in de kerk
RUIGKLASSIEK; Ties Mellema & Rembrand Frerichs
zo 7 mei 2017
Normal gets you nowhere.
Classical saxophonist and jazz pianist reshuffle the cards.
In Jazz music the same song never sounds the same the second time around. The musician improves, differently each time. Bach and Mozart also improvised. As Johann and Wolfgang didn’t yet have Spotify and MacBook, they wrote out their improvisations. We still play those compositions today; all around the world performers wrack their brains again and again over how precisely to do this. With or without vibrato? What tempo? How exactly should you articulate? Where can you pause for a breath? We’ll never really know for sure. If we had been able to hear Bach improvise, we would have known more about it.
In jazz music we do have recordings of the great pioneers, but, in contrast to the classical world, we’ll never hear those notes being played live on stage again. That’s weird. And so both jazz and classical music have their standards and their taboos.
Rembrandt Frerichs and Ties Mellema enjoy breaking taboos and so they embarked on an ambitious project together. Normal gets you nowhere. They believe that the notes once played by the jazz greats should be heard live once more and they are re-interpreting them in a contemporary style. They’re using the original notes, and also new music rooted in John Coltrane and Lennie Tristano’s work. Ties Mellema, JacobTV and Rembrandt Frerichs are two of the composers of this new music.
Ties and Rembrandt have set themselves a great challenge: Ties took a number of solos by John Coltrane, Buddy deFranco and Lennie Tristano and set about studying them as he would study a classical piece. Without any preconceptions, assessing on the go what the notes require. Just as he does with Bach. Ties doesn’t attempt to play the notes so much as run through them first. Then he goes on to assess how he believes the music would sound best. And so this project produces a fresh version of music that is both authentic and unique from material that we would normally never hear played live again. How would we play the Bach cello suites if we could hear a recording by Bach himself? As an audience you can distill clues from a jazz recording as to how the jazz classics would have sounded live, but the true essence of the music in a live performance is reserved for the lucky few who were there at the time.
The same goes for these notes; an original new approach, performed in the appropriate style, in a contemporary way.
Rembrandt and Ties approach ‘classical music’ in the same manner, picking apart the building blocks again, with a fresh new view and above all, throwing all the rules overboard as they study the notes.
Ties Mellema – saxophones
Rembrandt Frerichs – Piano/composer
Bas – Jos Machtel / Marijn van Prooijen
Drums – Matthias de Waele /John Engels
Bach at podium Witteman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Coltrane at podium Witteman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?