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Artvark @ Cairo Jazz Festival 2012

Artvark & Claron McFadden: Aux Anges

The Daily News Egypt: '…They say music knows no boundaries and, we add, jazz knows even fewer. Dutch act Artvark does not simply play, but performs their music. Literally from the first step, this saxophone-only band was different from all others. The band snapped and tapped on stage, turning their movements and sound into a dance. If it can be said for jazz players: they rocked the house… '
Upcoming Events

March

2015

Pilot of Homelands

Homelands is the name of Artvark's new show featuring Dutch / Cameroonian singer songwriter Ntjam Rosie.

The pilot will take place on March 6 in 'De Doelen' in Rotterdam.

ntjamrosie.com

Spring

2015

The best of Artvark 10 years

Check our projects & concerts pages for more info.

Artvark Projects Artvark Concerts

November

2015

Artvark & the great Apollo Saxophone Quartet!

After a first encounter in Capetown, we wanted more!

This spring we will get together to work on a new program, to be presented in Holland and the UK.

Premiere 15th of November at Royal Northern College of Music Saxophone Day, Manchester.

apollosaxophonequartet.com

January

February

2016

Homelands tour with Ntjam Rosie.

Artvark's new show, featuring Dutch/Cameroonian singer songwriter Ntjam Rosie.

ntjamrosie.com

March

April

May

2016

Tour with dance company De Stilte.

destilte.nl

October

November

2016

Poe

After our program 'Sly meets Callas', which we still perform,

we will go on a new trip with our dear friend Lady Claron McFadden.

But this time we are joined by the great Jörg Brinkman on cello.

Poe: a show inspired by the work of Edgar Allen Poe.

Premiere 28th of october at Cello Biennale, Amsterdam.

claronmcfadden.com
Highlights

November 2014: Artvark 10 Years!

November 2014: Artvark 10 Years!

02-11: TivoliVredenburg, featuring actor Kasper Van Kooten Utrecht

05-11: Amsterdam Winds, chamber concert, celebration 200 yr Adolphe Sax, Amsterdam

06-11: Wilminktheater en Muziekcentrum Enschede Artvark plays The Best Of Artvark 10 years, Enschede

07-11: De doelen, concertgebouw Rotterdam Artvark Meets choreographer Sanne vd Put's dance company, Rotterdam

15-11: Jazzpodium DJS Dordrecht Artvark improvising with Lenny Oosterwijk's Film 'Heraclitus', Dordrecht

16-11: The Best of Artvark 10 years. Klooster Mariadal, Roosendaal

20-11: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, SAX14 FESTIVAL Artvark plays 'Bluestories' and Artvark meets Aurelia Saxophone Quartet, Amsterdam

22-11: Bijloke Muziekcentrum, Louis Andriessen 75 years Artvark plays 'Bluestories' and Artvark meets ensemble Asko|Schönberg, Gent, Belgium

28-11: Muziekcentrum De Toonzaal, featuring flamenco guitar player Eric Vaarzon Morel, Den Bosch

Let's Celebrate!!

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark back to school!

Artvark back to school!

Over the past 33 years in the Hague (NL) the festival 'Dag In De Branding' is organised, a festival for Contemporary Music. Artvark was invited to be part of the Branding Ensemble, which played the piece 'DE STIJL' by the famous Dutch composer LOUIS ANDRIESSEN. This piece is inspired by PIET MONDRIAANS paintings 'Composition With Red, Yellow and Blue' and 'Victory Boogie Woogie'. Being part of this ensembe and playing in a for Artvark totally different setting was a pure thrill.

Caroline Bakker, director of the festival: '...I'm truely impressed. We have been fortunate to organize this beautiful festival over the last 33 years and this concert easily enters the top five of all performances during the large history...' Without a doubt a huge compliment.

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark @ North Sea Jazz Festival 2014

Artvark @ North Sea Jazz Festival 2014

Saturday the 12th of July, Artvark played the kick-off concert of day 2 of the North Sea Jazz Festival 2014 in a packed 'Volga' in Ahoy Rotterdam.

