I’m happy to announce my new EP ‘Silent City’ with cellist Maya Fridman is out NOW! We recorded the EP, which includes works by Vasks, Bach and an improvisation, during the lockdown, and the result is a musical reflection of the past months.
A beautiful church in the city we live in, the Nicolai church in Utrecht, from which the oldest, Roman parts dated back to the 12th century, provided us with the opportunity to make music again, though without the presence of an audience. Our goal was to create the experience of a concert, witnessed only by a couple of microphones and cameras. We wanted to create a program that would catch the spirit of the time: on one hand uncertainty, on the other hand reflection.
Thanks to the Performing Arts Fund NL Merel was able to develop a new concept: an improvisation walk. During the walking tour you visit five different locations where Merel will improvise together with cellist Maya Fridman, all within the scope of one evening. Audience members will have the chance to experience the influence of the acoustics and surroundings on the music that is being created on the spot. The premiere is planned on the 16th of July in Utrecht. More information
Pianist Rembrandt Frerichs and I were invited to perform a lunchtime concert via livestream in an empty main hall of De Doelen in Rotterdam! We played a free improvisation programme and afterwards we were interviewed by Mieke van der Linden. You can still watch our concert online! It was great to play with a colleague again in a hall with great acoustics!
During my improvisation concerts “The Zoo” I often ask the audience for animals on request. We then play an instant composition based on this animal. The result is always fun and I very much enjoy doing this. Therefore I decided to temporarily offer these instant compositions digitally!
You will receive an instant composition of 1-3 minutes for violin solo, based on your favourite animal! This will be recorded with good (Neumann) stereo mics and you will receive both an audio and a video file. You can order your animal here.
Which animal would you like to see translated to music? 🐧
PS. Animals that already exist on my album The Zoo are not included in this offer
Bij mijn improvisatieconcerten “The Zoo” vraag ik het publiek ook om een paar verzoekdieren, die wij vervolgens muzikaal uitbeelden. Dit levert de leukste verzoeken op (van krekel tot kangaroe) en ik heb er altijd veel lol in. Daarom heb ik besloten tijdens de corotijdelijk ook digitale verzoekdieren aan te bieden!
Je ontvangt een instant compositie van 1-3 minuten voor viool solo, gebaseerd op jouw verzoekdier! Het resultaat wordt opgenomen in goede geluidskwaliteit (met Neumann stereo mics) en je ontvangt zowel een audio als video file. Bestel nu!
If you want to hear Merel play, you’ll have to do it with the internet for now, since all concerts until April 6th have been cancelled because of Corona prevention. Visit the concert page to see how individual concerts have been affected and for more information on postponed dates. This information will be updated regularly.
The good news is that there are two new video’s to share from Merel’s performance at Dutch TV Show Podium Witteman on the 8th of March.
🎶Ik dacht dat jij het was by Mike Boddé with Sterre Konijn. Violin arrangement by Merel Vercammen. This song is nominated for the Annie M.G. Schmidt Prijs.
🎶Nocturne by Lili Boulanger with Dina Ivanova. In honour of International Women’s Day.
Symbiosis ended on number 27 in the top 40 best albums (all genres) of 2019 at Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant! Billie Eilish became the number one. Congratulations to everyone who added beautiful new music and new recordings to the world in 2019 and Happy New Year to all!
To add even more good news: Symbiosis also ended up in the album top 10 at Basia con fuoco!
Merel improvised on Dutch Radio 4 channel with cellist Maya Fridman in the programme NTR Podium. They took the same free improvisation approach as on the album The Zoo. Check out the video of their live performance:
Violinist Merel Vercammen graduated with highest distinction from the Royal College of Music in London and was a prize winner of the London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition and the Dutch National Competition for Young Music Talent. Merel also completed a Master of Science in Music, Mind and Brain and is currently living in The Netherlands.