Henosis is a collaboration with his improv-trio of guitar, drums and
laptop, and 8 singers + conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir.
Henosis is touring in the Netherlands and in selected festivals abroad
like the London Jazz Festival and the Wroclaw Philharmonic.
The project was commissioned by the North Sea Jazz Festival 2012.
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"Forget your hairdo, because your hair will stand stiff upward when
the symbiosys forces cross the stage" wrote newspaper De Volkskrant
after the premiere concert of Henosis. Henosis was created after Bram
Stadhouders received the Composition Assignment from the North Sea
Jazz Festival in 2012. Stadhouders wrote his work for a special
combination: eight members of one of the most admired choirs in the
classical world, the Netherlands Chamber Choir conducted by Klaas
Stok, and his own trio: guitar, drums and electronics.
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. Henosis
means "unity" in Ancient Greek, and this is exactly what Bram had in
mind: putting the best of two different worlds into one intense
organic experience of both bombastic and very intimate atmospheres.
Contrasts in rhythm, emotion and compositional techniques make this
piece grab your attention from beginning to end, and a perfect synergy
is created between conductor, classical vocalists, and improvisers.
At just 25 years old, with this project, Bram Stadhouders can be
counted among the most promising musicians of the future, keeping his
previous work in mind as well. He has collaborated with international
icons such as Sidsel Endresen, Jim Black, Terje Isungset, Grzech
Piotrowski, and toured around the globe with his ever changing
projects. Recently he was also selected for Take Five Europe led by
Serious in the UK, and was chosen TopTalent in his province
Collaborating with the Netherlands Chamber Choir was a great choice
for Bram. This choir dates back since 1937, and has since been on the
top of international choirs, releasing more than 75 CDs in the field
from medieval to contemporary music, several of which have been
awarded an Edison or a Diapason d'Or. In recent seasons, tours have
taken the ensemble to countries such as France, the United States,
Canada, Spain and Poland. They have performed Henosis the best as Bram
could have hoped for, and made it into an experience you will probably
never see again if you miss it.
Bram Stadhouders (1987, Netherlands) is considered to be one of the
most interesting and emerging improvising musicians in Europe. He
explores the borders between ambient, contemporary electronic music
and free improvised jazz using guitar and technology. His cutting-edge
way of approaching improvisation and composition has continued to
impress the public.
Since he was 8 years old, he has been on stage, starting with
classical, rock, jazz and since 2007 he expresses his own unique
musical universe. He released 5 CD's on his own label, touring all
over The Netherlands, Europe and the USA. Besides many side-projects,
he's active as a solo-artist, as duo with Onno Govaert, leading his
band with the Netherlands Chamber Choir. In 2008 he was chosen as a
"Young Vip" by the Music Center Netherlands, which allowed his name to
quickly spread to the general public of his home country.
Soon after this, he got invited by some of the worlds most interesting
improvisers. Bram has had a long cooperation with one of Polands most
interesting musicians Grzech Piotrowski. He is a soloist in his
legendary World Orchestra standing next to many international stars
like Theodossi Spassov, Sinikka Langeland, the Bulgarian choir
Angelite, and as a quartet they released a CD on Challenge Records. He
also performed on a guitar made of ice with Terje Isungset in Norway
and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Since 2010 he is supported by
Muzieklab Brabant, then he started a trio with the extraordinary and
influential Norwegian singer Sidsel Endresen and American drummer Jim
Black, playing several concerts and releasing a CD called Bell Time.
In 2011 Bram got selected to take part in the Take5-Europe program,
led by Serious in the UK and John Surman, playing on the biggest
jazzfestivals in Norway, UK, France, Netherlands and Poland. Then he
became the youngest musician ever to win the prestigious North Sea
Jazz Composition Assignment. He invited the world-famous Netherlands
Chamber Choir for this project, and wrote a full album of music for
them and his trio. The result is called Henosis and is released on
Challenge Records. Henosis went on stage over 11 times in the
Netherlands together with Foss visual collective, and he also got
invited by the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir to perform the same piece in
Poland. He is on an everlasting journey of discovering new ways to
develop his music, seeking different contexts, challenges, or
Bram has played in Netherlands, North America, Norway, Poland,
Germany, Russia, Israel, Belgium, Spain, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia,
Turkey, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, with artists like: Onno
Govaert, Eric Vloeimans, Jim Black, Sidsel Endresen, Terje Isungset,
Arve Henriksen, Wolfert Brederode, Karl Seglem, Thomas Strønen, Grzech
Piotrowski, Sainkho Namtchylak, Sinikka Langeland, Per Oddvar
Johansen, Ruth Wilhelime Meyer, Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Koenraad Ecker,
Gulli Gudmundsson, Skuli Sverisson, Theodossi Spassov, Marcin
Wasilewski, Bulgarian choir Angelite, Harmen Fraanje, Jeroen van
Vliet, Eric van der Westen, Sanne van Hek, Haytham Safia, Wouter
Jaspers, Laïs, Noel Redding (bassist from Jim Hendrix), Nelson Veras,
Hein van de Geyn, Matthieu Chazarenc, Staplerfahrer, Spinvis, the
Netherlands Chamber Choir, and much more.
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