David van Lent (NRC):

'...Half way the concert the crowd already shouted loud bravo's after 'Clockwork Blue', a complex composition inspired by the music of Steve Reich. The four Dutch saxophonists complemented each other wonderfully in this piece of minimal music. After that, 'Bank Account Blues' was played, a title that refers to their less fotunate financial situation not so long ago. On a sad rhythm they were howling and whailing desperately with their saxes. They use their horns in many ways, even as percussion instruments in 'Breath In, Breath Out'. Their versitality was rewarded by the audience: a standing ovation in the end...'

Later that evening @ the NSJF Artvark was part of the big band of 'artist-in-residence' bass player, composer and arranger CHRISTIAN McBRIDE, who worked with artists like Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, James Brown and Sting. Together with mister McBrides lead alto player STEVE WILSON, ASQ was the sax section of the band. Another unforgettable experience...

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark & Film: 'Heraclitus' by Lenny Oosterwijk

Artvark & Film: 'Heraclitus' by Lenny Oosterwijk

Every year in the two weeks prior to the North Sea Jazz Festival a festival is held in Rotterdam called 'North Sea Round Town' / 'Noord Zie Jazz'. During this festival all kinds of exciting concerts take place on all kinds of unexpected places. The 29th of June Artvark played live with the film 'HERACLITUS' by photographer and filmmaker LENNY OOSTERWIJK. A very special movie: he filmed the surface of rivers in the south of Holland in all kinds of circumstances and times during the day. The result is enchanting and hallucinatory and the film certainly has an effect on people. A very special project we hope to play more often in the future!

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark in South-Africa!

Artvark in South-Africa!

Artvark played concerts in the JazzCenter in DURBAN, the Miriam Makeba Hall in PRETORIA, Jazzclub The Orbit in JOHANESBURG, Matthews Great Hall in PRETORIA and Hugo Lambechts Concert Hall in CAPE TOWN.

We also did two school concerts for children in the age of 10 to 18 in JOHANNESBURG, as you can see on the picture below. They were singing and dancing to our music in the chapel of their school: a real gospel feel in a Harry Potter-like scenery.

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark @ The Orbit Jazzclub, Johannesburg

Artvark @ The Orbit Jazzclub, Johannesburg

S-A trumpet player Feya Faku and tenor sax player Sidney Mnisi joined us on stage for a jam in Jazzclub The Orbit! Sidney and Feya are both former bandmembers of Abdullah Ibrahim's band. We love the music of Abdullah, we arranged a few of his songs for saxophone quartet, and play at least one of them each concert.

This night we played all of them....the crowd was cheering, we almost felt like pop stars.....music is a powerful thing in S-A!

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark and Apollo @ UNISA

Artvark and Apollo @ UNISA

In South Africa Artvark was also a featured guest of the 2014 National Saxophone Symposium. The University of South Africa, UNISA, is putting a lot of effort to make the education of classical and jazz music accessible to all, regardless background. We really like to thank professor Karen Devroop and Matthew Lombard for their never ending energy and effort to make our trip worthwhile. A lot of kids from townships were able to attend our workshops and concerts because the UNISA provided transport and tickets for them. All students proved to be very hungry to knowledge and eager to play.

A huge bonus of our trip to S-A was us meeting the absolute wonderful APOLLO SAXOPHONE QUARTET, a classical trained quartet from Manchester UK. Many concerts we shared the stage playing double-concerts, so we were able to fully enjoy their music. They sound beautiful and also can swing like crazy: top pro's and very good company! Though from very different backgrounds, we found out that we have a lot in common. In 2015 we will write new music for a brand new combination of the two quartets: ASQ vs. ASQ. Tourdates will follow. This is something we are looking very much forward to!

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark & Claron McFadden

Artvark & Claron McFadden

We just love playing with Claron!

She can sing an aria, and then switch to a raunchy blues right after that.

We played the premiere in 2011 @ the renowned classical music festival: Grachtenfestival Amsterdam. Then followed the JazzClubTour 2012 and the Theatre Tour 2013. Highlights were the Rotterdam Opera Festival, JazzFestival Brugge and the Borusan Arts Centre in Istanbul, Turkey.

This year we played some shows in Belgium, among others the great classical concert hall De Bijloke in Gent, Belgium.

