Bio

The Netherlands Music Prize jury about Ties Mellema:
"Mellema consistently treats the listener to a new understanding of whatever piece he is playing,in jazz it known as improvisation, in classical it is called interpretation."

At the age of eight Ties Mellema decided he wanted to play the saxophone. His father played Charlie Parker to him and he liked the sound; furthermore the saxophone would help his asthma. It was the right choice, the instrument’s versatility suits Ties well. Many years on he works as a solo artist, a chamber musician and a teacher. In 2010 he received the Netherlands Music Prize from the Dutch Performing Arts Fund, a highly prestigious recognition of his work so far.

Ties graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam – first and second phase – cum laude, having studied with Arno Bornkamp. He also studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Christer Johnnson. After he graduated, Ties decided to take lessons from the cellist Anner Bijlsma. To this day this master’s musicality remains a great source of inspiration and it is the reason Ties still frequently visits him.

These days Ties is a teacher himself to students majoring in saxophone at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg, where he is teaching his own class.

With three other musicians he formed the Amstel Quartet, which has made a name for itself all over the world. Together with his pianist, Wijnand van Klaveren, he played recitals for many years. During this close collaboration this duo developed a personal and intimate style. After Wijnand applied himself to writing music, Ties continued his duo with Hans Eijsackers. They made a very successful debut as a duo in 2007, in the Concertgebouw, the Amsterdam Concert Hall.

Besides the Netherlands Music Prize Ties has won many prominent awards. Highlights are the prestigious Vriendenkrans competition from the Concertgebouw and Concertgebouw Orchestra (along with the audience award and a scholarship) and the Voorziening voor Jonge Excellerende Musici, a scholarship for young, exceptionally talented musicians. 

Ties’ work as a musician is characterized by his drive to explore and push beyond the boundaries. Not only has he played many premieres of new compositions written specifically for him, he is also a fanatical arranger of music from all style periods (Bach’s oeuvre forms a continuous theme) and he is constantly searching for new crossovers with the jazz, pop and world music, theatre and dance.

This many facetted way of working has resulted in collaborations all across the globe, with musicians such as Gustavo Dudamel  and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra, Concertgebouw Tracks, MTV, the Four Baritones and Hans Dulfer.

In 2014-2015 Ties made the personal music theater performance ‘The End of Desire’, in cooperation with director Jos van Kan, composer Ian Wilson and stage designer Michiel Voet which was performed in the Netherland and Ireland.

Ties’ drive is characterized by two major life events. In 2008 he was severely injured to his right hand after an unfortunate house-hold accident. After rehabilitation, meditation and some modifications to his instrument he found a way to continue his career, despite the fact that the doctors told him that he would never play again.

Seven years later Ties was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent an intensive chemo therapy. In 2016 Ties rehabilitated again and came back as a reborn person and musician in the course of this year.

Ties’ ambitions don’t stop at playing the saxophone and this makes him a truly contemporary artist. He also composes, arranges and is a prolific photographer (in 2015 he won the Amsterdam Fotogram award). Together with his Amstel Quartet he founded the music label Amstel Records. Amstel Records produces CDs by the quartet and other musicians with the same artistic views and ideas; Ties has released four CDs under his own name with Amstel records. He is a prolific blogger on tiesmellema.nl and he has written for a number of Dutch magazines en newspapers.

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Met Rembrandt Frerichs, jazzpianist

Hard Reset

Solo’s op een klassieke manier benaderd (for English, scroll down)

In de jazzmuziek klinkt een nummer nooit hetzelfde. De muzikant improviseert, elke keer anders. Bach en Mozart deden dat ook, alleen schreven zij hun improvisaties uit. Die composities en improvisaties spelen we nu nog steeds. Uitvoerders wereldwijd  breken hun hoofd over hoe de noten te interpreteren. Speel ik met of zonder vibrato? In welk tempo? Hoe articuleer ik precies? Waar kan ik ademhalen? We zullen het nooit echt zeker weten, behalve als we er opnames van hadden. Die zijn er van jazzmuziek natuurlijk wél. Paradoxaal genoeg spelen we een jazzsolo liever niet na. Jazz en klassiek hebben beiden zo hun normen en taboes. 

Volgens jazzpianist Rembrandt Frerichs en de klassiek geschoolde saxofonist Ties Mellema bestaat er eigenlijk alleen muziek. Vergeet het onderscheid tussen jazz en klassiek en de normen die gelden. Zij staken de koppen bij elkaar om even helemaal opnieuw te beginnen. Mellema zette een aantal solo’s van grote jazzsolisten op zijn lessenaar en studeerde ze in als een klassiek stuk. Onbevooroordeeld en in het moment op zoek naar de juiste expressie. Het resultaat is een frisse versie van composities gebaseerd op werk van John Coltrane, Olivier Messiaen, Johann Sebastian Bach en Lennie Tristano die normaal gesproken nooit op deze manier live gespeeld zouden worden. 

Ties Mellema - Saxofoons/composer

Rembrandt Frerichs – Piano/composer

Jos Machtel  - contrabas

Vinsent Planjer - Drums

In jazz music, a song never sounds the same. Musicians improvise differently every time they play it. Bach or Mozart are improvisers too. The only difference is, these great composers notated their improvisations. Nowadays we are still playing those compositions and improvisations, but we are not totally sure how to play it. We have continually questions about vibrato, articulation, timing and so on. If only we had recordings! In case of jazz music, we have many recordings. Paradoxically, we would rather not copy a jazz solo as it has been played before.

According to jazz pianist Rembrandt Frerichs and the classically skilled saxophonist Ties Mellema, there is actually only ‘music’. So let’s forget about the distinction between jazz and classical music and the norms that apply. Mellema and Frerichs stopped for a moment to begin from scratch. Mellema put some well known jazz solo material on his reading desk and started to study the music as it where a classical piece. Unprejudiced and being in the moment looking for the right expression. The result is a fresh version of compositions based on work by John Coltrane, Olivier Messiaen, Johann Sebastian Bach and Lennie Tristano, which are usually never played live in this way.

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Fontys Conservatorium Nieuwsbrief

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Interview in de Bevelander, een krantje uit de stad (Tholen) waar ik vandaan kom

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Review 'Song Reader by Beck' (Dutch)

Jazzenzo.nl

door: Rinus van der Heijden

Vier baritonsaxofonisten, één zangeres en een vertolkt oeuvre dat is gegrondvest op Beck’s ‘Song Reader’.  Dat is een prachtig ontworpen boek, dat de bladmuziek van twintig Beck-liedjes bevat. Met de boodschap ermee te doen wat degene die het oppakt, wil. Gekoppeld aan de enige opdracht die het bevat: ‘er iets unieks van te maken’. 
Ties Mellema pikte de opdracht op en stelde zichzelf de eis het grijze gebied tussen gecomponeerde en geïmproviseerde muziek met de ‘Song Reader’ kleur te geven. Daarvoor nodigde hij een handvol arrangeurs uit om twaalf stukken van nieuwe arrangementen te voorzien, geschikt voor sopraan en baritonsaxofoons. De arrangementen komen van Maarten Ornstein, Albert van Veenendaal, Morris Kliphuis, Tini Thomsen, Ian Wilson, Rob Horsting, Konrad Koselleck en Ivo Bol, alias Vinkepeezer.
Het resultaat is evenals de aanpak in één woord samen te vatten: verrassend. Het samengaan van Nora Fischer met de saxofoons, de ‘strijd’ van Nora Fischer met de saxofoons, de uitdaging die Nora Fischer de saxofoons biedt, het zijn elementen die je voortdurend versteld doen staan. De zangeres kan alles met haar stem: ze paart die aan de bromgeluiden van de vier baritons, ze goochelt met de teksten, ze legt prachtige ballades neer, naast fel uithalende sprongen naar hoge registers, ze betoont zich de ene keer als een volleerde operazangeres, om verderop op te duiken als een popzangeres uit de hoogste klassen. 
Ties Mellema bracht eerder de cd ‘Princepiration’ uit met werk van popidool Prince. Die is nog redelijk grijpbaar als je hem vergelijkt met Beck. Maar voor beide subjecten geldt: Ties Mellema leidt hen nieuwe werelden in. Een reuze prestatie, want dat doet hij ook nog eens met degenen die deze prachtige cd’s willen beluisteren. 

Op zijn minst opmerkelijk, zo mag je de deze cd van baritonsaxofonist Ties Mellema en vrienden gerust noemen. Eén stem, ondersteund door vier baritonsaxofoons, gaat in de slag met het oeuvre van de popmusicus Beck.

Eerst maar even die vier vriendschappen. Drie zijn er van wat oudere datum: Niels Bijl, Jan Menu en Tini Thomsen, die samen met Ties Mellema sinds eind jaren negentig The Four Baritones vormen. De andere vriend is inmiddels Nora Fischer geworden, die initiatiefnemer Mellema leerde kennen tijdens een optreden in het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Deze cd leert dat bedoelde vier vrienden onberispelijke kwaliteit nastreven.

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Review van 'Wat is het Geheim van de Saxofoon?' door Guusje (10)

Hier online

Gezien op: 14 december 2014
Locatie: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ 
Reporter: Guusje (10)

Het 'open je oren' was erg leuk. Dieuwertje Blok interviewde de saxofonist. Grappig was dat de 1ste vraag die uit de zaal kwam ging over Dieuwertje ging. Namelijk of zij ook degene was van het Sinterklaas journaal. De rest  van de vragen gingen over de saxofoon. Ties Mellema vertelde veel over de saxofoon en over zijn achtergrond en waarom hij de saxofoon zo leuk vindt.

Hij speelde samen met een pianist op verschillende saxofoons. Een sopraan, alt, tenor en bariton saxofoon. En na de vragen van het interview speelden ze klassieke muziek. Vooral die van Bach werden gespeeld. Dat was heel mooi.

Het leukste was toen ze gingen improviseren n.a.v. woorden uit de zaal. Met de improvisatie werden er woorden genoemd, waar iedereen aan dacht of wat in je op kwam. Met al deze woorden werd een lied gemaakt/gespeeld. Verschillende landen of plaatsen werden genoemd of hobbies.

Ik heb eerder een saxofon gehoord.  Ik speel zelf harp en via bij een cursus van een bandje heb ik weleens een sax gehoord. 
Ik vond het een heel leuk concert en je leert zeker iets over de saxofoon. Ik zou mijn vriendjes en vriendinnnetjes aanraden om eens te gaan luisteren.

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Volkskrant: A brilliantly played tenorsax solo by Ties Mellema

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'The End of Desire', tip van de dag in het Parool

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Recensie Song Reader in Dagblad Tubantia

TIES MELLEMA AND FRIENDS

Song Reader By Beck

Amstel Records

Toen in 1998 in het Enschedese café Het Bolwerk de saxofoonstudenten Ties Mellema en Niels Bijl met twee gelijkgestemden besloten om het Vestzaktheater af te huren om daar een concert te gaan geven met vier baritonsaxofoons, konden ze niet vermoeden dat het zodanig zou uitpakken dat er zestien jaar later een cd zou verschijnen van The Four Baritones met repertoire van de eigenzinnige popmuzikant Beck. Ach, Beck (Hansen) zelf kon dat niet eens bedenken, die was nauwelijks begonnen aan zijn carrière. De rockmuzikant kwam in elk geval eind 2012 met een bijzonder teken van leven. Geen plaat, geen cd, maar een songbook met bladmuziek genaamd Song Reader. Iedere muzikant mocht zelf weten wat-ie met die muziek zou doen. Beck voerde de liedjes zelf in elk geval niet uit. Akkoorden, melodieën alles mocht worden omgegooid als Becks teksten maar overeind bleven. Mellema, die als klassiek saxofonist toch al nooit een neus had opghaald voor popmuziek zag er een mooi project in voor de Four Bartiones en zangeres Nora Fischer. Het heeft indrukwekkend uitgepakt. Knorrende saxen (naast de oerleden Tini Thomsen en Jan Menu) en het uiterst flexibele strottenhoofd van Fischer. Er zijn diverse arrangeurs voor in de weer geweest: Maarten Orstein, Albert van Veenendaal, Morris Kliphuis, Ian Wilson, Konrad Konselleck, Tini Thomsen en Rob Horsting. Waarbij opvalt dat Rough On Rats leunt op een akkoordenschema dat Raccoon later ook is gaan gebruiken en dat We All Wear Cloaks van Rob Horsting werkelijk adembenemend is.

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Interview in het Parool met Nora Fischer en Ties Mellema

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Review Princepiration Jazzenzo

Review (Dutch Only)

Ties Mellema – Princepiration

CD-RECENSIE
door: Rinus van der Heijden


De 36-jarige saxofonist Ties Mellema verloor toen hij een jaar of veertien was, de belangstelling voor popmuziek. Ervoor in de plaats kwamen jazz en klassiek. Hij volgde een (klassieke) conservatoriumopleiding, kreeg in 2010 de Nederlandse Muziekprijs, de belangrijkste vaderlandse onderscheiding voor serieuze muziek en toen, ja toen, toen was het even op.

Ties Mellema noemt zichzelf een cross-overmusicus. Geen wonder dat hij bij een cross-overproject uitkwam toen hij op zoek ging naar een nieuwe uitdaging. Dat werd uiteindelijk een mix van muziek uit zijn vroege jeugd en muziek die de rest van zijn leven bepaalde: pop en eigentijdse gecomponeerde muziek. Zijn keus wat popmuziek betreft viel op Prince, een van zijn idolen.

Mellema vroeg een aantal collega-componisten de muziek van Prince naar eigen inzicht te bewerken. Dat werden David Dramm, Guillermo Lago, Wijnand van Klaveren, Wiek Heijmans, Renske Vrolijk, Jorrit Dijkstra, Maarten Ornstein, Katharina Thomsen en Vinkepeezer. Zestien stukken namen zij onder handen. Met als uitkomst een  klinkend resultaat.

Waar Ties Mellema allereerst op lette was de toegankelijkheid van de Princestukken. Want hadden vrienden in het verleden al niet eens gezegd, dat ze best naar zijn concerten wilden komen luisteren, maar dat ze de muziek niet begrepen. Hij gaf als opdracht mee ze in elk geval de lengte van modale popsongs te geven. En voort te borduren op het Prince-oeuvre, met daarbij alle vrijheid van handelen.

Met hemzelf als uitvoerder en het Strijkkwartet EnAccord en contrabassist Wilmar de Visser is ‘Princepiration’ een trektocht geworden tussen klassieke kamermuziek, eigentijdse gecomponeerde- en geïmproviseerde muziek en de lichtheid van goede popmuziek. Er duiken fragmenten van minimal music op, zware rockelementen, impressionistische deeltjes en prachtige vondsten. Zoals het stuk ‘Flirt’, dat oorspronkelijk ‘The Ballad of Dorothy Parker’ heette en door Jorrit Dijkstra volledig opnieuw werd gecomponeerd.

‘Princepiration’ kán een educatieve functie hebben. Want verstokte Princefans die het album haastig in de speler schuiven, zullen dezelfde ervaring ondergaan als Mellema’s vrienden, die zijn muziek indertijd niet voldoende begrepen om haar op waarde te schatten. ‘Princepiration’ kent die elementen ook, maar wie de moeite neemt om dóór de muziek heen te luisteren, gaat mee de diepte in en beseft dat hier sprake is van een bijzonder project.

Later in het jaar neemt Ties Mellema de muziek van popidool Beck in ogenschouw.

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Front page interview Concertgebouw Magazine

Ties Mellema speelt Bach op saxofoon


Intro:

[Saxofonist Ties Mellema bespeelt Bach met arrangementen, improvisaties en nieuw werk van Tonu Korvits. Met het Amstel Quartet viert Mellema een wonderlijke verjaardag in ‘Hoe klinkt een saxofoon? – Toeters en Taart’].


Door Wenneke Savenije


Zonder bewerkingen bestaat er voor een saxofonist geen Bach. Maar voor Ties Mellema, die vaak cellosuites van Bach op saxofoon speelt, bestaat er geen muzikantenleven zonder Bach. In een Amsterdamse espressobar in de ochtendschemering legt hij uit waarom: ‘Het is de mooiste muziek die er bestaat en je blijft er altijd mee bezig. Bach is aan de ene kant heel erg universeel. Zijn muziek doorbreekt alle grenzen en slaat op de mensheid als geheel. Bach overstijgt alle esthetiek, alle mooiheid. Bachs muziek raakt aan de essentie van het mens zijn. Aan de andere kant is Bach niet alleen maar high brow en intellectueel. Hij schreef ook swingende dansmuziek, die zo direct tot het hart spreekt dat je Bach wel mooi moet vinden.’

Toen Mellema, nadat hij cum laude was afgestudeerd aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam, in 2006 werd toegelaten tot de Nederlandse Muziekprijs, speelde Bach dan ook de hoofdrol in zijn keuze voor een pedagoog. ‘Ik besloot les te nemen bij de cellist Anner Bijlsma, omdat ik gefascineerd was door de bijzondere manier waarop hij de cellosuites van Bach benadert. Ik las zijn boek ‘Bach, The Fencing Master - Reading aloud from the first three cello suites’ en kwam tot de conclusie dat ik veel van deze man zou kunnen leren. Talloze keren heeft hij de suites opgenomen en elke keer ontdekt hij er weer iets nieuws in. Daar wilde ik meer van weten.’

Op een van de eerste lessen zei Bijlsma tegen Mellema: ‘Muziek moet niet alleen zingen. Alle muziek moet spreken.’ Volgens Bijlsma is de saxofoon een gevaarlijk instrument, omdat de klank zo mooi is. Zodat het gevaar groot is dat een saxofonist zich daarin verliest en alleen nog maar ‘mooi’ gaat spelen. Mellema: ‘Bach vraagt om veel meer dan alleen maar zwelgen in zo’n mooie, romantische stroom van warme klanken. Het gaat ook om de inhoud van de muziek, om de articulatie en de manier waarop je met de noten van Bach echt een verhaal vertelt. Bijlsma is enorm in de weer geweest met de streken in Bach. Neem zijn Eerste Cellosuite. Veel beroemde cellisten delen de golvende zestienden van de Prelude op in lange bogen, een maat afstreek en de volgende weer opstreek. Maar dat is niet wat er staat, zegt Bijlsma. Als je het originele handschrift letterlijk neemt kom je tot de ontdekking dat Bach met allemaal kortere boogjes een prachtig raamwerk heeft gecreëerd voor articulatie. Op- en afstreek worden dan als in- en uitademen, waardoor je prachtige effecten krijgt en de muziek inderdaad tot de verbeelding gaat spreken.’

