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World Jazz Synergy: Adam Simmons (AUS) meets Stormvogel's Barditus ft. Oene van Geel
The Australian reed player Adam Simmons is one of Australia’s leading and versatile musicians: “an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist performing in a myriad of ensembles, creator of his unique musical sculptures or specialized educator in improvisation, instrumental technique and shakuhachi”. Simmons has previously been a guest at Amersfoort Jazz. He sees great challenge in the spontaneous cross-fertilization with Dutch artists and unconditionally climbs the stage with players who hold similar views: open-minded and with an open mind, progressive but with respect for tradition, conversing in universal language music.
In the Barditus project, the adventurous jazz baroque keyboardist Stormvogel plays “Songs from the Great Indo European Songbook”. Antique hymns and medieval modes, ostinato basses and rhythms from the Balkans and India, a pinch of minimal & vintage electronic music, sometimes just instant composing… these are the starting points for adventurous improvisations, modal jazz in the spirit of Coltrane. A core piece is Stormvogel’s composition ‘Matter of Time’ (a carnatic minor blues) to which Professor Rafael Reina devoted 4 pages in his book Applying Carnal Rhythmical Techniques to Western Music. The bass is touched by the innovative David de Marez Oyens, currently on tour with Jan Akkerman, teacher in daily life at the Amsterdam Conservatory and the EU joint postgraduate program for young elite jazz performers and composers at five European jazz schools in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Trondheim. Percussionist is the well-traveled Arno van Nieuwenhuize, known from the Metropole Orchestra, Ziad Rahbani, Dweezil Zappa and Steve Vai, among others.
This synergetic group is completed by the versatile improvising violinist / composer Oene van Geel (VPRO / Boy Edgar Prijs 2013), known for Zapp and Estafest. About him, the ProgJazz magazine recently wrote: “Oene van Geel, although a sober boy, seems to be in a constant state of absolute inspiration. Always and everywhere ready, whether on violin or cajon, to serve the muses. During the break, he heartily massages the listener’s heart with ‘Bayachrimae’, composed in the spirit of Renaissance composer John Dowland. “