OXEON releases debut album Somewhere far
OXEON plays their own compositions and arrangements of existing classical compositions. The duo’s improvisations and compositions show a multi-layered musical landscape. Their repertoire includes works by Scarlatti and Franck and languages such as English, Dutch and Italian. By opening up the rich and beautiful material of classical music, personal and contemporary arrangements come to life. The effect pedals they added to their instrumentation, blend even more colors and textures into their musical world. Drawing on their classical and jazz backgrounds, the Swiss accordionist and Dutch singer, both living in Lausanne, find the ultimate fusion in this project.
The artwork, which forms a colorful continuous landscape of triangles, refers to the title of the album Somewhere far. This title is inspired by the lyrics for the Dutch song on the album, Ergens Ver Weg: a story about two women who live far away from the busy world in the mountains, dancing all day long. The geometric shapes in the artwork also refer to the painted colored triangles the duo applies to their skin for the concerts.
About the single release The Call (S. Klijn)
The Call refers to the mountains. The need to be quiet and alone can feel like a call from the mountains to withdraw there and release your thoughts. Growing up in the Netherlands, living close to the mountains is an beautiful experience that has only revealed itself in recent years. The mountains are also the main inspiration for the artwork of our album.
The entire composition was inspired by the first five chords in the left hand of Ravel’s Le Gibet from Gaspard de la Nuit. Our background in classical music influences many of our arrangements and compositions, such as O Cessate and Fuga.
Sylvie Klijn and Lea Gasser met during their Master’s degree in Jazz Performance at the HEMU in Lausanne, where they started their duo OXEON in 2020. Both coming from classical music, and bonded by a strong friendship, they firmly felt the need for a musical collaboration. After a successful first appearance on stage, they began to elaborate their program for classical arrangements with their own compositions. In 2022, they decided to add pedals to their repertoire, thereby adding a third instrument to their duo, which gradually set the tone for the OXEON program. This last step encouraged them to produce their first album, Somewhere Far. As Sylvie was part of L’Abri Genève as associate artist for the year 2022/23, the duo was offered the chance to record in their studio.
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