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Innocent dance

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I ventured an innocent dance on the lively music of Frankie & The Heartstrings Rotown during their concert last Wednesday. The present press corp appreciated my effort and photographed me in action on the dance floor.

Above photo by Robert Tjalondo can also be seen on the site of national TV station VPRO . It was quite a shock to find myself there, because although excited, I’m not a very good dancer. Robert on the other hand is an expert, because he made a pretty attractive picture. On the face of my dance partner is not even a shred of fear in sight. It even seems that she likes it!?


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May 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

Statues against Malaria

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Students of the Hogeschool Rotterdam, covered several statues in the center of Rotterdam with mosquito nets. Their goal is to draw attention to the fight against malaria.










The mosquito nets are part of a major campaign against malaria. The aim of the action is to raise money so that can be distributed 50,000 mosquito nets in Africa to people who need it.

The campaign ends on World Malaria Day, April 25. In conclusion, on that day the world’s largest mosquito net will be hung over the Euromast. With this action, the organization also hopes for a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

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February 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Michael de Jong and El Pino rocked the boat on SS Rotterdam

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In the last few weeks there have been special concerts in the theater of the SS Rotterdam. Last week I was at two concerts that were organized by the well-known columnist Carrie. She found two great acts willing to perform for us:  Michael de Jong and El Pino and The Volunteers. Although you really just ought to have been there, you might also enjoy the photos I took. Check the website of the Rotterdam regularly for more such initiatives. It is a very pleasant way to spend your Sunday afternoon.


Is there a drummer in the house?

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On Nov. 14, I announced the new edition of tinyMusic, which took place yesterday in a home in Rotterdam. To get there I had to walk through masses of snow, but it was worth it. Inside  the stove was gently simmering and  together with thirty music lovers, Grizzly Adams and Dyzack it is not difficult to get pleasantly warm. Host Jan Willem and hostess Floor had filled every shelf of the refrigerator with Olm beer and there were various tasty snacks.

Grizzly Adams had a small logistical problem. Half the band had arrived by car and had installed the instruments and amplifiers in the living room. The other half of the band was already waiting for two hours at Utrecht Central Station in the hope that a train was coming to transport them to Rotterdam. Fortunately there was a ‘yes’ to the question “Is there a drummer in the house?” Grizzly therefore could, albeit with a modified repertory, begin their set. It goes without saying that it was  a special concert…

After a short break it was Dyzacks turn. The sympathetic musician from The Hague had in no time the full attention of his listeners. During the songs he performed you could only hear his high voice and magical guitar playing. Then came a deafening applause time after time, after which it was dead silent in anticipation of a new song. Dyzack is back! That he has gained experience in the theater is clearly evident in his modest way of playing that ables him to  command more attention from his audience with less volume.

After the concerts, according to good use, we drank some more Olm and talked amongst each other and of course with the artists themselves about music. tinyMusic can look back on a successful ninth edition.

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December 5, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Holland cries out for culture

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Last Saturday there was a demonstration in Roterdam against the VAT increase on Art and Culture in combination with cuts in grants to cultural institutions.  The call for culture and against aridity was finally literally to be heard loud and clear. For me it was a great opportunity to photograph people in a crowd.

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November 22, 2010 at 11:21 am


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On Saturday December 4 tinyMusic returns to the familiar environment of a living room. Host  Jan Willem and Hostess Floor make their home at Graaf  Florisstraat 44 available as a special stage for two Dutch acts, Dyzack and Grizzly Adams.

Since the 90s, the Hague musician Dyzack is well known as a guitar wizard and idiosyncratic singer-songwriter. A new album titled Una Sun? will see the light on December 10. It means: “What is this?” in Inuit , which is exactly what the composer thought after 3 months recording when he listened to the final result. The music is made for the show “Greenland” by Vis à Vis theater. You could see this album as a soundtrack, a trip across Greenland or an opportunity to listen to while reading a good book by the fireplace.

Grizzly Adams from Utrecht makes music that is good to listen to in the cosiness of a living room. The music on the album that was released earlier this year, Hombre Grande, fits perfectly with the atmosphere of the dark days before Christmas. It reminds me of a bit of Nick Cave and contains warm melancholy of the gloomy men of Tindersticks.

Check for more information and for ticket reservation. It’s best to make early reservations, not only will it save you 2 € per ticket,  the number of seats to this event is very limited.


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Revolution in B-minor is a singer-songwriter series that started in 2008 by John106. The locations for the 2010/2011 series, are WMDC Rotterdam and De Doelen. It is  produced in partnership with Numoonfest, Strange Fruit, World Port Jazz and Singasong.

Revolution in B-minor focuses on the song in all its forms. It presents an intimate setting where artists go back to the basics of their songs. Unadorned and in a small setting, they take listeners back to the point where everything started. The song.

Next Friday De Doelen will be the stage for performances by Celine Cairo, Lucie Thorne, Half Seas Over, The Big Low, Karima Francis and Jono McCleery.

Doors open at 19.00 and you’re welcomed to the sounds of DJ Thelonious. First band starts in the Jurriaanse Zaal at eight o’clock, followed by the second in the foyer outside the Jurriaanse Zaal at nine. Each concert lasts about 45 minutes. This way you can enjoy 6 hours of continuous music!

Hungry music lovers can enjoy delicious Caribbean snacks from the kitchen of ‘Manu Kookt’ during the whole evening.

Tickets are for sale for 16 € at and 010 217 17 17.

I certainly hope to see you there!


John106 refers to the so-called ‘tag lines’ used by graffiti artists in their inner city surroundings. The number indicates a house, area or zip code, John comes from John Doe. John 106 being the “anonymous organisation” behind activities.

It provides a platform for emerging artists who push limits, cross borders and break down barriers. John106 works with artists who experiment with the classical art forms, who mix them up and break them down- not to destroy, but to analyze and re-use and build something new. Keywords being: authenticity, originality and quality.