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Under the Surface + LoLanders  -  Sun Jun 23, 2019  |  07:15 pm
A double bill that continues and expands our ongoing celebration of jazz from the Netherlands, with a superb vocal trio, and a newly formed Scottish-Dutch sextet.

Under the Surface brings together drummer Joost Lijbaart with two younger artists in guitarist Bram Stadhouders and vocalist Sanne Rambags. The trio’s debut album, released in March 2017, quickly led to touring throughout Europe and festival appearances as far afield as Mali, Mexico, China and India. What makes the music so distinctive and attractive is the contribution of Sanne Rambags, who moves between self-penned lyrics and wordless vocals, giving her pure voice an instrumental function that weaves beautifully with the open group sound of Lijbaart and Stadhouders, creating what critic Matti Poels described as “a palette of musical atmosphere that brightens your ear like a prism”.

LoLanders grew from a conversation between Scottish saxophonist and piper Fraser Fifield and Dutch viola maestro Oene van Geel, who decided to recruit some of their favourite musicians to create something new and distinctive. Fraser brought in guitarist Graeme Stephen and Glaswegian tabla player Sodhi Deerhe, while Oene’s contribution was bass guitarist Mark Haanstra and percussionist Duo Demandt. With entirely new material, they hit the ground running at the 2019 Celtic Connections festival. Glasgow Herald reviewer Keith Bruce wrote that “there was groove a-plenty from the LoLanders . . . the finest context for Fifield’s talents I have heard . . . communication between him and Van Geel was the igniting spark, mirrored in Deerhe’s combination with percussionist Demandt, and Stephen’s lick-trading with bassist Haanstra."

Tickets are available from Reflex CD (0191 260 3246) or online from seetickets.com
This gig is financially assisted by the Dutch Performing Arts 'Going Dutch' project