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CD "30 micro-stems"
Trytone Records (TT559-014)
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alto sax, lyricon, analog electronics

photo Jean Pierre Jans © De Volkskrant

loops beeps blips lirps bloops lurps burps leaps bups lips bips blirps lisps

In his solo project, Dutch alto saxophonist and composer Jorrit Dijkstra uses a small array of electronic effect devices to process his improvisations live on stage. By using techniques such as looping, feedback, and microtonal pitch shifting, he extends his already flexible saxophone style into an idiosyncratic mix of cool jazz, free improvisation, and electronic minimalism. 

Critics have called his solo CD 30 Micro-stems “engaging and very human music in collaboration with and in response to a machine presence” (Dusted Magazine, Charlie Wilmoth), and “His alto playing has some affinities with Konitz’s, though its fluffy lightness also recalls Paul Desmond. {…} however, processing, and his often abstract lines, give it a harder edge.” (The Wire, Andy Hamilton). The Boston Globe’s Kevin Lowenthal writes “He takes his audiences on a quirky, energetic, captivating journey through a world of sound and emotion… Jorrit Dijkstra has already distinguished himself as a man to watch.”

Jorrit spent his formative years in Amsterdam’s vibrant jazz and improvisation community.  Since moving to Boston in 2002, he has deepened his affinity with the experimental forces of American music, while staying in touch with his Dutch musical roots. Current projects include his sextet The Flatlands Collective, with leading Chicago improvisers, an electro-acoustic duo with New York drummer/composer John Hollenbeck. Jorrit has released nine CDs of his own music.

As a composer he has been commissioned to write for the Amstel Saxophone Quartet, Tetzepi Bigband, The Harvard Jazz Band, Duo X, electric guitarist Wiek Hijmans, and the Kaida Duo. Recently, the North Sea Jazz Festival 2009 awarded Jorrit the annual composition commission for his octet Pillow Circles.

additional press quotes:

'30 Micro-stems develops (...) into a radical and satisfying new direction.'
'Showing the breadth of Dijkstra’s aspirations, 30 micro-stems crosses the boundaries of the improvisational and the compositional.'
'...creating some haunting soundscapes.'
(Andy Hamilton - The Wire)

'This is a throughly listenable, well-conceived record regardless of the process behind it.'
'Given the complexity of some of these compositions, performing them on the fly is like doing multivariable calculus while competing in the Daytona 500.'
'30 Micro Stems is a thrilling new work by an exciting young talent.'
(Charlie Wilmoth - Dusted Magazine)

'Sometimes he responds to the electronics and sometimes the processors respond to his sounds as on the title cut. What is ultimately noteworthy here is that this saxophone improviser builds engaging and very human music in collaboration with and in response to a machine presence.'
(Mark Corroto - All About Jazz)

'I particularly appreciated the simple high-pitched whines of anxiety and the gentler more organic sounding ciclings.'
(Colin Thomas - Georgia Straight, Vancouver)

'A very nice mix of post Trane/Jimmy Lyons sax and electronic processing -effectively mixing jazz, techno, and ambient soundscapes. The fusion of styles is effective because Jorrit keeps his jazz at full strength- the electronics layers with the jazz without in any way diluting it.'
(Emile Tobenfeld (Dr. T) - Bos Improv, Boston)

'Dijkstra initially used the electronics for echo-layerings, but when he left this idea, he created an unexpected magic. Behind the busy and scattered improvisations, a hypnotizing pulse emerged. The swing kept it going, but the rhythm stayed subtle, and the feeling of time of the listener seemed off balance until the last note'
(Remco Takken - De Volkskrant)

'Dijkstra plays a number of lines on the saxophone creating an ambient atmoshere. This forms the basis of an inventive game of sounds and patterns, sometimes diminutive and subtle, other times extravert...'
(Jaqueline Oskamp - De Groene Amsterdammer)

Photo Marcel Mutsaers