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  • 1Goldbrun: I.02:12
  • 2Goldbrun: II.07:04
  • 3Goldbrun: III.07:17
  • 4Goldbrun: IV.06:17
  • 5Goldbrun: V.07:11
  • 6Goldbrun: VI.03:04
  • 7Goldbrun: VII.06:16
  • Total Runtime39:21

Info for Goldbrun

After his successful album Desire, saxophone player Yuri Honing presents a jazz disc breathing peace, serenity, tension and mysticism, inspired by Honing’s love for classical music, history and art.

The album’s central motives are Europe and heroism. In times in which people don’t always appreciate the value of Europe – 70 years of peace – Honing tells a compelling story. In order to explore Europe’s history, he chose Germany as a symbol for Europe with regards to writers, philosophers, composers and painters, a decision also partly based on the country’s resilience and its leading role in present-day Europe. He demands more pride about Europeans and the cultural DNA of our continent.

Honing was particularly inspired by the beauty of the music of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and his student Richard Strauss (1864-1949). Both were defining in their music, albeit against the tastes of the times. Track 4, “Goldbrun IV”, processes these strands of inspiration.

The album title, Goldbrun, is a neologism. For Honing, it describes the way of composition of the album. The (harmonic) themes are weaved into a greater entity, characterised by the intervals of the central theme being minor seconds. This way of non-linear composition is based on John Coltrane. He plays the 1961 album Lush Life’s “Like Someone in Love” without piano, allowing the listener a continuous overview.

Honing: “When I compose, I start with a core and from there I work my way to the fringes, just like harmonic structures that begin in the middle and spread out. Is a spherical affair, Goldbrun.”

All influences and collaborations around this project have created a complete work of art. In a second phase, the exhibition Goldbrun opens on 22 September 2018. It is a cooperation of artists Mariecke van der Linden and Yuri Honing in the Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle (NL), in a special room for installations, music and oil paintings.

Yuri Honing, tenor saxophone
Wolfert Brederode, piano
Gulli Gudmundsson, double bass
Joost Lijbaart, drums

Yuri Honing
is one of the Netherlands’ major saxophonists according to the Penguin Guide to Jazz and the Oxford guide to jazz.

Honing performed with the likes of Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Ibrahim Malooff, Craig Taborn and Paul Bley. In 2001 Honing received the Edison Jazz Award (Dutch Grammy) for his recording Seven, with Paul Bley, Gary Peacock en Paul Motion.

Apart from recording with his own groups he also recorded with the godfather of Dutch improv, Mischa Mengelberg, was leading a group called the ‘Oriënt Express’, based on a mix of jazz and traditional music from the Middle East, performed Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Nora Mulder, and recorded an album with orchestra (Symphonic) with works arranged by Vince Mendoza.

Honing has been leading his acoustic quartet with Wolfert Brederode on piano, the Icelandic bass player Gulli Gudmundsson and Joost Lijbaart on drums.

The quartet performed at most major festivals in Europa, Asia en South America.

In 2012 Yuri Honing was awarded the Boy Edgar Prize, the most prestigious jazz award in the Netherlands.

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