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The Zoo

Merel Vercammen

TTK 0042

For this album, violinist Merel Vercammen recorded free improvisations with eight duo partners. The result is a collection of intuitive, instant compositions, that reminded her of animals. This album has thus become a zoo, one without chains or cages, a garden where every animal can move about freely.

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About the album

For this album, violinist Merel Vercammen recorded free improvisations with eight duo partners. The result is a collection of intuitive, instant compositions, that reminded her of animals. This album has thus become a zoo, one without chains or cages, a garden where every animal can move about freely.

Tracklist

  1. Seal Merel Vercammen & Maya Fridman 05:45
  2. Birds Merel Vercammen & Bernadeta Astari 03:45
  3. Elephants Merel Vercammen & Ties Mellema 03:25
  4. Monarch Butterfly Merel Vercammen & Bernadeta Astari 02:53
  5. Frog Merel Vercammen & Tobias Borsboom 01:45
  6. Capybara Merel Vercammen & Wilco Oomkes 04:06
  7. Snow Leopard Merel Vercammen & Ties Mellema 05:57
  8. Armenian Mountain Viper Merel Vercammen & Tobias Borsboom 03:48
  9. Komodo Dragon Merel Vercammen & Jaap Zwart 03:03
  10. Halcyon Merel Vercammen & Vincent Houdijk 03:31
  11. Melancholic Rabbit Merel Vercammen & Maya Fridman 04:50
  12. Funky Iguana Merel Vercammen & Vincent Houdijk 02:13
  13. Sloth Merel Vercammen & Wilco Oomkes 02:45
  14. Anglerfish Merel Vercammen & Rembrandt Frerichs 03:03
  15. Quokka Merel Vercammen & Maya Fridman 00:57
  16. Manatee Merel Vercammen & Rembrandt Frerichs 05:03
  17. Megalodon Merel Vercammen & Jaap Zwart 07:03
  18. Abyssinian Wolf Merel Vercammen & Wilco Oomkes 04:20
  19. Eurasian Curlew Merel Vercammen & Rembrandt Frerichs 03:22
  20. Tristan Albatros Merel Vercammen & Maya Fridman 04:26
  21. Striped Hyena Merel Vercammen & Bernadeta Astari 04:46
  22. Black Rhinoceros Merel Vercammen & Ties Mellema 03:28
  23. Giant Otter Merel Vercammen & Wilco Oomkes 03:44
  24. Saiga Antelope Merel Vercammen & Rembrandt Frerichs 02:56
  25. Mountain Gorilla Merel Vercammen & Jaap Zwart 06:54

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“As a whole, it’s not just remarkably listenable, but also and most of all a huge and impressive plea to raise improvisation as a basic skill in the world of classical music.” ★★★★★

Paul Janssen, Luister Magazine

“Extremely impressive. […] The Zoo offers fascinating improvisations. But it’s so amazing that this project is developed by someone who’s able to think outside the box and, with her vision and talent, adds to new pathways and ways of thinking in classical music.” ★★★★★

Ruud Jonker, Music Emotion

“Interaction and tension are first priority, so when she enters a dialogue with pianist Rembrandt Frerichs, dragging you into the sparkling underwater world of the anglerfish, you’ll hear scraping and touching sounds, raspy but full of wondrous enchantment. […] What Vercammen achieved here is both as a project and performance highly remarkable.” ★★★★☆

Mischa Spel, NRC

“The interesting thing about this collection is that you hear how two people engage with one another and how this results in something unique each time. Sometimes something resembling a folk melody, sometimes ambient-like reflections, but also fully-fledged instant compositions with hands and feet.” ★★★★☆

Frits van der Waa, de Volkskrant

“Hats off to the courageous blonde!” ★★★★☆

Hanna Blom-Yoo, Reformatorisch Dagblad

“Daring yet classy” ★★★★☆

Erik Voermans, Het Parool

“The musicians communicate with all their senses, and you really experience that. […] The sound quality is so seriously good that we expect you’ll hear tracks from The Zoo a lot at [hi-fi] demonstrations and shows.”

Yung Lie, Alpha Audio

“You’ll find cuddly animals, herd animals, solitary animals, intelligent animals, aggressive animals, and venomous animals. […] This leads us into an extremely varied animal world where Saint-Saëns’ Carnival des animeaux fades in comparison.”

Jan de Kruijff, Musicalifeiten

“With her perfect pitch and feel for nuance, Vercammen knows how to get to the essence of every musical moment and enlarge it: communication in optimal form that forms a route to a new language of improvisation.”

Cyriel Pluimakers, Jazzenzo

“Especially due to its diversity, a beautifully checkered carnival of animals is created, with an engaging mix of new age, avant-garde, jazz, and classical. […] Nothing but praise for a perfectly recorded album with a magnificent design and a good story.”

Siebe Riedstra, Opus Klassiek

Artist(s)

Bernadeta Astari
Jaap Zwart
Maya Fridman
Merel Vercammen
Rembrandt Frerichs
Ties Mellema
Tobias Borsboom
Vincent Houdijk
Wilco Oomkes

Composer(s)

Bernadeta Astari
Jaap Zwart
Maya Fridman
Merel Vercammen
Rembrandt Frerichs
Ties Mellema
Tobias Borsboom
Vincent Houdijk
Wilco Oomkes

Genre(s)

Classical – Contemporary (> 1920)
Jazz – Instrumental

Label

TRPTK Live

Recording resolution

PCM 352.8 kHz 32 bits

Recording date(s)

4 – 20 June 2019

Recording location

Oude Sint-Victorkerk
Batenburg, The Netherlands
Orgelpark
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Recording engineer

Brendon Heinst

Mastering engineer

Brendon Heinst

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