Wiek Hijmans plays Ritornello (version for electric guitar andstring quartet) composed by Derek Bermel, naxos 2022 on #neuguitars #blog #WiekHijmans

Ritornello (Version for Electric Guitar & String Quartet) · Wiek Hijmans · JACK Quartet Bermel: Intonations ℗ 2022 Naxos Released on: 2022-08-26 Artist: Wiek Hijmans Ensemble: JACK Quartet Composer: Derek Bermel

Twice GRAMMY-nominated composer and performer Derek Bermel studied with Henri Dutilleux, Dutch avant-gardist Louis Andriessen, and ragtime revivalist William Bolcom. In his music, seemingly antithetical qualities – classical and vernacular, comic and serious – merge and transform each other unpredictably, their inspiration ranging from theatre (Ritornello), to gestalt psychology (Figure and Ground), to meditations on cosmology (A Short History of the Universe). Thracian Sketches explores and reimagines Bulgarian folk music, while the Violin Etudes distill Bermel’s intellectual creativity into its purest form.