Small Group - Grand Sound!
Imagine: put on one stage the leading lady of contemporary percussion music and an experienced all-round jazz player who plays the whole range of saxophones.
The result: An explosive mix of styles and energy. The freedom and emotions of improvisations and the richness and contemplation of strictly composed music.
This is what the duo Koleva / van Otterloo presents: The Best of Both Worlds.
The combination of Koleva’s and van Otterloo’s different cultures and musical backgrounds: (jazz vs. classical contemporary music) creates a new form of music making with the freedom of improvisation and discipline of the strictly composed modern pieces. The duo develops its repertoire in close collaborations with prominent composers as well as jazz musicians. Next to that Koleva and van Otterloo make their own arrangements and improvisations.
From the press:
“… Extremely dynamic and particularly virtuoso line up with majestical sound…”
Het Parool, 2010
"...In Ellington's "The Single Petal of a Rose" a small miracle happened. The velvet sounds from Koleva's marimba made you forget Ellington's piano. The deep bass sound and the warm unfolding colors gave a melancholic shine to this little gem...."
"...With a fresh look and undisguised passion the duo combines various genres. Their absolute virtuosity is always serving musicality...."
"...Together Tatiana Koleva and Rutger van Otterloo approach music from different perspectives and challenging the experiment. This leads to an excellent and remarkable musical mix with an outstanding level of performance...."