Posts tagged ‘music’

September 1, 2015

Upcoming events at Home Of Art in Amsterdam

SEPT 16 Eadon @Home Of Art

He passed by Home Of Art and joined a spontaneous jamsession once, now he will be back and have his own concert!Eadon is a Dutch singer-songwriter from Haarlem, who studies at the Conservatory of Utrecht. In 2014 he formed a band around himself and now he entirely focuses on his own music. Preparations for the debut single are currently in full swing. Inspired by Michael Jackson, Esperanza Spalding and John Legend, he writes groovy, swinging, but always narrative songs.


SEPT 04 Opening party expo Mariana Oliveira & Jasmine Karimova

Mariana Oliveira + Jasmine Karimova by Stefania Ballero

Mariana Oliveira + Jasmine Karimova by Stefania Ballero











About Mariana:
“The medium of printmaking enables me to explore the textures and shapes of found objects and transfer them directly into paper. Using rust to represent the process of decay, each piece evolves through disintegration, acting as an antidote to the materialism of modern industrial life.”


Mariana Oliveira Home Of Art

Mariana Oliveira Home Of Art

About Jasmine:
“Jasmine is a 17 year old artist and singer-songwriter (composing and accompanying herself on the piano) based in Amsterdam. As an artist, she works primarily with oil paints; texture, form and colour playing very important roles in her work. In both her music and her art, she draws inspiration from herself and the environment around her – working primarily with themes related to the human condition (thus the many portraits and of usage human anatomy in her art)”


Jasmine Karimova Home Of Art

Jasmine Karimova Home Of Art


Home Of Art is an Art Gallery in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Van Baerlestraat 39H (Museum District).
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August 30, 2015

