Eric & Will: Adventurous Trumpet and Accordion
ERIC VLOEIMANS: Trumpet
WILL HOLSHOUSER: Accordion
ERIC & WILL Website
An adventurous trumpet and accordion duo, Eric and Will play evocative original compositions that bring together sounds from jazz, classical and folk music: rich harmonies, catchy melodies, and energetic improvising span the range from emotional to fun.These two virtuoso musicians use the intimacy of the duo setting to full effect, taking listeners on a journey through a variety of musical landscapes. Along the way, the trumpet and accordion point to a variety of cultural influences, distilled by these two composer/improvisers into a thrilling set of music.
“Unforgettably unclassifiable … expressive and uncategorizable chamber music in a jazz setting.” – Mel Minter— Musically Speaking
Performances (October 17 & 18, 2023)
Eric Vloeimans, Trumpet
Trumpeter Eric Vloeimans 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 several Edison prizes (the “Dutch Grammy”) for his recordings. His own projects have included his “chamber-jazz” Fugimundi trio, Gatecrash, and Oliver’s Cinema. These groups perform a wide range of highly original music and have toured throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. Vloeimans’ versatility, easy-going attitude and great sense of humor have brought him to play with artists such as Mercer Ellington, John Taylor, Peter Erskine, The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Wayne Horvitz, Nguyên Lê, Jimmy Haslip, Joey Baron, the Holland Baroque Society, the Matangi Quartet, Bojan Z., the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and many others. He has played all over the world, and experiences from his travels can be heard in many of his compositions. Eric Vloeimans is a musician who plays from the heart; he has shown a remarkable power to create bridges and connect with audiences all over the world.
Will Holshouser, Accordion
Will Holshouser is an accordionist, composer and improviser whose music draws on a wide variety of inspirations, from traditional accordion folk styles to jazz, hymns, classical and experimental music. Embracing clear melodies, pulsating rhythms and contrapuntal textures, Will’s music relates to many different musical languages. As a working musician in New York who plays with artists in many genres from around the world, he distills these experiences into his own compositions, exploring new sounds while staying in touch with the accordion’s expressive qualities and sense of fun. Three albums of music for his trio were released on the Portuguese label Clean Feed. A collaborative trio with Matt Munisteri and Marcus Rojas, Musette Explosion, made an album that received widespread acclaim. Will has performed all over the world with artists such as Regina Carter, David Krakauer, Antony & the Johnsons, Han Bennink & Michael Moore, Uri Caine, Andy Statman, Mark Morris Dance, Guy Klucevsek, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, Suzanne Vega, and others. Will studied accordion and composition with Dr. William Schimmel, and composition with Tania León and Dalit Warshaw at Brooklyn College.