Soul and Classical Meet in a Global Collab

Soul and Classical Meet in a Global Collab

Sonicscoop interview with Stephen Emmer

When Stephen Emmer holds the stateside launch for his album Home Ground on October 27 at the Virgil in LA, he’ll have done it with a little help from his friends. Make that a lot of help, from a global-spanning roster of star soul singers and musicians who collaborated long-distance on a particularly important record.

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Radio Interviews (Dutch)

Radio Interviews (Dutch)

Interviews met Stephen Emmer op de Nederlandse Radio

Een overzicht van alle interviews met Stephen Emmer op de Nederlandse radio over de afgelopen periode.

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Nooit Meer Slapen (Dutch)

Nooit Meer Slapen (Dutch)

Pieter van der Wielen praat met Stephen Emmer

In het eerste uur een uitgebreid gesprek met gasten uit actualiteit en cultuur en in het tweede uur verslagbeving op het gebied van film, theater, literatuur en beeldende kunst. Pieter van der Wielen praat met Stephen Emmer, de meest beluisterde componist van Nederland. 

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Interview in Tijd Voor Max (Dutch)

Interview in Tijd Voor Max (Dutch)

Over zijn Global Music Award voor Home Ground en KLM

Hoewel veel mensen Stephen Emmer niet direct zullen herkennen, kent iedere Nederlander zijn werk. Hij maakte o.a. tunes voor het NOS Journaal, RTL Boulevard en RTL Late Night. In Amerika heeft hij een gouden Global Music Award gewonnen voor zijn album Home Ground

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De Telegraaf (Dutch)

De Telegraaf (Dutch)

Van ambtenaar tot kunstenaar

Meestal willen kinderen van bekende Nederlanders niet te veel met hun vader of moeder worden geassocieerd. Ze zetten zich afl willen het zelf maken. Altijd hangt daar die vage verdenking in de lucht dat ze een kruiwagen zullen hebben gehad of dat de bekende achternaam deuren voor hen heeft geopend. Zo niet Stephen Emmer. 

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VPRO Gids (Dutch)

VPRO Gids (Dutch)

Elke zeven minuten is een muziekje van hem te horen op tv

Wie is de meest beluisterde muzikant van Nederland? Tiësto? Borsato? Rieu? Fout, het is Stephen Emmer. U weet wel, de zoon van oud-nieuwslezer Fred Emmer, die ook wel de ’seven-minute-man’ wordt genoemd. Niet vanwege bepaalde sportieve of erotische prestaties, maar omdat ooit is berekend dat gemiddeld elke zeven minuten een muziekje van hem op televisie klinkt.

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North Of The Internet

North Of The Internet

A conversation with Stephen Emmer

Conversation Morgan Enos from 'North Of The Internet' had with Stephen Emmer about the spiritual connection between classic and modern music, discovering Beethoven intuitively as a child and working with five generations of singers on his socially conscious new album Home Ground.

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Golden Global Music Award for Home Ground

Golden Global Music Award for Home Ground

Noted composer and performer Stephen Emmer -- who scored a hit with SoulTracks readers earlier this year -- has won the prestigious golden Global Music Award for his latest album, Home Ground. With this he becomes the first Dutch composer who has won this international award.

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Soul Tracks : Choice Cut

Soul Tracks : Choice Cut

"One of the most important albums of 2017 is Home Ground"

According to Soul Tracks there is no doubt that one of the most important albums of 2017 is Home Ground, the groundbreaking new project by Dutch composer/ arranger and musician Stephen Emmer.

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Mojo Magazine

review : Dutch master’s soulful meditation on the effects of war

Supporting the War Child charity, this concept album by Amsterdam-born Stephen Emmer (whose past work has been produced by Tony Visconti and included cameos from Lou Reed and Midge Ure) takes its inspiration from Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ to articulate a narrative about the human cost of conflict, prejudice and division.

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Home Ground Album
Soul Tracks

Soul Tracks

review : An eloquent and entertaining rebuttal to the voices of...

