Changing Landscapes (2019)

van Geel, Ruttgers

Philipp Rüttgers, Oene van Geel

A Special Recording, It Started With A Jam....

It started with a spontaneous jam at Splendor in Amsterdam, to which Oene van Geel had invited me. We both brought different compositions to the table, but also improvised freely. From the first moment it felt familiar and special. I felt that I had found a musical friend. When we play together we make music from sound and space. Intuition and curiosity are our characteristics.

On the first day of the recording Changing Landscapes, I walked through the doors of the MCO Studio 1 in Hilversum. A beautifully large room with great acoustics. There was a fantastic Steinway Concert Wing piano that had just been overhauled. The keys have a light touch with a tight control over the hammer. The feeling of the contact between your fingertip and the sound you make with it is unbelievable.

I knew immediately that this would be a special recording. We played without amplification and without headphones. Oene was positioned to the left of me, behind the open wing flap. After a few takes we gradually turned to the positioning and the sound between Piano and Quintone.

With Jared Sacks, we made a plan to play much more than to listen, and that we were not going to make  choices on the day in terms of takes. For me this was a surprise because I am used to making certain  choices in the studio based on listening to the recorded takes in the moment. I trusted Jared and we took the rest of the day and the day that followed, without really listening back.

A few weeks later Jared forwarded the DSD recordings and I was positively surprised! This is a very special sound. I hear every little detail of what I played. The combination with Oene comes across beautifully. The space of the MCO carries the sound.  I am very impressed with Jared’s way of recording - and you, the listener - will be too.

-- Philipp Ruttgers

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Philipp Rüttgers

Philipp Rüttgers (1981), pianist and composer, is praised as an innovative spirit who draws his inspiration from different genres and offers the listener an exciting performance. In 2018 he received the composition assignment from the North Sea Jazz Festival, where he made a contemporary translation of the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. This music was released by Zennez Records. Philipp is the leader of his Music Lab, a septet that received a lot of attention in the Dutch press with their album „Repetitive Mind“. In Germany he is part of the famous Jazz Rock / Fusion group KaMa Quartet feat. Nippy Noya creates a furore with their tributes to John Coltrane‘s „Love Supreme“. He is a member of the contemporary Chronometers Or- chestra, led by Zacharias Falkenberg, and is a composer and pianist of the Jan Wirken Ensemble. Philipp also composes music for films such as „We Arnhem“ commissioned by Introdans, or for orchestras such as „Het Ereprijs Orkest“ or various big bands. He can regularly be heard on Dutch stages and festivals such as the Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz in Duketown, Transition, So What‘s Next, Lantaren Venster, and is also active in the German jazz club scene / festivals. As a teacher he is attached to the ArtEZ School of Music in Arnhem, where he is also a mentor for master students and his own ‚Odd Meter‘ ensemble. Together with viola player, composer and improviser Oene van Geel, he forms a chamber music ensemble and they were invited by Just Listen Records to record and release the album „Changing Landscapes“ in 2019.

photo: from booklet JL011

Oene van Geel

Composer / viola / quintone player Oene van Geel (1973) is a musical adventurer. Influenced by jazz, Indian music, chamber music and free improvisation, he uses his virtuoso improvisa- tion skills and his composition talent for a wide range of musi- cal activities.He toured Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Canada.As a player he is currently active with the following ensembles / bands:Es- tafest, The Nordanians, Haanst- ra & van Geel, duo with pianist Philipp Rüttgers and a duo with dancer Miri Lee. In addition to playing with these formations, he is regularly invited as an im- provising guest soloist. In 2015 Oene made his first solo album: ‚Sudoku‘ (release 26 May 2016). He received the VPRO Boy Edgar Prize (2013), the Sena Per- formers Toonzetters Prize (2012, with Zapp4), the Kersjes Prize (2005, with Zapp4), the Deloitte Jazz Award (2002), Dutch Jazz Competition (2001) and the Jur Naessens Music Prize (2000).As a composer he is mostly active in chamber music and music theatre. He composed for: The National Opera, Liza Ferschtman + Calefax, Frederieke Saeijs, The David Kweksilber Big Band, the Osiris Trio, Emlyn Stam + New European Ensemble, Black Pencil Ensemble, Amstel Quartet, Frederieke Saeijs, Nizar Rohana, Remy van Kesteren and Eric Vloeimans, Erik Bosgraaf, Steven Kamperman Quintet, Youth Orchestra The Netherlands, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Matangi Quartet, Calefax, Tetzepi bigtet, the Ricciotti Ensemble, Nicolay Shugaev, David Braid and many others.Oene also re- gularly composes for festivals such as: The Amsterdam Viola Festival (2017) The Dutch Violin Competition (edition 2016), Cello Biennale Amsterdam (edition 2008 and 2016), Anniversary Osiris Trio (2014), the Storioni Festival (2013), Orlando Festival (2012), the North Sea Jazz Festival (2005), SJU Jazz Festival (2002), Marathon festival Oosterpoort (2002).The combination of different disciplines is a fascinating working area for Oene.As a composer and musician, he was involved in productions of: The National Opera (‚Bewogen Bewegen‘ in 2016 and ‚Hondenhartje‘ in 2017), Silbersee, Boukje Schweigman, Theun Mosk, Eric Vaarzon Morel, Saartje van Camp, Herman van Baar, Marcel Sijm, The World Band, Holland Opera (already two productions and a new opera in December 2017) and Theater Sonnevanck.Cooperati- on with dance also has Oene‘s special interest. He regularly collaborates with dancer / choreographer Kenzo Kusuda, and dancer / choreographer Heather Ware. In 2019 he will start a new production with choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman.Oene has been a member of the New Society for Dutch Composers (Nieuw Geneco) since December 2016.

photo: from booklet JL011

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Changing Landscapes (2019)

van Geel, Ruttgers

Philipp Rüttgers, Oene van Geel

Amplifiers: Van Medevoort, Holland
Cables: Van den Hul
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies, DSD 256
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks & Tom Caulfield
Mastering Room: Grimm LS1 Speakers
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps, AKG
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis, custom design
Piano Tuner: Charles Rademaker
Producer: Jared Sacks, Jonas Sacks, Philipp Rüttgers, Oene van Geel; Co-Producer: Cyriel Pluimakers
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording Location: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands, September 2018
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland
Special Thanks: Floor van der Holst, Ted Brady, Brian Moura, Bill Dodd

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Cinematic Gesture
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Running Man
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Changing Landscapes
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Skip Count Sweet Miles
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