A lovely concert on a sunny Sunday afternoon, out of the first summer sun but back to the Caribbean party. Atmospheres. Varying from Tumba to Latin, Jazz and even the light and dancable moods of salsa. On May 1st 2005 drummer Lucas van Merwijk, percussionist Martin Verdonk and bass player Eric Clames formed the band of pianist and Edison-winner Randal Corsen during a concert in theatre Diligentia in The Hague.
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A special concert, because after years of playing together with many different international artists, these four musicians finally grouped together once more on stage. A unique concert you could say. The announcements spoke of the \'Young veterans\' and the \'crème de la crème of the dutch Latin-Jazz scene\' who found each other once more in a one time setting. These \'young verterans\' have allready layed down their tracks in music and guarantee some of the best musical experiences you can imagine.
Randal Corsen is pianist, arranger and composer. At 17 he leaves Curaçao to graduate cum laude at the Brabant\'s Conservatory in Tilburg where he also teaches now. This young and versatile musician allready showed some of the best of his musical possibilities in the past few years. During his study he formed the trio ‘Cross Currents’ winning the Breda Jazzconcours in 1997. With this trio he records two cd’s: ‘Mixed Emotions’ (1997) and ‘Sunú’ (1999). In 2002 Randal enters the finales of the Deloitte Jazz Award and releases the debut cd of his Latin-Jazz group \'Bye-Ya!\'. In 2004 his solo cd \'Evolushon\' (Evolution) wins the Edison Jazz Award in the category \'Jazz Nationaal\' in Holland.
The concert of the Randal Corsen Kwartet in theater Diligentia in The Hague was an exciting musical journey, passing the Tumba from Curaçao, Latin, Jazz and bits of Salsa, in spontanious combinations and extraordinary musical interaction between the musicians.
One of the most recent projects of Bass player Eric Calmes was the in 2004 released solo cd of Martin Verdonk \'Old School New Sound\'. Eric plays with lots of different artists such as singer Izaline Calister. His own group \'Grupo Zamanakitoki\' mixes traditional and modern styles of the Netherlands Antilles. Styles as the Tumba, Musik di Zumbi, danza, seú, waltz and mazurka are in Grupo Zamanakitoki mixed with Jazz. For Eric this group is a return to his musical roots from the islands.
The drums and percussion, played by Lucas van Merwijk en Martin Verdonk, was -again- of an exceptional level. Two masters on their instruments that made the drums talk, sing, interact and echo through the theatre in multi rhythmic frases. Who needs more than drums anyway? Martin and Lucas are collaborators in many projects over the years. Fully anticipated on each other they played Randal\'s songs flawlessly. Watch the streams of what The Netherlands have to offer in Latin Jazz music. On their individual artist pages you can find much more info and streams of Martin and Lucas.
Stay tuned for the review with photo\'s and streams of Lucas\' Cubop City Big Band 10th Anniversary concert. And of course, we will keep you informed about the activities of both Martin and Lucas.