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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 http://images.vpro.nl/images/44707931+s%28500%29 . 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

Farewell Bobby Farrell

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Blessed are the fools. I wonder if Bobby agreed with this statement? Still, he sang more than half his life he was crazy like a fool.

As a small boy of about six I looked at that beautiful man full of admiration, but also with wonder. I could not quite get it: he danced like a fool, but was still surrounded by beautiful women. During that period I unwittingly created my own exuberant dances.

Although my musical taste was not his, I later danced at parties as extravagant as Bobby. I danced with Ma Baker at the Rivers of Babylon. Driven by the pounding disco beat I imagined myself being Daddy Cool.

To how many teenagers Bobby was a source of inspiration on the dance floor? Bobby the playbacking fool, who therefore had no right to speak when the royalties were paid. Bobby the frontman, who stood in the shadow of mega success. Bobby the eternal loser, who lost for the last time in a hotel room in St. Petersburg.

Bobby Farrell is finally blessed with eternal glory. Maybe he was ‘crazy like a fool’, but he will be remembered forever and always  ‘Daddy Cool ‘.

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January 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm

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

tinyMusic@home

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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 www.tinymusic.nl 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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previous blog about tinyMusic: http://wp.me/punIp-wJ

REVOLUTION IN B-MINOR

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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 www.dedoelen.nl and 010 217 17 17.

I certainly hope to see you there!

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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.

tinyMusic@Bieb

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tinyMusic  kicks off again after this summer full of festivals. Again they have managed to find a unique location, this time between the books of the Central Library on Hoogstraat 110. It’s the building with the yellow tubes…. Join fellow music lovers for an Irish evening with singer-songwriter Andy White and the promising band The Candides. (Best New Irish Act)

Andy White is an experienced musician who brings together the political consciousness of the young Dylan, the romance of David Gray and the Celtic of a band like The Waterboys . He toured with greats like Van Morrison and Mary Black and wrote songs with none other than Peter Gabriel and Neil and Tim Finn of Crowded House. This year he released his 11th album “Songwriter“.

The Candides (who incidentally took their name from Voltaires’ satire on contemporary philosophy ‘Candide’ consists of Fergal Heeney (piano / vocals) from Ireland and the Dutch Jessica de Korte (violin / vocals). They make the evening complete with, as they call it, ‘quasi classica-pop. Be surprised by this exciting duo. Although, they haven’t released their debut album yet, their shows are ‘magnetic’ and will fascinate you until the final note.

The Hotstepper recommends this special evening! So come to tinyMusic@ Bieb on Friday, October 8. Admission is only 10 euros including beer (presale or 12 euros at the door) The first concert will start at exactly 20.00, doors open 19.00.

Also mark Thursday, October 21 on your calendar for the next edition of tinyMusic. More information will follow soon.

http://www.tinymusic.nl

No R’Uitmarkt in 2010

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Close your eyes and pretend you hear Last Post for R’Uitfestival as we know it…

This year there is no R’Uitmarkt in the first weekend of September. This year for example no Kyteman who enchants us with the mesmerizing sounds from his trumpet. The R’Uitmarkt, with performances on and around Schouwburgplein and an information market has ceased to exist.

Rotterdam Festivals in collaboration with the Rotterdam cultural institutions decided to develop a new concept to celebrate the opening of the cultural season in Rotterdam. Although this was already announced after the 2009 edition but it will take until September 2011 to launch the new event. Fortunately, another festival to mark the opening of the cultural season, The World of Witte de With will take place as usual. The R’Uitmarkt existed since 1999, before that time there was already an annual information market.

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August 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm