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Ernst Reijseger - Crystal Palace

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Elementary Art: The Dutch composer and cellist Ernst Reijseger creates new musical sounds for the complete oeuvre of Jerry Zeniuk

The state gallery of modern art in Augsburg's Glaspalast (Crystal Palace), a branch gallery of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, hosts in 2013 a comprehensive exhibition of the works of the German-American painter Jerry Zeniuk. In this place – inspired by a world of pictures – Ernst Reijseger records his solo programme »Crystal Palace«. The musician Ernst Reijseger and the painter Jerry Zeniuk know each other since the mid 90s. This encounter turns out to be an extraordinary constellation. Both artists deal with painting as well as music. Jerry Zeniuks connection with music is closely linked to his work as a painter. Many of his pieces are made while listening to music. Zeniuk carries the abstraction on, concentrates on the basic elements, leaves only the absolute necessary and creates new space with colours. Ernst Reijseger originally comes from the free jazz and seems to prepare in his work the return to tonality, but he only plays with the elements of melodies, rhythms and cadences, however not in order to leave the dead end of free jazz, but to break through and continue it. Also he works with the room, concentrates on simple effects with the aim to reach his audience. Reijseger lets himself be inspired by the images. His improvisations are sensitive and tender, one can hear colours in his music. Zeniuk and Reijseger are two pioneering artists who give at the beginning of the 21st century in their works the feeling of building a bridge from the past into the presence. They are no culture revolutionists, but use the existing, pure elements of painting and music to express themselves honestly and without gimmickry. 

Sound and color: A thrilling experiment, with Ernst Reijseger's music not being played after a score but according to the colours of Jerry Zeniuk.

The recording is done in an outstanding way. One special microphone (Josephson C700S) that "hears" like the human ear, our most sensitive sensory organ, records all audible perceptions directly live-to-three-track. Ernst Reijseger is taking advantage of the whole space and its acoustics. He walks playing the cello through the room of the exhibition, he incorporates the atmosphere of the crystal palace and allows the dissonances and asymmetries to rise out of the calmness. Ernst Reijseger does not only let his five strings speak, but also makes the ground heard. 7 x 4 = 28 works (miniatures) are created, which appear in the recorded sequence. The music »Crystal Palace« is inspired by the colors of Jerry Zeniuk: Sound pictures at an exhibition.

Ernst Reijseger

1954 * Naarden, The Netherlands

Starts playing cello at the age of eight. Studies with  Jan Olivier, Anner Biljsma and René van Ast

1985 Boy Edgar Award

1995 Bird Award, Northsea Jazz Festival

2010 Edison Award

Works (just a small selection) with : Derek Bailey, Alan "Gunga" Purves, Trilok Gurtu, Yo Yo Ma, Trio Clusone, Misha Mengelberg, Louis Sclavis, Amsterdam String Trio, Mola Sylla, Tenores e Cuncordu de Orosei, Groove Lélé (Insel Réunion)

Works as musician and composer of soundtracks for Werner Herzog a.o.

Jerry Zeniuk

1945 * Bardowick near Lüneburg as a son of Ukrainian refugees

1950 moves to Loveland, Colorado, USA 

1969 moves to New York City

1970-92 a long stay in Hamburg und Berlin,  scholarships DAAD

1992-2011 Professorship at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München

He lived and worked alternately in New York and München

Exhibitions since 1972 (a selection): Paley & Lowe, New York / Kunsthalle Düsseldorf / Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam / documenta 6 Kassel / Hayward Gallery, London / Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg / Kunsthalle Bremen / Kunstmuseum Winterthur / Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München / Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, München / Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe / Zeitgenössische abstrakte Malerei aus China und Deutschland, Guang Dong Art Museum, Guangzhou / Museum Wiesbaden / Elementare Malerei, Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst Augsburg 

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