Matangi Quartet

Label: Buzz
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917611427
Catalog number: ZZ 76114
Releasedate: 10-09-14
  • Matangi Quartet has its 15th anniversary in September 2014
  • Extraordinary combination of classical and jazz
  • Contains several world premiere recordings
Jazzics! is the new album of Matangi Quartet and is an ode to jazz from a classical point of view. After years of collaboration with a wide variety of jazz-greats such as Eric Vloeimans, Wolfert Brederode and Michiel Braam, these collaborations have inspired and challenged Matangi to develop musically, both as individual musicians and as a quartet. With compositions of Chick Corea, Martin Fondse, Michiel Braam and Wolfert Brederode, this classical string quartet enters the spotlights of the jazz scene!

About the music:
‘The Adventures of Hippocrates’ is a suite of five movements, expressive and rhythmical with influences from jazz and latin-american music which will take you by the hand and lead you through the wonderful world of Chick Corea. Corea summarizes the five movements as tango, waltz, ballad, rock feel and a finale with a “swiftly moving” tempo.

The complex piece ‘Facing Death’ by Louis Andriessen is based on the idea that Charlie Parker had to play so many notes in such a short time because he knew he would die young. Bebop solos for string quartet, the alternating soundscapes and rhythmical features that unite at the end make this piece a challenge for every string quartet.

Michiel Braam wrote ‘Black to White’ especially for the Jazzics! album. After working and recording with Michiel during his successful tour with the Hybrid Tentet, we asked him to write a piece for the four of us. His “out-of-the-box” way of composing, makes his music an essential addition to this album.

In the heartbreaking but unsentimental novel ‘Schaduwkind’ (Shadow Child), by P.F. Thomése (1958), the author desperately searches for the right words to describe his desolation after the sudden loss of his daughter who passed away in her infancy. Wolfert Brederode, deeply touched by the words, decided to compose a piece with the same title. We feel privileged that this beautiful and introvert piece is
dedicated to us!

A few years ago, Martin Fondse wrote an amazing piece called ‘Testimoni’ for trumpeter Eric Vloeimans and the Matangi Quartet. The album Testimoni was rewarded with the highest Dutch jazz-album price, the Edison Jazz. Playing more and more with Martin, we thought it was time to ask him for a piece just for string quartet. We are very happy he agreed and finished this breathtaking piece just in time for the recording.
The Matangi Quartet was founded in 1999 by four young musicians then studying at
the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Conservatory of Rotterdam. In 2003
Matangi completed the two-year, full-time course at the Netherlands String Quartet
Academy under the direction of Stefan Metz (cellist, Orlando Quartet). At the Academy, the Matangi Quartet had the opportunity to take lessons from internationally renowned musicians, including the members of the Amadeus Quartet. The quartet also received intensive mentoring from Henk Guittart (violist, Schönberg Quartet) for several years.

The Matangi Quartet has since developed into a regular performer in the Dutch
chamber music scene and abroad. With their impassioned playing and smart presentation, Maria-Paula, Daniel, Karsten and Arno epitomize a new generation of classical musicians. They are often described as communicative, provocative and refreshingly versatile. The Matangi Quartet has shared the stage with various top-class classical musicians such as Miranda van Kralingen, Tania Kross, Ivo Janssen, Paolo Giacometti and Severin von Eckardstein. The quartet has also been invited to perform at various festivals, including the Delft Chamber Music Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Carthage Festival in Tunisia, the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the International Conservatoire Festival in St Petersburg and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.

In 2002 Matangi was awarded the prestigious Kersjes van de Groenekan Award, an
annual prize awarded to exceptional chamber music talent in the Netherlands. In 2008 the quartet won third prize at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar. The Matangi Quartet released several CDs issued by Challenge Records International which all received great critical acclaim. The latest releases were the CDs ‘Mendelssohn’(2009), ‘Candybox’ (2010) and ‘Haydn’s Nature’ (2013). Together with viola da gamba player Ralph Rousseau the quartet won the Edison Audience Award 2009, for their CD Chansons d’amour (Challenge Records 2008). The CD ‘Testimoni’ with Martin Fondse (composition and vibrandoneon) and Eric Vloeimans (trumpet) was awarded the Edison Jazz prize 2012.

Matangi regularly participates in innovative crossover projects and has performed in
collaboration with artists such as cabaretiers Herman van Veen and Youp van ’t Hek, bandoneon player Carel Kraayenhof, jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, jazz pianist Michiel Braam, DJ Kypski, jazz vocalists Mathilde Santing and Renske Taminiau and singer songwriters Lory Liebermann and Tom McRae. These pioneering excursions beyond the borders of classical music have resulted in Matangi winning an enthusiastic new public for the string quartet. No less important, this has provided a source of inspiration for infusing performances of the rich classical repertoire built up over the past 250 years – from Haydn to Adès – with new élan, for essentially the Matangi are focused on just one thing: letting the audience palpably experience the energy, passion and excitement that is inherent in all good music.