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New! Repertoire

by Esther Steenbergen & Eric Calmes

Music especially written or arranged for Esther Steenbergen Trio, classical guitar with rythm section. The sequel to the succesfull Album: Repertoire.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Black Sea Dance
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Claus Tofft
4:58 $0.99
2. Slip Between My Lips
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Theodor Milkov
4:19 $0.99
3. Zapatraca
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Enrique Firpi
4:05 $0.99
4. Kilometers
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Oene van Geel
6:28 $0.99
5. Tango-Tangués
Esther Steenbergen & Eric Calmes
2:18 $0.99
6. La Sarabanda
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Enrique Firpi
3:32 $0.99
7. Reflections on Beauty
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Enrique Firpi
5:35 $0.99
8. Latin 4 Esther
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Claus Tofft
6:08 $0.99
9. Teclado Marfil
Esther Steenbergen & Eric Calmes
2:55 $0.99
10. Molinos I
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Enrique Firpi
3:48 $0.99
11. Molinos II
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Enrique Firpi
1:59 $0.99
12. Molinos III
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Enrique Firpi
1:27 $0.99
13. Molinos IV
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Enrique Firpi
4:10 $0.99
14. Molinos V
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Enrique Firpi
1:33 $0.99
15. El Poste
Esther Steenbergen, Eric Calmes & Enrique Firpi
3:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
New! is linked with "Repertoire", the first CD of the Esther Steenbergen Trio. The point of departure for "Repertoire" was
existing repertory for the guitar, this CD focuses on new music: pieces that have rarely or never been recorded, the majority of which has been written or arranged especially for me by composers who (all but one) I know personally. It is an odd experience to play a piece while the composer is present and, strangely enough, for some time this has also put other music in a different perspective for me. Just imagine, Johann Sebastian Bach sitting opposite you with the score on his knee...

Asking someone to write a composition for you has the unexpected result that for a moment you see yourself through the eyes of someone else. Someone who, to your surprise, thinks you are suited to play something that comes close to pop music, while
you yourself had something more ‘classical’ in mind. Thus ‘classical’ does not cover the music on this CD. However, I have no idea what this music should be called otherwise...

Working on this CD was exciting, partly because for a long time it was not clear how it would turn out. I have to say that I am extremely pleased with the outcome. Because it is so new, because we enjoyed working on it so much, because the hard work turned out to be so worthwhile. It was a delight to work with such excellent musicians and composers who all put so much effort into it, for which I would like to thank them here once again. Especially Eric Calmes, for all his work and his fantastic playing that can be heard on every track.

Black Sea Dance I
When I put a video on the internet site YouTube for the very first time, Behzat Cem Gunenc (Turkey, 1980) was the first to react. I followed his link and found a Turkish guitarist who performed his own pieces sitting in a kind of cupboard. As always in search of new repertory, I asked him whether his music had been written down and in reply he sent me his Black Sea Dances, the first of which has been included on this CD. As a thank-you he later composed a piece especially for me.

Slip between my lips
For a long time Chiel Meijering (the Netherlands, 1954) was the regular composer of the Amsterdam Guitar Trio of which I was a member. He writes with the speed of light and when I asked him whether he had something for my new trio, for a few weeks a new composition slipped into the inbox of my email programme every day. One of them was Slip between my lips, a piece with a typical
Meijering title. According to Meijering a title is like a signboard. It should attract attention and tickle your fancy.

Zapatraca, El Poste
Ernesto Snajer (Argentina, 1968) is guitarist, composer, producer and teacher. His music ranges from jazz to modern folklore and is typical Argentine urban music: very rhythmic, dramatic and a bit crazy. Snajer has not gone unnoticed: the Brazilian musician and composer Egberto Gismonti has decided to produce a CD with Guitarreros, the duo of Snajer and the Danish guitarist Palle Windfeldt.

Oene van Geel (the Netherlands, 1973) is a viola player in a very unusual string quartet for which he writes most of the repertory. When I asked him whether he would like to write something for my trio, he soon came up with Kilometers, inspired by the pop group the Meters as well as by Indian music, in which a 9/8 metre is not subdivided in the West-European way of 3x3/8, but in this case (for those who are interested) in 4/8 + 6/16+ 2/8. This looks complicated, but strangely enough it does not sound that way, though it took us some getting used to.

Tango-Tangués, La Sarabanda
I got to know Gustavo Pazos (Uruguay, 1960) when programming a concert series. Later we worked together on the CD Papas Calientes with music by him. Pazos knows ever so much about world music, he can play the guitar beautifully and it could well be said that music is the thing closest to his heart. I got to know a number of people featured on this CD through him. His Tango-Tangués/La Sarabanda is inspired by the candombe, a typical Afro-Uruguayan rhythm.

