The poet of the harp [..]
Anne makes poetry, imaginary sound-sculptures and landscapes with her harp (muziekweb) ; compositions in which each note accentuates the surrounding silence and vice versa. (jazz mozaiek) Striking is the film music, for once not bombastic or orchestral, but minimalist and subtle. (De Volkskrant) In this very beautiful enchanting, modern fairy-tale book, kind of Alice in wonderland, Anne travels solo during her enriching (for herself and the listener) sound search and discovers unique stories to tell. (Nadelunch.com)
Anne Vanschothorst is a landscape music composer and pioneer exploring original minimal/harp (improv.) in subdued chamber jazz and (natural) soundscapes — using overdub and making sound sculptures with 47strings ; the 60x60 collab & 'EK IS EIK' have made an unique sound mark in contemporary music. Beautiful World film-music features in several multi-media and art projects. The Dutch music maker is the first European member of the US composers network LandscapeMusic.org. For the indie label harpandsoul.com she received international critical acclaim as an audio-visual producer. Multiple video concepts are on the playlist of the Stingray television channels. Sonic landscapes (sometimes augmented with electronic effects) often evolve into music for in-a-room, film, multi-media and spoken word | museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Gucci, Aimée de Jongh, Studio Drift, Antjie Krog / Uitgeverij Podium. This inventive, timeless, stilled, poetic, mystical yet edgy sonic universe next to the existing harp planet and music world, indicates that Anne walks off the beaten track and beyond. Many (inter)national musicians have added the written notes scores to their repertoire. Jeroen van Vliet piano is recording 5 compositions for the TODAY I AM A BIRD snapshots project (ao).
'High end audio engineering.' 9/10
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
'There is a stunning soundtrack quality to Anne Vanschothorst's music, but that should be no surprise as she has been called upon to provide such to the visual arts.'
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
'Many of the miniatures remind me of Erik Satie -- not that her music is in his style, but that both composers so thoroughly explore an artfully restricted sonic universe -- in which chords and single melodic lines appear in alternation and at a pace slow enough to experience them almost as if they were sounding sculptures.'
TEXTURA CLASSICAL MUSIC REVIEW
'Extremely beautiful music !'
'AV's music is a structured but dream-like realm of enchantment, a freely unfolding exotic sort of classical ambiance of mood and expressivity, a sort of post-ECM spaciousness -- her playing is authoritative, precise and expressive -- Anne's best work so far.'
'Anne's music is an antidote to the present'
'Anne takes us by the hand to see all that is beautiful around us, and what a marvel it is ! 9/10'
MUSICALLY SPEAKING - MELL MINTER
'Vanschothorst plays with a confident virtuosity that fully animates the extraordinary (and for me, unexpected) breadth of her instrument’s expressiveness.'
'Vanschothorst puts more emotion into her harp than anyone we've ever heard before and the compositions on this album are smart, precise, reflective, exacting, and purely beautiful.' ★★★★★
GRAPHICINEMA - FERNANDO FERREIRA
'It is striking how the music, especially in the animation by Aimée de Jongh, reinforces the emotions.'
TOBIAS FISCHER - TOKAFI
'Anne is really living inside music - her perspective on many of our questions has a feeling of coming from another realm, almost. A realm I would certainly love to visit myself.'
'Fascinating music—simultaneously multifaceted and thoroughly cohesive, it is beautifully written and performed, and well worth any open-eared listener’s attention.'