Writing a jazz suite

Also this year I have committed myself to writing a long piece of music for the Stageband Jazz Orchestra. Because the whole process last year was so much fun for both the Big Band, the audience, and for myself. Actually, it is far too much work to do in addition to my other activities. Especially …

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Vocalgroup Treats in Studio Steem

Now that the CD registration of the Hållsta Suite is approaching its final stage, some vocal parts have to be sung. We recorded the framework of this CD during a recording session in Akkrum in the spring. Then I put together the suite here in Studio Steem, made the necessary edits and a large part …

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Starting Up The Stageband Jazz Orchestra

The most difficult job of the year for years. Resuscitation of the Stageband, so that we can make distinctive jazz music for another year. In the north of the Netherlands, actually throughout the Netherlands, there are a lot of big bands. I think you can say that big bands are the modern fanfares in terms …

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Mixing, mixing, mixing

My life in music. Music is my passion. After playing the bass, different basses, different styles, I started to deepen and develop in writing music. That was a big floor in my music experience. Of course I kept on playing bass, but writing music has such a completely different experience that it could just be …

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Recording the Hållsta Suite

Music is fleeting, if you hear it it exists, otherwise it does not exist. Okay, a feeling of music may also be something, but that is not very concrete. Not so long ago, you could only enjoy music and beautiful compositions if it was performed live. That was a good time for musicians, but a …

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Jazzmusic claims the Easter weekend.

More than 200 northern jazz lovers found their way to the theater last Easter weekend. And that is a great achievement from the Hållsta Suite, Stageband Jazz Orchestra and Treats. We offered a wonderful alternative to the classical passions, which are so widely visited around the Easter. And we would like to continue with that. …

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Tenth rehearsal Hållsta Suite

The last rehearsal had it in itself to become restless. Many remplacants, a camera team from RTV Noord with interview requests, and the tension of the last rehearsal. But we are ready, you notice it all. Everyone was calm and enjoyed the thoughts of the upcoming weekend. Some small improvements, one more time through the …

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From publicity to long-term friendship

Publicity and marketing is difficult for many artists. First of all it is pretty boring, and it often goes against the modest nature of many, sometimes introverted artists. In the art world it is the case that those who can best sell their story, or best know the way in the funds or subsidy world …

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Ninth rehearsel Hållsta Suite

During the eighth rehearsal we found out that it is not convenient that bassist / conductor Marco Kerver is in the back of the orchestra. He has to cue a lot, and it is at the expense of the Suite if that does not happen. So we changed the arrangement of the band the ninth …

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What to expect from the suite

We regularly get people’s questions about what to expect while seeing and listening to the Suite. Seeing is easy. 18 exceptionally good and passionate musicians, 2 fantastic female singers and 2 great male singers working on their passion, making music. Furthermore, there are winter images of the beautiful hamlet of Hållsta. That answer often does …

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