Jesse Passenier – Lit Scenes (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:06:36 minutes | 698 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Odradek Records
Jesse Passenier is a Dutch composer, arranger, conductor, pianist, and percussionist whose music builds bridges between jazz and classical styles. He is the winner of the Rogier van Otterloo Award 2017, acknowledging his success in this process of bringing together musical genres. “Lit Scenes” is a fascinating and irresistible combination of jazz, influenced by big-band composers such as Gil Evans, Bob Brookmeyer and Vince Mendoza, and classical, building on a long tradition of music for string quartet, but with particular links to the writing of György Ligeti, Béla Bartók and Maurice Ravel.
By 2010, Jesse Passenier was ‘Young Composer in Residence’ at the MECC Jazz Festival in Maastricht, and in 2011 he was one of the four laureates of the International Composition Contest of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. In the same year, he founded his own Broad Music Orchestra, predecessor of his current Fluid Orchestra. In 2012 Jesse Passenier started writing his first string quartet at the same time as working on the first movement of his Fantasy, and even though the idioms and overall styles of the two pieces were different, he came to realise that he wanted to connect them in one project. This project evolved into the unique and radiant music featured on this disc: Lit Scenes.
LIT SCENES is a suite for an 8-piece orchestra with scenes from nature, symbolising human emotions. With compositions for string quartet as well as compositions for octet, Passenier tells personal stories, using scenes from nature to symbolise human emotions. By collaborating with Anne Gentenaar, his musical ideas come to life in the world of moving images: an abstract wild life film is the result, all mixed live on stage.
The Suite LIT SCENES consists out of two parts, one of which is String Quartet No.1. This composition is performed by the renowned Dudok Quartet, part of The Fluid Orchestra in this production. This composition shows influences out of the jazz big band tradition and clear links to Ligeti, Bartók and Ravel. In the second part of the Suite, the string quartet is joined by four other musicians, playing flute, Moog Synth played by EWI (electric wind driven instrument), piano and double bass. This part is filled to the brim with romance and lyrical melodies, packed in colourful harmonies and atmospheres, alternated with tense moments and vivid rhythms.
01 – Fantasy, Movement 1: Dawn
02 – Fantasy, Movement 2: Snow Dance
03 – Fantasy, Movement 3: Breaking Clouds
04 – Fantasy, Movement 4: Transforming Sky
05 – String Quartet No. 1, Movement 1: The Zest
06 – String Quartet No. 1, Movement 2: Beyond the Summit
07 – String Quartet No. 1, Movement 3: After the Rain
08 – String Quartet No. 1, Movement 4: The Collapse
09 – Gilded Sand
10 – Wild Waters
Composed and Conducted by Jesse Passenier.
Bart Van Caenegem – Piano
Matthias Akeo Nowak – Double Bass
Maarten Reumkens – Flute
Marc Alberto – EWI and Moog Synth
Judith van Driel – Violin
Marleen Wester – Violin
Mark Mulder – Viola
David Faber – Cello