*Status update* Both performances of Schumann Street due to go ahead as planned today. (Last updated: 12:30)
Schumann Street is an ambitious staging and (re)interpretation of Schumann’s iconic song cycle: Dichterliebe. Set across the stunning Huguenot Houses of Spitalfields, each of the 16 songs in Schumann’s cycle will be performed by a different artist drawn from a wide range of stylistic backgrounds including Bengali folk, rap, classical, soul and jazz.
Create your own path through this immersive song-cycle installation and experience intimate pe
Performances close-up. This is house music in its original form.
Schumann Street meeting points…
The Crypt, Christ Church, Commercial Street, Spitalfields E1 6LY
Please arrive at your meeting point no later than 4.40pm.
The Crypt, Christ Church, Commercial Street, Spitalfields E1 6LY
Please arrive at your meeting point no later than 7.10pm.
Bishops Square Canopy, Spitalfields, E1 6AA
Please arrive at your meeting point no later than 4.40pm.
Bishops Square Canopy, Spitalfields, E1 6AA
Please arrive at your meeting point no later than 7.10pm.
Sam Amidon | Bryan Benner | Sam Beste | Liam Byrne | Uri Caine | Mara Carlyle | Rahel Debebe-Desselegne | Anne Denholm | Abimaro | Lisa Hannigan | Topi Lehtipuu | Katherine Manley | Phil Minton | James McVinnie | Robert Murray | Ben Nelson | Alex Reeve | Shapla Salique | Saied Silbak | Aart Strootman | Heloise Werner | Apollo 47 and more…
This project has been made possible by the generous support of our Keyholders Circle, Cockayne Grants for the Arts and Landmark Trust.
Approx. Running Time: 90mins
Image Credit: Brian Sweeney
We are unable to provide wheelchair access to this event.
With over 10 years of experience and many featured record releases, Rahel is a well-established artist. Having studied at the BRIT School and University of Westminster, she has since performed internationally in prestigious venues. Rahel spent her formative years writing and recording with UK producer Eric Lau and touring worldwide with composer and producer Nitin Sawhney. Rahel is currently collaborating with avant-garde electronic artist Matthew Herbert, and working on Hejira’s second album.
Sam Beste is a musician, composer and producer from London. His work as a pianist has taken him around the globe performing in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals with artists including Kano, Amy Winehouse and Matthew Herbert. Since 2010, Beste’s time has been devoted to his band Hejira, with whom he collectively composes, arranges, produces and performs. Beste has also been working in a production capacity with Tawiah on her debut album and recent EP.
Alex Reeve is a guitarist, composer and producer. As a core member of the group Hejira he has released several critically acclaimed records, founded a label, and co-composed music for a broad range of projects including Nick Luscombe’s Musicity project and Notes to the New Government curated by Matthew Herbert. As a musician, Alex has contributed to many studio projects and performed all over the world with artists including Floating Points, Matthew Herbert, Mpho and Eric Lau.
Caine has received commissions to compose music for the American Composers Orchestra, The Arditti Quartet, The Vienna Volksoper, Concerto Koln, The Basel Chamber Orchestra and The Beaux Arts Trio among others. His most recent orchestra composition “Sunburst” was performed in June 2016 at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily. Other recent compositions include Jagged Edges,a piano quintet written for The Afiara String Quartet ,The Passion of Octavius Catto composed for the Philadelphia Orchestra and gospel choir celebrating the life of murdered civil rights leader Octavius Catto,and Hamsa composed for the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.From 2006-2009 he was the Composer in Residence for The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has performed his version of The Diabelli Variations with orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, The Swedish Chamber Orchestra and The Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Caine was the Director of The Venice Biennale in 2003.
During the past several years Caine has worked in groups led by Don Byron, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, Terry Gibbs and Buddy DeFranco, Sam Rivers, Barry Altschul, The Woody Herman band and the Master Musicians of Jajouka . He has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Pew Foundation and The USA Artist Fellowships. He has performed at many festivals including the North Sea Jazz festival,the Monterey Jazz festival,the Montreal Jazz festival and the Newport Jazz festival as well as classical festivals like the Salzburg festival,the Munich Opera, Holland Festival, IRCAM and Great Performers at Lincoln Center. He lives in New York City with his wife Jan.