Met zijn verassende opmerkingen wist Bijlsma de saxofonist te bevrijden uit een valkuil voor veel jonge musici: ‘Voor mijn auditie bij de Nederlandse Muziekprijs zat ik aan mijn muzikale plafond. Ik weet nog dat ik op mijn zolder in Amsterdam West een melodietje studeerde van Jules Demersseman en niet meer wist wat ik ermee aan moest. Nog zuiverder spelen lukte me niet. Nog mooier ook niet. Nog meer kleur en vibrato had geen zin. Eigenlijk was alles gewoon goed. Maar toch ontbrak er iets en ik wist niet wat. Ik zat muzikaal gezien echt met mezelf in de knoop.’

In diezelfde tijd besloot Mellema een masterclass te gaan volgen bij Kenny Werner, de jazzpianist van Toots Thielemans, die Effortless Mastery heeft geschreven, een boek over vrijheid en expressie bij het musiceren. ‘In de jaren zeventig gebruikten musici vaak marihuana, drank of LSD om expressief en zonder verkrampingen te kunnen spelen. Later kwamen de bètablokkers om je zenuwen de baas te blijven op het podium. Want ook een saxofonist kan totaal de mist ingaan door bibberkaken of verstijfde vingers. Maar het blijven lapmiddelen, die je als musicus eigenlijk niet wilt. Werner heeft bedacht hoe je jezelf kan trainen om diezelfde vrijheid te bereiken, die ontstaat nadat je je belangrijkste concert hebt gespeeld. Dan zijn de zenuwen verdwenen en geef je als vanzelf de mooiste toegift.’

En toen gebeurde er iets, waardoor Mellema nóg meer werd wakker geschudt. Met een espressokopje in zijn hand struikelde hij in de keuken en viel met zijn rechterhand op de scherven. ‘Ik bloedde als een rund en ben tegen de muur gaan zitten met mijn arm omhoog. Mijn vriendin, die net de avond daarvoor een EHBO-cursus over slagaderlijke bloedingen had gevolgd, probeerde het bloeden te stelpen. In het ziekenhuis bleek dat er pezen, bloedvaten en zenuwen doormidden waren gesneden. Een derde van mijn handspieren werkte niet meer. Ik zou volgens de dokter nooit meer saxofoon kunnen spelen. Mijn wereld stortte in.’

In een seconde besloot Mellema dat hij dan maar manager van het Calefax Rietkwintet moest worden, maar al gauw nam zijn drang om te spelen toch weer de overhand. ‘Mijn vriend Wijnand van Klaveren vroeg of ik met links nog wel mijn saxofoon vast kon pakken. Dat ging. Wijnand belde toen allemaal componisten om samen met hem stukken voor een hand te componeren. Zo ontstond in 2008 het programma ‘On the other hand’. Ik heb er zelfs nog een cd-tje van gemaakt. Inmiddels kan ik mijn rechterhand deels weer gebruiken. Mijn saxofoons heb ik laten aanpassen met speciale kleppen. Toch heb ik van dit ongeluk veel geleerd. Het heeft me bevrijd. Ik weet nu hoe belangrijk het is om los te kunnen laten.’

Vrijheid typeert ook de manier waarop Mellema zijn concerten vaak inkleedt. Al improviserend komt hij op van achter uit de zaal, of hij speelt tegen een decor van prachtige, door hem zelf gemaakte zwart-wit foto’s.

Zo belooft ook zijn Bach-programma, waarin hij met fagottist Bram van Sambeek en slagwerker Koen Plaetinck ondermeer gearrangeerde solo- en triosonates van Bach speelt, op Bach improviseert en nieuw Bach-achtig werk van Tonu Korvits uitvoert, een ludieke aangelegenheid te worden.

‘We gaan de ruimte van het Concertgebouw creatief gebruiken en misschien wel tussen de mensen in staan spelen. Ik probeer de overgang tussen opkomen en een concert geven altijd te verzachten. Ik ben ooit saxofoon gaan spelen omdat ik zo van Charlie Parker hou. Het zou zomaar kunnen dat ik iets van hem speel voordat we aan het serieuze Bach-werk gaan beginnen. Jazzmuziek speelt zeker ook een rol in het Toeters en Taart- programma dat ik voor kleine kinderen ga spelen. Met het Amstel Quartet gaan we dan een surrealistische muzikale verjaardag vieren. Maar wie er nu precies jarig is blijft voor iedereen de grote vraag...’


Wenneke Savenije

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Recensie Trouw 'Princepiration' four stars

Een bijzonder project bedenken? Laat dat maar aan saxofonist Ties Mellema over. Zijn nieuwste heet 'Princepiration' en behelst een ode aan, en andere blik op de muziek van Prince. Het resultaat: een klassiek pop-album of een poppy klassieke cd. Mellema speelt vaak moderne klassieke muziek waarvan zijn beste vrienden geen chocola kunnen maken. Zelf erkent hij dat de toegankelijkheid te wensen over laat. 
Als fan van Prince besloot Mellema tien componisten te vragen iets te doen met de toegankelijke nummers van Prince, waarbij de saxofoon begeleid moest worden door het 'klassieke' strijkkwartet EnAccord en contrabassist Wilmar De Visser. Een fascinerende cd is het gevolg, waarin de bekende Prince songs op allerlei manieren een nieuw leven gaan leiden. Soms lekker swingend en ontregelend met elektronica er door gemixt, of met een onverwachte 'Flight of the Bumblebee'-begeleiding (David Dramm), dan weer stil en breekbaar (Maarten Ornstein). De Bewerking die Wijnand van Klaveren maakte van 'Purple Rain' klinkt bijna als Debussy. Dit is lekker muziek maken met Mellema als primarius. Op 8 februari concert en cd-presentatie in Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.
(Peter van der Lint, "4 stars" Trouw)

(order the CD here)

English:

Come up with a special project? Leave that to saxophonist Ties Mellema. His newest project is called 'Princepiration' and is a tribute to, a different view, on the music of Prince. The result: a classical pop-album or a poppy classical CD. Mellema often plays contemporary music that his best friends often don't understand. He recognizes that the accessibility of contemporary music can be problematic.

As a fan of Prince Mellema decided to ask 10 composers to do something with the accessibel songs of Prince, in which the saxophone had to be accompanied by the classical string Quartet EnAccord and bassist Wilmar de Visser. The result is a fascinating CD, on which well known Prince songs lead their own life in many ways. Sometimes deliciously groovy and deconstructed with electronics mixed in, or with an unexpected 'Flight of the Bumblebee'-accompaniment (David Dramm), or silent and fragile (Maarten Ornstein). The arrangement that Wijnand Van Klaveren made of 'Purple Rain' almost sounds like Debussy. This is making music, with Ties Mellema as an excellent concert master. On February 8th CD presentation at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw.

(Peter van der Lint, "4 stars" Trouw)

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Recensie 3voor12 Ties en Residentieorkest tijdens Festival State-X New Forms

Hier online

Dat de eerste klap een daalder waard is, hebben ze goed begrepen bij State-X New Forms, want de aftrap in de grote zaal van het Paard is niet mis. Gevierd altsaxofonist Ties Mellema is gevraagd om met het Residentie Orkest een vijftal contemporaine composities te vertolken. Mellema omarmt de zaal bij aanvang haast letterlijk, met een spannend stuk dat laag voor laag wordt opgebouwd door de musici die door het publiek heen verspreid door de zaal staan. Het optreden vervolgt met alle orkestleden op het podium en ieder stuk zorgt voor een nieuwe verrassing. De muziekfilm ‘Morendo’ is een hoogtepunt. Twee ouderen in hun woning worden met tederheid gefilmd. De fragiliteit van de film wordt versterkt door adembenemend mooie muziek, perfect getimed bij de beelden. Daarna slaat Mellema solo met zijn sax aan het loopen (jawel, met dubbel 'o'), op een voor hem geschreven stuk van componist Wilson. De compositie valt voor ongetrainde oren in het genre 'volkomen onbegrijpelijk modern' maar de bevlogenheid en virtuositeit van Mellema staan buiten kijf. Hij zet met het orkest een bijzondere sfeer neer die je niet verwacht zo in de buik van het Paard, een verfrissende keus van State-X om hiermee te beginnen. (LL)

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Interview in Brabants Dagblad

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Review in Eindhovens Dagblad, 18 March 2012

Ties Mellema and Hans Eijsackers in Frits Philips Hall (Dutch)

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Tubuntia: "Een der grote virtuozen van dit moment"

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Time Out, Critic's Pick of the Month
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Parool, 8,8,'11: 'Jazzsaxofonist Ties Mellema"

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Time Out Magazine, August '11

Time Out Magazine August '11: "Critic's Picks, best action of the month": Ties Mellema, EnAccord, Wilmar de Visser: "Prince with a twist"

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Jean-Marie Londeix about Ties' latest CD

Legendary saxophone pioneer Jean-Marie Londeix about Ties' latest CD:

"Dear Ties,
I have just listened to your last CD, throughout magnificent!
All the works are interesting (with the humor in more! Ah! The unexpected Cornelius!!).
An authentic music CD, which shows besides brilliantly, how much the concertante saxophone is attractive when it is played and comprised in this way.
Any kindest regards dear Ties. A real delight!

