Ernst Reijseger (born November 13, 1954, in Bussum) is a Dutch cellist and composer. He specializes in jazz, improvised music, and contemporary classical music and often gives solo concerts. He has worked with Louis Sclavis, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, Gerry Hemingway, Yo-Yo Ma, Albert Mangelsdorff, Franco D'Andrea, Joëlle Léandre, Georg Gräwe, Trilok Gurtu, and Mola Sylla, and has done several world music projects working with musicians from Sardinia, Turkey, Iran, Senegal, and Argentina, as well as the Netherlands based group Boi Akih.
He has made numerous recordings, both as solo cellist and with other groups, and has been the subject of a documentary film. He has also written several film scores, including scores for a number of Werner Herzog films.
2011 - Cave of Forgotten Dreams,
2010 - It's Already Summer,
2009 - My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?,
2008 - The Unforbidden City,
2005 - The Wild Blue Yonder,
2004 - The White Diamond,
2000 - Ajax: Hark the Herald Angel Sings,
Both scores of The White Diamond and The Wild Blue Yonder were recorded in the same sessions with Reijseger, Mola Sylla, and the Voches De Sardinia.
Werner Herzog, who led the musicians, gave them simple instructions as to what the music should be like, including "Make space.".
Reijseger later commented: "I had very little to do with the overall outcome of the music, it was them, they did it."
"He is a magnificent cellist, and he can do anything, anything on his cello. He could play the civil war, the American Civil War on his cello." --Werner Herzog
Solo and group work:
Reijseger's most well known solo album is Colla Voche, which he recorded in a room of a small villa which he was staying in on a trip to Sardinia, this would be the same trip that he would meet the Voches De Sardinia.
He has done several recordings with Mola Sylla, including Requiem For a Dying Planet, and Janna.
Reijseger is also a member of the Amsterdam String Trio, with Ernst Glerum and Maurice Horsthuis, and another trio, simply called Graewe, Reijseger, Hemingway, with Georg Graewe and Gerry Hemingway.
He was also a member of the ICP Orchestra (or Instant Composers Pool) for many years, as well as the Clusone Trio with Michael Moore and Han Bennink.