With Home Ground, producer Stephen Emmer has collaborated with a diverse group of vocalists to create a record that is theatrical to its core. However, if you are looking to connect the music on Home Ground to a musical, you might not have a lot of luck. This record is not a soundtrack to a film, nor are these tunes a part of some major Broadway production. One way to view Home Ground is as a soundtrack for the play unfolding before us daily on television, laptop, smart phone and tablet screens as well on in newspapers.

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okayplayer

premiere : Chaka Khan, Leon Ware + More Combine Soul With Symphony...

Isn’t music grand? No other medium incorporates sounds, styles and voices like music. Thankfully, Stephen Emmer and his Home Ground crew are here to satiate our needs. The new project combines the eloquence of contemporary orchestral soul with socially conscious lyrics.

Enter: Home Ground.

 

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Home Ground Album Trailer

WXPN - The Key

Review : Ursula Rucker reflects on the idea of home in “Soil”

Bringing together a host of legends such as Chaka Khan, Andy Bey and Marvin Gaye collaborator Leon Ware, Dutch producer / composer Stephen Emmer’s latest project has a diverse guest list and a global focus.

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Soil feat. Ursula Rucker
Blokhuis (Dutch)

Blokhuis (Dutch)

Interview met Stephen Emmer over Home Ground

Luister naar het interview van Leo Blokhuis met Stephen Emmer zoals opgenomen tijdens de uitzending van Blokhuis (NPO Radio2) op Zondag 18 juni 2017.

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JFK (Dutch)

JFK (Dutch)

JFK Man : Stephen Emmer

Mijn leraar Nederlands zei me ooit dat ik van mijn hobby mijn werk moest zien te maken. Dat heb ik gedaan, maar nu heb ik een probleem: ik heb geen hobby meer. Ik kan me heel moeilijk losmaken van de muziek. Als ik iets anders probeer, gaat het automatisch die richting op.

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[Dutch] Interview Hijlco Span met Stephen Emmer in Volgspot

[Dutch] Interview Hijlco Span met Stephen Emmer in Volgspot

Over de Golden Global Music Award voor Home Ground

Luister naar het interview van Hijlco Span met Stephen Emmer over zijn Golden Global Music Award. Interview opgenomen tijdens de uitzending van Volgspot (KRO-NCRV op NPO Radio5) op Maandag 18 September 2017.

 

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Record Collector

Record Collector

Preview : Home Ground

Home Ground release announcement in Record Collector (UK).

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De Volkskrant (Dutch)

De Volkskrant (Dutch)

Recensie : Stephen Emmer vond bijzonder stel vocalisten

Producer-componist Stephen Emmer heeft voor zijn nieuwste project een bijzonder stel soul vocalisten (m/v) bij elkaar gezocht en gevonden. Met stemmen die volgens hem de juiste kracht en overtuiging konden geven aan zijn liedjes, die gaan over de huidige tijd waarin de wereld wordt geteisterd door conflicten en rassen- en migratieproblemen.

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Echoes Magazine

Echoes Magazine

Review : Chaka’s track, which she co-wrote, is a stand out

Inspired by the symphonic soul of the 70’s, Dutch composer/producer Stephen Emmer’s Home Ground album is an interesting project. 

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Written In Music (Dutch)

Written In Music (Dutch)

Review : Hedendaagse evenknie van het legendarische What's Going On

Van het gitaarwerk in Minny Pops via rollen in radioprogramma’s als Radionome, Spleen en Villa 65 en meer en het oprichten en vervullen van de hoofdredacteur van Vinyl terug naar het maken van muziek; zie daar in een ruwe schets de beginjaren van Stephen Emmer.

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The Pan Review

The Pan Review

Interview : Post-modernity in music has only really started

Stephen Emmer describes himself as an 'independent composer/arranger hailing from Amsterdam.' His distinctive musical resume goes back to the Seventies, while he has worked with other great production wizards such as Tony Visconti, Trevor Horn, Martin Hannett and Nigel Gray. 