Organist James McVinnie’s boundless approach to music has lead him to collaborations with some of the world’s leading composers, producers and performers. Nico Muhly, Tom Jenkinson/Squarepusher, artist Martin Creed, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, Shara Nova, David Lang and Bryce Dessner (amongst many others) have written works for him.
James McVinnie was Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey between 2008 and 2011, where he played for regular services and directed the Abbey’s world-famous choir. He also played at many state occasions and special services of national importance, including the 2011 Royal Wedding. Prior to this appointment, he held similar positions at St Paul’s Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral, and Clare College, Cambridge. His teachers were Sarah Baldock, Thomas Trotter and Hans Fagius. He made his debut at London’s Royal Festival Hall in March 2014, giving one of the six reopening recitals on the refurbished iconic 1954 Harrison & Harrison organ. He made his solo debut in the Salzburg Festival at age 26 performing with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under Ivor Bolton.
James McVinnie is a member of Icelandic record label Bedroom Community. ‘Cycles’, his debut release of music written for him by Nico Muhly was released on this label in 2013 to widespread critical acclaim. Recent highlights have included a solo recital at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles and a subsequent concerto debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa Pekka Salonen in the LA Phil’s Reykjavík Festival. He also led the first performance of ‘Music in 12 Parts’ by Philip Glass by anyone other than the composer’s own Ensemble at London’s Barbican Centre. His collaboration with Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher) will be presented at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam by the Holland Festival June 2017. Future projects include commissioning project with the CRASH ensemble, a solo marathon recital of music by Philip Glass at the Paris Philharmonie, a collaboration with the electronic music duo Darkstar, a new concerto by Nico Muhly with the LA Philharmonic in their 2017/18 season as well as a return to Glyndebourne in 2018 to perform on-stage concertos in Barrie Kosky’s spectacular production of Handel’s ‘Saul’.
Topi Lehtipuu enjoys a reputation as one of Finland’s most highly individual artists. In addition to a career as a tenor of international renown, Topi is Director of the Helsinki Festival, a position he took up in October 2015. This wide-ranging and innovative multi-arts festival is the largest in Finland and is a major event in Finland’s cultural year. Topi was artistic director of Turku Music Festival from 2010 to 2015, as well as of Joroinen Music Days, a chamber music festival in eastern Finland. As a singer, Topi has appeared in concert halls and opera houses throughout the world. An extremely versatile artist and a highly skilled stage performer, he is renowned equally for repertoire ranging from early music, through Bach, Mozart and classical composers, to contemporary creations. He enjoys close working relationships with directors and conductors alike – conductors include Ivor Bolton, Emmanuelle Haïm, René Jacobs, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Riccardo Muti, Christophe Rousset, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daniel Harding, whilst he collaborates with directors including David Alden, Claus Guth, Nicholas Hytner, Yannis Kokkos, Barrie Kosky, Christof Loy, Laurent Pelly and Peter Sellars.
French-born soprano Héloïse Werner was of the four shortlisted nominees in the Young Artist category of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2017. Recently described by The Stage as “a rising figure on the contemporary music scene” and by The CUSP Magazine as “one of the most exciting young sopranos emerging in the industry”, Héloïse is soprano & co-director for award-winning contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment, winners of the Tunnell Trust Awards and Park Lane Group Young Artists. In 2016, she starred in Jonathan Woolgar’s acclaimed one-woman opera Scenes from the End at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre, following on from successful runs at the Camden and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Héloïse is also a keen cellist, composer and improviser. She was recently awarded a Snape Maltings residency to develop her new solo show, a one-woman opera about language, memory and identity, which she is writing with writer Octavia Bright and filmmaker Jessie Rodger.
As a soloist, she has performed at London’s leading music venues including Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square, Wilton’s Music Hall, LSO St Luke’s, The Forge, Blackheath Halls and Union Chapel, and been broadcast on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Resonance FM and London Live. She also appeared at the 2016 BBC Proms as one of the two singers performing in Steve Reich’s Music for large ensemble with the Multi-Story Orchestra in Peckham’s car park.
Héloïse read music at Clare College, Cambridge, where she was also a choral scholar. She is currently completing her vocal studies with Alison Wells on the MMus course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on a scholarship. She is also a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award holder.
East London raised singer-song writer, Shapla Salique is known for her incredibly powerful voice and edgy acoustic Bengali folk music with jazz and funk influences.
Shapla is one of Britain’s most successful British-Bangladeshi artists. Her soulful sound has captivated audiences worldwide, from London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Houses of Parliament to Canada and Italy.
Shapla’s dynamic spiritual melodies and soaring vocals are gaining her recognition on the world music scene. Most recently she has been featured in Songlines magazine and has received a great review for her new album ‘No Boundaries’.
Her style is deeply rooted in the Bengali folk Baul tradition which she carries forward and experiments using western instruments. She performs with her jazz band across the UK and abroad.
Shapla has been singing and performing since she was a little girl. From playing at East London local schools, community centres and festivals, to leading vocalist at the Royal Albert Hall and making appearances on various mainstream TV shows.
Shapla has performed at venues including, Hammersmith Apollo, Royal Ascot, the Barbican, BBC Radio (94.9fm), Houses of Parliament, Hackney Empire, Vortex, and at London’s South Bank. She has also held solo concerts at the prestigious Wilton’s Music Hall. Shapla’s touring has included gigs in Canada and Italy. In 2014 Shapla was invited to speak and perform at a TEDX event in front of a celebrity filled audience at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall in Westminster. This was also streamed globally and watched by over a billion people. She is in the top 100 most inspirational figures as listed by British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration and Who’s Who magazine.
Shapla’s new album ‘No Boundaries’ was released in April 2016. ‘No Boundaries’, brings Shapla’s unique style to Bengali folk songs which are over 200 years old. She pushes boundaries with her broad musical taste and talent. She has arranged, composed and produced the album herself and describes it as “a perfect blend of East and West”
Saied Silbak is a Palestinian Oud player and composer born in Shafaa`mr, a city located in the lower Galilee of occupied Palestine. His music has been performed around the world at festivals and concert series in Palestine, the UK, Belgium, France and Argentina.
Silbak has received a Master`s Degree in music from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He composes music for solo Oud as well as traditional Arabic and various contemporary ensembles. In recent years he has worked with many artists on interdisciplinary projects and has been involved in educational and community works developing a politically and socially engaged practice.
Robert Murray studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Operatic roles include: Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Agenore Il re pastore, Belfiore La finta giardiniera, Jacquino Fidelio and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the title role in Albert Herring for Glyndebourne Touring Opera; Offenbach’s Vert-Vert, Piquillo La Périchole, Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress and Jupiter Semele for Garsington Opera; Ferrando Così fan tutte for Opera North; Male Chorus Rape of Lucretia for Den Norske Oper and Opéra de Nantes; The Simpleton Boris Godunov, Tamino, Toni Reischmann Henze’s Elegy For
Young Lovers, Idamante Idomeneo, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Steuermann Der Fliegende Hollaender and Frederic in
Pirates of Penzance for English National Opera; Gérald Lakmé for Opera Holland Park; Benvolio Romeo et Juliette at the Salzburg Festival; the title role in Jephtha for Welsh National Opera and the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston; Earl of Essex in Britten’s Gloriana in his debut at the Staatsoper Hamburg and Bob Boles Peter Grimes in Aldeburgh, as part of their Britten centenary celebrations.
