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Henosis

Henosis

Bram Stadhouders & Netherlands Chamber Choir

Label: Buzz
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917610727
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Catalog number: ZZ 76107
Releasedate: 23-08-13
After winning the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival Composition Assignment, Bram Stadhouders together with the Netherlands Chamber Choir performed on North Sea Jazz Festival 2012. This is the recording of this première concert.
  • This CD is the recording of the recording of the première concert on North Sea Jazz Festival 2012
  • Bram Stadhouders was the youngest composer ever to win the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival Composition Assignment
  • For this composition Bram Stadhouders choose to collaborate with the Netherlands Chamber Choir, a perfect choice because both are familiar with all different kind of music styles.
  • "Super hard in-your-face, that's how Bram Stadhouders' Henosis sounds, according to Tim Sprangers for the newspaper "Volkskrant"
  • Stadhouders is known for free improvised, spacey guitartouches that are quite at odds with the classical schooled approach of the choir.
  • With his many projects, he always manages to capture the attention of listeners and press, and at the age of 21 he was elected as "Young VIP" by the Dutch jazz association in 2008.
  • With his own projects he toured extensively all over the Netherlands, Europe and the USA
"Super hard in-your-face, that's how Bram Stadhouders' Henosis sounds. Forget your haircut, because it will stand stiff to the back, when the symbiosys forces that are blowing from the stage are over-exceeding the allowed limit. The guitarist got the composition assignment from the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2012, and chose to collaborate with the Netherlands Chamber Choir, 8 singers and conductor, and an improvising electronic musician, and drummer. Exciting in advance, because Stadhouders is known for free improvised, spacey guitartouches that are quite at odds with the classical schooled approach of the choir.

The vocal scores, all written by Stadhouders, are characterized by imposing, bombastic soundwalls that are folded over each other. The lushing underwatersounds from the guitar, whispering in many reverb effects, are bathing on this powerful foundation. Sometimes the guitarist doubles a few voices, more often he freely floats through the vocal parts. The compositions are varying from rippling soundscapes to almost sacred sacrificial rituals. Especially near to the end, when the threatening rhythms from drummer Onno Govaert are boosting, the guitarsynthesizer is opening up and the choir brings multiple layers on top and elevates the climax to an orgasmic altitude. In the history of the North Sea Jazz composition assignment, Stadhouders' interpretation is undoubtedly the most striking one."

These were the words of Volkskrant music reviewer Tim Sprangers, after the première concert in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This album is the live recording.
Bram Stadhouders (b.1987 in Tilburg, Netherlands), has been called the most interesting guitartalent of The Netherlands. His style is atmospheric, lyrical and experimental, and he uses guitar and technology to create ambiental worlds of emotional focus. With his many projects, he always manages to capture the attention of listeners and press, and at the age of 21 he was elected as "Young VIP" by the Dutch jazz association in 2008. With his own projects he toured extensively all over the Netherlands, Europe and the USA, and he is also regularly invited as a guest-musician in international projects with some of the worlds most established improvisers, like Terje Isungset from Norway (playing ice-guitar), Grzech Piotrowski from Poland. He released five CDs with his own projects, one of them as a trio with widely known Sidsel Endresen and Jim Black. In 2012 he got elected for the international program Take Five Europe, and in the same year he was the youngest composer ever to win the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival Composition Assignment which he realized together with the Netherlands Chamber Choir. He named the result Henosis, and this CD is the recording of the première concert. Bram is on an endless quest for unexpected challenges to broaden his musical vision and push his music in new directions.