Album will also be available directly through the artist www.frankcrijns.nl
“Shade Of Impulse” is the first album for Frank Crijns on Moving Furniture Records.
For the music on this CD Crijns has coined the term “N-bient”: ambient that refers to nature (here Water) and acoustics (here passages by classical ensembles).
On the album several characters of sound collide, combine and interact with each other.
A “N-bient“ sound canvas of (mechanical) sound-fields, natural ambient, electronic textures and acoustic ensemble playing, all together merging into surreal textures.
In his own form of electro-acoustic music Frank Crijns knows to create an organic whole with abstract elements that challenge the listener to dive deeper in, while on the other hand creating a serene atmosphere.
Frank Crijns studied composition at the Rotterdam Conservatory with P.J. Wagemans and K. de Vries.
His work as a composer can be divided in two parts:
1) Composing for soloists and modern music ensembles.
For example: Percussion ensemble Attacca, Andreas van Zoelen, Ensemble De Ereprijs, Dutch Ballet Orchestra, Trio Nu, Amsterdam Bridge Ensemble, Quasar saxophone quartet, AG-ensemble, Combustion chamber ensemble, Bl!ndman [4x4] saxofoon-kwartet, Diangelo Cicilia, Spectra Ensemble, Blast quartet: quartet, sextet & octet, Tetzepi big band, and many others.
2) Playing and composing contemporary and improvised music.
Frank Crijns has performed and composed with the bands Titanic Combo & Spelonk, Big Band Nieuwe Muziek, Positive Nuns, BLAST and more recently Betonfraktion.
Some of his collaborations are with Fred Frith, Elliot Sharp, Tim Hodgkinson, Pavel Fajt, Jacques Palinckx, Rhys Chatham, Phill Niblock, Bram Stadhouders, Aart Strootman among many others.
His work has been used for theatre and dance performances by T.r.a.s.h., the exhibition "Dressed (un)dressed" by visual artist Tineke Schuurmans, a performance with Dutch writer A.H.J. Dautzenberg and performances with visual artists/performers Bram Wiersma and Monique Smeets.
His solo works and works by his bands and projects have been released by labels such as BV Haast, Blowpipe Records, Vonk, Atma Classics, ReR, Kin Records, Cybele Records, Cuneiform Records, FMR Records and Pantheistic Records.