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Het Parool (Dutch)

Het Parool (Dutch)

Geen Nederlander die nooit muziek van Stephen Emmer heeft gehoord

Als componist van herkenningstunes was hij verantwoordelijk voor onder meer de muziek van het NOS Journaal. Bij zulk kortebaanwerk houdt hij het niet. Home ground is Emmers vierde album met een ware sterrencast aan gastvocalisten.

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Modern Vinyl

Review : The talent is undeniable, and the idea works wonderfully.

This is certainly not my usual cup of tea. I certainly enjoy quite a few global genres, but the ominous aegis of “world music” is usually enough to send me screaming in the opposite direction of whatever’s being played. So the opening cut to Home Ground, “A New Day,” had me fearing that this was going to be another one of those globally-conscious records which has little but good intent going for it. I was, in fact, quite wrong.

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Home Ground Album
Vents Magazine

Vents Magazine

Interview : Stevie musically influenced and Curtis lyrically mostly

Hi Stephen, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi there! I am great thanks. Good to be here with you today.

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War Child (Dutch)

War Child (Dutch)

Interview : Eigenwijze muziek met een missie

Nog meer dan zijn naam, doen de muzikale composities die Stephen Emmer (59) maakte voor omroeporganisaties en televisiestations zoals NOS en RTL, bij velen een belletje rinkelen. Na jaren van werk in opdracht, wil hij met zijn nieuwe album ‘Home Ground’ een maatschappelijke bijdrage leveren.

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Pride Magazine

Pride Magazine

Review : A jazzy, emotional record with a message

In a time of such heightened political debate – in all corners of the world – it’s unsurprising that global issues and themes feed into many aspects of our cultural artefacts. And in ‘Home Ground’, the latest release from Dutch composer Stephen Emmer, politics, and the various ways in which humanity can be separated, this is addressed; but in place of anger, aims to unite despite our differences.

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Heaven (Dutch)

Heaven (Dutch)

Report : Emmer presenteert album met soul-grootheden in Paradiso

Eigenlijk was het zijn vader, televisie-icoon Fred Emmer, die het zaadje plantte. Na de kijkers naar het NOS Journaal van ’s werelds wel en wee op de hoogte te hebben gesteld, schoot de om zijn feilloze, welhaast mechanische dictie bekendstaande nieuwslezer graag een broek met wijde pijpen aan, om zich vervolgens op plateauzolen richting dansvloer te begeven.

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The Voice

The Voice

Review : A selection of iconic musicians for a good cause

Stephen Emmer has gathered an array of soul-singers for a neo soul/classical inspired project in support of War Child. The Dutch composer has brought together a selection of iconic musicians for a good cause.

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Soundz (Dutch)

Soundz (Dutch)

Recensie : Een van de betere recente platen van Nederlandse bodem

Stephen Emmer is niet iemand die ons jaarlijks verblijdt met nieuw werk. Logisch ook. De man heeft vele gezichten en houdt zich bezig met talloze artistieke en ook commerciële concepten. Maar als hij een nieuw album uitbrengt, staat de wereld even stil. Met Home Ground komt hij overigens al redelijk snel op de proppen, aangezien zijn zo bejubelde International Blue in 2014 verscheen. Op die plaat werkte hij nauw samen met Bowie-producer Tony Visconti.

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Flux BPM

Flux BPM

Review : An iron fist in a velvet glove

Stephen Emmer is a Dutch composer/ arranger and musician, who creates contemporary albums that focus on a genre of music brought to life with celebrated vocal styles. In 2014 Stephen launched the International Blue project, celebrating the art of the pop crooner with Glenn Gregory, Julian Lennon, Tony Visconti, Midge Ure and Liam McKahey.

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Tijd Voor Max (Dutch)

Tijd Voor Max (Dutch)

Interview met Stephen Emmer over Home Ground

Luister naar het interview van Elles de Bruin en Henk Jan Smits met Stephen Emmer zoals opgenomen tijdens de uitzending van Tijd Voor Max op NPO Radio5.

