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Album Review

Joost Lijbaart: Free

Read "Free" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


When a drummer/percussionist records a solo album—especially one with the title Free—a potential listener's first expectation would likely involve long, abstract drum solos. Nothing could be further from the truth. Dutch musician Joost Lijbaart took the opportunity offered by Covid-19 downtime to craft a suite of short pieces characterized by a rich variety of timbres (including non percussive instruments such as harmonium and flute) and a frequently contemplative sound world. “Strangers From The Sky" opens the album with ...

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Interview

Joost Lijbaart: Free Conversations With Myself

Read "Joost Lijbaart: Free Conversations With Myself" reviewed by Ian Patterson


For an artist, making any album is something of a journey—the birthing of ideas, the moulding and sculpting of concepts, the creative trial and error, the emotional highs and lows, and in the end, the satisfaction of a work completed. Dutch drummer/percussionist and composer Joost Lijbaart has travelled that road many times in a thirty-year career, notably in the bands of Yuri Honing and with his own groups, but his first solo album, Free (Challenge Records, 2020) represents an altogether ...

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Album Review

Joost Lijbaart: Free

Read "Free" reviewed by Ian Patterson


As a student in the 1980s, Dutch drummer-percussionist Joost Lijbaart first dreamt of making a solo album, inspired by the examples of Tony Oxley, Pierre Favre, Art Blakey, Max Roach and Jack DeJohnette. A successful recording and touring career with Yuri Honing—and with his own groups—left little time for such a focused project. In 2014, Lijbaart began to explore his long-stored ideas, but the take-off of Under The Surface, an improvisational trio with vocalist Sanne Rambags and multi- instrumentlaist Bram ...

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Multiple Reviews

Joost Lijbaart: Under The Surface

Read "Joost Lijbaart: Under The Surface" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Dutch drummer Joost Lijbaart (known for his work with Dutch saxophonist Yuri Honing) first performed with this trio at the request of vocalist Sanne Rambags, along with guitarist Bram Stadhouders (known for his work with the Netherlands chamber choir, American drummer Jim Black and Norwegian vocalist Sidsel Endresen). At the time Rambags was twenty years old, Stadhouders thirty, and Lijbaart fifty, so the band could truly be described as a “three generations band." The group immediately established enough ...

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Radio

Under the Surface

Read "Under the Surface" reviewed by BIMHUIS


Under the Surface was formed by drummer Joost Lijbaart (known as a member of Yuri Honing's bands, young vocalist Sanne Rambags (winner of the Conservatorium Talent Award 2017) and guitarist Bram Stadhouders (who previously collaborated with Netherlands Chamber Choir, Jim Black and Sidsel Endresen). They have developed what they consider to be a 'universal language,' with their exceptional ensemble playing. Sanne Rambags is one of the few singers of her generation who's able to improvise in ...

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Album Review

Joost Lijbaart: Under The Surface

Read "Under The Surface" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Silence frames music--before it sounds and after the final vibration of the last note has died. Often associated with an absence of communication, silence is also revered in certain communal ritual/cultural spaces. Poetic or damning, eerie or calming, silence never leaves us indifferent. Some composers have embraced it to a significant degree as part of the compositional process, John Cage's “4'33" being surely the most famous example. With Under the Surface Dutch drummer/percussionist and composer Joost LIjbaart embraces silence as ...


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