Very excited to announce that on the 23d of September of this year my new album Ruins and Remains will be released on ECM Records, featuring the wonderful Matangi String Quartet and drummer, and long time companion, Joost Lijbaart. And also to share the first teaser of the album. It has been a long way from the first notes on paper four years ago until the recording session. After three times having to postpone because of Covid times we finally were able to record the music in the Sendesaal in Bremen, with its’ special acoustics, in August 2021.
Three days of intense work under the inspiring guidance of producer Manfred Eicher and with wizard sound engineer Stefano Amerio. For me Ruins and Remains is a reflective work about resilience in both a personal way as well as in a broader sense. And I consider it as an ‘evolving’ suite: all parts are connected in a certain way but the musicians, and myself as the composer, have the liberty to treat the music in a most open manner. During the recording session Manfred challenged and encouraged us to take this approach even further, resulting in a fresh rendition of the of the written material and also in some completely improvised parts.
I am very much looking forward to our release and the following concerts the coming months, see Live page. More updates to follow soon.
Wolfert Brederode (1974) started playing classical piano and violin and at the age of seven. At his early teenage years on he also discovered pop- and jazz music.
In 1999 he graduated with honors from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he had been studying with ao Frans Elsen, Albert Brussee and Rob van Kreeveldt.
Wolfert has since then developed into one of the most prominent and authentic voices on the Dutch jazz scene. His refined and focused touch, the concern for natural flow, his openness and a relentless search for new horizons are characteristic features of his music.
He debuted with groups such as Nimbus, Wolfert Brederode Quintet & Trio, Binary Orchid, Duo Lijbaart/Brederode and Batik. Later he founded his lauded international quartet with ao Claudio Puntin. Ensembles of current interest are the Wolfert Brederode Trio, with Gulli Gudmundsson and Jasper van Hulten, and ‘Ruins & Remains’, a project with drummer Joost Lijbaart and the Matangi Quartet. As a leader he recorded three albums for ECM Records.
As a much in demand sideman Wolfert has been working extensively with ao Susanne Abbuehl and the Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet. With these groups and his own ensembles he recorded several albums, and toured and performed at festivals throughout Europe, North- and South America, Canada, Asia, Australia and Africa. Four albums on which he collaborated have been awarded with an Edison Award. Wolfert has furthermore worked with artists such as David Liebman, Arve Henriksen, Mark Feldman, Jeanne Lee, Mathias Eick, Michel Portal, Mats Eilertsen and Marilyn Mazur.
Apart from performing Wolfert also composed regularly for dance, theatre and film productions. Wolfert is a main subject teacher jazz piano & ensemble at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and Fontys in Tilburg, the Netherlands.