TOCAR

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

“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.

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TRIFID

Rik Cornelissen | accordion
Vincent Houdijk | vibes
Maciej Domaradzki | 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.

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.

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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.

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Rik Cornelissen & Frank Nielander

Rik Cornelissen | accordion
Frank Nielander | saxes

Rik Cornelissen, accordeonist, en Frank Nielander, saxofonist, leerden elkaar kennen in 2015 en besloten, onder de indruk van elkaars spel, te gaan samenwerken. Rik, de (niet meer zo heel ) jonge hond is afkomstig uit de hoek van Zuid-Amerikaanse tango en jazzmuziek, Frank, de oude rot, uit de jazz-en pop hoek. Beiden zijn ervaren musici met optredens over de hele wereld in hun bagage. Zowel met eigen bands als als sideman. Van Gino Vanelli tot  Bert van de Brink, van Lionel Ritchie tot  Michiel Braam etc.

Muziek van Zuid-Amerikaanse componisten als Jobim, Piazzolla en Gismonti en jazzrepertoire van Sonny Rollins, Richard Galliano tot Thomas Chapin wordt een levendige interactie tussen sax en accordeon; fuserend en duellerend – elkaar zoekend en elkaar uitdagend.