Loran Witteveen Trio
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"Twin Paradox" — the debut album of the Dutch composer and pianist Loran Witteveen (born 1988 in the Netherlands), reveals a fascinating listening experience after a thought experiment by Albert Einstein. Witteveen deals with time and its relativity. Inspired by the twin paradox, he creates 12 musical pieces with a significant signature that interweave composition and improvisation and open up a journey through time and space. With Clemens van der Feen (double bass) and Tristan Renfrow (drums), who are among the most stunning musicians of the Dutch scene, he realizes this recording with an ideal line-up.
In his working process Witteveen is going for a different metaphors between composition and improvisation, between Boulez and Bley, Schönberg and Coltrane, Roslavetz and Taborn.
„ The goal I had when composing these works is to create pieces where the through- composed parts as well as the improvisation forms are rhythmically flexible. As time itself is relative and different based upon your position in space, speed of traveling and so many other factors, I wanted to create music where time is not constant. “
— Loran Witteveen
Boginda is written with 4 groups of interval structures and based on the number 7. Each measure consists out of 7 notes, either grouped in polyrhythms of 4/3 and 3/4 or 5/2 and 2/5. The improvisations are over the same colours as the theme and also based on the same rhythmical concept.
Mahembe is a poly-rhythmical fugue with a theme containing mostly fifths. Besides that the rhythmically diverse theme creates a lot of poly-rhythms together with the other voices, it also uses augmentation by letting some voices start in a different speed which creates even more rhythmical tension. I stretched the time by augmentation till the melody is at it's peak to then use diminution to make it speed up and resolve to a single note. From then on the free improvisation part will connect the main theme to the solo part where each bar is in a different speed to continue that feeling of floating time.
Bouncing Ball is a piece where the note lengths of the melody and countermelody constantly increase and decrease with one 16th note at the time creating a bouncing-ball like effect.
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