Thu Oct. 5, 2017

Reijseger Fraanje Sylla (NL/SEN)

Ernst Reijseger: cello
Harmen Fraanje: piano
Mola Sylla: mbira, kongoma, xalam, vocals

The music of trio Reijseger Fraanje Sylla is best described as the perfect amalgam of jazz, African songs and classical music.

Cellist Ernst Reijseger, pianist Harmen Fraanje and Senegalese singer-percussionist Mola Sylla are able to create their own language on stage like no one else; and although it might not be directly understood, it can be felt very clearly.

The trio, which has released two albums and made the music for several films by the famous German filmmaker Werner Herzog, makes fierce and beautiful music that is also melancholy and always heavily supported by the excellent voice of their African singer.

The exuberant, improvised piano playing of Fraanje and the subtle melodies of Reijseger make for an eclectic, sometimes spiritual whole where nothing is what is seems.’
(North Sea Jazz Festival)

This extraordinary album is the most thorough integration of jazz, African and classical elements I have heard. (Sydney Morning Herald)

The trio shows unconditional dedication to the moment, the music and each other. Intimidatingly beautiful. (Volkskrant)

Played with an unforced expressive honesty. (Los Angeles Times)

Harmen Fraanje is emerging as one of the most impressive young European pianists of the past decade. (AllaboutJazz)

Ernst Reijseger could play the American Civil War on his cello. (Werner Herzog)