To ze moon (2013)




Eefje de Visser: vocals
Peter Jessen: lapsteel bass
Koen Kaptijn: trombone(s)
Nora Fischer: back-up vocal
Jeroen Kimman: pedal steel guitar, MPC, harmonium

33 1/3 Collective: video (animation)

Anyway, this music was made for a 15 minute pilot that the Rosa Ensemble did on the Dutch Opera Days, in the hopes of raising enough money to make a full on music/theater-show somewhere next year. I think we might have managed that. (note: 'they' did manage it, but since then i dropped out of the project as well as the ensemble for reasons that will remain discretely unmentioned)

The strange premise for this project is/was that it's supposed to somehow be about Joseph Stalin: not terribly easy to come up with a refreshing take on the subject; one seems to agree about the fact he wasn't a very nice man.
Nicely surprising though is that young Joseph used to be a quite prolific poet in his youth.
So the above song is my attempt to turn one of his poems into a -somewhat- catchy tune, which was quite of a puzzle cuz his poetry don't rhyme yo.

here's some more music from this project:

Be full of blossom (2013)



Eefje de Visser: vox
Nora Fischer: vox
Daniel Cross: MPC
Peter Jessen: bassguitar
Jeroen Kimman: pedal steel guitar
33 1/3 Collective: sound effects





A collage of Stalin-poetry this one. Not too unholy an act: again, it's not that old Joseph deserves too much slack, plus, all his rather bland poetry is quite interchangeable in its patriotic floral romantisism.

ok, one more:

Pedalbone (2013)


Koen Kaptijn: trombone
Jeroen Kimman: pedal steel guitar

For this entire project i chose to play the pedal steel guitar, forcing me to learn to play the damn thing just a fraction better, it is a crazymaking instrument, a multi-tasking monster.
But it's fun to try and get some non-country, more abstract sounds out of it. This ditty is a first attempt to a hopefully future project in which i'd like to focus on combining the perks that the pedal steel might have in common with the trombone, or rather, multiple trombones: a fully elastic sustainy gold-brassy microtonal cosmos. Not actually sure this all makes sense...
Gonna lay down my old guitar (Alton and Rabon Delmore) (2013)

Sleep Gunner:

Mark Morse: guitar
Jeroen Kimman: guitar So here i start leaking some of Sleep Gunner's new album 'Plays The Louvin Brothers Songbook Vol. 1'. Recorded in summer 2012, it took us a damn long time to edit it, mix it, master it, eh... finish it. Now different incarnations of the promo-cd are flying around the globe looking for a label to release it. Who knows if it ever will be released properly or if it'll become some mysterious hidden bootleg thingy. Anyway, we're quite proud of the whole album. I'm spilling 2 tracks here... The song here above is a typical guitar-noodle take that we've been playing since quite some time now.
Below is my first serious attempt at playing the pedal steel guitar, which i bought 2 months before recording this song. It is about the greatest instrument i can imagine, if it wasn't for the fact that it's so damn hard to play/understand. There's also a little talk-box-through-pedal-steel going on -a hommage to this superb Pete Drake video which basically destroyed my last defense line to buying the instrument-.
Lastly, this track features the only overdub on the album, which was done by my favorite drummer Morten J. Olsen. It all needed some more flesh...

I love you best of all (Ira and Charlie Louvin) (2013)

Sleep Gunner:

Mark Morse: guitar
Jeroen Kimman: pedal steel guitar, talk box
+ special guest Morten J. Olsen: drums

Landscape of Dutch Folk Music (2012)

Rosa Ensemble:
Koen Kaptijn: trombone
Ainhoa Miranda: clarinets
Peter Jessen: double bass
Jeroen Kimman: guitar, composition


Getting older distinctly feels as getting slower, so i was kind of surprised to realize that 2012 has probably been my most productive year ever in terms of output. Make mental note: nice one.

I composed 6 tunes for Rosa Ensemble's production 'Landscape of Dutch Folk Music (part 2)' last year. (and so did Floris van Bergeijk and Wilbert Bulsink, they made great music for this, alongside images by visual artist Mike Rijnierse)
This project was driven by the observation of being busy with American folk music since years, and liking the raw 'folkness' of making music. But something always nags a bit, since it's not your own 'natural' roots that you're fucking with. Holland seems to lack a strong culture in rural 'uncultivated' music.

So the idea was to create a fake Dutch musical anthology so to say. For good and worse. Variation and good fun being vital.
Well, here's a vision on the Netherlands:


Sourcingsperspectief (2012)


Koen Kaptijn: trombone
Ainhoa Miranda: voice, clarinet
Peter Jessen: double bass
Jeroen Kimman: guitar, vocoder





At a tiny lowpoint i found myself surfing on job-offer sites. Shit gets really creepy there. Copy-pasted lyrics proved inspirational though.




Contra-Elegance (2012)



Koen Kaptijn: trombone
Ainhoa Miranda: clarinet
Peter Jessen: double bass
Jeroen Kimman: guitar



Medieval Dutch dance music that might explain the special kind of physical coordination still visible today.




Oeteldonk (2012)



Koen Kaptijn: trombone
Ainhoa Miranda: clarinet
Peter Jessen: double bass
Jeroen Kimman: guitar

The only track of this set that somehow stayed close to the true spirit of the project: finding your inner folkie.
Since my youth was spent in carnaval country, i still get happy from all kinds of spastic swing. Coming to terms with that here.




Purmerend (2012)



Koen Kaptijn: trombone
Ainhoa Miranda: double bass clarinet
Peter Jessen: double bass
Jeroen Kimman: guitar





The feeling of being woken up in the morning by drilling, screaming, hammering, sanding, whistling, etc, and knowing you're most likely fucked for weeks.
(Also related to Dutch spring and summer.)




Hoezee (2012)



Koen Kaptijn: trombone
Ainhoa Miranda: clarinet
Peter Jessen: double bass
Jeroen Kimman: guitar


Shock und awe: people uniting to be happy about the monarchy.
To be honest, this was largely composed 10 years ago. It's eh.. jazz?





VOC Mentaliteit (2012)




Koen Kaptijn: trombone
Ainhoa Miranda: double bass clarinet
Peter Jessen: double bass
Jeroen Kimman: guitar, fuzzpiano overdub






The VOC from the other perspective: ships appearing on the horizon. A certain sense of doom.
Hibernate (2010)

Brown vs Brown:

Gerri Jaeger: drums
Viljam Nybacka: bass
Dirk Bruinsma: alto sax
Jeroen Kimman: guitar






I had nearly forgotten this tune when it came up in shuffle recently. One of the last things i wrote for this band before we split up, we never seriously recorded it. But i have some swell memories of the last tour we did, playing this and other stuff that will most likely live happily ever after in oblivion-land.
Hearing it back, i tend to miss playing with this wicked rhythm section...

Biking Drunk (2012)

Rosa Ensemble:

Stephanie Pan: vox, cymbal
Esther Mugambi: vox
Daniel Cross: footpump
Peter Jessen: double bass
Wilbert Bulsink: harmonium
Jeroen Kimman: harmonium