Merel Vercammen

The Zoo

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 click to play/pause

  • Merel Vercammen & Maya Fridman

    Seal

    5:46 Play button Pause button 5:46
  • Merel Vercammen & Bernadeta Astari

    Birds

    3:46 Play button Pause button 3:46
  • Merel Vercammen & Ties Mellema

    Elephants

    3:25 Play button Pause button 3:25
  • Merel Vercammen & Bernadeta Astari

    Monarch Butterfly

    2:53 Play button Pause button 2:53
  • Merel Vercammen & Tobias Borsboom

    Frog

    1:46 Play button Pause button 1:46
  • Merel Vercammen & Wilco Oomkes

    Capybara

    4:07 Play button Pause button 4:07
  • Merel Vercammen & Ties Mellema

    Snow Leopard

    5:57 Play button Pause button 5:57
  • Merel Vercammen & Tobias Borsboom

    Armenian Mountain Viper

    3:49 Play button Pause button 3:49
  • Merel Vercammen & Jaap Zwart

    Komodo Dragon

    3:04 Play button Pause button 3:04
  • Merel Vercammen & Vincent Houdijk

    Halcyon

    3:31 Play button Pause button 3:31
  • Merel Vercammen & Maya Fridman

    Melancholic Rabbit

    4:51 Play button Pause button 4:51
  • Merel Vercammen & Vincent Houdijk

    Funky Iguana

    2:14 Play button Pause button 2:14
  • Merel Vercammen & Wilco Oomkes

    Sloth

    2:46 Play button Pause button 2:46
  • Merel Vercammen & Rembrandt Frerichs

    Anglerfish

    3:03 Play button Pause button 3:03
  • Merel Vercammen & Maya Fridman

    Quokka

    0:57 Play button Pause button 0:57
  • Merel Vercammen & Rembrandt Frerichs

    Manatee

    5:03 Play button Pause button 5:03
  • Merel Vercammen & Jaap Zwart

    Megalodon

    7:03 Play button Pause button 7:03
  • Merel Vercammen & Wilco Oomkes

    Abyssinian Wolf

    4:20 Play button Pause button 4:20
  • Merel Vercammen & Rembrandt Frerichs

    Eurasian Curlew

    3:22 Play button Pause button 3:22
  • Merel Vercammen & Maya Fridman

    Tristan Albatros

    4:26 Play button Pause button 4:26
  • Merel Vercammen & Bernadeta Astari

    Striped Hyena

    4:46 Play button Pause button 4:46
  • Merel Vercammen & Ties Mellema

    Black Rhinoceros

    3:29 Play button Pause button 3:29
  • Merel Vercammen & Wilco Oomkes

    Giant Otter

    3:44 Play button Pause button 3:44
  • Merel Vercammen & Rembrandt Frerichs

    Saiga Antelope

    2:57 Play button Pause button 2:57
  • Merel Vercammen & Jaap Zwart

    Mountain Gorilla

    6:54 Play button Pause button 6:54

More information

Label TRPTK
Genre(s) Classical – Contemporary (> 1920)
Jazz
Artist(s) Bernadeta Astari
Jaap Zwart
Maya Fridman
Merel Vercammen
Rembrandt Frerichs
Ties Mellema
Tobias Borsboom
Vincent Houdijk
Wilco Oomkes
Composer(s) Astari, Bernadeta
Borsboom, Tobias
Frerichs, Rembrandt
Fridman, Maya
Houdijk, Vincent
Mellema, Ties
Oomkes, Wilco
Vercammen, Merel
Zwart, Jaap
Recording location(s) Orgelpark, Amsterdam (NL)
Oude Sint-Victorkerk, Batenburg (NL)
Recording date(s) June 2019
Cat. No.

TTK 0042

Release date

September 5th, 2019

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"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Daring yet classy"

Erik Voermans, Het Parool

"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

"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

"Hats off to the courageous blonde!"

Hanna Blom-Yoo, Reformatorisch Dagblad

"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

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