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The Chronometer's Orchestra

The Chronometer’s Orchestra, under the artistic management of Zacharias S. Falkenberg, combines the essence of modern classical music with experimental Jazz. The result is a top notch orchestra that surprises the audience with complex rhythms and avantgardistic harmonies. Falkenberg’s influences in music are amongst others: Frank Zappa, Soft Machine, Django Bates, Miles Davis, Igor Stravinsky, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gyorgy Ligeti.

TCO has a peculiar setting: 5 horns, a stringquartet and a rhythmsection consisting of piano, 2 guitars, upright bass, marimba and drums. Members of the group include well-known musicians as drummer Yonga Sun, bassist Dion Nijland and pianist Philipp Rüttgers.

In august 2016 Falkenberg was the first awardee of the prestigious Rogier van Otterloo Award, rewarded by the Metropole Orkest.

Grammy Award winner Jules Buckley & composer Martin Fondse about Zacharias S. Falkenberg:
„Zacharias shows within young age that he is a curious composer and arranger that thinks outside the box. He also reveals a strong sense for different musical styles through a repertoire where composed music is easily integrated with improvised music. (…) [We are] positively surprised by the distinct and genuine structure of [Zacharias’] compositions. In his work for bigger ensembles he plays with surprising combinations of instruments and his works show undeniable expertise without being too academically. Besides the high level of craftsmanship Zacharias also exposes a broad and very formative conceptual range of sounds.“