An overview of past cultural events at Home Of Art

  • AUG 28 Adamastor @Home Of Art
    An acoustic Portuguese/gypsy/ bluegrass/punk band with a touch of saudade!
    Adamastor plays up-tempo Portuguese Gipsy punk that won’t let anybody stand still! Based in Amsterdam, we express our love for music from our home countries; Portugal, Spain, Hungary and The Netherlands. Adamastor is a Mythical Monster. He lives in the sea. His roar is our sound, the storm is our soul!
    Members: Joao Costa João Santiago Angél Martinez Reka Bakker Julius Kleipool
  • AUG 21 Jazz @Home Of Art -Santeri Sulkunen & Michael Stratz
    Santeri Sulkunen is a Finnish guitarist, composer and producer. recorded and edited by Paul Smith: :
  • JUL 24 Start your WKND@Home Of Art -Accoustic violin session with Katarzyna & Sara
    Katarzyna Składanek is a 25 years old Polish violonist. She has just finished her Masters Degree at the Musical Academy in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She participated in many international music workshops and competitions, and also co-operated with many orchestras and chamber groups with whom she performed in Germany, Spain, North Korea and Italy. Now she is about to start a job in the Philharmonic Orchestra in Olsztyn, Poland.
    Sara Kalinowska is a 23 years old violinist born in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She finished her Bachelor’s Degree at the Academy of Music in Gdansk, Poland and then continued studying at the Conservatorium in Utrecht. She participated in many orchestral workshops and projects around Europe. This summer she is going to play with the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest during the Summer Academy.
  • JUL 10 The WooHoo Revue @Home Of Art
    The group all are amazingly talented musicians, and the Woohoo sound is a frenzied blur of Balkan, gypsy, swing and jazz.
  • JUL 05 Jarrod’s jam @Home Of Art
    Jarrod Brereton is a fabulous saxophone player from Australia.
  • JUL 05 Foundation Klawer Fundraiser with Pistoleros de la Paz & Klaver Trio @ Home of Art
    Stichting Klawer (Foundation Klawer) organised this benefit at Home of Art in cooperation with Didge Mama Lies and special guests Los Pistoleros de la Paz in order to collect money to support children in the South African village Klawer. ‘Klaver Trio’ performed this day for the first time in this formation. Klaver Trio is: cello player Lucas Stam, Drummer/Percussionista Clara de Mik (plays for ‘Slagerij van Kampen’) & Lies Beijerinck on the Didgeridoo(s). Klawer Foundation is committed to underprivileged children in the Western Cape of South Africa. Self-esteem through Music, Dance and Art is their motto !
    Lies Beijerinck, a.k.a. ‘Didge-mother of Holland’, has played the didgeridoo since 1993. Although classically trained in harp and cello, Lies developed her own style busking on the streets, and was soon discovered by the Amsterdam dance scene, subsequently playing with DJ Tiësto in front of 25,000 people. Lies is known for her powerful percussive style and clear harmonics, and is one of the finest exponents of the didgeridoo in the world.
    Pistoleros de la Paz; A couple of friends with some experience in the underground musicworld but with very different musical roots (rock, techno, classical, salsa, flamenco) decided to celebrate their musical and cultural differences taking part in a festival. After this wonderful experience Pistoleros de la Paz went on to continue spreading a message of tolerance and unity full of positive energy by playing a.o. Rumba, Latin and Pop music. Members: Marcel Capell (ES/NL) – Vocals / Guitar Ruben Montes (ES) – Percussion Erol Ileri (ES) – Keyboard Fabian Izurieta (VE) – Bass / Vocals Dionisio Rosales (EC) -Tumbadoras / Bongos
  • JUN 27 Journey of a Clandestine Instrument + Darwin Medina + Abraham Sarache on Cuatro @ Home Of Art, Organised by TuCuatro
    Descendents of the Guitarra Renacentista or Renaissance Guitar can be encountered far & wide, from the islands of Hawaii in the form of the Ukulele to the Charrangos of the altiplanos in Peru & Bolivia. As a son of the Renaissance Guitar brought to the lowlands of Colombia & Venezuela in 1498, the Cuatro is an instrument which has undertaken an evolutionary journey only recently to have started as of the end of the 90’s. After this concert one of our most amazing spontaneous jam sessions took place; Here’s Home Of Art’s friend soprano Vanja Schoch with cuatroplayers Darwin Medina on Cuatro and Abraham Sarache on piano: Medina:
    Abraham Sarache:
    Vanja Schoch:
  • JUN 18 Pit Hermans on Cimbalom @Home Of Art
    Cimbalom player Pit Hermans will perform Greek, Balkan and Oriental melodies and impro’s. She will also sing in the language of her past life, and explain about that. With several guest musicians (saz etc).
  • JUN 02 Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra@Home Of Art AGAIN
    An impression (taped with mobile phones, sorry for the quality!)
  • JUN 01 Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra @ Home Of Art
    Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra (BGKO) has been thrilling audiences all over Europe with their soulful, vibrant show of traditional and popular Balkan, Gipsy and Jewish music from Eastern Europe. BGKO has also been inspired by Barcelona’s eclectic music scene, from Latin-American melodies, traditional Catalan and Middle Eastern music to electrifying Jazz and Rockabilly. BGKO is an international ensemble based in Barcelona, well-known for exploring musical roots, creating and performing with outstanding personality.
    BGKO is:
    Robindro Nikolic- Clarinet, Serbia/India
