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Floris Verbeij / Bart Soeters

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917336221
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Catalog number: CR 73362
Releasedate: 01-03-13
Imagination, interwoven compositions and an unique personal view on traditional forms are characteristic for this album.
  • Floris Verbeij & Bart Soeters their debut album
  • They working together since their first year of their Master-studies at the HKU and they are one of the youngest generiation that gratuated
  • Floris Verbeij is a Musical Director for amongst others Het Nationale Toneel and over the past few years he has been composing music for films, series and theatre plays
  • Bart Soeters plays in a great variety of bands ranging from Souldada and Kaz Lux to classical ensembles such as the Cello8ctet Amsterdam and Het Brabants Orkest
  • Both are teachers on the Conservatory of Utrecht
  • This album contains music with space for improvisation on stage
  • With contributions by Arthur Lijten, Fay Lovsky, Erik Rutjes en Michael Moore
Imagination, interwoven compositions and an unique personal view on traditional forms are characteristic for this album. Floris Verbeij and Bart Soeters about their music: “Our drive is to tell stories, stories you need to hear”. The duo are surrounded by musicians who’ve put their mark on Dutch Jazz: Michael Moore, Erik Rutjes, Arthur Lijten and Fay Lovsky. Verbeij and Soeters were successful before as Artists in Residence at “Festival achter de Linie”, at The National Theatre, The Pim Jacobs Music Award, as composers for various major film- and theatreproductions and are teaching innovatively at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht.

As the musicians themselves say, the realization of this album took some years. In this period, compositions matured and developed into inspiring meeting points. The music is so weightless and subtle, it flows like a stream of warm sunset air. Even a 21-second-long "Johannes" takes one deep exhale to slip through your mind.

“This guy certainly has his way with chords.”
Clare Fischer about the compositions of Floris Verbeij

“Everything coming out of his hands is true music”
Han Reiziger about Bart Soeters when handing out the Pim Jacobs Music Award
Floris Verbeij (1982) is a piano player and composer. He studied with Bert van den Brink, Jason Rebello and Clare Fischer and at age 26 he started teaching at both the Conservatories of Utrecht and Amsterdam. He is a Musical Director for amongst others Het Nationale Toneel and over the past few years he has been composing music for films, series and theatre plays.

Bart Soeters (1980) finished his Master-studies as a bass player and a composer in 2006 at the HKU and had by then already received multiple awards as a student, amongst which the Pim Jacobs Music Award.  He studied with Theo de Jong and in the US with Victor Wooten and Marcus Miller. He plays in a great variety of bands ranging from Souldada and Kaz Lux to classical ensembles such as the Cello8ctet Amsterdam and Het Brabants Orkest. Bart is a teacher and lecturer at the Conservatory of Utrecht.