Bravo also to your partner, really to the height!

( I was lucky to have your package. It carried as address neither the name of the street nor the number of the house). The gods accompanied it.

Cordialement,
JML"

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Interview in NRC Next, November 2010
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Interview met Ties in de Volkskrant n.a.v. NMP Uitreiking

Interview met Ties in de Volkskrant n.a.v. NMP Uitreiking (November 2010)

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Interview met Ties in NRC
Interview met Ties Mellema in NRC November 2010
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Interview in 'De Klank'
Interview met Ties Mellema in 'De Klank', het Brabants Orkest Magazine
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Netherlands Music Prize in the Telegraaf (Dutch)

Artikel in de Telegraaf

Saxofonist overwint tegenslag:

Muziekprijs voor Ties Mellema

door Thiemo Wind
AMSTERDAM -  De saxofonist Ties Mellema ontvangt zondagmiddag 14 november in Eindhoven de Nederlandse Muziekprijs, de hoogste staatsonderscheiding die ons land op muzikaal gebied kent. Het mag een wonder heten. Twee jaar geleden viel Mellema met zijn rechterpols op een espressokopje. Slagader, pees en zenuw bleken doorgesneden. Hij dacht nooit meer te kunnen spelen. Dan toch maar postbode worden?

Foto: Merlijn Doomernik

Tijdenlang was zijn rechterhand uitgeschakeld, doordat zijn spieren nog maar voor een fractie functioneerden. Zoals er pianoconcerten voor de linkerhand bestaan, zo vroeg Mellema alle componisten uit zijn adresboek saxofoonwerken voor de linkerhand te schrijven. Het leverde een bijzonder repertoire op dat ook op cd verscheen, onder de titel 'On The Other Hand'. Er zit zelfs een stuk bij op één toon. Maar al opende de fysieke beperking nieuwe werelden, ideaal was het allerminst.

Of het ooit nog helemaal goed komt met die rechterhand, weet niemand. Maar inmiddels is Mellema zover dat hij Otto Kettings 'Medusa' voor altsaxofoon en orkest weer kan spelen. Het is een stuk dat van geen beperking wil weten: de componist schreef het in 1992 voor Leo van Oostrom en het Metropole Orkest. Mellema speelt het zondag met het Brabants Orkest, tijdens het slotconcert van een Ketting Driedaagse. Daar zal hij ook de 'Sequenza VIIb' (1993) voor sopraansax van Luciano Berio vertolken. En dan: de Nederlandse Muziekprijs.

Die is alleen voor 's lands beste musici weggelegd. Zij moeten toelatingsexamen doen en na een studietraject van twee jaar beslist de jury of de desbetreffende kandidaat de prijs waard is. Mellema kreeg vanwege zijn tegenslag een jaar uitstel, en slaagde.

De prijs bestaat sinds 1981 en wordt gemiddeld minder dan één keer per jaar uitgereikt. Tot de eerdere winnaars behoren de pianist Ronald Brautigam, cellist Pieter Wispelwey en de violistes Janine Jansen en Liza Ferschtman. Na Olga de Roos (1987) en Arno Bornkamp (1991) is Mellema de derde saxofonist die de eervolle onderscheiding krijgt, wat opmerkelijk is gezien het feit dat sommige instrumenten nog nooit aan bod zijn gekomen. Het orgel bijvoorbeeld. Of de gitaar en de blokfluit, al komt daar binnenkort verandering in als respectievelijk Izhar Elias en Erik Bosgraaf de Muziekprijs in ontvangst zullen nemen. Een andere uitverkorene die nog op zijn prijsuitreiking wacht, is de bariton Henk Neven.

Traditiegetrouw wordt de prijs overhandigd door de minister van OCW, ter onderstreping van de status die eraan mag worden toegekend. Marja van Bijsterveldt-Vliegenthart krijgt het er druk mee, de komende maanden.

Nederlandse Muziekprijs: de winnaars

1981 Hans Roelofsen, contrabas

1984 Jard van Nes, zang

1984 Ronald Brautigam, piano

1985 Wout Oosterkamp, zang

1987 Martijn van den Hoek, piano

1987 Olga de Roos, saxofoon

1988 Jacob Slagter, hoorn

1989 Theodora Geraets, viool

1991 Arno Bornkamp, saxofoon

1992 Pieter Wispelwey, cello

1993 Manja Smits, harp

1994 Quirine Viersen, cello

1995 Godelieve Schrama, harp

1997 Geert Smits, zang

1999 Pauline Oostenrijk, hobo

2003 Janine Jansen, viool

2004 Jörgen van Rijen, trombone

2006 Liza Ferschtman, viool

2007 Gwyneth Wentink, harp

2008 Christianne Stotijn, zang

2009 Bram van Sambeek, fagot

2009 Lavinia Meijer, harp

2010 Ties Mellema, saxofoon

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Interview in Akkoord Magazine
Interview met Ties Mellema in Akkoord Magazine.
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Sax avec Elan!
Sax avec Elan!

Chansons by a.o. Aznavour, Brel, Piaff and more for sax4tet and Philippe Elan

2015 | AR014 | 63:18 minutes

TRACKLIST

1. Hommage à Charles Trenet
2. Il est cinq heures, Paris s’éveille
3. Nicolette
4. Quand on n’a que l’amour
5. Mathilde
6. Ne me quitte pas
7. Le Bleu
8. Stormvloedkering
9. Allo Allo
10. Hommage à Charles Aznavour
11. Ballade pour un fou (Loco, Loco)
12. Avec le temps
13. Zing, vecht, huil, bid, lach, werk en bewonder
14. Radio Tour de France
15. Une petite cantate
16. Hommage à Edith Piaf
17. Amsterdam
18. Ce n’est rie

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Amstel Tracks Now!
Amstel Tracks Now!

2012 | AR010 / CC72534 | 75:57 minutes

PIZZICATO – einfach genial

TRACKLIST

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
1. ’Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’ BWV 659

GUILLERMO LAGO (1960)
Ciudades (2011)
2. Córdoba
3. Sarajevo
4. Addis Ababa

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-1897)
5. Poco Allegretto from Symphony No. 3 in F Major, op. 90 (1883)

MICHAEL NYMAN (1944)
Three movements from String Quartet No. 2 (1988/2008)
6. I
7. II
8. III

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Adagio and Fuga, K. 546 (1788)
9. Adagio
10. Fuga

SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981)
11. Adagio for strings (1938)

JAN PIETERSZOON SWEELINCK (1562-1621)
12. Chromatic Fantasy

JEAN RIVIER (1896-1987)
13. Grave et Presto (1938)

MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
14. Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899)

TAN DUN (1957)
Three movements from Eight Sketches in Hunan Accent
15. Floating Clouds
16. Ancient Burial
17. Sunrain

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Song Reader by Beck
Song Reader by Beck

With Nora Fischer and the Four Baritones.

1 Why did you make me care - arr. Maarten Ornstein
2 Please leave a light on when you go - arr. Morris Kliphuis
3 Old Shanghai - arr. Albert van Veenendaal
4 Heaven's Ladder - arr. Ian Wilson
5 Rough on Rats - arr. Tini Thomsen
6 We all wear cloaks - arr. Rob Horsting
7 America, Here's my Boy - arr. Konrad Koselleck
8 Eyes that say "I love you"
9 Just Noise - arr. Albert van Veenendaal
10 The Wolf is on the hill - arr. Tini Thomsen
11 Do we? We do - arr. Konrad Koselleck
12 Just Noise Remix by Vinkepeezer

Nora Fischer, vocals
Ties Mellema, saxophones
Niels Bijl, saxophones
Jan Menu, saxophones
Tini Thomsen, saxophones

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Princepiration
Princepiration

A contemporary music tribute to Prince

In 2010 I was presented with the Dutch Music Prize by the State Secretary for culture. I had finally completed my studies. But where to go from here? I started thinking about a new project, a new direction. I had explored many types of music already, but when I started at the conservatory I more or less lost sight of pop music. I was a huge Prince fan. Could I find something there?

And there was something else I wanted to explore. As a saxophonist I play large amounts of contemporary music, and I love it. But I am disappointed when my best friends come to my contemporary music concerts and their general reaction often is: “Very well played, but I don’t really know what to make of this music.” I don’t believe there is anything actually wrong with this music, but it does often lack accessibility, a connection.

With 'Princepiration' I have tried to combine all this. This CD features newly composed music based on elements from songs by Prince. The length of the pieces are that of an average pop song too. The rest of my brief to the composers I had asked, was quite free.

As far as the musicians are concerned: I wanted to create an ensemble around my saxophone which was clearly ‘classical’. To me the string quartet is the archetype of chamber music. But I wanted more depth, a bass part. Besides, I love the double bass. I used to be in doubt whether to study double bass or saxophone at the conservatory.

Whilst editing this album I was frequently amazed at the incredibly equal and energetic way EnAccord plays. Wilmar de Visser is not only a highly-gifted grooving bass player, over the past years he has also become an important driving force in the Dutch music scene.

The recording technique is a hybrid technique between pop and classical music. And we have even varied the tone subtly per song, according to the poppyness or more classical nature of a song.

I am very proud of the end result. It has become a beautiful mix of various contemporary styles with one common denominator: "Princepiration".

