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 as well as overwhelming.
“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
“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