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The Strange Brew

The Strange Brew

Interview : Combine soul with a contemporary edge

For Stephen’s new long player, Home Ground, he is joined by soul singers such as Chaka Khan, Patti Austin and the late Leon Ware to combine classic soul with a contemporary edge. Jason Barnard speaks to Stephen after hearing an early preview of this socially conscious album. 

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Soundz (Dutch)

Soundz (Dutch)

Interview : Ik was lang de jingle-koning

Er staan nogal wat kanonnen op je album.

SE : We hebben veel raakvlakken. Patti Austin is jarenlang de zangeres geweest die voornamelijk achtergrondkoortjes mocht inzingen en ik was de jingle-koning van Nederland. 

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Cent Magazine

Cent Magazine

Article : Who doesn't love the bee gees?

I was recently in a conversation with a friend and they said ‘I don’t trust anyone that doesn’t like music’. While that’s a little extreme, life without a bit of music could be a little dull. Whether it be raining, sun shining bright, whether you’re happy or sad, with the right songs you can feel like you have company or a friend that understands and sings out exactly how you’re feeling.

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Socially Sparked News

Socially Sparked News

Review : Anti-War Album Project Sparks Retro Activism

The Home Ground anti-war album project sparks Retro Activism this week thanks to the efforts of Dutch composer, arranger and musician Stephen Emmer with the album release. In a world constantly in conflict over land, religion and race, the Home Ground Project aims to raise the global consciousness by resurrecting a lost musical genre of classic soul music, orchestral composition and a socially conscious lyrical style rooted in the past a la Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield.

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T Wordt Nu Laat (Dutch)

T Wordt Nu Laat (Dutch)

Interview : Vivienne van den Assem in gesprek met Stephen Emmer

Luister naar het interview van Vivienne van den Assem met Stephen Emmer zoals opgenomen tijdens de uitzending van T Wordt Nu Laat (NPO Radio2) op Woensdag 19 juli 2017.

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Music Republic Magazine

Music Republic Magazine

Review : This is a different one…

Accomplished producer, composer, songwriter, arranger and musician Stephen Emmer’s latest project supports the War child charity, and features a glittering array of singers, including superstar Chaka Khan.

Emmer is a Dutchman who creates contemporary albums that focus on specific genres of music for each project, brought to life with various guest vocalists. In 2014 he launched the International Blue project, celebrating the art of the crooner, with Glenn Gregory, Julian Lennon, Tony Visconti, Midge Ure and Liam McKahey. It later became Visconti’s “Holy Hoy” project.

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Jazzism (Dutch)

Jazzism (Dutch)

De zeggingskracht van spirituele, orkestrale soul…

Stephen Emmer is een Nederlandse componist / arrangeur en muzikant die van vele markten thuis is. Momenteel werkt hij aan het project Home Ground, waarop meegewerkt is door mensen als Chaka Khan, Patti Austin en de onlangs overleden soullegende Leon Ware.

In 2014 Stephen lanceerde Stephen het International Blue project, een viering van de kunst van de popcrooner met Glenn Gregory, Julian Lennon, Tony Visconti, Midge Ure en Liam McKahey. Het album – dat werd gepresenteerd in Abbey Road en wereldwijd positief is ontvangen – resulteerde in een ontmoeting van verwante geesten, hetgeen uitmondde in het Holy Holy project van Visconti.

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De Telegraaf (Dutch)

De Telegraaf (Dutch)

Interview : Op avontuur in de soul...

Als tunes-maker voor onder andere RTL Boulevard, RTL Late Night en het NOS Journaal is Stephen Emmer de best beluisterde componist van Nederland. Dat de Amsterdammer (59) er daarnaast een – zoals hij dat noemt – ’vrije carrière’ op nahoudt is minder breed bekend.

Aan erkenning geen gebrek; Emmers vorige album International blue kreeg internationale lof. Maar ook zijn soul project Home Ground, dat vrijdag verschijnt, verdient eigenlijk meer dan dat.