Reflections on beauty
Reflections on beauty was originally written for the Swedish harpsichord player Tora Johansson and has been arranged for the trio by Eric Calmes. The piece is based on two rhythms that are typical of the Netherlands Antilles: the Tumba and the Waltz. The waltz is in triple time with a syncopation in duple time. The Tumba is in duple time with a syncopation in triple time. The main question with a combination like this is: Where is the first beat of the bar?

(No)Latin 4 Esther
Jasper Blom (the Netherlands, 1965) is a fantastic saxophone player and the only jazz musician I know who could just as easily have become a physicist. In (No)Latin 4 Esther he has experimented with the clave, a rhythmic pattern that forms the basis of
nearly all Latin-American music. The musicians did not always appreciate this, but in the end everyone was very impressed by the result. The beautiful introduction clearly shows that he is very interested in early music and music from the twentieth century.

Teclado Marfil (para Blanca)
Seeing Juan Pablo Dobal (Argentina, 1964) play the piano is more educative than reading every book on how to play the tango. He studied music at, among others, the National Conservatory in Argentina where he graduated in 1986. He dedicated Teclado Marfil, which literally means ‘ivory keys’, to his first piano teacher Blanca Barquín. The subtitle para Blanca is ambiguous as ‘Blanca’ also means ‘white’, referring to the ivory keys of the piano.

The Cuban pianist Ramón Valle (Cuba, 1964) does not make music, he is music. When I heard his composition Kimbara pá Ñico for the first time, I was blown away. He is the founder of a fantastic trio that in my view deserves to be world famous. He wrote Molinos at my request. Molinos was realised with support of the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst.

Esther Steenbergen (the Netherlands) studied musicology at the University of Utrecht and classical guitar with Hubert Käppel at the Conservatory in Cologne (Germany) where she graduated with distinction. She also had lessons from the Czech guitarist Pavel Steidl and took part in master classes by the Cubans Manuel Barrueco and Leo Brouwer. Already as a student she won first prize at the international music competition Maria Canals in Barcelona (Spain). She plays chamber music, appears as a soloist and for a long time she was a member of the internationally renowned Amsterdam Guitar Trio. A long cherished dream, to play with a good Latin jazz rhythm section, came true when she formed her own trio with bassist Eric Calmes and drummer Enrique Firpi. Their music consists of arrangements of repertory for classical guitar and compositions written especially for them. Esther Steenbergen also has some organizing skills and is responsible for ‘Meesters op de Gitaar’, the guitar series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Composer, arranger and bassist Eric Calmes (Dutch Antilles) feels just as much at home with jazz, fusion and world music as on the borders of classical music. He was born and bred in Curaçao and at the age of twenty he went to the Netherlands to study at the conservatory. His dynamism, suppleness, flexibility combined with his ability to lay the foundation under whatever kind of group have for years made him one of the most sought-after bassists in the Netherlands.

Enrique Firpi (Uruguay) had his first gig at the age of fourteen and has continued to perform ever since. He says that he owes his versatility to the performance practice in his homeland where you need to be able to play everything if you want to be in a position to earn a living as a musician.

Claus Tofft (Denmark) studied percussion in the Netherlands, the United States and Cuba. He played with, among others, Conexión Latina, Nueva Manteca, New Cool Collective, Female Factory, Ruth Jacott and Willeke Alberti. Since 1999 he tours the world with Zuco 103, one of the best live bands from the Netherlands.

As a violinist and viola player Oene van Geel (the Netherlands) has specialised in improvisation, using unorthodox techniques. His main ensembles are the Zapp String Quartet, Voer and Osmosis. Both as a musician and as a composer he has won various prizes, including that of the Anton Kersjes Fonds and the Deloitte Jazz Award. He was commissioned to write various compositions by, for example, the North Sea Jazz Festival and November Music.

At the age of twelve Theodor Milkov (Greece) won first prize at Classica Nova, the music competition for young European musicians in Hanover (Germany). Three years later he represented Greece at the Eurovision in Berlin and became the first ever Greek finalist. He appears as a soloist and as a percussionist with the Athens State Orchestra.

Niek Wijns (the Netherlands) works as a recording producer for, among others, the Muziekcentrum van de Omroep and the Nederlands Blazersensemble. He has coached numerous musicians during a wide range of CD recordings, both in the studio and live. He started off as a clarinettist and as such he also frequently performs himself.

Guido Tichelman (the Netherlands) studied music recording at The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and in 1996 he founded the company Azazello. He has made recordings for, among others, the Schönberg Ensemble, the Asko Ensemble and composers such as Mauricio Kagel, Louis Andriessen and Michel van der Aa. He has designed samples for the Dutch Opera. He started to play the cello at the age of four and publishes collections of poetry.



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