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Joris Roelofs - Rope Dance

Composer Joris Roelofs
Performer Clemens van der Feen
Bram de Looze
Joris Roelofs
Bram van Sambeek
Martijn Vink
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2453 SACD
EAN 7318599924533
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date May 2021
Total time 52'06


The award-winning Dutch composer and bass clarinet player Joris Roelofs is also currently working on a PhD dissertation on Friedrich Nietzsche, improvisation and the notion of freedom. On the album Rope Dance he is able to combine all of this, in a suite of twelve pieces inspired by Nietzsche – ‘by far the most musical of philosophers’ according to Roelofs. It is especially the parable of the tightrope walker in the opening section &&&of ‘Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None’ that has provided him with inspiration for his own ‘Light-Footed Music for All and None’.

It is not surprising that Nietzsche’s thoughts about free spirits, liberated from conventional constraints and belief systems, resonate particularly well with musicians working with improvisation and across genres. Roelofs has therefore been able to gather a group of highly versatile colleagues from the Benelux jazz scene to perform his music: pianist Bram de Looze, bass player Clemens van der Feen and Martijn Vink on drums. The album also confirms the multi-faceted talents of bassoonist Bram van Sambeek, following previous recordings on BIS of classical, pre-Romantic and contemporary concertos, as well as hard rock covers with the group ORBI (the Oscillating Revenge of the Background Instruments).
 
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  Joris Roelofs
  Rope Dance: Light-Footed Music for All and None 51'58
01 Beware the Buffoon! 4'43
02 Sweet Superman 9'07
03 Rope Dancer 5'36
04 Are Your Feet Light Enough? 1'29
05 If You Gaze Long into an Abyss… 4'02
06 Off Balance 1'02
07 Eternal Recurrence 6'51
08 The Three Metamorphoses 3'44
09 …The Abyss Will Gaze Back into You 2'57
10 The Master Can’t Dance 1'44
11 The Convalescent 8'00
12 The Laughing Child 2'43
 
  Album total 52'06
ComposerRoelofs, Joris
BassoonSambeek, Bram van
ClarinetRoelofs, Joris
PianoLooze, Bram de
Double bassFeen, Clemens van der
DrumsVink, Martijn

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