Every year, more and more festival visitors are finding their way to the Sunrise Concert. And, every time again, the combination of the early hour, awakening nature and breathtaking music creates a unique experience. This year’s programme is exceptionally special, because it’s not often you get to hear improvisation in classical music.
Enter violinist Merel Vercammen with her new album The Zoo, which consists entirely of improvised music. Merel wants to bring back a sense of surprise in the genre. She invited eight musicians to record duo improvisations and the result is a collection of ‘instant compositions’ which reminded her of animals. Three of these musicians, Maya Fridman, Vincent Houdijk and Rembrandt Frerichs, play a number of free improvisations with Merel based around The Zoo concept, creating mesmerising worlds of sound. They were inspired in this by early morning sounds.
After the concert, the audience and musicians walk to De Proeftuin together, where a delicious communal breakfast awaits. Let the day begin!
Highly exceptional, both as a project and in execution. - Mischa Spel, NRC
Hats off to the classical violinist for having the guts to venture off the beaten track. - Erik Voermans, Het Parool
The interesting thing about this collection is that with every listen, you hear how two people enter into a conversation and how this creates something unique every time. - Frits van der Waa, De Volkskrant
De Volkskrant ★★★★