“Zero” is the new contemporary academical music album which was released by “Arabesque Recordings” this year. The compositions of the album were written by Jeroen Elfferich. Jeroen Elfferich is an American composer and pianist. His composing style is based on minimalism music elements and their synthesis with various contemporary music styles. Repetitive and simple structure chords, monotonous melodies, relaxing and peaceful sound, various rhythmic formulas repeated many times – all these elements are the main basement of his composing style. Though his music is deeply effected by minimalism elements, it’s not just a plain minimalism. Various jazz styles intonations, contemporary classical music elements, ethnic music by different countries are also heard very much in his compositions. The composer’s music is mostly dedicated for chamber ensembles – he mostly writes compositions for string quartets, various reeds ensembles and pieces for solo iinstruments. The composer use simple and ordinary musical expressions, harmony and playing techniques, but he marvelously creates original and extraordinary sound of his compositions.
Album compositions are strongly based on minimalism. Various repetitive and short melodies, monotonous rhythmic, simple, but very colorful chords, relaxing and restful sound – all these elements are the main basic of the compositions. The composer use a homophonic structure and form, he mostly use simple musical expressions and composing techniques. His music is simple, peaceful and restful, but most of the time has gorgeous and dynamic sound. Independent and colorful melodies are contrasting with each other, but effectively fit together in one musical pattern. Listening to these compositions never gets boring – even it’s based on minimalistic and repetitive elements, it’s constantly changing. From restful and gentle sound, slow temp and soft chords it suddenly gets to more faster and energetic compositions, dramatic and loud episodes or other moods. Expressive, energetic and active compositions such as “Clara”, “Circles” or “The Race” are full of wild fast arpeggios, sharp chords and repetitive rhythmic. Various rhythmic formulas are changing each other all the time and create a monotonic and releaxing sound. The composer pay high attention to unusual and extraordinary sound. Inventive musical decisions, independent and individual melodies, interesting form and structure also are very important elements of these compositions. The music of these compositions were written for 2 pianos. First piano form a very solid melodic basement – individual, repetitive, monotonic, very fast or slow and relaxing melodies highly effect the sound of the compositions. These melodies are gorgeously illustrated by second piano which is forming a very strong rhythmic basement. Various harmonic chords – soft, expresive, sharp and relaxing – bring a colorful and gorgeous sound for these compositions. Melodic, rhythmical and harmonic elements are masterfully combined together in one musical pattern. This music is played very passionate, emotionally and expressive. It never gets boring to listen to it because it’s colorful, full of unexpected stylistic waves, changing moods and characters and a extraordinary, original sound.