Wolfert Brederode piano, composition
Joost Lijbaart drums, percussion
w/ Matangi Quartet
Maria-Paula Majoor violin
Daniel Torrico violin
Karsten Kleier viola
Arno van der Vuurst cello
Ruins & Remains is the newest project of Wolfert Brederode, a collaboration with drummer Joost Lijbaart and the Matangi Quartet.
It is a musical and personal contemplation about the destructive side of mankind- and nature, but also an ode to its fragility and resilience, which now, having endured a pandemic, proves to be an even more topical subject. Wolfert: ‘I consider Ruins & Remains as an evolving suite: with returning leitmotivs, key centers, harmonic progressions, but with the liberty for us to add or leave out parts, to stretch or shorten them or to connect them through free improvisations. So it enables us to keep on letting the music breath and transform while maintaining its’ essence.’
Apart from their own projects, like ‘Under the Surface’ and the Wolfert Brederode Trio, Joost and Wolfert have been working together in various ensembles over the last fifteen years and they also form a duo. Their album ‘One’ (Jazz in Motion Records) was unanimously lauded by the press.
The Matangi Quartet has been one of the leading string quartets in Dutch musical life for over two decades with most diverse projects and collaborations. All musicians have already joined forces in various concert-, dance-, theater- and television productions. For Matangi’s album ‘Jazzics’ Wolfert also composed the spiritual- and melancholical work ‘Shadowchild’.
With Ruins & Remains a long-cherished wish to jointly present an idiosyncratic musical universe in an enigmatic concert program is fulfilled.
Last August the music has been recorded in the Sendesaal in Bremen for and the album, Wolfert’s fourth as a leader on this label, will be released on ECM Records on both vinyl and cd in mid 2022.