Foto: Monique Besten
Albert van Veenendaal and Matthieu Donarier met in 2009 when both their trios merged into an exciting sextet project, playing several concerts in Holland (e.g. in th Bimhuis and Jazz International Rotterdam). The train that took Matthieu Donarier from Paris to Amsterdam passes the industrial and modern city of Rotterdam. Its breathtaking skyline inspired him to compose, while travelling, a short and descriptive duo piece for soprano sax and piano, entitled “Blue Rotterdam”.
The two trio-leaders played it as an opening piece of their sextet gigs and…a duet was born. Both being innovative and creative musicians, always on the search for new ways of Jazz, they discovered they were speaking the same language. Their improvisational idea’s merge seamlessly and their timing, even in playing rubato melodies, is as if one voice was speaking. Excited by this discovery, in december 2010 they met in Albert’s studio in Amsterdam to record new compositions and explore musical idea’s. Hot Stuff.
This duo will start being available for concerts from september 2011 and their first album can be expected in early 2012. Check out the fragments of their first recordings at: