Old New and Blue (2013)

Vloeimans, Bach, Susato, Tallis, Hammerschmidt, Steenbrink, McCartney

Holland Baroque Society, Eric Vloeimans

‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ is the traditional English bridal rhyme, ending with and a silver sixpence in her shoe. Five little things, often pieces of clothes, small presents or even heirlooms to bring good luck to the bride. Something old stands for tradition and family, something new for a hopeful future and forthcoming happiness, something borrowed reminds the bride of all her friends, always ready to advise and assist, and something blue symbolises the love and fidelity of the new couple. And finally a silver sixpence to bring wealth.

Whether superstitious or not, the message is clear: don't marry on the spur of the moment, it needs preparation and consideration. Or don't you think so? Would you dare to just tie the knot, confidently taking everything with you without a second thought? Do you believe in love at first sight? You just know it will be fine...

The match between Holland Baroque Society and Eric Vloeimans has a little of both. One of the marriage partners - leaving aside who is the bride and who the groom - stands firmly in the world of the Baroque but pricks up its ears to the sounds of today. The other is a magician on the trumpet, improvising, composing, listening and ever ready to learn. A marriage between two such different partners inevitably blurs boundaries and makes time flow. The trumpet, bandoneon and historical instruments merge to create a colourful present for all listeners, like the icing on a wedding cake.

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Holland Baroque Society

Free of fuss and convention, Holland Baroque Society takes to the stage with a variety of programmes. Baroque music is the key, but these musicians build bridges to other styles and arts. Balanced between tradition and renewal, they pursue the topicality of musical experience. In recent years Holland Baroque Society has collaborated with prominent Baroque musicians including Paolo Pandolfo, Quatuor Mosaïques, Emma Kirkby, Milos Valent and Hidemi Suzuki, and with composer Nico Muhly, singer and song- writer Teitur and jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans.

For this innovative approach the ensemble was awarded the Kersjes Prize and the VSCD Classical Music Prize in 2008, and more recently the Diapason d’Or 2012. It has brought Holland Baroque Society to all sorts of venues, from the Vienna Konzerthaus to the Amsterdam pop temple Paradiso, and from Vredenburg concert hall in Utrecht to the World Exhibition in Shanghai.

There are more projects under preparation, with Porgy Franssen, Marcus Creed, Giora Feidman, Amandine Beyer, Calefax Rietkwintet, Cappella Amsterdam, Orkater and Sergio Azzolini. Holland Baroque Society has invested just as much ambition and energy in countless Kids Only concerts and educational projects, through which thousands of children have made acquaintance with classical music. The aim is to give them a pure listening experience, and this produces pure reactions like “I’d never heard of those sunny instruments before.”

Eric Vloeimans

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 studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory; classical trumpet at first, later the jazz course. In 1989 he took lessons in the US with Donald Byrd and formed part of the big bands of Frank Foster and Mercer Ellington.

In the early Nineties Vloeimans was regarded as a member of a younger generation of musicians who combine bebop with influences from rock and free improvisation, such as Michie  Borstlap, Benjamin Herman and Yuri Honing. In 1998, the Edison-winning Bitches and Fairy Tales was released, recorded with pianist John Taylor, bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joey Baron. Taylor is also featured on Umai from 2000. In 2001, Vloeimans won the coveted 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) were also awarded Edisons. In addition, Eric was recipient of the Elly Ameling Prize as well as the Golden Nutcracker (2011)

From 2006/2007 Eric Vloeimans has been 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 (CD available from August 2013, and a US tour in October 2014) , and a duo with pianist Florian Weber, with a CD release: 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. He will be performing a series of concerts with British classical pianist Joanna MacGregor in the winter of 2013/2014.

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.

 

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Old New and Blue (2013)

Vloeimans, Bach, Susato, Tallis, Hammerschmidt, Steenbrink, McCartney

Holland Baroque Society, Eric Vloeimans

    Luister -

"de sensuele toon van de trompettist wordt omlijst door het verfijnd zilveren geluid van de HBS. Als dit geen gelukkige ontmoeting is..."

Luister

    Akkoord Magazine

(...) Behalve dat Vloeimans zich als een kameleon aanpast aan het ensemble laten de barokmusici ook hún flexibiliteit horen. (..)

Akkoord Magazine

    Inspiratie Magazine

(...) Vloeimans' organische spel, dat - typisch voor jazz - om de tellen van de maten heen speelt, vult het streng-ritmische van de barok op een onverwachte manier aan. (...)

Inspiratie Magazine

    NRC 5 stars -

(…) spannende wisselwerking (…) De trompet mengt prachtig met het barokinstrumentarium (…) subtiel lijnenspel.

NRC

    Leeuwarder Courant

Ze zijn elkaars gast en werken aan kleurplaten waarvan de contouren óf nog maar net óf eeuwen geleden zijn getrokken. Het resultaat is keer op keer een meeslepend geheel van verrassende klanklandschappen. (…)Top. Barok voor jazzliefhebbers en andersom.

Leeuwarder Courant

    Nadelunch

"Old, New & Blue is méér dan enkel een album vol prachtige muziek. Holland Baroque Society en Eric Vloeimans bieden een luisterervaring die verrijkend is en daardoor werkelijk iets bijzonders toevoegt aan de eindeloze hoeveelheid muziek die er al is."

Marjolein van der Heide[read full review]

    Parool

"Afsluiter is Beatles-klassieker Blackbird. Een nieuwe cover van zo'n platgespeeld nummer moet een goede reden hebben, maar deze versie is mooier dan componist Paul McCartney had kunnen dromen."

Parool

Old New and Blue (2013)

Vloeimans, Bach, Susato, Tallis, Hammerschmidt, Steenbrink, McCartney

Holland Baroque Society, Eric Vloeimans

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Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
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Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer:Jared Sacks
Recording location:Haarlem Holland 2013
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Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD64
Speakers:Audiolab, Holland

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Mine own King am I & Joel
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Ach, dass ich Wassers gnug hatte
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Choral Ertot uns durch dein Gute, BWV 22
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Pavane Mille Regretz
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Tender Mercies
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Sans Parure
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If Ye Love ME
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Wet Feet
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Tender Mercies
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Paduan - 5
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Ciacony
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Blackbird
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