Tocar

Rik Cornelissen | accordion
Wim Warman | piano
Taco Nieuwenhuizen | bass
Enrique Firpi | drums

feat: Izaline Calister | vocals

“Tocar” (Spanish) means to touch, to feel, to handle, to contact, to sound, to play… the music of Tocar is about the joy of life and sensuality. Music that seduces you and touches you with the excitement of the unknown, the desire to relax and have thrilling experiences at the same time. The space you experience in nature, the freedom you feel while travelling. A warmth that embraces you and a breeze that caresses you.

Tocar displays a musical openness and it keeps exploring and crossing musical boundaries: tango, latin, jazz… Tocar is inspired by music from Astor Piazzolla, Bill Evans, and Chick Corea. Different genres are mixed together, just like mixing herbs and spices in an exotic dish.

Album “Birds of Paradise”

The colourful appearance of the bird of paradise, accomplished by natural selection and mixing, symbolises the music of Tocar. A picturesque palette of colours and styles mix in a natural way to create something new. The compositions and arrangements derived from this have given Tocar a unique sound – open and accessible, modest yet explosive.

Together with singer Izaline Calister, Tocar will search for the diamonds of the Latin-America with songs of Mercedes Sosa, Antonio Jobim and the Buenos Vista Social Club amongst others. Sang in a warm and charming way by Latin Diva Calister and colored by the lyrical accordion, the tango flavour of the piano and a cast-iron groove. Izaline Calister and Tocar are going on a fascinating journey through South America!

TRIFID

Rik Cornelissen | accordion
Vincent Houdijk | vibraphone
Maciej Domaradzki | double bass

feat: astronomers from ESA, UvA & RU | lecturers

The Trifid nebula, a region in our Milky Way, is an unusual combination of three spacial events. The young energy field is constantly in motion and can be seen from Earth as a colourful and bright phenomenon.

The music of TRIFID came into existence because three musicians felt the urge to explore and discover the unique fusion of accordion, vibraphone and double bass. The result is an exciting and intense perspective of something which can be described best as a spirited, yet serene and intimate, energy field full of lyricism and mystery.

Album “Dreamscape”

Although many scientists have contributed vast knowledge, the universe remains hard to understand. Therefor it is inspirational to try to capture an essence of the cosmos in music. In the search for freedom and unity we try not to limit ourselves as we float in the endless and elusive interstellar space of the cosmos to create our Dreamscape.

Sounds of Interstellar Space:

Het heelal als inspiratiebron voor alle muziek

Sounds of Interstellar Space is een beleving: ondergedompeld worden in de mysterieuze wereld van het universum, waarbij muziek en wetenschap samensmelten. Accordeonist Rik Cornelissen, vibrafonist Vincent Houdijk en contrabassist Maciej Domaradzki, samen vormen zij TRIFID, gaan op tournee met hun nieuwe programma Sounds of Interstellar Space. Het titelstuk is geschreven op basis van recent door de NASA en ESA opgevangen golven in de buurt van Saturnus. De première vindt plaats op vrijdag 11 oktober 2019 in Space Expo in Noordwijk. Aansluitend volgen er voorstellingen in sterrenwachten, planetaria, ruimtevaartmusea en collegezalen van universiteiten door heel Nederland. Lezingen worden verzorgd door onder meer astrofysica en schrijfster Claudia Mignone, werkzaam bij ESA/ESTEC, en Rob van den Berg, directeur van Space Expo. De avonden worden afgesloten met een workshop waarnemen, inclusief grote telescopen en, bij helder weer, daadwerkelijk inzoomen op hemellichamen.

Meer informatie is te vinden op www.soundsofinterstellarspace.nl

11 oktober 2019 t/m 24 januari 2020 is Sounds of Interstellar SPace te zien en te luisteren door heel Nederland!

New World Quartet

Egon Kracht | double bass
Angelo Verploegen | flugelhorn
Jan Meu | bariton sax
Rik Cornelissen | accordion

Founded by double bassist Egon Kracht (Velsen, 1966), the driving force behind many ensembles, environmentalist and visionary. “In my music I try to find a synthesis between various genres”, he says. “Pop, jazz, classical, contemporary, I find them all equally appealing. I love Zappa just as much as I love Bach. That’s why I’ve founded the New World Quartet. It’s an ensemble in which musical worlds meet in a new and sustainable vision of the future of art.” 

Dances

The music he wrote for the New World Quartet is the musical result of all of the above: ‘Dances’, a musical novel with a prologue and two suites. Double bassist Kracht takes the plunge, joined by flugelhorn player Angelo Verploegen, baritone saxophonist Jan Menu and accordionist Rik Cornelissen. The opener, ‘Evolutionary Tango’, is a musical translation of the evolution, latched on to the pulse of the Argentinian tango: an inescapable rhythm, which feels like the heartbeat of someone in love. The flugelhorn sounds as free as a bird, and the baritone saxophone gives him a musical answer. Meanwhile, the accordion depicts the pain of daily life and the struggle for survival. 

Traveller

Rik Cornelissen | accordion

Curious, always following my own ideas, well considering, creative, forming my own identity and views and most of all enthusiastic. These values characterise the musical journey which I have undertaken from the moment I started studying the accordion. Although respecting the traditional sounds, whether classical, jazz, tango or latin I’ve always been searching for a piece of ‘me’ in the music. This solo project reflects who I am, the journey I’ve made and where I stand as a musician right now.  Rik Cornelissen (2014)