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A podcast by radio and theatre maker Chris Bajema, a.k.a. The Man with the Microphone, is produced on stage, with a live soundtrack by the Konrad Koselleck Big Band.
Chris Bajema is the pioneer of podcasts in The Netherlands. After years of making documentaries and radio plays for broadcasting companies he finally took the step to create programs on his own. As the Man with the Microphone, traveling in an orange Ford Transit bus, he aims to discover beautiful stories. Additionally, he records scenes with, among others, actors Cecile Heuer, Leopold Witte, Marcel Hensema, Bert Kommerij and Diederik Ebbinge. Paulien Cornelisse writes a telephone dialogue for every episode.
The music of the Konrad Koselleck Big Band unites people. The leading orchestra offers its audience inspiring, adventurous and groundbreaking concerts with artistic, emotional and social relevance. With music as a connector, the big band aims to reach different audiences and cultures.
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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