BlueStem Jazz featuring Will Holshouser & Eric Vloeimans
BlueStem Jazz presents Will Holshouser & Eric Vloeimans
Dutch Trumpet Sensation Eric Vloeimans and American Accordion Master Will Holshouser
Release Expressive and Playful Live Album Two for the Road
Available September 1, 2022 via V-flow / Challenge Records
12 City US/Canada Tour: September 11 October 2, 2022
Stops in Black Mountain/ Asheville and Boone, NC; Charlottesville, VA; New York, NY; Des Moines, IA; Chicago, IL;
Madison, WI; New Orleans, LA; Albuquerque, NM; Santa Cruz, CA; Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA
An accordion and a trumpet. They brought
a sold-out house . . . to ecstasy. Their
mixture of melodic jazz and musical cultures
from a variety of countries and ages once
again proved Eric Vloeimanss absolute
mastery. Accordionist Will Holshousers . . .
is definitely on a par to it. . . . Accordion
and trumpet, as played by Vloeimans and
Holshouser, can be a choir of angels.
Rinus van der Heijden, JazzNu (NL) 2021
Two for the Road, the striking new album from Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans and American
accordionist Will Holshouser, was recorded during a live concert tour of the Netherlands in 2021, during a window in the pandemic when musicians and audiences could finally come together. The second album from this duo, it showcases their expressive writing, playful and virtuosic improvising, and omnivorous range of influences, stretching the format to include a colorful range of sounds from their eclectic musical backgrounds. A CD & digital release via Bandcamp and streaming platforms, the album will be released September 1, 2022 via V-flow / Challenge Records.
On the menu here are Eric's beautiful "Innermission" series composed during lockdown: several pieces that range from introspective, almost Schubert-like meditations to joyful rhythmic romps. Wills long-form composition "Redbud Winter," commissioned by the American Accordionists' Association, is a jazz/folk chamber suite that explores both plaintive and energetic sides of these two instruments. The duo also pay tribute to some of their musical heroes with tunes dedicated to Louis Armstrong and Doc Watson (To Louis and Deep Gap), as well as a cover of the 1970s classic "The Rainbow Connection."
Their collaboration will continue with a tour of the U.S. and Canada this fall, with support from the
Netherland-America Foundation. Tour dates at https://ericandwill.info and also listed at the bottom of this press release.
Eric Vloeimans (trumpet) is one of the best-known musicians in his native country, the Netherlands. He has led a wide variety of ensembles over the years and is a frequent guest soloist with bands and orchestras of all kinds. He has won four Edison prizes (the Dutch Grammy) for his recordings and has toured throughout Europe, Asia and the US with his own groups and artists such as Mercer Ellington, John Taylor, Peter Erskine, The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Wayne Horvitz, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and many others.
Will Holshouser (accordion) is a veteran of the New York music scene who has performed all over the world with artists including violinist Regina Carter, clarinetist David Krakauer, and improvisers Han Bennink & Michael Moore as well as with his own projects. He has also performed with Antony & the Johnsons, Kiran Ahluwalia, Uri Caine, Guy Klucevsek, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, Martha Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright, Suzanne Vega, and others.
https://ericandwill.info / https://www.ericvloeimans.nl / https://willholshouser.com
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