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OOR (#Dutch)

OOR (#Dutch)

Review : Werkelijk alles aan dit album klopt.

Zou er een prijs bestaan voor Neerlands meest veelzijdige muzikant/componist/arrangeur, dan zou Stephen Emmer een flinke kanshebber zijn, want zijn carrière is op z’n zachtst gezegd divers. De tijd dat hij in Minny Pops zat en met o.a. The Associates in de UK actief was ligt ver achter hem.

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Soul Tracks

Soul Tracks

Premiere : Andy Bey joins Stephen Emmer on new gem for War Child

Stephen Emmer is a Dutch composer/ arranger and musician, who creates contemporary albums that focus on a genre of music brought to life with celebrated vocal styles. Stephen is now creating Home Ground, joined by celebrated, Soul singers such as Chaka Khan, Patti Austin and the late Leon Ware.

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What's On

What's On

No two tracks are the same

Stephen Emmers’ new album Home Ground shows an eclectic mix of sounds varying from classical and soul, to using a modern contemporary synthesized timbre. No two tracks are the same, showcasing an impressive line up of artists who were included on the project; featuring Chaka Khan, Patti Austin, the late Leon Ware, Mary Griffin, Ursula Rucker, Kendra Foster, and many more.

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Interface (Dutch)

Interface (Dutch)

Interview : Zijn bijnaam luidde de ‘seven minute man’...

Hij is de grondlegger van de mediamuziek in Nederland. In 2009 werd hij in het Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid geëerd voor 25 jaar vakmanschap. Zijn bijnaam luidde de ‘seven minute man’, omdat zijn composities op radio en televisie iedere zeven minuten te horen waren, waaronder tunes van het NOS Journaal, RTL Late Night en tal van andere leaders. Daarnaast schreef hij sinds 2012 de soundtracks voor Holiday On Ice. Zijn muziek onder eigen naam is te vinden op albums als Recitement (2008) en International Blue (2014). 

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Pitchfork USA

Pitchfork USA

Review : Soundtrack for a Wes Anderson movie that was never made

Emmer's miscellaneous musical career, which encompasses free jazz, rock, electronic noise (he was a member of the Factory-signed band Minny Pops), and points outlying, is reflected in the startlingly diverse music on Recitement.

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Huffington Post

Huffington Post

Interview : I was amazed by this cosmopolitan experience

Way before Facebook took over, before Whatsapp and Twitter updates and global news every second, there was, once upon a time, MySpace. I was an avid member of it around 2007, as most musicians were at the time. I posted some music of my own on my profile page and one day I got a call from NYC, from a person who said he represented a well known music producer.

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Mojo Magazine

Mojo Magazine

Review : Inescapable echoes of a villainous Bond theme

Dutch musician Stephen Emmer worked with the unique voice of Associates’ Billy Mackenzie on his 1982 imaginary soundtrack Vogue Estate.

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The Times

The Times

Review : as classy as a gleaming vintage rolls

Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory channels Scott Walker on Stephen Emmer’s darkly sumtuous, orchestral tribute to his late Associates bandmate Billy MacKenzie. As classy as a gleaming vintage Rolls. - About Untouchable, the single.                                                                        

 

 

 

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Q Magazine

Q Magazine

Review : Sets a high watermark for lushness in 2014

Once of the moderately missed Minny Pops and The Lotus Eaters, Stephen Emmer featured spoken-word interludes from Lou Reed and Richard Burton on one of his infrequent solo albums.

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Rolling Stone Germany

Rolling Stone Germany

Review : A very inspiring line-up, very refreshing…

about Recitement

Fusion Magazine

Fusion Magazine

Review : This is music which will soundtrack your dreams

about Recitement

Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel

Review : Lush & timeless


'The album is a set of lush, timeless songs, by which you can wish over and over again that they were sung by Scott Walker' -About International Blue

 

Pop Culture Beast

Pop Culture Beast

Review : Stephen Emmer is a bit of an enigma

The Amsterdam native started his career in the ‘80s, releasing a solo album titled Never Share in 1982. He went on to spend time playing in such seminal new wave British bands as The Lotus Eaters and the Associates, before quietly returning to The Netherlands. There he found great success scoring Dutch TV programs and films. In 2008 he released Recitement which featured his music combined with spoken-word performances from artists like Richard Burton and Lou Reed, as well as the Dutch film actress Sylvia Kristel, among others. In 2009 he brought out Time to Face the Music.