    Mattia Schirosa- Accordeon, Italy
    Julien Chanal- Guitar, France
    Ivan Kovacevic- Double Bass, Serbia
    Stelios Togias- Percussion, Greece
    Sandra Sangiao- Voice, Catalunya
    The videoclip of this concert will be online soon!
  • MAY 24 Katapulta & friends @ Home Of Art
    Katapulta is an energetic folk band that delights its audience with South-Italian music. Tarantellas, hysterical women, forbidden love. Dancing Mandolines..
    Sheba: Voice and Guitar;
    Federico: Voice, Guitar, Tamburine;
    Antonio: Accordion;
    Renske: Violin;
    Catrien: Flute.
  • MAY 21 Bec Sandridge @ Home Of Art
    Inspired by adventure and loss, Bec Sandridge’s newly anticipated EP, WILD HEART, paints six tales decorated in nostalgia and wonder. As listeners we are guided throughout the streets of Los Angeles, New York and London by haunting yet sweet and catchy vocal melodies, majestic trumpet lines and shuffling drums and piano.Working with producers Mark Myers (The Middle East) and Tony Dupe (Holly Throsby), WILD HEART is a more mature and sure Bec Sandridge sound; we are welcomed in to listen to a secret. Though from the small sea-side town of Stanwell Park, NSW, at twenty-two, Sandridge has shared the stage with acts as varied as Half Moon Run, Husky, Passenger, Diesel, Rachel Sermanni, Andy Bull, Owl Eyes, Stu Larsen and Adalita (Magic Dirt) throughout the UK, US and Australia.
  • MAY 10 Sofar Sounds & Massive Talent Secret gigs (3) @ Home Of Art
    Sofar Sounds = Intimate secret gigs in 100+ cities all over the world.
    1. Secret Rendezvous
    Members: Sietske Morsch , Remi Lauw, Joel Dieleman, Ricardo Lekatompessy, Yori Olijslagers play: Future Electronic Soul.
    2. Postcards from Mars
    Singer Singwriter music with roots in Pop, Indie Rock & Folk, based around Bart van Dalen
    3. The Wanderer
    Members: Danny La Haye (bas), Damian Corlazzoli (guitar), Victor Driest (keys), Marien Okkerse (cello), Bartho Staalman (drums), Nikos Frangiskatos (voice and guitar).
  • APR 27 Home Of Art Kingsday with Circus Hoppa
    Koningsdag (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkoːnɪŋsˌdɑx] ( listen)) or King’s Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 27 April (26 April if the 27th is a Sunday), the date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander.
    Circus Hoppa is a DJ collective/ musical circus that plays a.o. Balkan Beats/ Gipsy/ Swing/ Folk/ Reggae/ Rock/ Dance & Electronica.
  • APR 12 Home Of Art presents: Cousin Daddy
    Cousin Daddy plays “a bunch o’ Bluegrass with a bit o’ Pop, Folk, Country and Rock ‘N Roll”.
  • MAR 29 Another side of the exhibition; Home Of Art presents Kariatides Duo
    Kariatides Duo (with Elliot Simpson, guitar and Nick Thess at percussions) decided to turn our exhibition into a musical surrealistic travel, through the colours, the ideas and the sounds that have inspired some of our main artists. Theofilos Lamprianidis and Fanis Zachopoulos have composed the music especially for this event.Kariatides Duo is a chamber music project which born from the desire to combine two different instruments and to explore the possibilities that this new combination can offer to musicians and to the audience. Lina Tsiva, Greek flutist and Maria Rosaria Della Ragione, italian clarinetist started to play together in 2011, when they met each other in Utrecht conservatory. Both attending the master of music in chamber music, they starts to research about the repertoire written for flute and clarinet and when the notes starts to coming out like one warm and colored sound then it is clear that this combination can actually works. Through their concerts they want to allow people know about the music and the colors that the flute and the clarinet together can express.
  • MAR 08 International Women’s Day 2015: MAKE IT HAPPEN Brainstorm Session @Home Of Art
    Female (aspiring) entrepreneurs in or around Amsterdam that are interested in a professional brainstorm session in English with likeminded women on an inspiring location, initiated by DLCS.
  • FEB 15 Buren Borrel @ Home Of Art
    “You have probably passed by already, but have you been inside yet? Home of Art invites its neighbors for a drink to get acquainted.” Home Of Art hosted a unique concert; the premiere of a new musical project!  Eva Aukes and Cecylia Fenrych played a mix of classical music of Chopin, Bach and Batsevich, experimented with live electronic sounds.
  • DEC 23 Tara Wilts @ Home of Art
    One of Amsterdam’s freshest singer songwriters Tara Wilts will share her songs and beautiful warm voice at Home of Art. When Tara was about 6, after she treated her family to a concert with wooden spoon- microphone, she told her mother that she was made for music. Now she’s 17, writes her own music and she hopes that others will enjoy her music as much as she does..
  • DEC 23 Balcony Players @ Home of Art
    The Balcony Players play energetic Klezmer and gipsy music. Traditional songs and original compositions inspired on tours trough the Balkans, Brasil and the USA!
  • DEC 23 OPENING Home of Art
    The official opening of Home of Art , Amsterdam’s coziest Pop Up Art Gallery and your LAST CHANCE to buy Christmas presents with us!
    Do pass by Home of Art on Tuesday 23 December and discover artforms you may have never seen before, buy your mother a traditional Japanese dish, or your girlfriend an exciting book, finally find that painting with us that fits in your livingroom, or the carpet you have always been looking for, a comfy vintage chair, get a unique handmade broche or porcelain button, enjoy some music, meet some talented artists and more!

