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θ   Jeho technické mistrovství a bezmezná energie ho předurčila, aby se stal jedním z mála violoncellistů, kteří se v jazzu stali markou sami o sobě.
θ   “He is a magnificent cellist, and he can do anything, anything on his cello. He could play the civil war, the American Civil War on his cello.” — Werner Herzog
Born: 13 November 1954, Bussum, The Netherlands
Location: Bussum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Album release: November 13th, 2014
Record Label: Winter & Winter
Duration:     62:33
Tracks:
01) For Pieter's Birth      4:07
02) The Face of God (from the album „My Son, My Son, Whate Have Ye Done“)     9:01
03) Le Vieux Parle     2:25
04) Nightsky     2:35
05) Rainy Season (from the album „My Son, My Son, Whate Have Ye Done“)      5:53
06) Made of Light     1:30
07) The Big Country     2:40
08) Heaven on Earth (from the album „My Son, My Son, Whate Have Ye Done“)     4:46
09) Incantation     2:09
10) The Touch     4:32
11) Elena (from the album „Down Deep“)     3:53
12) Holding her first Balloon     2:25
13) Tell Me Everything/Cello Solo Variation     5:38
14) Mutation     6:30
15) Child‘s Footprint (from the album „Cave Of Forgotten Dreams“)      4:30
© Winter&Winter
•  Compositions by Ernst Reijseger
Details:
Concerto: "… eine wunderbare akustische Geburtstagstorte."
N° 5, 2014
Personnel:
•  Ernst Reijseger cello, guitar
•  Luciano Biondini accordeon
•  Ceylan Ertem vocals
•  Harmen Fraanje piano, church organ
•  Djoeke Klijzing cello
•  Julie Läderach cello
•  Bonno Lange cello
•  Tom van Lent cello
•  Mola Sylla vocals, percussion
•  Alan ‘Gunga’ Purves percussion
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ABOUT:
Cellist and composer
θ   Ernst Reijseger (1954) plays the cello from the age of seven and began as a performing cellist and improviser in 1969.
Fθ   rom that time on he developed  his own musical vocabulary. In 1974 his teacher Anner Bijlsma advised him to cease his music education at the Amsterdam Conservatory and pursue his own way.
θ   Many of Reijseger’s collaborations cannot be classified into genres. He writes for and improvises with musicians and ensembles of different musical disciplines and nationalities. He gives solo recitals, performing his own music.
Instrument
θ   Reijseger plays on a 4–string cello build by Jaap Bolink and a 5–string cello (la Baleine) build by Jaap Bolink & Annelies Steinhauer. The 5–string cello was made available to him by the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds. Reijseger plays an electric 5–string cello of NS design by Ned Steinberger. He is sponsored by Thomastik Infeld for his strings.
Discography
θ   Reijseger’s discography counts over 150 titles. Since 1996 his music is published for the most part by the label Winter&Winter, www.winterandwinter.com
Jeff Tamarkin on Ernst Reijseger (April 2010, Carnegie Hall)
Quotes:
♠   Werner Herzog on Ernst Reijseger
θ   “He is a magnificent cellist, and he can do anything, anything on his cello. He could play the civil war, the American Civil war on his cello.”                                                ♠   Jeff Tamarkin on Ernst Reijseger (April 2010, Carnegie Hall)
θ   “Ernst Reijseger has studied the cello rulebook, absorbed it thoroughly, and thrown it out the window. Never restricted by others’ concepts of genre or application, the Dutch master has consistently recast the instrument as his own. Working within virtually any format he fancies, Reijseger has always challenged himself to reach out toward the unanticipated, to move the music around corners in order to reveal unforeseen vistas. His technique is superb, his improvisational skills masterful, and his compositional virtuosity unquestionable, but Reijseger’s music also projects warmth, depth, and splendor — even at its most extreme. Whether pushing the limits of jazz, world music, or modern classical — working solo or with an ensemble — Reijseger never settles for the obvious. With each piece he writes, and in each project he undertakes, Reijseger sets out to explore the myriad tones, colors, and moods available to him, envelops them, then steps around them to investigate possible alternatives. His music is not always easy, but it’s always satisfying. About the only thing one can expect from Ernst Reijseger is the unexpected.”
Ontwikkeling en activiteiten
θ   Reijseger begon in de vroege jaren zeventig met improviseren. Hij speelde samen met onder anderen Derek Bailey, Martin van Duynhoven, Georg Gräwe en Gerry Hemingway. Hij trad toen al in heel Europa op, met onder anderen Burton Greene, Sean Bergin en ook met dans–en theatergroepen.
θ   In de jaren tachtig begon hij met spelen in allerlei ensembles, zoals het Amsterdam String Trio, het Theo Loevendie Consort, het Guus Janssen Septet, het Arcado String Trio en het Instant Composer's Pool–orkest. Dit laatste ensemble onder leiding van Misha Mengelberg voerde op een vernieuwende wijze de werken van onder anderen Thelonious Monk, Herbie Nichols en Duke Ellington uit en speelde ook eigen composities geïnspireerd op de jazz, de tango en de volksmuziek. Reijseger speelde ruim tien jaar in dit orkest.
θ   Eind jaren tachtig richtte Ernst Reijseger samen met saxofonist Michael Moore en drummer Han Bennink het Clusone Trio op, genoemd naar het festival in Italië waar zij voor het eerst samen optraden. Na ruim tien jaar, waarin ze vijf albums opnamen en over de hele wereld optraden, hieven zij het trio op. Ook schrijft Reijseger muziek voor films en documentaires. Zijn composities worden uitgevoerd door vermaarde muzikanten als celliste Larissa Groeneveld en pianist Frank van de Laar. Ook geeft Reijseger af en toe workshops voor kinderen. Zo was hij bij de Amsterdamse cellobiënnale 2010 dirigent-begeleider van het Mega Kinder Cello Orkest (MKCO). Tegenwoordig treedt Reijseger vooral op met pianist Harmen Fraanje en de Senegalese vocalist Molla Sylla in het trio Reijseger, Fraanje, Sylla.
Website: http://www.ernstreijseger.com/
Winter & Winter: http://www.winterandwinter.com/index.php?id=187
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ernst.reijseger
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