Female activists and their powerful message is actual, enthralling and very fascinating. Here a celebration in contemporary jazz.
by Ella Zirina, Sun-Mi Hong, Mete Erker, Frans van der Hoeven and Mark Lotz
Ella Zīriņa is a Latvian jazz guitarist and composer. Being a piano student till the age of 17 but decided to switch to guitar. Ella recently graduated with the highest honors at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
She has participated in the Expression of Art Award 2020 and been selected for the Keep an Eye Jazz Awards 2020.
Sun-Mi Hong is an Korean a drummer, composer and bandleader from Korea. She toured with a.o. Karel Boehlee Trio, Benjamin Herman and Daahoud Salim Quintet. Her sound pallet pulls from many diverse sources.
A bachelor & master’s degree from the renowned Conservatorium van Amsterdam has seen to a strong and rooted basic in Jazz, Improvisation and technical ability.
Mete Erker is a saxophone player from Dutch and Turkish descent. Throughout the years he‘s worked with master musicians such as Peter Erskine, David Liebman, Philip Glass, Doudou N’Diaye Rose, Russian piano virtuoso Simon Nabatov and South African jazz legend Winston Mankunku, Dutch company Conny Janssen Danst and Lenine.
The last decade he has been focused on developing original music with Artvark Saxophone Quartet, the improvisation collective Estafest, the Mete Erker Trio and duo Mete Erker & Jeroen van Vliet.
Frans van der Hoeven
Frans does not understand himself in the traditional sense as a bass player but as a soloist, composer, accompanist and improviser.
Frans contributed to the Jesse van Ruller Trio, Jasper Blom Quartet, Tineke Postma Quartet, Toon Roos quartet, Fay Claasen Group, Eef Albers Trio, the European Jazz Trio and performed with Clark Terry, Woody Shaw, Barney Wilen, Harry Sweets Edison, Art Farmer, Ronnie Cuber, Tom Harrel, Lee Konitz, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Fairouz and others. Toots Thielemans, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jack de Johnette.
Van der Hoeven experiments a lot with electronics and performs his solo program "Drum ’n Double Bass".
Mark Alban Lotz
Soloist, composer, producer in jazz and contemporary music often crossing borders with other cultures. Collaborations spans an arc with film, theater, performance art, visual arts and dance.
Worked with many unknown and many famous but equally gifted unique voices in music all around the globe. Subject of international publications, prize-winner, nominated for the Edison and Beyond Magazine prize.
Professor for flute at the Utrecht and Rotterdam Conservatories.