Home Of Art is an Art Gallery in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Van Baerlestraat 39H (Museum District). (Give us a LIKE!)

April 11, 2015

Sunday afternoon concert: Cousin Daddy @Home Of Art

Sunday 12 April there’s a free concert in Home Of Art, Amsterdams coziest gallery just around the corner of Museumplein. Bluegrass music by Cousin Daddy starts around 17.00h, an intimate concert between arts, what better way to finish off your weekend? 


November 15, 2013

A circuesque moment of fame

What did you once dream of? Yes, to join the Circus and Travel the world !! Now you can !!!
Circus Hoppa

Circus Hoppa

Would you like to have your moment of fame?
Do you have an act?
Play an instrument?
Can you dance?
Do you like to party?

Are you an artist and want to exhibit your work?

Want to create a circuesque performance?
Do you have a crazy idea you’d like to present to Circus Hoppa audience?

Write the CIRCUS HOPPA family at: & convince them of your skills!

Join the circus on Facebook:
June 23, 2013

Interview Uxía Martinez Botana – The woman

The woman

How do your loved ones, your family, how do they deal with you being away all the time?

My family, not so good in the beginning, it was very difficult for them to accept it. I was 17 when I auditioned for Amsterdam and left Spain, but at the end they actually saw there is no way to change my mind, so they accepted it.

And besides your family, of course they take you as you are, but is it possible to have a love life?

Ah the love life… this is not easy. I won’t lie, it’s really not easy. It’s very difficult to find somebody that can understand that you are away so often and that can actually understand that in a way, playing is always going to come first and that sometimes you really want to be alone in “your box”.  There must be someone with such a strong connection with you that your lifestyle shouldn’t be able to affect your feelings, there must be a big understanding between each other. Something like that.

It does exist, but it’s rare to find. If you find it, you should really take care of it and not take it superficially because you are being really lucky, it’s a present of life.

The other option is of course to have a long list of lovers everywhere! Also possible of course! Haha!

So the playing comes first, can you describe your relationship with your instrument?

Hahaha…well, this one is one of those strong relationships, and a very difficult one as well. It is not an instrument that plays how I want it to be played, it plays how he wants to be played, so ..

…so it’s like a normal relationship…?

…yes…. I call him my husband because is the only one I have a total commitment with. I was playing on much less quality Double basses before this instrument fell in my hands. When I saw it, I had the opportunity to try it first; it took me two seconds to fell in love with the sound (with his soul). I didn’t stop until I got it for myself.

When it was mine already, and I started to spend a lot of time with him, I felt there was only space for him and not for me. I got tired of always being flexible and I stopped playing it after a while. I put it in a case in a corner in my place and went back to my old bass, the one I had before. It took me three months to return to him…   Now we are doing better, not perfect, but better and at least we didn’t divorce again.

But then it’s actually a love/hate relationship?

I don’t think it’s a love/hate relationship. This is an instrument from 1854 with very particular and peculiar characteristics. I was very young when it came to me, I didn´t want to understand him, I wanted him to understand me only, that’s what basically happened.

Really young? What is your age now?

I’m 24.

Music takes a lot of time of your life, would you ever give up playing for for example a family life?

I will not give away playing for anything or anyone. I just can’t imagine my life without playing. I think if I would stop playing I would stop being me. It’s something that is totally out of the question for me. I don´t really understand why should I give up playing for having a family.

I hope it’s possible to have both. Honestly, to stop or do less of what I´m doing now, I think it will drag me into a depression, I will stop feeling alive. As far as I know myself I have always preferred to feel fully alive than half dead.

Did playing ever cause you a break up or the end of a relationship?  Did you sacrifice someone you loved for the music?


So you spent quite some years in Holland already, Do you feel Dutch in something already? Did something change?

Well, when you move country there is always something that changes. It’s true, I left Spain, but Spain is not out of my soul or heart.

What else do you do besides playing music?

