The Rembrandt Trio, made up of Rembrandt Frerichs (piano, fortepiano and organ), Tony Overwater (violone, double bass) and Vinsent Planjer (percussion), is no stranger to cross-cultural adventures. Initially formed to fill an interstitial space between classical, jazz and Near and Middle Eastern music, his list of guests and collaborators includes some big names: Kayhan Kalhor (kamânche, setâr), Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord), Hossein Alizadeh (târ, setâr and tambûr), Paolo Fresu (trumpet), Vincent Peirani (accordion). Intizar: Songs of Longing is released on the Just Listen Records label, a Channel Classics phalanx dedicated to music related to classical music: jazz, crossover, world and folk.
On Intizar: Songs of Longing, the ensemble welcomes Iranian singer Mohammad Motamedi. Traditional songs finely arranged for the occasion, original compositions on poems by Omar Khayyam and Hafez, Intizar: Songs of Longing is an evocative journey to the heart of the musical soul of one of the world’s richest cultures, that of Iran/Persia. With the addition here and there of violin, cello and clarinet, the whole takes on the appearance of ecumenical chamber music that is both timeless and resolutely contemporary. Beautiful, touching, inspiring.