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Henosis

Bram Stadhouders & Netherlands Chamber Choir

Henosis

Price: € 12.95
Format: CD
Label: Buzz
UPC: 0608917610727
Catnr: ZZ 76107
Release date: 23 August 2013
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Buzz
UPC
0608917610727
Catalogue number
ZZ 76107
Release date
23 August 2013

"Often classical and jazz / improvisation are two totally different disciplines which are difficult to reconcile. Bram Stadhouders proves the contrary. Henosis means "unity" in Ancient Greek, and that's exactly what Bram had in mind: Merge the best of two worlds into a large intense organic experience intense with bombastic but also very intimate atmospheres"

De Weekkrant, 26-2-2014
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"Super hard in-your-face, that's how Bram Stadhouders' Henosis sounds. Forget your haircut, because it will stand stiff to the back, when the symbiosys forces that are blowing from the stage are over-exceeding the allowed limit. The guitarist got the composition assignment from the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2012, and chose to collaborate with the Netherlands Chamber Choir, 8 singers and conductor, and an improvising electronic musician, and drummer. Exciting in advance, because Stadhouders is known for free improvised, spacey guitartouches that are quite at odds with the classical schooled approach of the choir.

The vocal scores, all written by Stadhouders, are characterized by imposing, bombastic soundwalls that are folded over each other. The lushing underwatersounds from the guitar, whispering in many reverb effects, are bathing on this powerful foundation. Sometimes the guitarist doubles a few voices, more often he freely floats through the vocal parts. The compositions are varying from rippling soundscapes to almost sacred sacrificial rituals. Especially near to the end, when the threatening rhythms from drummer Onno Govaert are boosting, the guitarsynthesizer is opening up and the choir brings multiple layers on top and elevates the climax to an orgasmic altitude. In the history of the North Sea Jazz composition assignment, Stadhouders' interpretation is undoubtedly the most striking one."

These were the words of Volkskrant music reviewer Tim Sprangers, after the première concert in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This album is the live recording.
"Super hard in-your-face, that's how Bram Stadhouders' Henosis sounds. Forget your haircut, because it will stand stiff to the back, when the symbiosys forces that are blowing from the stage are over-exceeding the allowed limit. The guitarist got the composition assignment from the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2012, and chose to collaborate with the Netherlands Chamber Choir, 8 singers and conductor, and an improvising electronic musician, and drummer. Exciting in advance, because Stadhouders is known for free improvised, spacey guitartouches that are quite at odds with the classical schooled approach of the choir.

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Paul Mauriat

Paul Mauriat  (4 March 1925 – 3 November 2006) was a French orchestra leader, conductor of Le Grand Orchestre de Paul Mauriat, who specialized in the easy listening genre. He is best known in the United States for his million-selling remake of André Popp's 'Love is Blue', which was #1 for 5 weeks in 1968. Other recordings for which he is known include El Bimbo, 'Toccata', and 'Penelope.' Mauriat was born and grew up in Marseille, France. His father was a postal inspector who loved to play classical piano and violin. Mauriat began playing music at the age of four and enrolled in the Conservatoire in Marseille at the age of 10, but by the time he was 17, he had fallen in love with jazz and popular music. During World War...
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Paul Mauriat (4 March 1925 – 3 November 2006) was a French orchestra leader, conductor of Le Grand Orchestre de Paul Mauriat, who specialized in the easy listening genre. He is best known in the United States for his million-selling remake of André Popp's "Love is Blue", which was #1 for 5 weeks in 1968. Other recordings for which he is known include El Bimbo, "Toccata", and "Penelope." Mauriat was born and grew up in Marseille, France. His father was a postal inspector who loved to play classical piano and violin. Mauriat began playing music at the age of four and enrolled in the Conservatoire in Marseille at the age of 10, but by the time he was 17, he had fallen in love with jazz and popular music. During World War II, Mauriat started his own dance band and toured concert halls throughout Europe. In the 1950s, he became musical director to at least two well-known French singers, Charles Aznavour and Maurice Chevalier, touring with them respectively.

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Often classical and jazz / improvisation are two totally different disciplines which are difficult to reconcile. Bram Stadhouders proves the contrary. Henosis means "unity" in Ancient Greek, and that's exactly what Bram had in mind: Merge the best of two worlds into a large intense organic experience intense with bombastic but also very intimate atmospheres
De Weekkrant, 26-2-2014

Henosisis a collection of soundscapes with the intensity of a volcanic eruption
Tetterettet, 24-10-2013

4 stars**** "Stadhouders keeps the tension constant, sometimes with furious electric game, then acoustic"
De Volkskrant, 16-10-2013

"Let's be happy with this registration and especially enjoy the great talent. Remember that this is the work of a twenty-five year old"
www.opusklassiek.nl, 08-10-2013

One might think that classically trained musicians and jazz/improvisers are two different categories that are not easy to blend. Stadhouders proves that this is a wrong conception.
poprockmetal.blogspot , 06-10-2013

"Along with the progressive trio a layered artwork is created. An intriguing album it is"
www.jazzflits.nl, 30-9-2013

The collaboration of the trio and the choir is daring, but very successful.
Jazzflits , 30-9-2013

"When the choir sings, his tones of his guitar brights and glides, he seems to be playing on a bed of voices"  
Brabants Dagblad, 26-9-2013

With his guitar and sound technology, he explores the boundaries between ambient, contemporary electronic music and free improvised jazz.
Radio 4 , 20-9-2013

Guitarist and composer Bram Stadhouders is perhaps the most interesting improvising musician in Europe.
De Gelderlander, 20-9-2013

"It is clear that Bram comes from the improvisation corner, but exactly how much is improvised is not easily to guess"
www.gonzocircus.com, 14-9-2013

artikel over Bram Stadhouders
The Jazzman, 24-8-2013

biography over Bram 
mpodia.nl , 20-8-2013

His music is something real that you will be attached to, if not addicted to.
futureproducts, 25-7-2013

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