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