On May 10, Randal Corsen will release his new album Symbiosis on Challenge Records. This record contains Corsen's own compositions where he incorporated elements from his Antillian roots. He will introduce this project to the public with a release concert in Bimhuis, Amsterdam on May 26.
Symbiosis, The newest project from Randal Corsen, with a line-up consisting of some of the most talented young musicians from the Netherlands. With Symbiosis, he aims to achieve a far-reaching fusion of contemporary jazz and Latin, funk and pop, leaving plenty of room for the contributions and interpretations of his fellow musicians Mark Schilders, Glenn Gaddum jr. and Vernon Chatlein. ‘This recording not only represents the Symbiosis between my playing and that of my fellow musicians, it also reflects my own musical symbiosis, which is a result of my musical journey till now.’
The music is primarily jazz, but there are still traces of Antillean, Latin, Caribbean, classical, funk, rock and every other music stule that he has encountered along the way. The music is more contemporary and more experimental then his debut 'Evolushón' (2004) album where he won an Edison Jazz Award with. 'Evolushón' includes both standards and originals.
Compositions inspired by the opera 'Katibu di Shon'
For the Commemoration of abolition 150 years slavery, Corsen composed the opera 'Katibu di Shon' (Slave of Master), named after the book written by Carel de Haseth, who also wrote the libretto for the opera. The opera is collaborating with one of international well-known director Monique Wagemakers and initiator, mezzo soprano Tanio Kross and an ensamble containing Matangi Quartet. The try out of this opera will be on the 30th of june is for the public. The Premiere, on the 1st of July will be exclusive for the Dutch King and attendees.
For composing the opera, he had to break with all traditions in the typical Antillean music that he know so well. It gave him so much freedom as a composer, having only the ‘limitations’ of the libretto. But for Symbiosis, he gave no limitations! Proud of his Antillean roots, he has always consciously incorporated elements from Antillean music in his compositions. This time he realized that his musical heritage would always be a part of him and of his music, no matter what music he writes.
Randal Corson was also the musical director and arranger of the ‘Tribute to Doble R’ project of the Metropole Orchestra, in collaboration with IKO Foundation. The TV documentary about this project was shown on tv in the Netherlands and the former Dutch Antilles.
Sunday, 26th of May, 20.30hr
Bimhuis, Piet Heinkade 3, Amsterdam
Tickets on www.bimhuis.nl
Randal Corsen - piano
Glenn Gaddum jr. - bas
Mark Schilders - drums
Vernon Chatlein - percussion
Click here to listen to the song 'Prove It' composed by Randal Corsen from the upcoming album Randal Corsen Symbiosis on YouTube!
May 18 - DJS, Dordrecht
May 26 - Bimhuis, Amsterdam
May 31 - Mijke’s Middag – live Radio 6
June 22 - Klein Koninkrijk, Olst (Marzio Scholten & Randal Corsen)
July 26 - Robeco Zomerconcerten (2 Shows, Marzio Scholten & Randal Corsen), Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
December 1 - Porgy en Bess, Terneuzen
December 15 - Pol’s Place for Jazz, Bergen op Zoom