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Female First

Female First

Review : The musical genius is somewhat special

With a 40-second opening that could almost be used to set the scene for a Hollywood blockbuster, the musical genius displayed on the instrumental for this track is something special.

'Untouchable' is a ballad, but whereas you may think of these types of songs being soppy and full of self-pity, this is one that manages to give the impression of being completely in control and possessing an immense amount of power.

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Word Magazine UK

Word Magazine UK

Review : Surprisingly addictive

about Recitement

Gigwise

Gigwise

Review : Fans of Lou Reed will be pleased

“Fans of Lou Reed will be pleased he has undertaken a project with a degree of musical integrity again..”

[Recitement Review]

Record Collector UK

Record Collector UK

Review : Most wanted

about Recitement

Uncut Magazine UK

Uncut Magazine UK

Review : Ever wondered how Bowie’s low would have sounded...

“Ever wondered how Bowie’s low would have sounded if the Art Of Noise had produced it and recruited Richard Burton to do the vocals?”

[Recitement Review]

Music News

Music News

Review : The album delivers a cerebral workout that is rare in art...

about Recitement

Fairhearing

Fairhearing

Review : Imagine a walk through a gorgeous park and...

“Imagine a walk through a gorgeous park and eavesdropping on different conversations....well, that’s exactly what this record conjures up”

[Recitement Review]

Raveline Magazine

Raveline Magazine

Review : The man knows his craft

about Recitement

WOM Magazine

WOM Magazine

Review : ...free from all rules

“This enormous project amounts to a stylistic mass wedding, free from all rules”

[Recitement Review]

Clearday Nebraska

Clearday Nebraska

Review : Spoken word never sounded so good

“Spoken word combined with original music composition never sounded so good”

[Recitement Review]

Here Comes The Flood

Here Comes The Flood

Review : ...about Recitement

“Buy this for that condescending friend who is always bragging about having heard it all. I will make him listen and listen again (and shut him up as well).”

Yorkshire Evening Post

Yorkshire Evening Post

Review : Both the intelligent words and elegant music...

“Both the intelligent words and elegant music make a refreshing change from the scrappy guitars, vacant pop and clumpsy lyrics cluttering up the charts”

[Recitement Review]

Kultur News

Kultur News

Review : Emmer here achieves the same super penetrating power of Air

“Emmer here achieves the same super soft penetrating power of Air, yet mostly acoustic..”

[Recitement Review]

Get Ready To Rock

Get Ready To Rock

Review : Recitement is both diverse and imaginative enough...

“Recitement is both diverse and imaginative enough to pull even the most recalcitrant listener..”

[Recitement Review]

Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel

Review : Soothing Kunst-Musik

“a supple mix of jazz, easy listening and filmmusic, soothing Kunst-Musik..”

[Recitement Review]

So So Gay

So So Gay

Review : 10 dramatic and masculine torch ballads

Dutch musician and composer Stephen Emmer has enjoyed a successful career for over 50 years. His eclectic body of works spans a multitude of genres and professional incarnations; from working as a new wave artist in the 80s with the electronic/art band Minny Pops, to working on soundtracks for Dutch television companies. His last album Recitement featured spoken word pieces from the likes of Lou Reed, Sylvia Kristel, and others, set to his music. His latest project, the album International Blue, is a tribute to the late Billy Mackenzie of The Associates, and features the vocals of Glenn Gregory.