(Ties Mellema)

Track List

1 In the Beginning (3:45) (David Dramm)
2 SignONewTimes (5:26) (Guillermo Lago)
3 Seven Hours and Fifteen Days 5:42 (David Dramm)

Princepiration, a musical paraphrase (Wijnand Van Klaveren)
4 - Thieves in the Temple (2:22)
5 - Purple Rain (2:50)
6 - Diamonds and Pearls (2:46)

7 Sexy Taxi (4:53) (Wiek Hijmans)
8 Sweet (2:56) (Renske Vrolijk)
9 Flirt (Ballad of Dorothy Parker recomposed) (4:16) (Jorrit Dijkstra)
10 Is it about that Walk? (…or is it about True Heroes?) (4:00) (Guillermo Lago)

Fast Love (Maarten Ornstein)
11 - Ralph (2:48)
12 - Plan X (1:55)
13 - Fast Love (2:38)

14 - Prince Slips (3:39) (Katharina Thomsen)
15 - Don't Have to be Cool (3:21) (Maarten van Norden)
16 - SignONewTimes Remix (2:34) (Vinkepeezer)

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Amstel Quartet Live @ de Toonzaal
Amstel Quartet Live @ de Toonzaal

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
1. Prelude and Fugue in c , BWV 537, I. Prelude
2. Prelude and Fugue in c , BWV 537, II. Fugue

DIETRICH BUXTEHUDE
3. Partita 'Auf meinen Lieben Gott', BuxWV 179

PJOTR ILJITSJ TCHAIKOVSKY
4. Scherzo: allegro molto vivace
from 2nd symphony in c opus 17

JANE O´LEARY
5. riverrun (part I)*

TERRY RILEY
(from 'Mandala Miniatures')
6. Sardophonia
7. Maid of old Mexico
8. Song of the Earth

JORRIT DIJKSTRA
9. Bounce*

JAN PIETERSZOON SWEELINCK
10. Ricercare

STEVE MARTLAND
11. Short Story

WIM HENDERICKX
12. The Seven Chakras: III. Manipura (Fire)
13. The Seven Chakras: IV. Anahata (Air)

MAARTEN ALTENA
14. Scattered Scenes (part II)*

RENSKE VROLIJK
15. Squawk Box: I. Air*

MARTIN FONDSE
Extra Time (The 60 Seconds Way)*
16. V. Chrono Logic
17. III. Time to make a chance
18. VII. Country Life

* written for the Amstel Quartet

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Amstel Raga - Amstel Quartet, AR 008
Amstel Raga - Amstel Quartet, AR 008

Featuring Niti Ranjan Biswas, tabla

KADRI GOPALNATH 1949
1    Hidden Secrets arr. Remco Jak

NITI RANJAN BISWAS 1973
2    Dhik Dhin Dhati, I am Niti

OENE VAN GEEL 1973
3    Karmatikka 2009

NITI RANJAN BISWAS 1973
4    Kanu Trilogy I

MARTIN FONDSE 1967 Tribute to Indian Cinema+ Rahul Dev Burman 1939-1994
5    Ek Chatur Naar 1968

Ghulam Mohammad 1903-1968
6    Inhi Logon ne 1971

Sachin Dev Burman 1906-1975
7    Roop Tera Mastana 1969

Omkar Prasad Nayyar 1926-2007
8    Howrah Bridge 1958

NITI RANJAN BISWAS 1973
9    Kanu Trilogy II

IAN WILSON 1964
Heaven lay close 2008/9+
10   I Introduction – I dreamt that heaven lay...
11   II ... close upon the earth...
12   III ...and I between them both...
13   IV ...breathing through the eye of a needle...

NITI RANJAN BISWAS 1973
14   Kanu Trilogy III

JORRIT DIJKSTRA 1966
15   Shruut -for saxophone quartet and shruti box- 2008

NITI RANJAN BISWAS 1973
16   O Kanu

5:06 SYLVIA MAESSEN 1959
17   Todi, where did you go? 2009

NITI RANJAN BISWAS 1973
18   Ta-Bla

MARION VON TILZER 1968
19   Wheel of Fortune 2009+

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On The Other Hand
On The Other Hand

Ties Mellema/Hans Eijsackers

Legendary saxophone pioneer Jean-Marie Londeix about this CD: "throughout magnificent!"

1) Peter Cornelius (1824-1874) – Ein Ton, Op. 3, no. 3 2:14
2) Ian Wilson (1964) – sKiPpY (2008)* 4:37
3) Ties Mellema (1976) /Hans Eijsackers (1967) - Improvisation no. 5 2:38
4) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Sarabande from Partita BWV 1013 3:32
5) Alexander Comitas (1957) – Ariel (2008)* 7:16
6) Willem Breuker (1944) – Duty Calls, movement II (2008)* 4:26
7) Giacomo Rossini (1792-1868) – Ave Maria (su due note) (1857-1868?) 4:40
8) Ties Mellema (1976)/Hans Eijsackers (1967) – Improvisation no. 7 3:06
9) Martin Fondse (1967) – One Hand Clapping (2008)* 1:02
10) Daan Manneke (1939) – Clair-Obscur (2008)** 4:30
11) David Dramm (1961) – Hangman (2008)* 5:23
12) Ties Mellema (1976)/Hans Eijsackers (1967) – Improvisation no. 2 3:03
13) Jurgen Van Loenhout (1974) – Tengel (2008)** 3:29
14) Wijnand Van Klaveren (1975) – Interlude (2008)* 2:29
15) Ties Mellema (1976)/Hans Eijsackers (1967) – Improvisation no. 3 2:05
16) Guillermo Lago (1960) – Strong Ties (2008)* 5:23

Total time: 59:47

* Written for Ties Mellema and Hans Eijsackers
** Written for Ties Mellema

Ties Mellema, saxophone
Hans Eijsackers, piano

On the Other Hand

On March 18th of 2008, I severely injured my right hand. One week after my accident, I received a call from my good friend Wijnand. He asked me what notes I could still play so he could write a piece using these notes. That same morning, I began calling composers to ask them to write pieces for my limited range. I had an idea: I was going to create a full concert program with the new compositions and perform it a few times that summer of 2008. A few days later, I came up with the name “On the Other Hand” – what a stroke of genius! I realized one week after the accident that I wanted to just keep on playing and performing. Either it was going to be the last thing I did as a saxophonist or it would be a great way to turn the whole disaster around and look at it as a new beginning.

What happened?
I fell in my kitchen and a shard of pottery cut through an artery, tendon and the ulnar nerve in my right wrist. The result was catastrophic. The tendon and artery were stitched up and I wore a brace for eight weeks before the damage was repaired. However, I had some nerve damage and so I couldn’t – and still can’t fully – spread the fingers of my right hand, straighten the fourth and fifth fingers and bend my fingers in a 90-degree angle at the knuckles.

Lying in the emergency room, I remember wondering if I could still join the Amstel Quartet tour in two weeks … But, after the operation I learned that I wouldn’t be able to play for at least several months, and perhaps not for one to two years. Although the tendon healed successfully in eight weeks, the nerve damage was a different story. The prognosis for a stitched nerve healing properly remains very uncertain because the neurons in the nerve cable have to regenerate in the whole hand. For me, this meant that I would have to wait at least three months to find out if this was ever going to happen. Even if it did happen, there was no certainty of just how well the nerve would function. All of this meant that the possibility of ever playing the saxophone again would remain an uncertainty for some time.

As I am writing these liner notes now, things are going relatively well. My hand is healing. But I still don’t know if all the muscles will recover properly. In the meantime, at least I’m playing with two hands again. I taught myself how to use the “new” hand as efficiently as possible. I’m now able to play almost my entire old repertoire; I just have to work harder, and better.

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Amstel Peijl
Amstel Peijl

Gabriel Fauré – Pelleas et Melisande (arr. Wijnand Van Klaveren)
Alexander Glazunov – Quartet in B flat op.109
Philip Glass – Saxophone Quartet

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Grab It!
Grab It!

