accordionist | composer | researcher | educator | producer
Rik Cornelissen is an innovative and versatile accordionist and composer. He lavitates between jazz, tango, latin and classical music and is always searching for new sounds and possibilities. As a composer he mainly writes for his own groups in which he works. Rik studied Classical music, Argentinian Tango at Codarts in Rotterdam, Jazz & Pop at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem, Advanced Accordion performance and Alexander Technique at the Accademia Fisarmonicista Italiana in Urbino (I).
Rik is a professor and lecturer at the ArtEZ University of Arts in Arnhem (The Netherlands), where he teaches BA and MA students for Accordion Jazz & Pop. In addition, Rik is affiliated with the Lindenberg in Nijmegen (music school), has his own teaching practice and regularly gives workshops.
As a PhD-candidate in Artistic Research, Rik is affiliated with the Catholic University of Leuven and the prestigious Orpheus Institute in Ghent (B). His doctoral research focuses on characterizing the accordion, (re) positioning the improvising accordionist and explores the possibilities of using the free-bass system in jazz.
Dances is a musical epic about life, the world, our society and the inevitable clashes between good and evil, light and dark, happiness and bad luck. Meticulously and thoughtfully dosed by four sound artists who get the most out of their instruments.
Dreamscape’s title certainly suits the album, as the theme holding its songs together acts like some sort of extraterrestrial glue, creating a heavily, ethereal atmosphere. The accordion, vibraphone, and double bass are a trio about as rare as Halley’s Comet, and arouse an equal amount of curiosity.
Rik Cornelissen knows how to effortlessly manipulate the great dynamic and tonal possibilities of the instrument. No tango on this record, but fast, light fingers that reshape the rhythm, bass, melody and atmosphere of a wide repertoire in its own unique way.
Rik Cornelissen is a wonderful, exciting, intense, creative musician...who really listens to the sounds he is producing and treats the reeds at both ends of the dynamic spectrum with care.
Beautiful compositions, a marvelous group sound, interesting solos, an amazing balance between brain and heart! This birds of paradise are touched by the grace (album 'Birds of Paradise')
In Trifid's Sound of Interstellar Space the listener is transported to a place that lies somewhere between the familiar and the unknown.
The Trifid nebula, a region in our Milky Way, is an unusual combination of three spacial events. The young energy field is constantly in motion and can be seen from Earth as a colourful and bright phenomenon.
TRIFID researchs and explores the unique fusion of accordion, vibraphone and double bass. The result is an exciting and intense perspective of something which can be described best as a spirited, yet serene and intimate, energy field full of lyricism and mystery.
Rik Cornelissen | accordion
Vincent Houdijk | vibraphone
Maciej Domaradzki | double bass
“Tocar” (Spanish) means to touch, to feel, to handle, to contact, to sound, to play… the music of Tocar is about the joy of life and sensuality. Music that seduces you and touches you with the excitement of the unknown, the desire to relax and have thrilling experiences at the same time. The space you experience in nature, the freedom you feel while travelling. A warmth that embraces you and a breeze that caresses you.
Tocar displays a musical openness and it keeps exploring and crossing musical boundaries: tango, latin, jazz… Tocar is inspired by music from Astor Piazzolla, Bill Evans, and Chick Corea. Different genres are mixed together, just like mixing herbs and spices in an exotic dish.
Rik Cornelissen | accordion
Wim Warman | piano
Taco Nieuwenhuizen | bass
Enrique Firpi | drums
Curious, always following my own ideas, well considering, creative, forming my own identity and views and most of all enthusiastic. These values characterise the musical journey which I have undertaken from the moment I started studying the accordion. Although respecting the traditional sounds, whether classical, jazz, tango or latin I’ve always been searching for a piece of ‘me’ in the music. Rik considers himself a nomadic musician, always traveling, always on the move and to a certain extent not fully embedded anywhere. A solo concert drifts from style to style in search of freedom, excitement and beauty.
Rik is or has been involved in various projects and bands as a sideman or studio musician. He played the music for the Paul Verhoeven film ‘Zwartboek’ and the theater show ‘NU!’ from Mini & Maxi and was ensemble leader of the Opera-Zuid & Lowland production ‘Prins op het Witte Paard’. As a sideman he has worked with Ruud Houweling, among others, and is active in Egon Kracht’s’ New World Quartet ‘and Jeen Rabs” Catch my Kitsch ‘.