Oh, and I didn’t update you for a while on the touring, so just to give you an idea: I can still be regularly found at the Bimhuis with the Konrad Koselleck Big Band (our steady gig there); we’ve been really busy touring Homme Fatale (Ratzke) around the world (taking it from Amsterdam to Berlin, Hamburg, New York and many more); also the late-nights in Utrecht have continued, this time as a semi-live tv-show (I know, very very cool) and there’s been other stuff there too. Also important is that 2018 is going to be very exciting, but I’ll tell you more about that later. Stay tuned for more international touring and festival announcements..
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Hello there! Glad you came to visit this site and see what’s going on. Let me give you an update of what’s happening:
First of all I finished off some great events in the last couple of months – the North Sea Jazz Festival was amazing, super audience and still one of the best festivals to be playing at. Also the Young Vips Tour with VinnieVibes is finished and was a great succes in all ten venues we played. From this tour the cd is still available, check Vincent’s website for that.
Not finished, but visited a lot is Starman! The show of Sven Ratzke (in which I’m playing drums) has gone around the world the last couple of months and continues to do so. We did a big tour in Australia with venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide (Cabaret Festival) and Perth, and had the most amazing reviews and responds over there. Lots of warmth Down Under! But not everything was that far away, we did a month of Edinburgh Festival (around 50 performances in one month!), got recorded by BBC television, travelled to Berlin and other places in Germany, had a tv-recording in the south (Saarländischer Rundfunk), and many many more. Starman continues for another year, but I’ll tell you more about that later. As I will do for all other things happening in the future, so keep visiting this website to stay up to date (or check the agenda for upcoming gigs)!
I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be playing the North Sea Festival again, and it’s going to be something really special! First of all the whole concert will be a tribute to the late and great Boy Edgar, who had his own fabulous bigband a couple of decades ago in the Netherlands. His music and his way of working were very special, so it’s a great challenge to honour him in this way with the Konrad Koselleck Big Band.
Secondary there will be some former band member joining us in this concert, out of which one is JOHN ENGELS! John is of course known for all the great artists he played with (f.e. the legendary Chet Baker in Tokio concert), but also for being an incredible drummer still now a days. And the good thing for me is that we get to play together! Boy Edgar did recordings with two drummers in the band (as did the Clarke-Boland band) and we’ll have that too: John and me! So you must come and check it out, ‘cause we’ll be killing it!
FRI 8 JULY 2016
17:30 – 18:45
Concert info HERE.
That’s gonna be a special concert! To celebrate the birth date of Boy Edgar a hundred years ago (the great dutch Big Band leader) we’ll play a tribute to the band with the Konrad Koselleck Big Band and the David Kweksilber Band. Edgar was very much know for his ability to create space in his arrangements for improvisation, something Koselleck and Kweksilber are known for too.
On top of that some of the original band members are going to join us, among whom the very very great John Engels! He was the drummer in the Edgar Big Band, and although everybody knows John for his combo playing – you should hear him kick ass in this band! So this one is a definate ‘be there or be irreversibly square’ (November 15th):
On one of the recent Konrad Koselleck Bigband gigs at the Bimhuis I was asked to perform a piece that had to do with a barbershop (!). The thing was that the founding of the original Bimhuis started at that place in the seventies, when there was a cafe on that address. So we went there, filmed the place (my brother Botte Jellema) and I recorded all the sounds with my Zoom. After a lot of cutting (audio that is ;-)) and editing I made a groove and improvised the rest live at the gig. If you’re up for it, check it out here. Enjoy!
This year the Bimhuis celebrates it’s 40st birthday, and therefore we do a special concert with the Konrad Koselleck Bigband and journalist Botte Jellema on monday October 6. It’s gonna be about Amsterdam in the ’70, the history of the Bimhuis and the ideas and riots in society in those lively times..
Click on the image for more info and tickets.
This year it is exactly 100 years ago that Franz Ferdinand was killed in Sarajevo and World War I started. Reason for Konrad Koselleck to do a memorial/reflectional concert about this war, about the effects of it later and the influence still today. With great storytelling by Vincent Bijlo, beautiful singing by the multi-talented Ellen ten Damme and kick-ass grooves and war-soundscapes by the Big Band you’ll be reminded of this war and think about todays political events.
The project was already performed at memorial places like Gütersloh (D) and Diksmuide (B), but the coming months it’ll be in the Netherlands too. For more info and the dates click here.
A very special project is taking place this week. Ellen ten Damme wanted to record a cd with German repertoire for a long time, and decided to do that in a very special way. She put together her ‘Magpie-Orchestra’, which is her band, with a horn section and a group of strings added, and she’s going to record her cd live at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. We’ve been rehearsing for a while now, and the arrangements (mainly by Konrad Koselleck and Rob Horsting) are starting to sound really good! It is so nice to hear all the different sounds and sound-combinations in an orchestra like this, along with the varied repertoire (Kurt Weil, Marlène Dietrich, Nina Hagen, Rihanna) – I think it’s gonna be a great night and a very special cd..
Friday May 9th at the Concertgebouw – Amsterdam: