Some of Merel’s current projects include:
Science and music intersect in this engaging production which explores the question “Can music make us smarter?”. A lecture recital about music & the brain including a live experiment with a specially made app.
A performance about the unconsciousness, the state between sleep and waking, with singer Sterre Konijn and pianist Mike Boddé, suitable for Dutch audiences. Includes repertoire that ranges from Classical to Improvisation to Jazz.
In 2019 Merel recorded her debut album together with pianist Dina Ivanova. On the album Symbiosis two works by female composers are included: Poldowski (daughter of Wieniawski) and Mathilde Wantenaar. The album was released in March 2019, followed by a release tour.
Merel loves to improvise, mostly from a classical context and with a classical sound. Improvised music has been backed by science to contribute a lot to audience engagement and stimulate creative areas in the brain both for musicians and audience members. Until 100 years ago classical composers and performers used to improvise a lot, but this has almost completely disappeared. But now Merel is there to bring improvisation (“Free Classical”) back to the stage! The result is her album The Zoo, which was released in September 2019.
Merel took the initiative together with composer Mathilde Wantenaar and the Alkmaars Symfonie Orkest to have a violin concerto written specially for violin and amateur orchestra, which is unique in Western art music. The score is available upon request.