Quantum Stories

Quantum Stories

Marc van Roon Trio

Label: Challenge Records
Format: SACD hybrid
Barcode: 0608917336825
Catalog number: CR 73368
Releasedate: 06-09-13
- Marc van Roon collaborated with great artists before, such as Dave Liebman, Susanne Abbuehl, Eric Vloeimans and Tineke Postma.
- Marc van Roon is a member of the European Jazz Trio
- There are not many lyrical pianists in The Netherlands as Marc van Roon
- He plays with a romantic touch, he lays is heart in his fingers.
"This album is inspired by the stories that create meaning in our lives. The stories we passionately co-construct that enable us to find our pathways through the excitingly swampy and complex wetlands of our reality, the stories that transform and represent our life experiences.

This trio explores the rich world and art of improvisation in many forms. The kind of transformative improvisation that allows us to shape stories together. Each improvisation, in itself, acts as an U-shaped hero’s journey, responding to the creative call to action, embarking on the adventure, crossing the threshold from the known to the unknown, passing the point of no return, dealing with artistic challenges, climbing the road back up, returning with the elixir, transformed and enriched.

Some stories have a preplanned structure with melodies and harmonies united in rhythm. Other stories have a minimal structure or no preplanned score at all. Some of our stories emerge from a simple idea or a contrasting theme such as ‘fast and slow’, or ‘high and low’. Some are completely freely emerging from the playful interconnection between the storytelling musicians.

The original compositions and improvisations on this album explore the possibilities of moving from the score to the core, balancing the prearranged musical material with spontaneous improvised fluid expressions; balancing sound with silence. Balancing randomness with order, game with play. The only song with origins from another composer is ‘Just Friends’ by John
Klenner (1931). The pattern of the first bars of the song provide the trio with a minimal structure to construct their own interpretation and representation loosely coupled to the original.

Each player, from his own unique perspective, is adding to the construction of a meaningful whole. He is enabling the trio to flexibly adjust to its constantly changing surroundings in the most fluid and creative way, guided by the wisdom of the heart and knowledge of the mind. This fluidity and trust allows a musical conversation filled with open questions, strong remarks, punchy lines and reflective observations. The special dynamic residing in the creative process of playing these improvisations can serve as an illustration or inspiring metaphor, of a meaningful way to deal with - and adapt to – the unpredictability and plurality of life. We hope the music here inspires people to open up to the multitude of ways in which we can live life - embracing group improvisation, playfulness and storytelling in our daily lives and activities; tapping into a deep creative source in the moment as a way to expand, organize and create meaningful stories in relationship with others. We hope thatmusic in any shape or form can be a teacher, showing us all how to dance with the symphony of life, to be with it as it unfolds; catching life’s melodies as they arise.

Recording in our home country, playing our own instruments (including my Steinway Grand) and in the amazing acoustics of the old Luthern Church in the City of Haarlem made this experience truly inspiring. For us, being able to record our stories and improvisations in such a high quality and pure way without any filtering allowed us a true creative experience. We hope our music will touch the hearts, minds and souls of our listeners."

- Marc van Roon, Augustus 2013
Marc van Roon (born 1967 in The Hague) is a Dutch jazz pianist. He combines music performance with his work as a creative facilitator for leaders, groups and organizations in change and learning processes applying the art of improvisation as the main source of inspiration. He has composed songs and orchestra pieces for dance companies and various music ensembles and produced several CDs for other artists and his own ensembles.

Van Roon has collaborated with Dave Liebman, Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Charlie Mariano, Billy Hart, Santi Di Briano, Tony Lakatos, Michael Moore, The Netherlands Dans Theatre and Dutch jazz artists Ernst Reijseger, Tony Overwater, Wim Kegel, Jesse van Ruller, Susanne Abbuehl, Fay Claassen, Eric Vloeimans and Tineke Postma.

Van Roon began classical piano lessons at the age of ten. His interest in jazz and improvisation was sparked at a young age by his father Wouter van Roon, a professional jazz pianist. He studied music privately until the age of sixteen when he enrolled in the music program at the Royal Music Conservatory in The Hague. He studied with pianists Frans Elsen, Rob van Kreeveld, Geoffrey Douglas Madge and Lanny Kho. He graduated in 1991 and left for a post conservatorial study to New York City. There he studied with jazz pianists Barry Harris and Richie Beirach. He returned to the Netherlands in 1993 started his own trio and continued to collaborate with other musicians. At the same time he co-founded the creative artistic consultancy group Art in Rhythm with drummer/percussionist Joshua Samson. Thereafter he started to give lecture based learning experiences for audiences around the world.