Musicians in the flow
‘For me, Anima Eterna is a love story that’s lasted for more than thirty years now. So many discoveries, so many encounters’.Martin Mürner, horn
Anima Eterna flows on, and can only keep on flowing by virtue of its musicians, an international collective of many individual voices who think and dream, dare and discover. Driven by a pure passion for the small, historical details: not that instrument, but this one. Not played that way, but just a bit differently. And not using that score, but this other one. These bits of information may seem unimportant in the larger historical scheme of things, but they are what make the difference for the Anima musicians. A huge difference. Between what we think we know and what may take our breaths away: the past. But a different past.
‘Nothing is taken for granted with Anima Eterna. Everything can be questioned. That’s one of the best things you can experience as a musician’.Beltane Ruiz, double bass
This search carries some risks. Who would dare to fiddle with things that seem to be set in stone? Who would dare to appear on the concert stage with a historical instrument that no one has played for a hundred years? And who would dare to cast away the confidence in research that has already been done? For the musicians of Anima Eterna, every new project is an open-ended experiment. No one knows beforehand what it will sound like: it is precisely this sense of inquiry that connects them.
‘This path to the future fits in with who we are and the artistic toolbox that the years with Jos have given us. The new conductors will be jumping onto a moving train as it were, but at the same time they’re taking us to unexpected places. I’m looking forward to that’.Femke Huizinga, violin
And the team of musicians has gradually grown as well. Without auditions, but instead based on artistic affinity. Knowledge is passed on organically from one generation to the next, from old to young. The identity of Anima Eterna flows on in this way through the notes, renewing itself again and again.