See our projects page for additional info.

Published on October 31, 2014

Polderbeest Trailer

Polderbeest Trailer

Together with renowned dutch actor John Buijsman we played a massive tour of 30 theaters. The show was called POLDERBEEST and was about the Blues. Our interpretation of the blues that is, through the eyes of 5 guys from Holland. The blues, the Beast, living in the Flatlands of Holland, de Polder.

Published on October 31, 2014

Polderbeest tour 2014

Polderbeest tour 2014

05-04: Kunst in de Kamer, Velp

01-04: Schouwburg, Rotterdam

29-03: Paradox, Tilburg

28-03: Theater a/d Slinger, Houten

27-03: De Maaspoort, Venlo

22-03: Castellum, Alphen a/d Rijn

21-03: De Naald, Naaldwijk

20-03: Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch

15-03: Theater Achterom, Hilversum

14-03: Kantine Walhalla, Rotterdam

14-03: Opening C.S., Rotterdam

12-03: Schouwburg, Arnhem

27-02: Wennekerpand, Schiedam

21-02: De Lawei, Drachten

14-02: De Meenthe, Steenwijk

13-02: Odeon Theater, Zwolle

07-02: Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden

05-02: Het Speelhuis, Helmond

03-02: Kleine Komedie, AMsterdam

02-02: City of Wesopa, Weesp

- VARA Radio 2, 'Sara (Kroos) op Zondag'

31-01: Schouwburg, Amstelveen

26-01: ECI Cultuurfabriek, Roermond

24-01: Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht

18-01: Hoff 88, Almelo

16-01: Podium Bloos, Breda

11-01: Schouwburg, Rotterdam (première)

10-01: De Gouvernestraat, Rotterdam (try-out)

05-01: De Bond, Oldenzaal (try-out)

04-01: Bouwkunde, Deventer (try-out)

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark @ popular Dutch TV show Top 2000

Artvark @ popular Dutch TV show Top 2000

The 29th of December 2014 Artvark had a guest appearance on Dutch national TV in the program Top 2000 A Gogo, hosted by Matthijs van Nieuwkerk and Leo Blokhuis. CLICK HERE to watch and scroll to 23min10.

Published on October 31, 2014

CD Release Bluestories @ North Sea Jazz Club

CD Release Bluestories @ North Sea Jazz Club

Sunday afternoon the 17th of November 2013 Artvark played a concert in the NORTH SEA JAZZ CLUB in Amsterdam to celebrate the release of their 5th album, 'Bluestories'. Blood, sweat & tears, heart & soul were put generously into this new baby and we're very proud of the result! It was recorded in our 'home studio' Fattoria Musica in Osnabrück, Germany, with heavy weight sound engineer Tijmen Zinkhaan behind the desk. The sound is beautiful and it is the most versatile album we made so far. The blues is the back bone, in many ways with many faces.

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark & Kees van Kooten

Artvark & Kees van Kooten

Saturdaynight the 9th of November 2013 Artvark played twice @ 'HET LEZERSFEEST' in Rotterdam (NL). This big annual event celebrates Dutch writers and poets and there were a lot of performances, talkshows & interviews etc.

First Artvark performed with the City Poet of Rotterdam DANIËL DEE. Round about midnight the quartet was reunited with Dutch writer and poet KEES VAN KOOTEN.

Jazz & Poetry: a perfect match!

Published on October 31, 2014

Breathe in, Breathe out

Breathe in, Breathe out

A deconstruction of playing the Saxophone: Breath and Keys.

Published on October 31, 2014

Back to Osnabrück

Back to Osnabrück

In August 2013 Artvark spend a couple of days in Germany in their 'home'-studio Fattoria Musica in Osnabrück. Artvark's last 3 CD's also were recorded here: 'busy, busy, busy' (a project with New Niks), 'Truffles' and 'Sly Meets Callas', feat. the incomparable Claron McFadden. In august we recorded new material for a 'solo' Artvark-CD and a CD-EP featuring actor John Buijsman. BLUESTORIES and the ep POLDERBEEST were released in november 2013, and both are all about The Blues.

Please check our WEBSHOP for some soundbites.

