Ensemble Du Verre

Two Series of Singles. To listen or to buy the music, please visit E.D.V. at BANDCAMP

Who Will Tell Us (Series One)

"Who Will Tell Us" is a new/old song. In this very different version, than the one from 2016, the wonderful Nora Becker sings. With a delicate voice and yet very haunting. She gives the music its soul and the lyrics its deep meaning. The Ensemble Du Verre has been around for 20 years now. Time to once again give „Room“ to a formative song.

Yuki-Onna Appears (Series Two)

"Yuki-Onna Appears (Series Two)“ is the second single from Ensemble Du Verre's "Series Two". The three parts of the track are held together by a bass drum pulse. As the music thickens and becomes more complex. Like the atmosphere on the cover photo, the intensity increases more and more over time. And then there she is, Yuki-Onna, in all her beauty.

On the Roof (Series One)

"On the Roof" - feat. Nora Becker  is the second single from this series of Ensemble Du Verre songs. I am very happy to collaborate with Nora again.
Henning Schiewer is the bass player here.

As If It's Nothing (Series One)

Single No. 5 in this two series "As If It's Nothing (Series One)" is an opulent jazz vocal track. It is a collaboration with singer Jiuning Liu. "Ning" not only sang, however, but also arranged the choir parts. The song has a soulful beat and big cinematic elements. asdgasdgh

To Continue (Series Two)

First instrumental track in the Ensemble Du Verre „Series Two“. Piano, strings, bass and drums. The track is characterized by its reduced and dark atmosphere. Tapeloops, deepness and strong contrasts unite to a music for the night. Call it jazznojazz. Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext Blindtext 

I Will Leave the Light on (Series One)

„I Will Leave The Light On“ is the first of round about 20 singles I will release in the next coming month. On this first song the wonderful Jiuning Liu is featured. Her beautiful voice shines thru this little lovesong.


Twenty Years of Inspiration

The first sketches for the Ensemble Du Verre debut album "facing, transparent" were made in 2002. I started working on this album with my long-time friend and musical companion Daniel Cordes (double bass), Stefan Meinberg (trumpet), Klaas Ueberschär (trumpet) and Anna Depenbusch (vocals), whom I was able to get permission from to use some of her vocal samples that I had originally recorded with her for my jazz-groove project "Groove Galaxi".

In general, Hamburg musicians have played a major role in the creation process of E.D.V. music over the past 20 years. Here is the shortlist:
Edgar Herzog (saxophones & bassclarinette), Silvan Strauss (drums), Nora Becker (vocals), Claas Ueberschär (trumpet & Keyboards), Adrian Hanack (tenor Saxophone), Daniel Stritzke (bass guitar), Stefan Meinberg (trompete & flügelhorn), Jan-Philipp Kelber (vocals), Umut Abaci (scratching), Ute Lorenzen (vocals), and many more

Apart from even more colleagues from the republic, there have also been some nice encounters with vocalists and musicians from distant countries over the years. That, for whatever reason, has been something special and has always been (felt) an honor for me.

In 20 years of work as a composer and producer, several albums, EPs and contributions to compilations have come into being. Videos were shot, we played live to running film and gave many concerts. In clubs and at festivals.

The Attempt of a Description

Ensemble Du Verre (EDV), the project of Hamburg musician Sönke Düwer, has since its beginnings stood for the rare mixture of ambition and accessibility, for a fusion of different musical styles and dynamics with amazingly homogeneous results.

At the core of Düwer's diverse musical sensibilities was and is jazz - a conception of jazz beyond purism. Düwer is a free spirit, for him jazz means neither stylistic pegging nor fond genre-hopping, but - living space.

Currently - pop, another hardly defined musical region. Balladic songwriter-pop, created at the piano, minimalistic and soulful, with quiet, clear beats and softly shimmering ambient textures. Confidently carried by unused vocalists like Jan-Philipp Kelber and Nora Becker, the complex song material is conceivably far away from the pretentious, thin-walled ballad mishmash of today's mainstream. Maturity is the key word. Individuality is a second.

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