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

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.

New album “Sounds of Interstellar Space (2021)” 

Sounds of Interstellar Space is a journey from Earth through our Solar System and beyond into the Interstellar Space. Sonified space objects formed the rock and the roadmap for the composition, by evoking an atmosphere or initiating a melody, harmony or a rhythm. TRIFID became entangled with the universe in order to create, as Mark McCoughrean (Senior advisor for Science & Exploration, ESA) and Günther Hasinger (Director of Science, ESA) aptly put it in the liner notes, ‘a place that lies somewhere between the familiar and the unknown.’

 

Sounds of Interstellar Space is a 30-minute composition written by Rik Cornelissen for the concertseries Sounds of Interstellar Space (2019-2020) and recorded at the Hervormde Kerk in Aartswoud on the 23rd of August 2020.

Album “Dreamscape (2018)” 

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.

 

Recorded live @ the Beauforthuis on the 19th of november 2017 and features Teus Nobel (flugelhorn) and Oene van Geel (viola & voice). All compositions are written by Rik Cornelissen and Vincent Houdijk.

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)