Ronald Moelker

Confluence

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Format: CD
Label: Aliud
UPC: 8717775551102
Catnr: ACDBA 912
Release date: 27 January 2017
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Aliud
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ACDBA 912
Release date
27 January 2017

"The two musicians are equal and know by the diversity of instruments that comes along to keep the sound  fascinating."

Luister, 01-2-2017
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Confluence: a place where two rivers or streams join to become one.

The year is 1996. Classically trained saxophonist Niels Bijl is at the end of his Conservatorium education. In a record shop in the centre of Enschede: in a spare hour he is trawling the cd racks, looking for unknown music, new inspiration. Ronald Moelker walks past him, purposefully, towards the counter. With a clear question: do you also have recordings of classical music on saxophone? A conversation quickly follows, a friendship is born.

What follows; more than 20 years of research, collaboration and a shared passion for enjoying life. Niels and Ronald, managing to remain unfettered by the apparently different worlds of their chosen instruments, take on all challenges together. The 15th Century British complexity of Baldwine’s A Duo, the light-footedness of Francois Couperin’s Tic-Toc-Choc. Bach as uniting thread, with highlights such as the two-part canon from the Kunst der Fugue and the flute sonata BWV 1035. Aided by the expert mastery of recorder builder Adriana Breukink, the saxophone and recorder come ever closer to each other. The romance of young love is reflected in Tandernaken. The festive cadans of the early middle ages are celebrated in the Estampie Petrone. In an unknown duo, referred to as No. 3, harsh dissonant sounds are continuously replaced with beautiful harmonies, ending in a perfect unison. Ronald Moelker’s composition Ithaca, written for Niels, is the perfect introduction to the heart of the collaboration and friendship: Two fantasies by Telemann.

We schrijven 1996. Klassiek geschoold saxofonist Niels Bijl, aan het eind van zijn conservatoriumstudie. In een platenzaak, in het centrum van Enschede: In een verloren uurtje struint hij cd-bakken af, op zoek naar onbekende muziek, nieuwe inspiratie. Ronald Moelker loopt achter hem langs, doelgericht, naar de balie. Met een directe vraag: heeft u ook opnames van klassieke muziek op saxofoon?

Wat volgt; ruim 20 jaar onderzoek, samenspel en levensgenot. Niels en Ronald, niet geremd door de ogenschijnlijk verschillende werelden van hun verkozen instrumenten, gaan alle uitdagingen aan. De 15de eeuwse Britse complexiteit van Baldwine’s A Duo, de lichtvoetigheid van Francois Couperin’s Tic-Toc-Choc. Bach als leidraad, met hoogtepunten als de tweestemmige canon uit de Kunst der Fuge en de fluitsonate BWV 1035. Geholpen door het meesterschap van fluitenbouwster Adriana Breukink komen sax en blokfluit steeds dichter bij elkaar. De romantiek van prille liefde wordt omspeeld in Tandernaken. De feestelijke cadans van vroege middeleeuwen wordt bejubeld in de Estampie Petrone. In een onbekend duo, aangeduid als No. 3, worden schrijnende dissonanten telkens opgevangen door prachtige samenklanken, eindigend in een perfect unisono. Ronald Moelker’s compositie Ithaca, opgedragen aan Niels, is de perfecte inleiding voor het hart van de samenwerking en vriendschap: Twee fantasieën van Telemann.
Confluence: ein Ort, wo zwei Flüsse oder Bäche zusammentreffen um eins zu werden.

Das Jahr ist 1996. Der klassisch ausgebildete Saxophonist Niels Bijl ist am Ende seiner Konservatoriumsausbildung. In einem Plattenladen im Zentrum von Enschede: In einer freien Stunde fliegt er durch die CD-Racks, sucht nach unbekannter Musik, neuer Inspiration. Ronald Moelker dagegen geht gezielt an die Theke vorbei. Mit einer klaren Frage: Haben Sie auch Aufnahmen von klassischer Musik auf Saxophon? Ein Gespräch folgt schnell, eine Freundschaft ist geboren.

Was folgt: mehr als 20 Jahre Forschung, Zusammenarbeit und die gemeinsame Leidenschaft, das Leben zu genießen. Niels und Ronald, die von den scheinbar unterschiedlichen Welten ihrer gewählten Instrumente unberührt bleiben wollen, nehmen gemeinsam alle Herausforderungen an. Die britische Komplexität des Baldwine A Duo aus dem 15. Jahrhundert, die Leichtfüßigkeit von Francois Couperins Tic-Toc-Choc. Bach als verbindender Faden, mit Highlights wie dem zweistimmigen Kanon aus der Kunst der Fuge und der Flötensonate BWV 1035. Mit der fachmännischen Meisterschaft des Blockflötenbauers Adriana Breukink kommen Saxophon und Blockflöte immer näher zueinander. Die Romanze der jungen Liebe spiegelt sich in ‚Tandernaken‘. Die festlichen Cadans des frühen Mittelalters werden in der ‚Estampie Petrone‘ gefeiert. In einem unbekannten Duo, das als Nr. 3 bezeichnet wird, werden harte dissonante Klänge kontinuierlich durch schöne Harmonien ersetzt, die zu einem perfekten Einklang führen. Ronald Moelkers Komposition ‚Ithaca‘, geschrieben für Niels, ist die perfekte Einführung in das Herz der Zusammenarbeit und Freundschaft: Zwei Phantasien von Telemann.


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Ronald Moelker

Flute Player Ronald Moelker has done numerous concert tours and CD recordings as a recorder soloist and in ensembles like Ensemble Super Librum, the Lacrimae Ensemble and the Bassano Quartet.
He moves easily and seamlessly between different musical genres. He unites a large number of styles and timbres and proves that boundaries of what is possible with a recorder have not yet been reached.
In addition to his work in the area of early music, he performs his own work, utilizing Tibetan Bowls and Percussion.
Last but not least, Ronald Moelker performs in several duos with Harp, Saxophone, Harpsichord and Lute.
He has performed at major European Music Festivals such as the ECM Festival in Heraklion and the Festivals for Early Music in Utrecht, Brugge, Skara, Basel and St. Petersburg. He won several prizes and received awards at The Early Music Festival in Brugge and The Van Wassenaer Competition NL (First Prize).
Ronald Moelker studied recorder at the Conservatory in Rotterdam and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Niels Bijl

For Niels, it’s all about musicality and integrity. Whether he’s playing Bach on baritone, JacobTV on alto, Baldwine on soprano or original pieces written for him on his beloved tenor saxophone, it’s all about bringing music to life. Niels Bijl is an exceptionally versatile saxophonist.
His major projects include CDs with repertoire for tenor saxophone, the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, The Four Baritones and his collaboration with Ronald Moelker and many other varied musicians from accordion to harp to string quartet.
Highlights of his career are his Solo tenor saxophone tour Australia-New Zealand 2010. He has played on tour with Valeri Gergiev’s World Orchestra for Peace. The theatre production Ik ben niet bang with René Groothof received the prestigious Silver Krekel Prize in 2012. In 2014 he shared the stage with esteemed colleague and friend Branford Marsalis, in Paradiso Amsterdam and in Niels’ hometown Enschede.
As part of his integrity he gives back to young musicians. He has given numerous masterclasses almost everywhere in Europe as well as Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Canada and America.

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The two musicians are equal and know by the diversity of instruments that comes along to keep the sound  fascinating.
Luister, 01-2-2017

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