Concert performances include Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Sir John Eliot Gardiner for the BBC Proms, Mozart’s Mass in C
Minor with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras and with Le Concert D’Astrée under
Emmanuelle Haïm, the Evangelist in Bach’s Johannes-Passion for the London Handel Festival, Damon Acis and Galatea,
Berlioz’s Grand Messe des Morts, Handel’s Saul , Haydn’s Creation (at the Gstaad Festival) and Mendelssohn’s Elijah (BBC
Proms) with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, and Mozart Requiem at London’s Barbican Mostly Mozart Festival with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. At the Aldeburgh Festival, he has performed Britten’s War Requiem with Simone Young, and Britten’s Our Hunting Fathers with the CBSO under Thomas Adès. At the Edinburgh Festival, he has performed in Strauss’s Elektra with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Edward Gardner, Haydn’s Die sieben letzten Worte des
Erlösers am Kreuze with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Delius’ Mass of Life with Sir Andrew Davis and Purcell’s King
Arthur with The Sixteen and Harry Christophers. Other concert work includes Tristan und Isolde under Valery Gergiev and Bach’s St Matthew Passion under Yannick Nezet-Seguin, both with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, semi-staged performances of Berg’s Wozzeck in London and Paris with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esk-Pekka Salonen, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Orchestre National de Lyon under Paul McCreesh, and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Edward Gardner conducting the CBSO.
In recital, he has performed at the Newbury, Two Moors, Brighton and Aldeburgh festivals, and at London’s Wigmore Hall.
In recording, he appears on Malcolm Martineau’s Complete Poulenc Songs series for Signum, excerpts from Britten’s
Gloriana with Ed Gardner for Chandos, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts with the Gabrieli
Consort & Players, Giacomo Carissimi’s Jephte with La Nuova Musica and David Bates, and Stanford’s Stabat Mater with The Bach Choir conducted by David Hill. Robert regularly collaborates with Bjarte Eike and Barroksolistene in performances of Die schöne Müllerin and The Alehouse Sessions. He also works with the unconducted orchestra Spira Mirabilis, in performances of Britten’s Nocturne (Aldeburgh Festival) and Così fan tutte (Formigine).
Recent highlights include a tour of Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music, Creation with the Simon Bolivar
Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and with the LSO under Edward Gardner, and Bob Boles Peter Grimes at the Edinburgh Festival. This season he sings Tom Rakewell at the Wilton’s Music Hall with Laurence Cummings conducting, returns to ENO as Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and performs in a staging of the St John Passion by Calixto Bieito in Bilbao; in concert he appears with the Boston Philharmonic (Benjamin Zander), Gabrieli Consort (Paul McCreesh) and Handel & Haydn Society (Harry Christophers).
Phil Minton was born in Torquay in the south west of England in 1940. He played trumpet and sang with the Mike Westbrook Band in the early 60s- Then in dance and rock bands in Europe for the later part of the decade. He returned to England in 1971, rejoining Westbrook and was involved in many of his projects until the mid 1980′s.
For most of the last forty years, Phil has been working as a improvising singer in groups, orchestras and situations, in various locations worldwide. Some composers have written pieces that especially employ his extended vocal techniques and improvisations. He has a quartet with Veryan Weston, Roger Turner and John Butcher and ongoing duos with all the above.
Phil also sings with many other musicians including Audrey Chen, with whom, in the last ten years, have performed again worldwide. And recently, after a long break, he’s been involved in several of American composer Bob Ostertag’s projects.
Since the eighties, his Feral Choir, where he voice-conducts workshops and concerts for Anyone Who Wants to Sing, has performed in over twenty countries
Mara Carlyle is one of the UK’s most original and exciting singer-songwriters to emerge in recent times. Her unique sound melds an eclectic range of musical influences that include choral music, folk, jazz, hip hop, electronica & R&B. Mara’s innovative approach to songwriting once saw her dubbed ‘’the Missy Elliot of the classical world’ but aside from her own compositions, she is known for her inventive reworking of songs from every genre. Following the critical acclaim of her first two solo records (‘The Lovely’ and ‘Floreat’) she is currently finishing her third, and hoping not to buck the trend. Besides creating and performing her own music, Mara has worked as a musical director/arranger for artists as diverse as MF DOOM, James Lavelle, JUSTICE, Emiliana Torrini and the London Contemporary Orchestra. She is also sometimes to be found broadcasting on the radio, or DJing (whilst eating chips) at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch.
Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan’s critically acclaimed new album, ‘At Swim‘ , is available now through Play It Again Sam. Produced by Aaron Dessner her third, and arguably most bewitching record, follows the double-platinum, Choice Music Prize and Mercury-nominated debut ‘Sea Sew’, and 2011’s ‘Passenger’ (which charted at number 1 in Ireland, and earned Lisa another Choice Music Prize nomination).
Soprano Katherine Manley studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, Glasgow and the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, London.
In the current 2017 season Katherine features in Michel van der Aa’s latest one-woman-opera, BlankOut which she has performed at the Beijing Music Festival and Musica Nova Helsinki, for Finnish National Opera. Other recent world premiers include the role of Wife in The Last Hotel by Donnacha Dennehy (music) and Enda Walsh (text) at the Edinburgh Festival, London Covent Garden and New York St Ann’s Warehouse. Katherine also performed Dennehy’s revised score of The Hunger in BAM, New York, the Kennedy Center Washington DC, and for St Louis Opera, with contemporary ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Katherine revisits the role of Zenna Briggs in Van der Aa’s Sunken Garden which she created at English National Opera 2013, at both the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Essen Philharmonie.
In addition to her growing reputation in the contemporary operatic repertoire, Katherine is already established as an outstanding performer of baroque music. She played Creuse in David McVicar’s production of Charpentier’s Medée, ENO, A number of Monteverdi roles include the title role in Poppea, conducted by Christian Curnyn, Messaggera/Proserpina in Orfeo with Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican Centre London, The Return of Ulysses (the Young Vic) for English National Opera. Katherine has sung Venus, Venus & Adonis with director Netia Jones, & Belinda in After Dido, a joint venture by ENO/The Young Vic directed by Katie Mitchell, She made her US stage debut as Oriana in Handel’s Amadigi for Central City Opera, Colorado. Other operatic roles include Lucia, The Rape of Lucretia for Angers/Nantes Opera & Sandman/Dew Fairy Hänsel und Gretel for Opera North.
Over the past seasons Katherine has been a popular guest artist at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, featuring in the leading roles of Eliza Doolittle, in Robert Carson’sMy Fair Lady, & Maria in The Sound of Music, proving equally at home in high profile musical theatre productions she also sung Maria for Central City Opera & Julie in Carousel for Opera North at the Barbican Theatre,
Her concert engagements include Judith Weir’s Natural History for Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Max Richter’s Memoryhouse, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, Edinburgh International Festival singing The Indian Queen with The Sixteen. Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with Capriccio Barockorchester, Saul with Daniel Reuss, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 at The Sage, Northern Sinfonia. La Statue in Rameau’s Pigmalion with the OAE. Bach’s Matthew and John Passions, Bach Cantatas with Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra & Britten Sinfonia, and Christmas Oratorios throughout Europe. She has sung Jephtha with The King’s Consort, Switzerland, Israel in Egypt on tour with Musik Podium Stuttgart. The Fairy Queen with McCreesh & Gabrieli Consort & Players, & La descente d’Orphée at the Wigmore Hall. Recording’s made include Handel’s Il Pastor Fido with Harmonia Mundi, LNM, and Joshua with the London Handel Festival, Laurence Cummings.
Katherine recently sung with Deutsche Oper in Graham Vick’s new production of Britten’s Death in Venice and the German premier of BlankOut at KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen. Future engagements take in the Philharmonie de Paris- Berio Folk Songs, a newly commissioned song cycle by Emily Hall, libretto by Enda Walsh, written for Katherine and Crash Ensemble SFSH, the US premier of Sunken Garden with Dallas Opera, and Pamina in the Magic Flute, also USA 2018.
American born baritone Bryan Benner began pursuing a career in music at the ripe old age of 14 when he left his home in Orlando, Florida to study voice and guitar in the mountains of southern California at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Since then, Bryan’s studies in classical singing have brought him to Scotland (The Royal Scottish Conservatory, Glasgow), Italy (Rossini Conservatory, Pesaro) and Austria (Konservatorium Privatuniversität, Wien) while his love of folk music and street performing have brought him from Paris to Turkey and even as far as Japan.
