Cantata

by Bram Stadhouders

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A glorious modern mystery play in six hallucinating chapters. In the mesmerizing sound ritual 'Cantata', Bram Stadhouders explores an uncultivated musical world. After his successful project 'Henosis', a composition for the Netherlands Chamber Choir and his improvisation trio commissioned by the North Sea Jazz Festival 2012, new paths reveal themselves for sound adventurer and improviser Bram Stadhouders. After a large-scale work, he now chooses for an intense intimacy. Three musicians on stage telling a mystical story where centuries of music drama conspire mysteriously. From spiritual madrigal art to electrifying Baroque to contemporary opera and energetic trance that stimulates all the senses. Influences seem to flood from all sides, but with a steady hand, Stadhouders forges an elusive unique language. Self-written texts in English and Dutch, but also in a self produced fantasy language are passing by. In the six-chapter "Cantata", Stadhouders and his three musicians descend fearless into great depths. 'Cantata' experienced its high-profile premiere in the Amsterdam BIMhuis. Classical tenor Sebastian Brouwer plays a mighty role as vocal hero loaded with soul wrenching vocal solos. Stadhouders on guitar and guitar-synthesizer and electronica-wizard David Hoogerheide chase the genie out of the bottle and unveil a long-lost sound alchemy that gives Brouwers' voice wings. The penetrating vocals and jaunty melodic guitar lines are electronically processed and become ingeniously intertwined. In his 'Cantata', the confines of classical, improvisation and experimental electronics flow seamlessly into one another. The musicians slowly get under the skin of the listener, and there they may gently stroke a sensitive spot to create the intimacy of a private sound ritual that agitates, enchants, and transports.

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released September 3, 2015

Bram Stadhouders | composition & guitar
Sebastian Brouwer | tenor voice
David Hoogerheide | live electronics & synthesizer

All compositions and lyrics by Bram Stadhouders (Buma/Stemra)
Recorded by David Hoogerheide on 8/9 january and 30 april 2015.
Edited by Bram Stadhouders
Mixed and mastered by Bart Wagemakers
Design by Studio Airport

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Bram Stadhouders Netherlands

Bram Stadhouders (b.1987, Tilburg, Netherlands), is considered to be one of the most interesting musicians based in The Netherlands. his love for the human voice has led him to work with excellent singers such as Sidsel Endresen, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, Urna, Sebastian Brouwer, Sinikka Langeland, and much more. ... more

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