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Marithé Van der Aa is a young jazz vocalist. She was born in Belgium, but spent most of her childhood in England, where she studied at a school in Brentwood, Essex. In these early years of her life, she was active as a student at the London Academy Of Music and Dramatic Art and as a member of a youth choir. After she had moved back to Belgium, she started taking both singing and music theory lessons at a music academy. After doing that for three years, she decided to start taking private, classical singing and piano lessons as well. At the age of sixteen, she started art school (HKJ in Hasselt), where she studied jazz vocals


Article: Album Review

Sander Baan Quartet: Heartscape

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Unpretentious and unassuming--The Sander Baan Quartet's second album, Heartscape, is everything you might expect from a group of well-seasoned musicians with a clear artistic vision. Their music is simple, nonchalant and free from the fetters of the widespread jazz ego.Featuring both compositions of the bandleader, Dutch saxophonist Sander Baan, and the quartet's bassist, Jonathan ...


Article: Philosophisticated Lady

Jazz & The Wolf

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When a literary critic is analysing one of Hermann Hesse's most influential novels, the discussion of jazz music used as a literary device might not immediately jump to his mind. However, throughout Steppenwolf, a story about a troubled academic who believes to be split between man and wolf, jazz proves to be a crucial motif.


Article: Philosophisticated Lady

Swinging with Sartre: Jazz Is Like Bananas

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“Jazz is like bananas, it must be consumed on the spot." These immortal words were first brought to life by the famous French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in an article that appeared in the Saturday Review, November 29, 1947. The article, titled I Discovered Jazz in America, was written after a visit to jny: New ...


Article: Album Review

Bruno Råberg: Triloka: Music for Strings and Soloists

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The number three has always had a symbolic and spiritual significance in many different religions and cultures--and, in his latest album Triloka (literally translated as 'Three Realms'), Swedish bassist Bruno Råberg pays his own personal homage to the trinity of...well, everything. Inspired by South Indian carnatic music, the album immediately cuts to the chase ...


Article: Album Review

Marc Doffey Quintet: Taking Direction

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Over the course of 17 tracks, the Berlin based Marc Doffey Quintet sets out to create a suite filled with lyrical and dynamic soundscapes... and succeeds. Their debut album, Taking Direction, consists of compositions written by each individual band member and brief, improvised interludes. By including compositions of each member, the Marc Doffey Quintet ...


Article: Philosophisticated Lady

Jazz & Existentialism: Worlds Apart?

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Jazz: a form of musical expression that originated in the United States. Existentialism: a European school of thought that reached its peak in the 1940s. At first thought, we might not associate these two phenomena with one another, yet their correlation throughout history is indisputable. Existentialism in the modern sense of the word, was ...


Article: Album Review

Moon Trio: Moon Trio: Earth-Time

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Graceful melodies and grooves merge together effortlessly on the debut album of this recently formed trio led by Dutch pianist Jeroen Van Vliet. With the help of occasional electronic effects, Van Vliet and his trio create soundscapes of a dreamlike quality that trigger and inspire the imagination.While it is far from uncommon for contemporary ...


Article: Philosophisticated Lady

What would Plato have thought about jazz music?

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"The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato." (Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality, p. 39 [Free Press, 1979]) Have you ever wondered what one of the most celebrated philosophers of Ancient History might have thought about jazz music if he had ...


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B-JAZZ 2017: Help Young Belgian Jazz Musicians Realize Their Dreams

B-JAZZ 2017: Help Young Belgian Jazz Musicians Realize Their Dreams

Although governments in Europe are withdrawing their subsidies for the performing arts and life is getting more and more difficult for performing artists to earn their living, the jazz scene in Europe continues to forge ahead. Music colleges, academies, conservatories and jazz institutes are attracting more young musicians than they can enroll. The number of jazz ...


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