Music: videos & sound samples
At the end of 2009 I joined up-and-coming Dutch folkband Harmony Glen, an eclectic group of musicians led by multi-instrumentalist, producer & sound engineer Vincent Pompe van Meerdervoort. The group has created its own blend of Irish folk, pop-rock, world music and jazz. Perfect for me to fit in my Esperanto Kit and arsenal of toys. The last couple of years we played different venues and festivals in The Netherlands, UK, Germany and France. During 2011 the band worked hard on the new album ‘Where The Wind Blows’, released january 2012. We'll hope to see you on the road somewhere...
In 2008 I met singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa, who blends her Mexican roots with folk and country music. She was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and has recorded fifteen albums including two for Warner Brothers. It turned out Tish had just moved from Austin, Texas to Hamburg, Germany and was looking for musicians. Some months later I joined her German backing band for a concert at the Knust, a music club in Hamburg. In 2009 we played the Ostsee Festival in Kiel, Germany and the International Country Music Festival in Silkeborg, Denmark.
In the summer of 2005 I saw Welsh-American duo Ember, consisting of the talented singer-songwriters Emily Williams (vocals, guitar & fiddle) and Rebecca Sullivan (vocals, guitar, harmonica & clarinet). Immediately I envisioned percussion with their music and proposed to try working together. During the summers of 2006, 2007 and 2008 I toured with them througout England and Wales, performing at festivals and in folkclubs. In 2007 we recorded the album ‘Open All The Doors’ with producer/multi-instrumentalist Dylan Fowler at his Felin Fach Studio in Wales. It was reviewed in various folk magazines.
In the summer of 2008, after a gig I played in North Wales with Ember, I was approached by guitarist Simon James (founder of Acoustic Alchemy) to participate in a project called Almaraya, formed by him and singer Lynieve Austin. Together
they compose exciting music on the crossroads of flamenco, latin and jazz. In November I went to Croydon (south of London) to rehearse and play a gig at the Warehouse Theatre. A positive review was written in Croydon Today. In 2009 we recorded a demo CD and played more gigs, but unfortunately had to postpone the project due to personal circumstances of one of the bandmembers. I hope in the future there will be another chance for Almaraya...
Humus was a highly original, but unfortunately short-lived band that composed music in a folk-jazz-world style to English poems, which were used as lyrics. The line-up consisted of vocals, acoustic guitar & mandola, cello, violin and me on my small percussion kit. All of the musicians contributed to the arrangments. At the beginning of 2009 we recorded the 4-track EP ‘Moving In’. It proved very hard to get gigs with our out-of-the-box music... To quote Michael J Fox in Back To The Future: “I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet, but your kids are gonna love it.” Well, who knows...
In 2006 I entered an Amsterdam studio with Jacob's Ladder, a project of improvised jazzy drum 'n bass instigated by my good friend and ace drummer Clint Marana, now known as the solo-act Crowded Beats. Later we played some nice gigs, a.o. at the Delft Jazz Festival and the famous music bar De Pater in The Hague.