Ties Mellema, all saxophones

It all went wrong sometime after the Second World War. Composers who thought they knew it all declared the temporary death of musical tradition, got rid of everything that the average human ear had gotten used to and created a musical avant-garde accessible and understandable to only the happy few. The isolation of contemporary music was in effect. In spite of the fact that the musical schism has long since been resolved, it appears that the damage it has done is still considerable. Contemporary composition seems to frighten audiences. This is why it is time for an offensive of contemporary music that does appeal to audiences and that strikes the listener directly in the heart. Music that is "beautiful" to listen to and that speaks of emotions and musical influences that are recognizable in our day and age. Grab it! after the eponymous work by Jacob ter Veldhuis is therefore a modern carpe diem, a contemporary "seize the day and enjoy." This message is propagated by music that swings and sings and leans towards forms of jazz, blues and rock and at times is self-consciously melancholic and melodious.
It only makes sense. Three out of the four composers on this CD, gained their musical experience in the world of pop, rock and jazz. Traces of their musical youth can still be recognized in the works by Christian Lauba, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jacob ter Veldhuis. And why not? Why not cherish the good elements, the direct appeal, the spontaneity of pop and rock and transform it to the more sizeable forms and structures of contemporary classical music? This is exactly what the instigators of the countermovement of the musical avant-garde did in the sixties. Philip Glass, together with Terry Riley, La Monte Young and Steve Reich, was responsible for a true revolution in contemporary music. Although he was raised with serialism's strict patterns, Glass and likeminded spirits looked for ways to re-establish the contact with the listener. They found their answers in repetitive music from regions such as Africa, India and Indonesia and a new course towards a more direct musical appeal was born. Minimal music, as it was soon deprecatorily called, united a recognizable pulse with recognizable melodies and harmonies and in spite of the 'gimmick' of the almost infinite repetition of motives, the new school in music made terms such as beautiful, fun and swinging acceptable again for many young contemporary composers. In the US, this led to a strict separation of minds that was translated as a conflict between highbrow and lowbrow. This conflict is pointless. What is wrong with Glass' early more repetitive work? Or, for the sake of consistency, what is wrong with a good pop song or a great riff on an electric guitar? Nothing. Especially, composers in their thirties, forties and fifties often have very fond memories of the music of the so-called lowbrow culture. Why would we not allow these good memories to come back in contemporary composition? Raw music with a direct appeal to the audience captured in a frame structure that allows the music to be enjoyed on several different levels. This is the music of a generation of composers that do not deny their own musical youth. And this is exactly the type of music that can be found in this CD. Representing the moment that the light returned in contemporary music, Glass’ Gradus, composed in 1968 for saxophonist Jon Gibson, is a 'hardcore' 13-minute piece of minimal music. At the time of its composition, Glass had recently finished his studies with Nadia Boulanger and had just had a pivotal meeting with Ravi Shankar. Gradus, the first musical result of this meeting, has a stringent structure yet seems to be an almost intuitive prelude for soprano saxophone that holds the listener captive with its frugal changes in the pattern. Glass' further development is clearly shown in Melodies (1995). Glass wrote thirteen Melodies for alto and soprano saxophone for a production of Jean Genet's play Prisoner of Love, in which he gives his love for the saxophone free reign. At times melancholic, then repetitive, then jazzy; even without the play, the four Melodies for alto saxophone presented here are beautiful miniatures.
The step from Melodies to the two short Memorials that Mark-Anthony Turnage composed between 1997 and 2000 is only a small one. Turnage does not hide his love for the combination of jazz, the music of the repetitives and an undeniably lyrical approach to modern music in the bluesy and quasi-repetitive Trier and the melancholical Memorial. These are short notes to personal memories, diary music in optima forma. The French composer Christian Lauba draws from different musical backgrounds in his thorough exploration of the saxophone. Balafon is part of the 1996 composition Neuf Etudes. In these etudes the composer convincingly combines modern saxophone techniques such as slap-tonque, multiphonics and staccato-articulation with non-western influences amongst which influences from his native Tunisia. In Balafon, the first of the nine studies, all revolves around circular breathing combined with the technique known as subtones, a special type of 'sotto voce.' The union between highbrow and lowbrow is epitomized by the works of Jacob ter Veldhuis. He started out as a Dutch follower of the minimalists and in the meantime has developed into a composer with a completely individual style and an immediately recognizable tone. Especially with his so-called boom box-works, Ter Veldhuis has chosen a path that is able to fascinate audiences around the world. With this combination of electronically manipulated fragments of texts and live instruments, he successfully introduces the emotion and story of the texts into a swinging musical discourse in which blues (Billie, based on fragments of an interview with blues singer Billie Holiday), rap and hip-hop (Grab it!, composed around glimmering texts from youthful delinquents) and - even - elements of the 'ancient' minimalism (The Garden of love, based on William Blake's eponymous poem) play an important role. What these pieces have in common is the fact that they declare their love for contemporary life at the top of their voices. The composers have not been restricted by any style or school but embrace life in all its aspects. As if they are trying to say: life is worth living and music, contemporary music, is the most direct reflection of this idea. Grab it!
Paul Janssen (translation by Evert Rutgers and Dick de Waal) 

Tracks:
Philip Glass (1937)
4 Melodies (1995)
for alto saxophone solo
Jacob ter Veldhuis (1951)
Billie (2003)
for alto saxophone and ghettoblaster
Christian Lauba (1952)
Balafon (1996)
for alto saxophone solo
Jacob Ter Veldhuis 1951 for soprano saxophone and ghettoblaster
The Garden of Love 2002
Philip Glass (1937)
Gradus (1968)
for soprano saxophone solo
Mark-Anthony Turnage (1960)
Two Memorials (1995-2000)
for soprano saxophone solo
Jacob ter Veldhuis (1951)
Grab it! (1999)
for tenor saxophone and ghettoblaster

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Amstel Quartet - 1 Gram of Time
Amstel Quartet - 1 Gram of Time

Tracks:
Tristan Keuris - Kwartet
Camille Kerger - Schneelicht - bebend weiss*
Franco Donatoni - Rasch
Hugues Dufourt - Quatuor de Saxophones
Iannis Xenakis - Xas
Marijn Simons - L'espoir*
Merlijn Twaalfhoven - 1 Gram of Time*
Ian Wilson - Atlantica*

*: dedicated to the Amstel Quartet 

1 Gram of Time
How much does a piece of music weigh? And should a beautiful piece be considered heavy or light? These are the impossible questions that the title of Merlijn Twaalfhoven's composition 1 Gram of Time (2005) refers to. For, if vibrating air - the essence of which sound actually consists - were to be measured in any particular unit, it would surely be in dimensions of time. It is precisely this fleeting quality that makes music so impalpable. Alluding to Milan Kundera, one could speak of the unbearable lightness of music. 

1 Gram of Time is the ASQ's fourth CD and the third which will be released on their own label: Amstel Records. This CD was sponsored by the ThuisKopiefonds, Fonds Culturel National (Luxembourg), Ministère de la Culture (Luxembourg), Sacem (Luxembourg) and Sacem (France). 1 Gram of Time is a collection of contemporary works for saxophone quartet that the ASQ feels strongly about. Not only has the ASQ recorded works that were written especially for them, but also pieces that are part of the 'standard' saxophone literature, incuding the 'pièce de résistance' for four saxophones: XAS by Iannis Xenakis.

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Amstel Quartet - Straight Lines
Amstel Quartet - Straight Lines

The press about 'straight lines':

“…because the quartet is a close ensemble with an excellent ear for the collective sound […] a handful of works, written in de nineties of the twentieth century, excell themselves.”
Parool 

“The Amstel Saxophone Quartet plays outstandingly and especially the most ‘simple’ work they change into a breathtaking diamond.”
Mens en Melodie, 4/8 2002 

“That is we now can finally say that the saxophone quartet is ‘the string quartet of the second half of the twentieth century’. […] Listen and learn!”
Luister

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Amstel Tracks
Amstel Tracks

Amstel Tracks by Amstel Quartet

Repertory:
- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)/Wijnand van Klaveren (1975) 
- 2nd Cello Suite in d, BWV 1008
- César Franck (1822-1890) - Prelude, Fugue et Variation, Op.18 (1862) (arr. Remco Jak)
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - Sonata, Op.28 'Pastorale' (1801) (arr. Ties Mellema)
- Marijn Simons (1983) - Rocking Birds, Op.15a (1999)
- Philip Glass (1937) - Mishima (String Quartet No. 3) (1985) (arr. ASQ)
- Arvo Pärt (1935) - Fratres (1977/2002) (arr. Ties Mellema)
- Michael Nyman (1944) - The Piano Sings (1994) (arr. Remco Jak)
- Michael Nyman (1944) - Songs for Tony (1993)
- Rabih Abou-Khalil (1957) - Arabian Waltz (1998/2003) (arr. Bas Apswoude) 

The veracity of the phrase "Tempus fugit" (Time flies) has become apparent to the Amstel Saxophone Quartet in the process leading up to the release of their second CD: 'amstel tracks.' Although their first CD ('straight lines') was only released in 2002, many developments have since taken place and the ASQ have been able to play many concerts. Meeting the audience after these concerts has determined the selection of the tracks on this CD. Members of the audience frequently inquired whether the ASQ had recorded a specific piece (or specific pieces) that they had played at the concert. The ASQ have taken these inquiries to heart and, in September 2003, they recorded the audience's favourites in the beautiful acoustic surroundings of the Reformed Church in Rhoon.
The ASQ are very proud of the fact that all works on this CD 'amstel tracks' have been adapted either for or by them. They are continuously seeking to improve and broaden their repertoire by adding innovative and interesting pieces. For the ASQ, this means that they either make their own adaptations or have new adaptations made for them. 

The ASQ would like to thank Wijnand van Klaveren, Marijn Simons, Arvo Pärt, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman and Evert Rutgers for contributing to the making of this CD.

€ 15.00
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Amstel Quartet - Baltica
Amstel Quartet - Baltica

Works by Pärt, Kutavicius, Vasks, Germanavicius, Rise and Körvits

Our discovery of the music of Erkki-Sven Tüür (Estonia) and Bronius Kutavic¹ius (Latvia) has led to the development of an interest in and an enthusiasm for Baltic music. Over the subsequent years, we have collected a great number of compositions from the Baltic countries. For the programme on this CD, we have selected compositions that demonstrate the variety present in contemporary Baltic composition. From each Baltic country, we chose works by composers that have acquired a well-established reputation within their national repertoires as well as works by lesser-known composers. The diversity of the works receives the treatment it deserves by the expressive potential offered through the saxophone as well as the saxophone quartet as a musical entity.

