Notes on Hopper is an adventurous journey into the world of American painter Edward Hopper.
Edward Hopper's most famous painting is Nighthawks (1952). A New York café late at night with two men and a woman sitting at the bar. Loneliness and isolation are typical themes in Hopper's work. At the same time his paintings are intensely cinematic, they're always the beginning of a story.
Notes on Hopper tells the story behind Hopper’s paintings in a jazzy atmosphere with songs, improvisations and spoken word. Based on the diaries of his wife and fellow artist Josephine Nivison, Notes on Hopper paints a portrait of a female artist’s struggle in her stormy marriage with Edward Hopper.
Written, sung and performed by Judith Scholte. The lyrics were put to music by multiple award-winning composer Paul M. van Brugge. The music is performed by two masters of improvisation; Dimitar Bodurov, piano and electronics and Nils van Haften, saxophones and bass clarinet.
1. New York Corner
2. Summer Evening
3. Painter and a Model
5. Room in Brooklyn
6. Soir Bleu
7. Summer in the City
8. Night Shadows
9. Excursion into Philosophy
10. South Carolina Morning
released January 1, 2017
Written by Judith Scholte
Composed by Paul M. van Brugge
Vocals - Judith Scholte
Piano, electronics - Dimitar Bodurov
Saxophones, bass clarinet - Nils van Haften
CD produced by Dimitar Bodurov and Paul M. van Brugge
Recorded and mixed by Dimitar Bodurov at Optomusic (www.optomusic.com
Notes on Hopper is published by Deuss Music (www.deussmusic.com
This cd was produced with the financial support of SENA and with the kind donations of:
Maaike van Steenis, Letty Ranshuysen, Fred Wartna, Rob Chrispijn,
Jan Peter Bogers, Annemarie Slee, Ineke Sterrenburg, Hans Soeter, Marlijn Wesseling, Naomi Nathan, Karina Bolger, Johan Melse,
Jaap Pereira, J. Peter Hop, Nan de Boer, Hagar Scholte, Anna Offermans, Henk Jan Kamerbeek, Marck Oostra, Marc Hosemann, Hans Tielkemeijer, Elbrig de Groot, Doreen Arnoldus, Han Corstanje, Ditta Speelman, Jochem Kroon, Arjo van Klaveren, Jet Bakker, Martyn Mulder,
Elise Van Dam.
Crowdfunded at voordekunst.nl
Thanks to: J
an Louter and Thomas Vroege - film
Renard Aust - music preparation
Henk Jan Kamerbeek - photography
Dorothea van der Staaij - cd design
Juliette Goergen - hair & make up
Dave Schwab, Tijmen Zinkhaan, Nicole van den Belt, Frank Pachen, Letty Ranshuysen, Hans Rikken, Maaike van Steenis, Carel Braak
Special thanks to Dimitar Bodurov for his dedication and his ear for beauty.