The Alvaret Ensemble

The Alvaret Ensemble - Palac Akropolis in Prague
The Alvaret Ensemble - Palac Akropolis in Prague
The Alvaret Ensemble
The Alvaret Ensemble
The Alvaret Ensemble - Explore the North. Photo: Hans Jellema
The Alvaret Ensemble - Explore the North. Photo: Hans Jellema
The Alvaret Ensemble - Artist in Residence Skeylja, Iceland
The Alvaret Ensemble - Artist in Residence Skeylja, Iceland
The Alvaret Ensemble Recordings Grunewaldkirche Berlin
The Alvaret Ensemble Recordings Grunewaldkirche Berlin
The Alvaret Ensemble - Palac Akropolis in Prague
The Alvaret Ensemble - Palac Akropolis in Prague
The Alvaret Ensemble - Paradiso Amsterdam
The Alvaret Ensemble - Paradiso Amsterdam
The Alvaret Ensemble - Hillary Jeffery- Paradiso Amsterdam
The Alvaret Ensemble - Hillary Jeffery- Paradiso Amsterdam
The Alvaret Ensemble - Explore the North Festival (NL). Photo: Ruben van Vliet
The Alvaret Ensemble - Explore the North Festival (NL). Photo: Ruben van Vliet
The Alvaret Ensemble - Explore the North. Photo: Hans Jellema
The Alvaret Ensemble - Explore the North. Photo: Hans Jellema

The Alvaret Ensemble is a new improvisatory collective based around Greg Haines (piano), Jan Kleefstra (voice, poems), Romke Kleefstra (guitar and effects) and Sytze Pruiksma (percussion). Their first release, the self-titled 2xCD/2xLP, came out in December 2012. It was recorded over three nights at the Grünewaldkirche in Berlin by Nils Frahm in August of 2011.

In keeping with the spirit of the project, other musicians were invited to the sessions to add their own colour and add to the spontaneity of the recording. In the end, those collaborators played an important part in defining the sound of the album. Iden Reinhart played violin, as did Peter Broderick, while Hilary Jeffery (Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble etc.) provided the album with his mournful trombone tones. Martyn Heyne, who was just there to help out with recording, ended up unleashing the church's organ and bringing a completely new element and sense of power to the album. Recorded entirely at night, the candlelit atmosphere further added to the level of concentration and interconnectivity, and quickly the pieces began to take on lives of their own.

The record was released by Denovali Records. In January 2013 the ensemble did their first European tour including performances at the Ambientfestival in Köln, in the Akvarium in Budapest and in Palac Akropolis in Prague.

www.denovali.com

romkekleefstra.blogspot.nl

greghaines.wordpress.com

 


Press

It’s no wonder the musicians have a broad experience in orchestras and conservatoria when you hear this registration of live sessions in a church.
Source: Metal Rage

Why don’t you switch off the electric lights, light a few candles, and immerse yourself into the intimate universe of this band.
Source: Disagreement.net

The Alvaret Ensemble  is tender, quiet and restrained, and it may be the season’s most understated and introspective album.
Source: A Closer Listen

Die perfekte Nachtplatte
Source: Black Magazin

Het is actueel en modern, experimenteel en visionair, klassiek en jazz, ambient en minimalistisch. Het is alleszins een langspeler die de luisteraar zowel kan begeesteren, inspireren en animeren.
Source: Dark Entries

The Alvaret Ensemble are truly masters of silence. This is minimalism in its purest form!
Source: Disagreement

Encore un sublime album que vient de sortir Denovali, une collaboration qui laissait espérer beaucoup et qui s’est concrétisée en une musique vivante, surgissant de l’obscurité en avançant imperceptiblement.
Source: Electronic Diary

The Alvaret Ensemble manage a jaw-dropping display of diamel-shaping, happy-go-lucky mish-mashing that leaves the mountain avalanching under the pure epicness of it all.
Source: Fluid-Radio

Zo vlak voor het einde van het jaar komt het kwartet The Alvaret Ensemble met een release die vele jaarlijstjes in de war zal brengen. Misschien wel het meest avontuurlijke album van 2012.
Source: FOK

Ein unverhoffter Höhepunkt des ausklingenden Jahres
Source: Idioglossia Musikreviews

Das Alvaret Ensemble entführt uns in eine Welt, in der Klänge Abenteuer sind: zerbrechlich, magisch, voller Schönheit und Macht.
Source: Musik am Montag

Insgesamt eine wahnsinnig schöne und stimmungsvolle Aufnahme, die das Herz aufmerksamer und gefühlvoller Lauscher einfängt und nicht wieder gibt.
Source: Rote Raupe

Less than two minutes in, I was utterly entranced, held in a reverie that didn't stop or waver for the next fifty minutes.
Source: Sid Smith

Ein Monument der Einsamkeit, ein Altar der Reflexion.
Source: Smash Mag

Soms ontroerend mooi en dan weer onheilspellend duister. Waanzinnige fluisterpracht!
Source: De Subjectivisten

The Alvaret Ensemble signe avec ce premier jet l'oeuvre moderne indispensable de cette fin d'année.
Source: SWQW