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Rembrandt Trio & Klaartje van Veldhoven, Antoinette Lohmann, Benjamin Glorieux

10u00 —Open Masterclass
14u00 —Oude Muziek Improvisaties (recital)
20u00 —Concert Normal gets you nowhere

Normal Gets you nowhere

 Young musicians and established masters from the vanguard of various musical worlds together on stage: classical singer Klaartje van Veldhoven & jazz pianist and composer Rembrandt Frerichs.

What binds these thirties is their search for innovation in music, whether that be classical music, jazz or world music.  With this ensemble, the same song never sounds the same twice. The musician improvises, different every time. 


Bach and Mozart also improvised. Because Johann and Wolfgang did not yet have Spotify they wrote out their improvisations. We still play those toccatas and other compositions today; performers worldwide break their heads daily about how to do that exactly. With or without vibrato? What tempo? We will never really know for sure. If we could have heard Bach improvise we would have known more.


During their concerts they go back together to the zero point of classical music, when making up the notes themselves and improvisation was still very normal. Klaartje takes her classical background with her and improvises together with the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio. The trio, in turn, will play typical instruments from the historical performance practice: the fortepiano that Mozart had at home and the violone, a precursor of the double bass.


Compare classical music to the Rijksmuseum: the best ideas from around the world presented in a controlled environment. Improvised music then is like the artists' café at Montmartre: a place where exchange between artists leads to new energy and there is room for vigorous discussion or and a musical handshake. 


The collaboration of these headstrong musicians creates a highly inflammable cocktail in which their strong personalities bring out the best in each other. Improvisations, Bach's strong melodies from a timeless past and their own compositions.

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Until about 1750, it was common for musicians to add all kinds of improvisations to their performances. Composers also often performed their own music. So it's no surprise that jazz musicians and Early Music specialists feel a connection. For the Rembrandt Trio it is amazing to play works by great composers such as Monteverdi, Bach, Frescobaldi and Handel. These well thought out works provide a lot of technical challenges and offer plenty of room for improvisation. When the trio comes together with Early Music specialists such as soprano Klaartje van Veldhoven and violinist Antoinette Lohmann, this source material is shaken up considerably in order to arrive at a new sound mix, a topical reprise of famous classics. 

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According to Rembrandt Frerichs, making music is : 'To connect the dots in a natural way. I myself am a mixture of the artistic research I have been doing all my life and my love for icons of jazz like Lennie Tristano or Wayne Shorter.' Aiming to develop a better blend with early instruments such as kamancheh, târ, oud or qanun, the Rembrandt Trio developed an alternative sonic design of its instrument. The 18th-century fortepiano, precursor to the modern grand piano, can be tuned like a santur, the Persian cimbalom. The violone (viola) dates from the early Renaissance; it precedes the double bass. With six strings and a lighter timbre, it can perform melodic, harmonic, and bass functions. The Whisper Kit, an invention of Vinsent Planjer, combines percussion instruments from different cultures and periods, creating a rich rhythmic foundation. The Rembrandt Trio regularly performs with some of the most iconic stars in world music, such as masters of Persian music Kayhan Kalhor and Hossein Alizadeh. 

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