Theo Holsheimer presents CILICE ORCHESTRA
2 years in the making, one of the first Dutch eclectic metal, crossover, multi instrumental production to go in Full Hires Audio. Challenging current “standards”, made without any compromise and influenced by many contemporary styles. Dutch musicians working in Jazz, World, Klezmer, Metal, techno all contributed passionately in this project what’s is bound to hit the Stages as a Full Orchestra after the release !
‘Nieuw en Meer’, an artist community situated on the outskirts of Amsterdam, has been the host of numerous musical performances, ranging in styles, over the past decades. In 2013, as the community prepared for its 25th anniversary, the idea occurred to combine the forces behind many of these performances. Thus, Nils Krook and Vera Broos joined to create the concept of MEERTONEN, an event merging various styles – Rock, MathMetal, Klezmer, and Jazz – live on stage followed by the attempt capture and record this madness at Warning Studios at ‘Nieuw en Meer’. The Foundation ‘Nieuw en Meer’ contributed to realise and crowd fund this entire project.
Theo Holsheimer and his band CILICE, with the addition of horns and samples, performed live at the anniversary festivities. Because the event was such an overwhelming, outstanding and vibrant show, Theo decided to write additional compositions for various other instruments to be able to record this wonder. A number of talented musicians, of whom many have performed at ‘Nieuw en Meer’ over the years, played parts during the recording sessions. The sessions resulted in three tracks that exceeded everyone’s expectations. From this, the CILICE ORCHESTRA was born.
Now, with over 200 tracks recorded, this completely deranged project has truly brought forward an astonishing result and MEERTONEN is proud to present this CD by CILICE ORCHESTRA.