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Penny Black Music

Penny Black Music

Review : An album of real talent

Dutch-born composer, former member of one-time Joy Division support the Minny Pops and ex-Associate and Lotus Eater Stephen Emmer brings together a collection of songs with special guests to show off the joys of crooning. Along with his guests vocalists, he is joined by other former Lotus Eaters and one-time Cure member Michael Dempsey while the album was produced and mixed by the legend that is Tony Visconti.

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Pittsburgh In Tune

Pittsburgh In Tune

Review : Features powerful vocal contributions

Acclaimed composer Stephen Emmer pays tribute to the pop crooner on latest effort “International Blue,” the long-gestating follow up to his 2008 spoken-word slab “Recitement.” The 10-track new album features powerful vocal contributions from Midge Ure (Ultravox), Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Liam McKahey (Cousteau) and Neil Crossley (Furlined). -About International Blue, the album.

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ShortList

ShortList

Review : For fans of David Bowie

What's the story? Dutch musician and composer Stephen Emmer released his first album, Vogue Estate back in 1982, working with the fantastic voice of Associates' Billy MacKenzie. However, it was fully 30 years before a follow-up emerged - Recitement, in 2008, a record which featured spoken word contributions from Lou Reed and Serge Gainsborough. -About International Blue, the album.

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Classic Pop Magazine

Classic Pop Magazine

Review : A tribute to the late, great Billy Mackenzie

As soon as Untouchable kicks in, you realize it's a tribute to the late, great Billy Mackenzie, The Associates frontman who had a passion for majestic arrangements, sweeping string and big tunes. As a tribute, it's brilliant - and it should be, considering the talent behind it. - About Untouchable, the single.

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Mojo Magazine

Mojo Magazine

Review : IB is about its instantly timeless songs

International Blue comes with serious support. Produced by Tony Visconti, the album’s guest singers include Midge Ure, Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory and Liam McKahey (Cousteau). 

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Music Radar

Music Radar

Stephen talks : Me In My Studio

Stephen talks to Music Radar about his studio set up. "I like the room to have a hybrid vibe; analog and digital. My assistant Lau has a Masters degree in Sonology and can even program max deep patches, but also has the old-fashioned expertise of tonmeisterschaft."

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The Electricity Club

The Electricity Club

Interview : Midge Ure

2014 has seen Ure contribute to the orchestrated great adventure of ‘International Blue’, an album celebrating the art of the crooner. Assembled by Dutch composer Stephen Emmer, the album also features Ure’s old pal Glenn Gregory from Heaven 17.

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Janice Long

interview : Midge Ure

Janice Long (BBC Radio 2) interviews Midge Ure about Taking Back My Time and Stephen Emmer International Blue collab.

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Tony Gillham

Interview : Stephen about life and International Blue

Tony Gillham from BBC Radio Jersey interviews Stephen Emmer about International Blue.

Play Stephen Emmer Interview
Playlist

Playlist

Playlist : Stephen Emmer

With his new album Untouchable – a tribute to Billy Mackenzie of The Associates – sung by Heaven 17′s Glenn Gregory, pop crooners have clearly been on the mind of composer Stephen Emmer a lot recently. 

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Janice Long

Interview : Glenn Gregory

Janice Long (BBC 2) interviews Glenn Gregory about Untouchable single collab with Stephen Emmer.

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OOR (*Dutch)

OOR (*Dutch)

Interview : Stephen Emmer about (*over) International Blue

De carrière is lang en divers. In 1979 maakte Stephen Emmer deel uit van Minny Pops, was even later medeoprichter van het blad Vinyl, maar verdiende daarna vooral de kost als componist van toegepaste muziek voor commercials en opdrachtgevers als de NOS en RTL. International Blue is pas zijn derde soloalbum, na Vogue Estate (1982) en Recitement (2007).

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Interview (*Dutch)

Interview (*Dutch)

Interview : Emmer creëert ‘complexe suikertaarten’

"Ik wil een nieuw avontuurlijk kleurenpalet. Ik creëer complexe suikertaarten. Ik stapel. Ook 'The Wall Of Sound' van Phil Spector was meer dan alleen veel lagen. Het geluid bezat gedetailleerdheid. Dat hoor je tegenwoordig te weinig."