Baltic music is often, almost romantically, described in terms of folklore, nature, patriotism and spirituality. However, this terminology is inadequate with respect to the diversity of the music. On a superficial level, it seems correct that some of the contemporary composers are involved in writing attractive, accessible music that is usually placed under the header “New Spirituality.” Nevertheless, avant-garde, the use of theatrical elements and new influences also play an important role in contemporary Baltic music. For instance, the work of Latvian master composer Kutavic¹ius often shows traces of non-Western cultures. Ultimately, it is impossible to speak of a singular Baltic music or composition style. Therefore the diversity of the music evades simple generalization and this CD aims to contribute to an appreciation of that diversity.
Bas Apswoude

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DUOS
DUOS

Wijnand van Klaveren and Ties Mellema

The compositions that Wijnand van Klaveren (1975) and Ties Mellema (1976) selected for this recording reflect their interest in musical history and their musical development in interpretation, arrangement and composition. The works recorded roughly bracket a hundred years of musical history from the early 20th to the early 21st century, from Ravel to van Klaveren, and demonstrate that, over a period of a hundred years, one can clearly recognize musical influences, emulation, echoes and reflections. 

Wijnand van klaveren (1975)
Sonate à la Manière de Francis

Poulenc (1999)
1. Allegro - 3:42
2. Intermezzo - 3:07
3. Rondeau à la Française - 2:44 (à Louis van Dijk) PAUL BONNEAU (1918-1995)
4. Caprice en Forme de Valse (1950) - 4:58 PAUL CRESTON (1906-1985) Sonata, Op. 19 (1939)
5. With vigor - 4:32
6. With tranquility - 4:27
7. With gaiety - 3:57 CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)/WIJNAND VAN KLAVEREN (1975)
8. Syrinx (1913) - 2:50 FRANCIS POULENC (1899-1963) Sonate (1962) 9. Élégie - 4:55
10. Scherzo - 4:05
11. Déploration - 4:25 (à la mémoire de Serge Prokofiev) WIJNAND VAN KLAVEREN (1975) Sonate (2000)
12. Impetuoso - 5:32
13. Intermezzo - 5:11
14. Mesto - 1:47 MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
15. Pavane pour une Infante Défunte (1899) - 5:29

Total time: 74:03

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25 September 2018
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10157647858544688&id=99475864687
practical Question: Does anyone know a rehearsal space with grand piano in Amsterdam west or centers for a reasonable price? Cheers!
24 September 2018
Ties Mellema shared their post.
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10157640759844688&id=99475864687
Edit: Dutch newspaper NRC wrote about this performance:”Ties Mellema impressed on baritone saxophone....”
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Saturday night I played Eric Dolphy’s “God Bless the Child” fantasy at Splendor for a packed Splendor. Together with my rendition of the Tristan Keuris “Canzone” last Thursday I feel I am back as a soloist.

I will record these works on a new Cd next spring together with some other works that have had great meaning to me the last years.

Also I have made some changes to my setup these weeks and months. I will share more about this the coming period.

I can reveal that it had a huge impact on my playing and preparation for concerts.

This is Dolphy’s original “God bless the Child”.
It’s gorgeous.

https://open.spotify.com/track/6J5NckUSPaia7lcb8sPJrX?si=YTTi-4eMSu6ZFb1z-UP86A

I have been struggling with mastering this piece but I finally found a way. Dolphy’s plays the piece at an incredible tempo, hardly leaving space to process contrast changes. I take a more ‘poetic’ approach. Giving space to the different elements of the piece and highlighting certain melody notes. I had to make the piece mine. In stead of just playing the piece and copying Dolphy.

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22 September 2018
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edit: the concert will be inside due to the rain in the Splendor building.

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Tonight (Saturday) at 20:30 I will play at the Splendor 5 year party open air concert on the Uilenburgereiland in Amsteram. Entrance free.

I will play Eric Dolphy - Blue Note Records version of ‘God Bless the Child’ on baritone saxophone.

Here at the Utrecht Transition Festival https://youtu.be/1vCf8sPP2TQ

http://www.songkick.com/concerts/35334459-ties-mellema-at-splendor-amsterdam?utm_source=2356&utm_medium=partner http://www.songkick.com/concerts/35334459-ties-mellema-at-splendor-amsterdam?utm_source=2356&utm_medium=partner
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17 March 2018
I just had an unexpected passionate conversation about classical music
I never published this blog, which I wrote during my stem cell therapy. I was uncertain about it. But reading it again I think I actually wrote a good piece. Here it is:
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I just had an unexpected passionate and coherent conversation about classical music with one of my nurses in the hospital where I am residing while my resistance is too low to be outside due to my stem cell transplant.

It all began two months ago. I realized that there is so much lying going on in classical music. A lot of times it's too much about persons, about personalities, anything, but not about the music itself. I got cynical. I wanted to get out of the music world. I didn't want to join in anymore. Maybe do a different study and find a different profession. This lasted a week. The realization that I could just stop and do something else set me free and made me not think about it anymore.

But this period left something in me. Something I hope to be able to use when I come back again in 2018. I am not sure how yet. But I know my vision on music has broadened yet again.

The nurse came in and asked me why I wasn't watching Maestro, a popular television in which famous Dutch people try to conduct a professional orchestra, judged by three musical experts. With sometimes hilarious results and sometimes touching beautiful moments where you would least expect them.

But the thing is. I don't watch it, I zapp by it, and go on. This program has an obvious good side. It invites people to find out about classical music, music that they might not know and broaden their horizon. But t's really not about the music. It's entertainment with the goal to get people to listen to a seemingly dying art form. And that's fine. But I need music. The aficionado maestros study their music with a conducting teacher (the magnificent Bas Pollard! Someone that is 200% about music!) and perform their theater show for the jury and the orchestra. The jury gives them marks based on how well they lead the orchestra. And some people are remarkably musical, I have to admit!

But is this it? Is this classical music? At least 100 year old music performed in clothing that is the same age with an orchestra. No, of course not. I am a 'classical' musician as well. I largely gave up performing in orchestras when I was asked one time to play 'less musical' to not stick out so much.

Classical music is so much more. It is 500 years of music history. And it consists of so much more than just orchestras, operas and old (genius) composers. 5 years ago I started a Twitter thing to find a different name for classical music. Like Floris Kortie last week in Podium Witteman I think the term is not good enough. It refers to old music, a stuffy, boring, and old-fashioned scene. But in the end I couldn't find a new term. I think it's best to refer to music in general. Now that I think about it. Maybe classical music should just die, finally! And then incorporate it in the music world as a whole. Could you imagine? Stages where one evening the popular rockband De Staat performs, the next night a saxophone orchestra plays Bach and the following week there's a Beethoven Festival. Wouldn't that be fantastic? No more labels. Just music.

Don't get me wrong. Classical music as entertainment is fine. Of course. I read Dan Brown. Good books, easy reading, short chapters. But I also read Reve and Grunberg. There are also radio and tv shows that focus mostly on substance. But it's less likely that these shows will have a substantial audience.

And that is for the most part because of education. When I brought my kids to school for the first time, the principal thought it was a good thing when he told us that their education focusses on social skills, mathematics and language. And of course these are important things, but there's so much more. When I was in school we got very thorough literature education. Now I know why Dan brown is entertainment (and it is excellent entertainment!) and why Reve is true literature.

But we never learned this with music. When is music entertainment, and when is it 'art music'....?

Dangerous things to ask, especially in these days. In a time when low art becomes high art and the other way around. And that's all fine. But there is music that is just music, honest music.
http://blog.tiesmellema.nl/2018/03/i-just-had-unexpected-passionate.html
25 October 2017
Update: three chemo's, now what?
Dearest friends,

I've gotten some comments from friends that I haven't written on my blog while I promised to keep everyone posted through the blog. The thing is, it's takes up so much energy to round off my thoughts, and to write them in words. In 2015 I had sort of a plan. Now I am empty. Living by the day. Not knowing where I am going. I am working hard, yes. Dealing with the effects of the chemo, mostly the overwhelming nausea. But also fatigue and mood swings. And again this is a period of looking back. Where can I go further, where stood I step back? Now's not the time to take decisions. But I feel this is the time to play like a kid in the moments that I have that are manageable. Listen to some music, trying to read (lack of concentration again!), transcribing some solos, experimenting with electronics. All small scale so far. But I guess I need something to hold on to.

On the practical side:
Last week was my last chemo. As the stem cell nurse explained it to me: these chemo's are to take the weeds out of the garden. On 7 December they will burn down the whole garden with a extra heavy chemo to be as sure as possible that they will get all of the cancer cells. From this chemo my body cannot recover: enter stem cells. I harvested them some weeks ago. They are cancer free, because Hodgkin cancer does not enter that area of the body typically. After that this chemo and stem cell transplant, which will take a week, I will be transported to a hospital room with over pressure because for some weeks I will not have any resistance whatsoever. I can get visitors, but nobody should be ill.

In January this is all over and it's time for rehabilitation.

Will try to keep everyone posted!

Cheers guys!
http://blog.tiesmellema.nl/2017/10/update-three-chemos-now-what.html
17 September 2017
"Hastings cop holding bone marrow drive in memory of his dad, jazz legend Michael Brecker"
All of a sudden this is so much closer to me than it ever was:

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/greenburgh/2017/09/16/hastings-cop-holding-bone-marrow-drive-memory-his-dad-jazz-legend-michael-brecker/659218001/" onclick="javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview('/outgoing/www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/greenburgh/2017/09/16/hastings-cop-holding-bone-marrow-drive-memory-his-dad-jazz-legend-michael-brecker/659218001/');

The son of Michael Brecker, Sam Brecker (a police officer) will do a bone marrow drive. People can test their bone marrow with a simple swab of the cheek. If there is a match they will be asked to donate.

