- 06 Dec 18
The album, featuring former Dublin resident Katell Keineg, is in contention for a Grammy Award nomination
Earlier this year, Dutch composer, Marike Van Dijk released The Stereography Project, a collaborative album with Jeff Taylor from New Jersey and Katell Keineg, the Breton-Welsh singer-songwriter.
Keineg notably moved to Ireland where she began gigging after completing a degree from the London School of Economics before relocating to New York.
The album took years to make and was part funded by a Kickstarter campaign. It is now in contention for a Grammy Award nomination after landing itself in the first round of voting in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category.
Van Dijk had spent years traveling through New York city in search of singers, stories and songs before stumbling across Taylor and Keineg.
Speaking about the album, Van Dijk said: “What I wanted to do with Stereography, was to bring a couple of incredible singers to Europe. There’s so much talent in New York, so many incredible musicians that don’t very often make it out of the city.”
Both singers-songwriters, have been highly praised by the press with credits from Iggy Pop to Trixie Whitley to Donny McCaslin to Mark Giuliana. It’s hard to believe each is still flying below the radar.
The music was recorded both in New York and in Amsterdam. Van Dijk holds these musicians in high esteem, largely for their individualistic personalities: “When I put these bands together, I really thought about combining distinct, unique musical personalities, not just people who play my scores, but people who can really add something of their own voice to my music. That’s what makes this a real band. And this second “Stereography” album has a lot more space in the scores where I ask the musicians to improvise and really listen.”
Stream the album below: