Female activists and their powerful message is actual, enthralling and very fascinating. Here a celebration in contemporary jazz.
by Ella Zirina, Sun-Mi Hong, Frans van der Hoeven and Mark Lotz
The female activists all fought/fight for a different cause: from the fight against slavery to the right to vote for women, from the right for a woman to be allowed to drive a car, to the right to receive the same education as men as well as women who fight for their sexual freedom. For the right to ‘be yourself’, regardless of gender, origin, age, race or color.
The lives of these activists cover a period of time from the 19th to the 21st century with a variety of nationalities and backgrounds. This is an extremely fascinating and inspiring play ground for this project.
Ella Zīriņa (1997) is a Latvian jazz guitarist and composer. Her melodic improvisations interview with her curiosity to explore textures and timbres of the guitar.
Being a piano student till the age of 17 and deciding to switch to guitar studies, her musical influences range from Alexander Scriabin to Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin arriving to the world of Jazz by first hearing the works of Bill Evans, Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery. 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.
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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.
piccolo, concert-, alto-, bass-, pvc contra bass flutes, prepared flute, fx
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.
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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.
He 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".