Silent City: TRPTK Sessions (DSD EP) (2020)

Bach, Improv., Vasks

Merel Vercammen, Maya Fridman

In the newest edition of TRPTK Sessions, a series of 3 track Extended Play (EP) releases, TRPTK brings us Silent City, another fine release from Violinist Merel Vercammen & Cellist Maya Fridman. It is Vercammen's second album at NativeDSD Music, following her earlier Double Album in DSD "The Zoo".

Area Reservada calls Silent City "A beautiful musical reflection for this troubled time.  Very nice."

In the EP’s liner notes, Merel Vercammen & Maya Fridman tell us about the album: "Suddenly there was silence. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, one country after the other went into a state of lockdown in the first months of 2020. Everywhere across the globe people were confined to their homes and many had to deal with the loss of loved ones. Concerts were canceled. Just like most musicians, our calendars were suddenly completely empty. Time and again, performances we had looked forward to had to be crossed out. 

From that compulsory silence, something good had to arise. A beautiful church in the city we live in, the Nicolai church in Utrecht, from which the oldest, Roman parts dated back to the 12th century, provided us with the opportunity to make music again, though without the presence of an audience. Our goal was to create the experience of a concert, witnessed only by a couple of microphones and cameras. We wanted to create a program that would the spirit of the time: on one hand uncertainty, on the other hand, reflection. 

The music would also need to fit the remarkable space we found ourselves in. Only a few buildings show so clearly how generations dealt with them like the Nicolai church, an inspiring place where one could also feel tiny in comparison. But once you produce sound within its walls, you immediately feel enveloped. The reverb of the church is vast. The centuries-old walls talk back. 

There seemed to be no more fitting piece than Castillo interior (2013) by the Latvian composer P?teris Vasks (1946), a work with a meditative character. It’s not a programmatic piece: Vasks contrived the title only after its completion when he had sequestered himself to a remote area to meditate. The title refers to the book Dwellings of the Interior Castle (Moradas del Castillo Interior) from 1577, the magnum opus of the mystic Theresia of Ávila. 

If there should be anything that would fit those times even better, it would have to be ex tempore. On this digital EP, you will find two improvisations. Or rather, one and a half: a starting-off point for the second improvisation was Bach’s Invention in E minor (BWV 778)."

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Maya Fridman

Born on November 7th, 1989 in Moscow, Russia, Maya Fridman is a talented young cellist residing in The Netherlands.

From her early years of playing the cello, Maya was recognized as a prodigy and was taken under the hood of the Foundation of Yuri Bashmet, where she took part in TV and radio programs. While studying at the Moscow State College of Music named after Alfred Schnittke, she was awarded as the First Prize Winner in the International Festival of Slavic Music among many other reputable awards.

In 2010, Maya has been granted admission at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she studied under Dmity Ferschtman. Here, on the 10th of June, 2016, she successfully finished her Master’s Degree with honours.

During these six years of studying, Maya has participated in several masterclasses and has worked with artists such as David Geringas, Pieter Wispelwey, Gary Hoffman, Frances-Marie Uitti, Anner Bylsma, Ernst Reijseger, and many more.

For the last five years, Maya has been performing regularly in The Netherlands and Germany. Her projects include a successful collaboration with singer- songwriter Jyoti Verhoeff. In December 2013, Jyoti and Maya became finalists of the Grote Prijs van Nederland, where Maya was awarded the Best Musician of 2013 Prize.

She has also accompanied legendary guitar virtuoso Harry Sacksioni on his Jubileum tour and joined bands such as Faun and Cesair as a special guest.

Furthermore, Maya performs together with Aengus Hackett and Mauricio Ramirez under the name of Dinosaur Trio. Dinosaur plays a variety of rock, jazz and improvised music and has toured trough Ireland in the summer of 2014.

In 2015 she released her debut album The Invisible Link which she recorded together with Daniël Kool and released under TRPTK.

Her next album will feature her own arrangement of Prokofiev’s opera The Fiery Angel for cello and piano, on which she worked together with pianist Artem Belogurov. Her arrangement received an acknowledgement during her graduation exam and was nominated for the Amsterdam University of the Arts Graduation Prize 2016 as best work.

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Silent City: TRPTK Sessions (DSD EP) (2020)

Bach, Improv., Vasks

Merel Vercammen, Maya Fridman

    Area Reservada

A beautiful musical reflection for this troubled time. Very nice.

Antonio Fernández

Silent City: TRPTK Sessions (DSD EP) (2020)

Bach, Improv., Vasks

Merel Vercammen, Maya Fridman

Mastering Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Producer: Brendon Heinst
Recording Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Recording Location: Nicolaikerk in Utrecht, The Netherlands on May 15, 2020
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Tracks.
1.
Castillo Interior
Vasks
00:13:56   N/A
2.
Improvisation - Silent City
Improv.
00:03:16   N/A
3.
Invention No. 7 Reinvented
Bach
00:05:23   N/A

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