In March2012 pianist Nico Huijbregts invited six young improvisers to record with him in duo formations without a single note on paper and with no agreements made beforehand. These six meetings have resulted in Dialogue Dreams, a double CD with 24 duets that reflect the many facets of these talented young musicians, sometimes lyrical, sometimes theatrical, modest, cheeky, witty or emotional, and above all: driven.
Musicians: Nico Huijbregts - piano, Simin Tander - vocals, Laia Genc - piano, Jasper Stadhouders - electric guitar, Bram Stadhouders - acoustic guitar, Mete Erker - tenor sax, Dion Nijland – bass.
The press wrote:
"They are pure gems, these 24 duo improvisations by pianist Nico Huijbregts and six other improvisers. These short stories effortlessly develop into a fascinating whole. Binding factor is the piano. On each piece Huijbregts fearlessly seeks the dialogue with the other improviser. These improvisations express all possible moods. Frivolous, playful, understated, worn, menacing, dreamy, euphoric. The instantly composed works have a strong narrative character. Tenor saxophonist Mete Erker, guitarists Bram and Jasper Stadhouders, singer - voice artist Simin Tander, bassist Dion Nijland and German pianist Laia Genc distinguish themselves as imaginative improvisers who get the deepest out of their instrument. Tander is rattling like a machine gun. Mete Erker brings tension and balance with his thoughtful lyrical melodies. Jasper Stadhouders can be furious on the electric guitar in his dialogues with Huijbregts, who scrapes his notes and sounds fiercefully out of his piano. Ostensibly unobtrusively bass player Nijland plays his smooth lines, and pianist Genc together with Huijbregts miraculously manage to merge two pianos into an organic whole. Dialogue Dreams a balanced, contemporary masterpiece."
"Nico Huijbregts knows how to tell a good story. "
"On this album Nico Huijbregts shows his ability to adapt to each of his fellow musicians. Although the style of these short instantly composed pieces is extremely varied, the pianist manages to make a meaningful and beautiful whole out of it."
"The result of these encounters is amazing: sparkling improvisations. With his musical partners Nico Huijbregts covers a range of emotions and moods. "Tooting Tube Lullaby" with his sublime melody is a true highlight. You can hardly imagine that this is purely improvised. The fruit of this musical collaboration is one to cherish."