As an opera singer Bryan has worked primarily as a Mozart singer and has sung all of the leading baritone roles of that repertoire. Also a very active concert and Lied singer, he is often to be heard in Austria, Germany and Great Britain as a soloist. Bryan currently resides in Vienna where he is the proud host and founder of the Late-Night Liederabend with Bryan Benner, a monthly concert series which regularly features many of the city’s most exciting performers.
Currently, Bryan is perhaps best known as the lead singer and guitarist of “The Erlkings”, a new Schubert ensemble that performs Bryan’s own English translations and arrangements of Schubert Lieder. However, he is also a proud founding member of the Vienna based volkslieder trio “Die Wandervögel” and is often to be heard performing his own compositions with “Bryan Benner and the Pool Boys”. Needless to say, Bryan is a passionate and highly motivated musician. He even occasionally finds time to sleep and tries to eat at least once a day.
Anne Denholm is one of Britain’s leading young harpists, and is Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales. She received her Master’s from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London with distinction, where her teacher was Karen Vaughan. Anne graduated with a Regency Award for notable achievement and as the first ever harpist to win the historic RAM Club Prize. Before this she studied at Newnham College, Cambridge University.
She has won numerous prizes in local, national and international competitions, including second place in the Wales International Harp Festival 2014 and reaching the string category finals of the BBC Young Musician in 2010. Anne gives regular solo and chamber recitals across the U.K.
Anne is increasingly in demand as an interpreter and performer of new music; she has been recording and premiering new works for solo harp since 2006, and in 2013-14 worked with Sally Beamish on a video project of her work, ‘Awuya’. She is a founding member of contemporary experimental quartet, The Hermes Experiment (UK Young Artists 2014, Park Lane Group Artists 2015-16, Tunnell Trust Award Holders 2017-18), and also greatly enjoys working with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Anne freelances with orchestras across England, most recently working with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. She is also Principal Harpist with Ensemble Cymru, a group championing chamber music throughout Wales. Anne enjoys working with choirs; collaborators have included Trinity Boys Choir, The Temple Church Choir, Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir and The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge.
Community and educational contexts are also very important to Anne, and she is currently enjoying working as a harpist for Live Music Now.
Abimaro is a singer song-writer from London. She released her debut solo EP ‘Something Prettier Than Before’ in July, and saw the lead single ‘Fever’ featured on Dazed’s playlist. Having previously lent her vocals to bands such as Zero 7, Cinematic Orchestra and The Free, Abimaro is also a music leader and works with organisations such as Spitalfields music, The Roundhouse & The Southbank Centre. She is inspired by life, faith and stories.
Pioneering guitarist Aart Strootman (1987) throws a solid knock on the door of the music business of our times. His intellect and frank, fresh view on musical genres and styles justify a most prominent position in the music scene. He studied in Tilburg with Hein Sanderink, obtaining his Bachelor’s in Music cum laude in 2008. Subsequent studies with Marlon Titre, Elliott Fisk and Scott Tennant resulted in a cum laude Master’s in Music with the highest grade (10/10) at Conservatory Fontys & Zuyd in 2010. At the same institute he graduated with a Master’s in Music Theory and at the University of Utrecht he obtained a MA in Musicology.
After receiving several grands an awards as a talented performer, Strootman began organically developing in further as a composer as well. In 2014 Aart was granted “Nieuwe maker” by the Dutch Fund of Performing Arts. With this support he followed masterclasses composition with Nik Bärtsch in Zürich.
As a guitarist Aart played solo from Amsterdam to Moskow and from Helsinki to Wellington, mostly on self build instruments. The development of new repertoire via new instruments is the topic of the PhD research he currently conducts via the Orpheus Institute and the University of Leiden. He played solo with the New York Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Danish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Symfonia, MDR Sinfonieorchester and many other orchestra’s.
As a composer Aart wrote music for numerous theatre plays. Also he wrote music for F.C. Jongbloed, DissonArt Ensemble, Storioni Trio, Stargaze, Nora Fischer, TEMKO, Ramon Lormans, Jacqueline Hamelink, Kluster5, Slagwerk Den Haag, Vincent van Amsterdam, Bang on a Can, and many others.