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark @ North Sea Round Town

Artvark @ North Sea Round Town

Saturday night the 6th of July 'Sly Meets Callas', feat. Lady Claron McFadden, was played in the Scots International Church. Nice detail: Claron has Schottish roots. There was a review by Tim Sprangers in national newspaper 'DE VOLKSKRANT' about this concert (06-07-'13):

"...Artvark played in a church with a big latin cross in the back: 'Holy Spirit Come Down'. The quartet seems to succeed in this task! As alto saxophonist Bart Wirtz was playing a cooking solo, the audience accompanied him with frantic hand claps, like it is supposed to happen with good gospel. With an elated mood and standing ovations as result...The short first 'blues-to-the-bone' set of Artvark was impressive. Un-amplified they cleverly used the acoustics of the church to blend the sound of the four saxes. The dynamic performance is very nice to watch and gives a pleasant sound sensation. The combination with Claron McFadden gave the audience already a beautiful CD and many memorable concerts. This combination was a special request by the Scots Church: McFadden has Scottish blood...'

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark in Turkey!

Artvark in Turkey!

'SLY MEETS CALLAS' GOES INTERNATIONAL

October the 7th, 'Sly Meets Callas', featuring the phenomenal classical singer Claron McFadden, was played @ Jazz Brugge in Belgium. Quote from the festival site: "...During four days, we present you a fine selection of some 20 European top jazz ensembles from all corners of the Old Continent...". Venue was the St. Jan's Hospital.

December the 7th, this project was played in Istanbul, Turkey, in the Borusan Concert Hall.

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark @ Bohemia Jazz Festival

Artvark @ Bohemia Jazz Festival

'Just reminiscing a bit: in the summer of 2012 Artvark played in the Czech Republic @ the Bohemia Jazz Festival in Prague, Plzen and Domazlice.

In Prague, the quartet played the main stage at the big square in the Old Town for a crowd of nearly 5000 people!

Also in the other cities, people came in big numbers to listen to our music.

The line-up of the festival also featured a.o. Richard Bona/Mike Stern, Dave Holland/Kevin Eubanks, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater and many others: we had a blast!

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark @ Bray Jazz Festival Ireland

Artvark @ Bray Jazz Festival Ireland

Sunday the 1st of May '11, Artvark played at the Bray Jazz Festival in Ireland, 'one of the best small jazz festivals in Europe' (All About Jazz).

We played in Bray Town Hall, an old monumental building in this seaside town close to Dublin. We played an hour and a half and still it wasn't enough for the audience.

The line-up of this 3-days festival also featured among others Hamilton de Holanda and André Mehmari. This duo from Brasil played the most amazing concert we saw the last couple of years.

Many thanks to Dorothy and George Jacob who make this beautiful high-quality festival happen. Their personal touch and friendliness made it very special to us.

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark in 'Messing Orchestra' Efterklang

Artvark in 'Messing Orchestra' Efterklang

In Feb '11 Artvark was a part of 'The Messing Orchestra', a huge project of the Danish pop/rock group EFTERKLANG. They played the Cross-Linx Festival in halls like Vredenburg UTRECHT (NL) and Maaspoort GRONINGEN (NL).

The icelandic arranger Daníel Bjarnason wrote the charts for the in total 9 horns. For us a trip to play, kind of minimal music.

Later that year in July, this project played @ the STEVE REICH FESTIVAL in Cork, IRELAND.

This festival was held to honor the master composer Reich -who was actually there- to celebrate his 75th birthday. Artvark also played its own music as a quartet on the main stage.

The line-up of the festival featured a.o. Kronos String Quartet.

Published on October 31, 2014

Artvark with Peter Erskine!

Artvark with Peter Erskine!

The 6th of March '09 Artvark had a wonderful project, invited by the classical percussion group Anumadutchi.

At the opening of the 'Haagse Muziekdriedaagse' 4 Seasons in One Day by Martin Fondse was played.

Artvark was teamed up to PETER ERSKINE (USA - Weather Report / Steps Ahead) and DOUDOU n'DIAYE ROSE (Senegal - Miles Davis / Rolling Stones).

Published on October 31, 2014