Floris Verbeij / Bart Soeters
CD | Challenge Records | 0608917336221 | CR 73362 | 03-13
Imagination, interwoven compositions and an unique personal view on traditional forms are characteristic for this album. Floris Verbeij and Bart Soeters about their music: “Our drive is to tell stories, stories you need to hear”. The duo are surrounded by musicians who’ve put their mark on Dutch Jazz: Michael Moore, Erik Rutjes, Arthur Lijten and Fay Lovsky. Verbeij and Soeters were successful before as Artists in Residence at “Festival achter de Linie”, at The National Theatre, The Pim Jacobs Music Award, as composers for various major film- and theatreproductions and are teaching innovatively at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht.
As the musicians themselves say, the realization of this album took some years. In this period, compositions matured and developed into inspiring meeting points. The music is so weightless and subtle, it flows like a stream of warm sunset air. Even a 21-second-long "Johannes" takes one deep exhale to slip through your mind.
“This guy certainly has his way with chords.”
Clare Fischer about the compositions of Floris Verbeij
“Everything coming out of his hands is true music”
Han Reiziger about Bart Soeters when handing out the Pim Jacobs Music Award
"We embraced a concept that challenged us to search for the unknown and that structured our creative impulses.
The realization of our album took some years. In this period, our compositions matured and they developed into inspiring meeting points; they became places to be rediscovered by ourselves and by the inspiring musicians who influenced this album deeply. Our goal was to focus our imagination, expression and musical embodiment into one album: MORSE."
- Bart Soeters and Floris Verbeij