17th June 2019
Matt enjoys a collaboration between master kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and the dutch Rembrandt Frerichs Trio on their evocative new album.
”It’s still Autumn” is the product of a unique collaboration between kamanche legend Kayhan Kalhor (who made several recordings for ECM and who is part of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble), jazz pianist Rembrandt Frerichs, bass player Tony Overwater and drummer Vinsent Planjer. The album contains two long suites, Dawn and Dusk, which showcase the diverse styles and cultures of the artists, resulting in a new, unique sound.
During the autumn of 2013, the artists first met at November Music Festival and since then there has been a successful collaboration and a deep friendship between the Iranian kamancheh grand master Kayhan Kalhor and the three Dutch jazz musicians of the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio.
The album is arranged in two parts, Dawn and Dusk. Both parts, consisting of several compositions that are woven together through improvisation, are a musical journey through an imaginary autumnal landscape.
The kamanche is the Iranian knee violin known for its heartrending, melodious sound. The fortepiano, the forerunner of the modern grand piano, comes from Mozart’s time and is reminiscent of the santur, the Persian cimbalom. The violone comes from the early Renaissance; it is the forerunner of the double bass and can fulfil a melodic, harmonic as well as a bass function with its 6 strings and lighter timbre. The Whisper Kit, an invention by Vinsent Planjer, brings together percussion instruments from various cultures and periods that create a rich rhythmic basis.