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Het Parool (*Dutch)

Het Parool (*Dutch)

Review : Stephen Emmer komt met ambitieus album

De Nederlandse componist Stephen Emmer heeft op 7 juli zijn nieuwste album International Blue gelanceerd. Met dit album, waarop hij samenwerkte met Midge Ure, Glenn Gregory, Liam Mckahey en Neil Crossley, wil hij de luisteraar blijven verrassen. 'Ik wil dat mensen na een zesde keer een nummer te hebben geluisterd er nog steeds nieuwe dingen in ontdekken.'

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BN De Stem (*dutch)

BN De Stem (*dutch)

Interview : De luisteraar blijven verrassen

De Nederlandse componist Stephen Emmer heeft op 7 juli zijn nieuwste album International Blue gelanceerd. Met dit album, waarop hij o.a. samenwerkte met Midge Ure en Glenn Gregory wil hij de luisteraar blijven verrassen. “Ik wil dat mensen na voor de zesde keer een nummer te hebben geluisterd er nog steeds nieuwe dingen in ontdekken.”

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Twee Dingen (*Dutch)

Twee Dingen (*Dutch)

Interview : 30 jaar, meer dan 500 tunes

Elles de Bruin interviewt Stephen Emmer in 'Twee Dingen' bij Omroep MAX op NPO 1.

 

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Lou Reed

Lou Reed

Singer, photographer

Quote : ‘The music on Recitement is wonderful..’

Tony Visconti

Testimonial

Tony Visconti talks about his collaboration with composer/arranger/musician Stephen Emmer and vocalists Glenn Gregory, Midge Ure, Liam Mckahey & Neil Crossley as well as about how he produced the International Blue album.

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Midge Ure

Testimonial

Midge Ure talks about his involvement in 'International Blue' and 'Taking Back My Time'.

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Gary Kemp

Gary Kemp

Spandau Ballet

Quote : 'Very impressive!'   

Scott Bennett

Scott Bennett

Brian Wilson collaborator and band member

'With International Blue he has topped himself, creating a gorgeously atmospheric soundscape of emotional music. This world needs more ambitious and visionary musicians like Stephen.'

Glenn Gregory

Testimonial

Glenn Gregory from Heaven 17 talks about Stephen Emmer, Billy Mackenzie and his involvement in International Blue. Interview recorded during the IB album launch at Abbey Road Studios.

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Anthony DeCurtis

Anthony DeCurtis

Author and Music Critic

Quote : 'I have listened to the album and it is extraordinarily beautiful. Truly transporting'

Charles Shaar Murray

Charles Shaar Murray

The Rock Critics’ Rock Critic

'This music is simultaneously lush and ominous, panoramic and intimate. In a much better world than this one, Emmer and Visconti would be creating the next generation of James Bond movie themes'

Michael Brocken

Michael Brocken

Biographer Burt Bacharach

Quote : ‘This musical work by Stephen Emmer comes highly recommended.’

Robert Elms

Robert Elms

BBC Radio

Quote : 'Luscious and beautiful'

Janice Long

Janice Long

BBC Radio

Quote : ‘I can hear this as the next Bond Soundtrack’

Liam McKahey

Testimonial

Liam McKahey interview during the International Blue album presentation at Abbey Road. He talks about 'Blown Away', Stephen Emmer and how he got involved in the International Blue project, for which he wrote 3 beautiful songs.

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Ken Nordine

Ken Nordine

Father of Wordjazz

Quote : ‘Absolutely great’

Neil Crossley

Testimonial

Neil Crossley from Furlined talks about how he got involved in 'International Blue' and how 'Sleep for England' initially came together. 

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Tony Visconti

Tony Visconti

Producer of David Bowie, Moody Blues & Morrissey (a.o.)

Quote : "Stephen Emmer is one of those musicians/composers who knows the musical rules best and therefore also how to break them"

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