Caravan II (2019)

Schneemann

Julian Schneemann

Caravan II is the new album by Julian Schneemann and Friends from Just Listen. It features 11 compositions that travel through the worlds of classical, jazz and folk music. With 3 special singers with roots in Syria, Namibia, and India.

The album connects worlds from East to West and from classical music to jazz and folk. Together with the Syrian oud virtuoso Jawa Manla, violin phenomenon Emmy Storms and percussion wizard Jeroen Batterink, pianist/composer Julian Schneemann sets out on a journey, ignoring borders altogether. Expect a breathtaking musical experience, in which you will hear Arabic and Irish sounds, organically blended with European classical music and jazz. And with all these influences, in the end Caravan tells a single story, as if it were an appeal for the power of diversity.

For Caravan II, we are joined by three amazing singers. Madhu Lalbahadoersing has Indian-Surinamese roots, Shishani Vranckx Namibian and Wasim Arslan Syrian. They each have a totally different background and voice, but all three possess a great musicality and the ability to take you to their own, other world. Together with them, I worked on new music. The big challenge here was: how do you give each of us the opportunity to be him or herself, while at the same time bringing the group together as one?

On the album, all three singers have their own song, but in later tracks they come together more and more. Lyrics were written by them, in Hindi, Oshiwambo and Arabic, and the collaboration inspired me to write music that I would never have written without their influence. For all of us, this was a unique and enriching experience and I think the album is at least a beautiful document of our quest together!

The album was recorded live with an audience because for us, it was more important to record the energy of the music than to strive for perfection. You can hear all our beauty but also our vulnerabilities, also because of the amazing work by recording engineer Jared Sacks. The thing we tried in our music, he did with sound: by carefully placing us and the microphones in the room, he created space for all our sounds and colors to not be in each other’s way, but instead support each other.

Travel with us in ‘Caravan II’!

-- Julian Schneemann

 

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Julian Schneemann

Julian Schneemann (1992) was raised by classical musicians, educated by jazz masters and surrounded by popular culture. Working with musicians from all over the globe, he learned from all kinds of cultures, like Arabic, African, South American and Indian.  All these influences have been formative for his musical identity and in his imaginative piano playing and composing, Julian likes to exploit this diversity.

In 2011, Julian won the composition prize “Op weg naar het Nieuwjaarsconcert”. He studied jazz piano at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2015, and in that same year released his debut album Roundabout. The album, described by Allaboutjazz.com as “An integral, coherent artistic statement” brought the worlds of classical, jazz and pop music together into a single story, and was internationally well-acclaimed. In 2016, Julian released the album FLY with the ensemble Ikarai, which tells the story of Icarus in sound. FLY was described as “A journey I can recommend to anyone” by Dutch TV-host Tijl Beckand.

Besides his activities as a pianist and composer in his own groups, Julian is also working as a pianist, keyboard player, arranger and composer for other bands and ensembles. He plays piano and keyboards with pop artists such as GOSTO and Angelo Boltini. He worked for among others the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and Amsterdam Sinfonietta, for whom he wrote countless arrangements in different styles, ranging from classical, to world music and pop. Several of his compositions were played by the NBE at their famous annual New Year’s Concerts, broadcasted live on TV from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.In 2018 Julian received a commission from the Grachtenfestival and premiered the resulting composition, Ode to Tomorrow at the festival.

Currently, Julian’s main focus is on his project Caravan: A journey through the worlds of classical, jazz and folk. Since the start of the project in 2017, the group has played at the great stages in the Netherlands, like the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Paradiso, De Doelen and the Bimhuis, and festivals like the Grachtenfestival and November Music. The group played live on national TV and performed their music on radio several times. Their debut album Caravan was well received and described as: “World fusion at its best - melancholic, uplifting, adventurous, exciting and above all breathtakingly beautiful”. In 2019, three very special singers with Namibian, Indian and Syrian roots will join the caravan, and the new children’s theater show Caravan will be staged, in cooperation with Oorkaan. 

 

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Caravan II (2019)

Schneemann

Julian Schneemann

Cables: van den Hul
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Label Manager: Sjoerd Vriesema
Mastering Engineer: Tom Caulfield
Mastering Room: Grimm LS1 Speakers
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps, AKG
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis, custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks, Jonas Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording Location: Recorded Live at MCO, Hilversum, the Netherlands on May 3, 2019
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256
Special Thanks: Floor van der Holst, Ted Brady, Brian Moura, Bill Dodd

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Timon of Turkey
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Nda Manguluka
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Banke Bahaarein
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The Guardian of Jasmin
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Ode to Tomorrow
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Program 98
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Zindagi
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Tuyeni
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Day by Day
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