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Saturday March 29, 8pm 2014
Three part harmonies and operatic interludes
- Three girls from Amsterdam who sing sweet harmonies and also play a large number of instruments - they are Una Bergin, Laurien Schreuder and Fanny de Ruiter, aka Snowapple.
- The girls all had musical careers before they joined forces: Laurien has an international career as an opera singer and also performed at many big festivals and stages like Glastonbury and Vive Latino with Gipsy Punk band Polka Madre. Una, is a jazz singer with worldly influences, she joined different bands both in the Netherlands and France and sang on stages as Bimhuis Amsterdam. Fanny is a classically trained singer/composer, at a young age she wrote her first composition performed in the main hall of Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Besides her classical interest she likes chansons and sang Balkan music with the band Amariszi.
Singing old folk songs in three part harmony round Laurien's kitchen table. That's how it started. But Laurien also plays guitar, so she soon got it out of its case. And before too long, Una had bought a mandolin and Fanny had remembered that she could play the violin. One song after another was composed and collectively arranged, whereby the arsenal of instruments grew to include banjo, glockenspiel and accordion. The first incarnation of Snowapple as a multi-instrumental singing spectacle was a fact.
- "The 3 young, fresh and non-stop smiling ladies of the Dutch band Snowapple, are incredibly talented, they have a lot of fun when they perform and they create a happy atmosphere. They play with their voices, they are multi-talented, they play dozens of instruments together and they definitely know how to give a show...."(DLS Management)
- "These three talented young multi-instrumentalists and singers from Amsterdam are full of musical surprises [...] they charm their audiences with sweet harmonies, light up-beat numbers with a country feel and most of all their quirky, joyful delivery. Snowapple's music is infectious and has a feel-good quality that will put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping."(Rina Vergano, Venue magazine)
- Snow Apple thrilled a packed Berkeley house concert venue in Nov 2013. Consider yourself lucky to be able to attend this one!
- After one year of touring Europe, playing Paradiso in Amsterdam, Metropolis Studios in England, Kater Holzig in Berlin and many other venues around Europe, they recorded their first album and have signed a record deal with the label V2 (founded by Richard Branson). The album was released in the Benelux 2013.
Saturday April 5th at 8pm 2014
Bass and Bassoon Duet
- People often say they don't know what to expect from a bass and bassoon duo. Well, think melodic and groovy music. OoN with its unlikely combination of bass and bassoon creates beautiful melodic Chamber Jazz. Sometimes peaceful and meditative, at other times passionate, raging or groovy, the musical bandwidth these two instrumentalists cover with bass and bassoon is surprising. Utilizing virtuosic and unusual playing techniques as well as effects and harmonizers the musicians put the song first and musicality front and center.
- When Paul Hanson and Ariane Cap met, they found they had a lot in common: both had just returned from tours from outside the country and found themselves in new and unexpected life situations. They got together initially to 'just jam' but were immediately struck by the compatibility of their instruments as well as their similar approaches to playing. Both fans of unusual playing techniques and the use of effects they were both at home taking on various responsibilities of playing, be it accompanying, grooving, soloing or playing melodies. More than anything, however, they found kinship in loving a wide variety of styles of music, from Classical to Jazz, to Rock, Pop, Funk and Fusion, and for being most concerned with beautiful melodies and moving grooves.
- On Polaris the two do many of their own compositions, but also a Beatles cover and their favorite jazz standard. They even go on some Jimi Hendrix infused adventures. A fresh and exciting sound that will delight, entertain and uplift you, make sure to expect the unexpected.
- "OoN is Hanson and bassist Ariane Cap, an Austrian music educator, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Each has an impressive and diverse vitae; Cap has covered styles ranging from jazz, folk and flamenco to Celtic, African and punk while Hanson's collaborations include Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Jonas Hellborg, St. Joseph Ballet and rocker Eddie Money. Both have performed with Cirque Du Soleil." Keith Johnson, San Francisco Informer
Gary Musznski et al
Saturday June 7th at 3pm 2014
The Hang, mbira, and berimbau and more
Saturday June 21st at 3pm
Singersongwriter & entertainer of multiple genres!
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