the double bass. Vinsent Planjer complements this with an unconventional collection of percussion instruments from all over the world, the Whisperkit.
The Rembrandt Frerichs Trio demonstrates that instruments from centuries gone by can sound totally modern when placed into a new context. The listeners experience a sound palette like they have never heard before, but that’s still strangely familiar.