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Textures (2017)

Textures (2017) 35 ‘

Violin, viola, cello

With optional photo projections

Première: Prisma string Trio
12 November 2017, November Music, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)

Commissioned by: November Music
Made possible by: Fonds Podiumkunsten | Makersfonds Gemeente Tilburg | Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Brabant.

Music for string instruments combined with abstract landscape photography made in Iceland during the Fljótstunga Artist in Residency 2015.

With apparent simplicity and a strong eye for image composition and detail, Merijn Bisschops captures natural shapes, colours and textures of the Icelandic landscape. The music he composed for Prisma string trio consists of finely interlocking sound textures and layers of minimalist rhythm. Music that is both serene and fragile and overwhelming.

About Textures:

“Crystal-clear images of landscapes that shaped over millions of years. Those are the inspirational source of photographer and composers Merijn Bisschops. His work ‘Textures’, that could be heard during the Kunstmuziekroute, was one of the highlights of the festival November Music.”

René van Peer 12-11-17, Brabants Dagblad

About Textures:

“Bisschops is a composer, but since a few years also active as a photographer and film maker and he strives to create total artworks in which diverse art forms are interwoven in a logical and inextricable manner. With ‘Textures’ he certainly succeeded in that.”

Ben Taffijn 6-12-2017, Nieuwe Noten

About Textures:

“Exceptionally impressive was the work by composer and photographer Merijn Bisschops. He combined razor-sharp projected photos of beautiful desolate landscapes in which millions of years of geological processes where visible, with music for string trio. The music was as layered as the images, sometimes abrasive and harsh, sometimes sensitive and full of tender colours.”

René van Peer 13-11-17, Brabants Dagblad

About photo book & cd Textures:

“During concerts the composition is performed while a selection of photo’s is projected in a slow sequence behind the musicians. There is plenty of time to absorb the details, both of the music and the images. They are of enchanting beauty, in terms of colours and shapes. But even though the photos are crystal clear, it is not always obvious what you are looking at. You have no idea of ​​dimensions and distances. Something similar can be found in the music, a fragile ambiguity and a wealth of colours that are at times melancholic. Occasionally you would swear that a human voice arises from the trio of violin, viola and cello. What is special is that the music is never a direct translation of the images. Existing links are indirect, associative. Bisschops took a next step in presenting his work by publishing it in the form of a photo book, with a recording of the music on cd. He chose an exceptional size, 39 x 26 cm. Because of that the photos, that in some cases stretch out over two pages, are shown to advantage. Because images and sound are disconnected they each lead their own live. Synchronicity makes way for a separate experience of the two elements. Now the music proves to be strong enough by itself, and becomes even more suggestive if possible. As a book with cd ‘Textures’ is a publication to continuously return to, to roam around through faint, neboulous (musical) landscapes, saturated by colour. Pictures of our own earth, but also images you would like to dream.”

(rvp) Gonzo Circus #147, 2018