‘He is a similar weirdo, in the good sense!’ - Rick Stotijn: Stepping into the spotlight

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Double bassist Rick Stotijn is a musical pioneer, playing in every style and context from solo, chamber and orchestral music to rock and metal.

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Dutch double bassist Rick Stotijn’s new album Doppio espressivo  is typical of his output only inasmuch as it is different from what has come before. But there is a pattern, he says: ‘It has to be original, so I don’t want to go the way that’s already been walked, so to speak. The good thing with the bass is that anything you do isn’t done very often. For me it actually starts with a basic idea and with friends who I really want to work with.’

The first friend on this project is Dutch bassoonist Bram van Sambeek: ‘He is a similar weirdo, in the good sense!’ says Stotijn. The two are members of ‘chamber music rock group’ ORBI: the Oscillating Revenge of the Background Instruments, where they explore the outer limits of their instruments’ capabilities with reinterpretations of rock and metal music alongside Hammond organ (or piano) and percussion…

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