Well, I have a lot of hobbies. Now I enjoy swimming very much. I love dancing salsa and listening to rap music. One thing I really love is research of the Italian music of the 17th and beginning of the 18th century, not only the music, painting, writing and sculptures, I find the Italian 17th and 18th century amazing, I share this passion with a friend violin player who is really crazy about it as well. I also enjoy collecting antique books, this is something I do together with my father. I love Ducati’s but it’s not really possible to drive them in Holland.

Favourite place in this world?

Number one in my list is still the Eolie islands in Sicily; definitely a paradise not to be found.

Favourite person in this world?

Hahaha….. very smart question, well fitted. Haha..

Is there a difference between the woman and the musician? Are they two? Or only one?

It’s a difficult question… In my love relationships I always put them far away of my “musical part” because I like to have two different worlds, I find my balance like that. I do not like to feel that the other person can step into my ideas or my musical world.

The person who will be with me, he will know me as a woman but can´t really step in my other world. I have only one world for that person, but for myself I do like to live in two.  I don´t find it very comfortable if the person who is with me in a relationship, tries to step too much in the other world, because I would feel like I’d have no space… I do need a space, which is only mine, and no one goes in or out, except me.  I need that for my personal balance, I do like to feel alone in one of them.

I think in my case, I have two mental chips. One for the feelings of the person I love, which I never mix with my feelings for playing. I dislike it a lot when personal gets connected with profession, I do not even enjoy to talk much about the ideas of the concert or what I think or worries me professionally with the person I’m in a relationship with. I know there are people that can talk and share and discuss everything coming up in their mind with their boyfriend of girlfriend. I would like that the person I love can create one world “for us”  and the “musical world” is solely mine.

What inspires you? Do you have a musical idol that you follow or references?

What inspires me? Well, the people I work with, who can bring you a lot of new ideas and new references and inspiration and the love for music and my own instrument. I don´t really have what is called a “musical idol”. I think if you have what is called an “idol” it means that you want to imitate and follow this persons’ steps and manners in all ways and in everything he or she does, which I find limiting for your own development, but I do pick up ideas from other players.

What fulfils you the most in life?

Well of course playing is really a big part of it because when I play it really makes my soul totally full. To give a concert, gives me a full feeling. Sometimes it seems that I don’t need more, but I’m human as well, so yes I do need more, so… concerts, my family and my friends and the people that love me, and I love back. The Love for the people who love you and you love back can move you as fast as the energy of a concert.

 to be continued…

Uxía Martinez Botana

Uxía Martinez Botana – photo by Victor Gil Gazapo

May 20, 2013

Uxía Martinez Botana performing at the Gergiev festival, Rotterdam 2010

Masterclass of doublebass player Edicson Ruiz.

October 2, 2012

Feel-Good-Song & Missing the sea

Back in the city for a month and I’m missing the sea terribly…

This song is my Feel-Good-Song of the moment, it makes me happy and gives me energy. Plus it reminds me of the sea..



En la mar yo me encontraba

En una tarde serena
En la mar yo me encontraba
En una tarde serena
Detrás la brisa cantaba
Allí calmaba mis penas
Detrás la brisa cantaba
Allí calmaba mis penas

Amor en la mar
Mis penas pude calmar
En la mar, en la mar
Mis penas pude calmar

Luego me acerqué a la playa
Le canté a la soledad
Luego me acerqué a la playa
Le canté a la soledad
De alegría se desmayaba
Aquella tarde en la mar
De alegría se desmayaba
Aquella tarde en la mar

Amor en la mar
Mis penas pude calmar
En la mar, en la mar
Mis penas pude calmar

June 21, 2012

Snowapple in London

One of my favourite bands from Amsterdam is currently in London. I’m jeallous. I  want to go back to London!
If you are in London, I would like to recommend you to visit one of Snowapple’s concerts. You will not be bored or dissapointed, I promise!

I wrote about them before (they’re just really really cool!), check:

Here’s the info I just copied from their newsletter:

Snowapple is now in London! We would like to let you know that we are doing a really great theater show with lots of musicians and lots of great new and old songs. We might even surprise you with some opera. Please let all your friends and (music/theater/film) contacts know.