Michael Brecker is one of the reasons I play saxophone. Because of his music I felt like I knew him. I met him once when I was in puberty at the North Sea Jazz. I was a huge fan. For me Brecker was like Michael Jackson or Madonna to my class mates.

And then he died in 2007 from a form of leukemia. He needed a stem cell transplant but couldn't find a suitable donor.

I will receive a stem cell transplant in November, from my own bone marrow, which will be harvested in October.





http://blog.tiesmellema.nl/2017/09/hastings-cop-holding-bone-marrow-drive.html
15 September 2017
Round one of the second level
Dear friends,

I am at home right now. Watching the worst movie ever probably 'Ghost in a shell'. I figured while I have the time I might as well watch some movies and catch up. I wasn't going to write. I wanted to share my thoughts when I had something positive. A new reason for all of this. But this movie is just so bad that I wanted to do something worthwhile.

The first time I got lymphoma I used this period of chemo and recovery to go into new directions, to think about what I had been doing and if I wanted to continue on this path.



Last Wednesday I started immunotherapy, and until Saturday I had chemotherapy. Now I am recovering and waiting for my body to get into a good enough shape for the next chemo. In the mean time I have been on the look out for a new reason. But I can't find one. I have to wait until this is all finished and keep an open mind. Even more than before. Because my body might change too much because of the chemo. Or not... I can't tell.

All I know is that I have to deal with this treatment day by day. Deal with the nerve and ear damage that might take place. Deal with the overwhelming nausea, the muscle loss and cramps. Trying to exercise, eat and sleep.

I will try to keep playing the saxophone. But at the same time, I am not sure whether I will still play sax in one year.

To be continued....

All the best,
Ties
http://blog.tiesmellema.nl/2017/09/round-one-of-second-level.html
07 September 2017
I cancelled 40 concerts last week: What happened?
Dear friends,

Right now I am in the hospital. The cancer is back. After some really tense weeks I was diagnosed again with lymphoma, cancer of the lymphatic system. This is relatively favorable. My chances for the first time in 2015 were 90%. For the remaining 10% they are 70%-80% after a relapse.


D,


At the time I am writing this I am in the oncology section of the OLVG West Hospital in Amsterdam West for four days to give me immuno- and chemotherapy. The first time, in 2015, I never thought about being part of the 10% that has a relapse. I saw the cancer as a sort of super flue, with a compulsory sabbatical. I turned the situation around in my head and made it into something positive. A chance to purge myself. And that is what I did. I thought a lot about the stuff I did. I made choices and tried to go on in a different way. The coming year reflected these choices. I had concerts with my good friends Rembrandt Frerichs, The Four Baritones, Ernst Daniel Smid, Remy van Kesteren, Martin Fondse, and much more!
I have the biggest class at the conservatory in Tilburg I have had since I started, with really good musicians from all over the world. I was looking forward to working with them so much. Luckily I found an excellent substitute, Juani Palop.

But during summer holiday I found a bump on my chest. After some tense weeks it turned out to Hodgkin's disease again. Which was relatively good news. The old cancer could also have developed into a less favorably form of for example non-Hodgkin.

Of course it is a big disappointment. I can hardly start to describe what I and my family and friends feel at this time. I will get three times three weeks of chemo- and immunotherapy, of which the first four days I will be hospitalized. Then, if all goes well, in the second half of November I will get a stem cell transplant. They will give me back my own stem cells that they will harvest after the second chemotherapy. If there are no complications I will be done before Christmas. Then recovery. And trying to get back in the game.

I will keep playing the sax during the therapy, like last time. And again I will be on the look out for stuff that I like to play even more. But this time I can't attach a reason to all of this, yet. I will keep you posted.

Thanks and stay safe, Ties
http://blog.tiesmellema.nl/2017/09/i-cancelled-40-concerts-last-week-what.html
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Portugal, May 2017
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Portugal, May 2017
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Musician, Utrecht, May 2017
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Amsterdam, mei 2017
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Backstage, Alkmaar, 2017 
 
(inspired by Eggleston, now in Foam: https://www.foam.org/nl/museum/programma/william-eggleston)
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/158555074832/backstage-alkmaar-2017-inspired-by-eggleston
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Amsterdam, metro 54
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Amsterdam-Utrecht, train, 2015
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Amsterdam, Jan Van Galenstraat, 2015
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Amsterdam, Central Station
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Amsterdam, Central Station
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Den Bosch, Station, January 2016
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Amsterdam, Central Station, January 2016
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Amsterdam, January 2016
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Amsterdam, Sloterdijk Station, January 2016
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Amsterdam, Erasmuspark, April 2016
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Amsterdam, De Baarsjes, April 2016
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Amsterdam, April 2016
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End of the big sale at the dutch warehouse chain V&D, April 2016
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/142560215512/end-of-the-big-sale-at-the-dutch-warehouse-chain
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Amsterdam Sloterdijk, 2016
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Rembrandt Park, Amsterdam, 2016
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Train to Utrecht, 2016
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Amsterdam, 2016
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Train to Den Bosch, 2016
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Mexico, 2015
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Self portrait, 2016
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Violinist, Wurzburg, Germany
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Los Gatos, Verenigde Staten
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/138332005537/los-gatos-verenigde-staten
http://67.media.tumblr.com/f1476dc72029c9548a81a98b8ed86564/tumblr_nw4frbOS541ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/131487540841/mexico-puerto-vallarta-2015
http://66.media.tumblr.com/07a00d5a34aef6e3620461b48c85c744/tumblr_nw4fpnr6GI1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/131415405890/mexico-puerto-vallarta-2015
http://65.media.tumblr.com/ee01b54259cbdad5b42627baf78cbffd/tumblr_nw4fo7rW4P1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/131347062894/mexico-puerto-vallarta-2015
http://67.media.tumblr.com/93383a870e7c35ccca588c3bbe371f0e/tumblr_nw4fmjYgwM1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Joost, Amsterdam, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/131282551385/joost-amsterdam-2015
http://41.media.tumblr.com/d3b10d4952e060b5104292cbda074aa9/tumblr_nw4fkvTvu01ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Amsterdam, Sloterdijk, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/131218627940/amsterdam-sloterdijk-2015
http://36.media.tumblr.com/480c3db3902042eb97b0ccd1672fe4d4/tumblr_nw4fizE48f1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Amsterdam, Westerpark, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/131153713288/amsterdam-westerpark-2015
http://36.media.tumblr.com/8d10c001061a7239a464a1242aff3687/tumblr_nw4fhj0lAc1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Amsterdam, Westerpark, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/131087250368/amsterdam-westerpark-2015
http://36.media.tumblr.com/bf72dd2ea76f7b43bda5592f6c83d155/tumblr_nvpjzrbfr61ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Bloemendaal beach, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/130489758522/bloemendaal-beach-2015
http://36.media.tumblr.com/d7a1c020099bd7bbc2105631f13e44dd/tumblr_nuvhc4IWxW1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Joost, Amsterdam, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/129345842162/joost-amsterdam-2015
http://40.media.tumblr.com/ac28a1e44808f544e5adb1a51f394ff1/tumblr_nuh54vkaQq1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Self portrait, September 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/128789969212/self-portrait-september-2015
http://41.media.tumblr.com/c5c0d6beedd8c388f1553f0a27708f48/tumblr_nt4pcvQJvb1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Remy and Martin
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/127075409180/remy-and-martin
http://40.media.tumblr.com/6f1c9900c5b09fdcb669a0bb22c4bad0/tumblr_nt1e63ynbb1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Mexico, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/126993220318/mexico-la-cruz-de-huanacaxtle-2015
http://40.media.tumblr.com/0c9349480ff2b2b17abc1722513137d0/tumblr_nt1e2mEjvW1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Mexico, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/126910304179/mexico-2015
http://36.media.tumblr.com/d86fe98e099f198904519a799e116e8c/tumblr_nt1dasGEQl1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Mexico, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/126825333631/mexico-2015
http://36.media.tumblr.com/35fcce6c79f53228ef9a14d0cf6a79e4/tumblr_nt1d7toPEw1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Mexico, 2015 
 
(I am watching Breaking Bad now and this is a photograph that reminds of that series. This was a group of men on a touristic beach that decided to take over the hotel we were staying at during the night with some machetes….).
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/126746076043/mexico-2015-i-am-watching-breaking-bad-now-and
http://41.media.tumblr.com/191854c0c1ce25f8240459bf0836a4ea/tumblr_nt1d4ktOLX1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Mexico, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/126667636338/mexico-2015
http://41.media.tumblr.com/a15e70e600f98a62ace870814a02e6f7/tumblr_nqinigrBbP1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Signing session, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/125256180035/signing-session-2015
http://41.media.tumblr.com/6f75aabded694f7473bd7e5581b02190/tumblr_nqinhp0yFx1ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Remy, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/125168678307/remy-2015
http://40.media.tumblr.com/9fb1ea92cc68f32bdeabfac622bd1ef1/tumblr_nqingucQY21ss4bfxo1_1280.jpg
Tarifa, Spain, 2015
http://tiesmellema.tumblr.com/post/125080420898/tarifa-spain-2015
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