Same Self, Same Silence

Invited by pianist Rembrandt Frerichs, master of Persian music Hossein Alizadeh brought melodies with him to the recording session of “Same Self, Same Silence”.

Alizadeh traveled many of Iran’s remote areas, the country’s corners, where he found and notated melodies from traditional folk songs. Much like Béla Bartók did in Hungary roughly a hundred years before him.

These melodies combined with the instrumentation were the starting points of the musical journey throughout the recording session of this brand new album “Same Self, Same Silence” with the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio.

“When we start to play,” says Alizadeh, “we become sculptors who create a shape on stage and, bit by bit, we carve out a sculpture.”



Making of the album with Hossein Alizadeh.

‘Same Self, Same Silence’ documents the unique collaboration between the Iranian grandmaster Hossein Alizadeh and the Dutch Rembrandt trio.

In an ancient church, Persian melodies and oriental scales intermingle with echoes of jazz – all played on a set of one of a kind instruments. Invited by the famously inquisitive jazz pianist Rembrandt Frerichs, the prominent lute-player Hossein Alizadeh transports melodies from Iran into a space where all four musicians bring their own traditions and backgrounds into play.

Vinsent Planjer, Tony Overwater, Rembrandt Frerichs and Hossein Alizadeh play instruments especially built for them or collected from musical eras past, to find a common language in music. On ‘Same Self, Same Silence’ – a line lifted from a famous Iranian poem – we can hear how, when we dare to immerse ourselves in a different culture, we discover new horizons.

Rembrandt Trio & Hossein Alizadeh on tour

Trailer of various tours of Hossein Alizadeh (Iran) & Rembrandt Trio (Netherlands).
Hossein Alizadeh (Iran)-shurangiz
Rembrandt Frerichs (forte)piano & Harmonium
Tony Overwater-violone
Vinsent Planjer-drums
feat. Ali Boustan (Iran) -Shurangiz
Saba Alizadeh (Iran)-kamancheh