A concert by pianist Daniel Roser and drummer Gustan Asselbergs is an experience of flow and stillness. Their intuitive way of playing leaves room for the unexpected and opens up a space for the smallest gesture to become a turning point. The freedom that comes with playing in a duo is fragile by nature. Roser and Asselbergs embrace this fragile freedom as their driving force. It is the basis for their fluid, organic and open sound. In our technological age the live experience of musical process – happening in the here and now – is more vital than ever. By connecting with real stuff (wood, metal, strings and skins) the human body once again becomes the source of artistic creation.
In 2018, Swiss pianist Daniel Roser joined forces with Dutch drummer Gustan Asselbergs. Roser/Asselbergs started a multifaceted musical conversation that brought them to various venues. In 2019, the duo recorded a live concert at the Philharmonie in Haarlem (The Netherlands), demonstrating their unique way of adapting to the specific acoustics and atmospheric conditions of each concert stage. Daniel Roser led his group Erikunddu for eight years before starting this duo. Gustan Asselbergs is a versatile drummer who works with different musicians and projects.
As the music of Roser/Asselbergs gradually unfolds the listener enters an intimate world characterised by accessible harmonies and melodies. Rather than limiting the music by all-defining compositions the duo lets the music evolve from clear yet challenging points of departure which invite the listener to engage with the musical stream. They consciously choose subtle modes of interaction. Instead of having an obvious musical chit-chat the duo enjoys the beauty of contrasting elements by letting them be heard simultaneously. Many listeners are surprised by the roles the two players take on: often contrary to what is generally associated with their instruments.