Check out the flyer below and for a sneak preview, see: 
Vital coordinates are as follows:
Tuesday 26th June, 8:00 PM at
The Space, 269 Westferry Road, London ((
Entry: £12/ £8
Keep Music Live,
Una, Fanny & Laurien

“These three talented young multi-instrumentalists and singers from Amsterdam are full of musical surprises – I caught this trio of Dutch songbirds by chance, playing a short impromptu set at The Runcible Spoon restaurant in Bristol in the autumn, where they charmed their audience with sweet harmonies, light up-beat numbers with a country feel and most of all their quirky, joyful delivery. SnowApple’s music is infectious and has a feel-good quality that will put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.”

Rina Vergano, Venue Magazine

June20/06/12 Snowapple at the Troubadour, London
Wednesday the 20th of June, 8:00 PM at The Troubadour, 267 Old Brompton Road


27/06/12 Snowapple at Lumiere, London

Wednesday the 27th of June 8:00 PM, at Lumiere, 88 Chatsworth Road, Hackney
Free Entrance Snowapple at AAA, London
Thursday the 28th of june, 8:00 PM at AAA, 11-13 Kensington High Street
£7/ £5

30/06/12 Snowapple at Different Folks, Proud Camden, London
Saturday the 30th of June, 6:00 PM at Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town
July01/07/12 Snowapple at The Boogaloo, London
Sunday the 1st of July, 6:00 PM at Sunday Sundae in the Boogaloo, 312 Archway Road
Snowapple Lon flyer

Snowapple Lon flyer

If maybe perhaps (possible, right?)  you don’t like the music in the clip- above,  you should go to one of their concerts anyway. I’ve never experienced any artist as versatile and different (already at this age!) as Snowapple performing live before…

June 8, 2012

Abraxas at Covent Garden London

Last weekend when I was in London, we  went for a walk in Covent Garden. We arrived by tube via James Street Station on the Piccadilly Line. What a lovely place!

Covent Garden by DLCS

Covent Garden by DLCS

We ran into a live concert and listened to some beautiful classical classics with a modern and funky twist. The musicians were playing with passion. These guys really enjoyed performing and I totally enjoyed their performance.

String Quartet Abraxas, Covent Garden, Amanda Drummond - by DLCS

String Quartet Abraxas, Covent Garden, Amanda Drummond – by DLCS

The Abraxas Ensemble was formed in 1999 as a string quartet,  has a large variety of repertoire to suit all tastes, from classical through to jazz, traditional and pop arrangements

Christian Halstead leads the Abraxas Ensemble.  I got in touch with him through Abraxas’ website, to ask who were the artists performing. Here’s a part of his reply:
Our group is run as a ‘collective’ of players, as we are not always all available! Four out of five of the players on Friday can be found on our website; myself (Christian Halstead), Margaret Jackson, John Garner & Philip Kelynack. The viola player depping with us on Friday was Amanda Drummond.

 I hope to see you on your next visit to Covent Garden.
With best wishes,

String Quartet Abraxas, Covent Garden, Amanda Drummond - by DLCS

String Quartet Abraxas, Covent Garden, Amanda Drummond – by DLCS

The way Amanda Drummond, the viola player, as well as the rest of the band present classical music, I love.  They were playing, they were having fun.. I did not grow up with classical music. I had to learn to apreciate it. The experience I had when I hear Abraxas, makes me love classical music.

I read a review of a concert Amanda Drummond played at recently, where the writer of the article, Alison Bentley describes perfect how I felt; ,

Amanda Drummond‘s viola had at times a classical/rock sensibility, like the Kronos Quartet playing Hendrix, or bluesy jazz-folk, like Regina Carter. The audience loved her gypsy passion in the Eastern Deuteronomy.
Covent Garden by DLCS

Covent Garden by DLCS

Definitely do pass by Covent Garden when you are in the neighbourhood.

May 25, 2012

Turkey Dubstep

I like any kind of REAL music. With real I mean music that is not created with a computer but with instruments, and I do prefer to hear a human voice in it too. I used to hate electronic music until my international-Amsterdam-friends (A.K.A. The Posse) took me to a Bass/Dubstep party I loved; I danced all night.

For them, The PosseI found this clips;

What do you think, guys?