Their shared, profound love for the music of the late French composer Olivier Messiaen and the symmetry than can be found within enables Jelle Willems and Loran Witteveen to build a bridge between different musical worlds. This somewhat unusual duo setting consisting of guitar and piano lends itself for a unique, open interplay between the musicians, grounded by the symmetrical and harmonic structures derived from Messiaen’s music, and the solid virtuosity from the two of them.

Both Willems and Witteveen graduated cum laude at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and began their duo endeavours back in early 2016. The combination of 20th century classical music with improvisation and structures and musical forms derived from jazz played in an obscure setting creates new sonic opportunities that resonate with a large audience.