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Rosa Ensemble

Rosa Ensemble

Rosa Ensemble


The Rosa Ensemble operates in between: in between composed and improvised, in between music and theatre, in between light and serious, in between acoustic and electronic, traditional and experimental, classical and popular. Rosa is constantly on the move and produces music, theatre, performances, concerts and albums – often in cooperation with other artists. Their music is playful, exciting and theatrical, but also strange, unruly and elusive. The ensemble was founded in 1997 Read more on Last.fm
The Rosa Ensemble operates in between: in between composed and improvised, in between music and theatre, in between light and serious, in between acoustic and electronic, traditional and experimental, classical and popular. Rosa is constantly on the move and produces music, theatre, performances, concerts and albums – often in cooperation with other artists. Their music is playful, exciting and theatrical, but also strange, unruly and elusive. The ensemble was founded in 1997, hailing from Utrecht, The Netherlands, with their first performance Diepe Wildernis, based on the famous book by Brazilian writer Guimaraes Rosa, after who gave the ensemble its name. In the course of the following ten years Rosa slowly drifted away from the idiom of contemporary music.

Their sound changed, electronics were introduced, as well as guitar and bass guitar, and the performances became increasingly theatrical. Rosa flirted with modern dance music (Platotectonics, 2001), ambient music (Music for Supermarkets, 2003, and the CD The Blind Spot, 2006) and launched a very successful tour and CD with music of and inspired by Captain Beefheart (Selling Hoovers in Mojave, 2004-2005). In 2007 Rosa celebrated their ten-year anniversary with a new version of Diepe Wildernis (Diepe Wildernis, Aniversie. 2007).

Currently ‘Rosa Ensemble’ means several things: music theatre, such as the multimedia surround performance Anticantate (2009), integrating music, video and text. Concerts, exploring their experimental “pop” sound - a poetical mix of richly arranged compositions, swinging rhythms, warm, human electronics and strange lyrics. And lastly the annual Rosa sub Rosa project, inviting students to join in and work for and with the ensemble for a short period of time creating a performance. A new album, No Ark Dead Eel, was released in February 2010 by Dying Giraffe Recordings.

Whether one calls it arty pop music or popular art music, the Rosa Ensemble is the Rosa Ensemble: for those who like exciting music, eclectic seldom sounded so self-evident. Daniel Cross - percussion Annelies Vrieswijk - saxophones Laurens de Boer - piano Peter Jessen - bass, double bass Jeroen Kimman - electric guitar Esther Mugambi - vox Stephanie Pan - vox Compositions - Daniel Cross, Wilbert Bulsink, Jeroen Kimman, Floris van Bergeijk, Martijn Padding Dramaturgy: Geert van Boxtel Stage Sound - Thomas Koopmans Disc Sound - Alex Geurink Light & Magic - Luuk Vierhout Management - Arjen Barel PR: Melle Kromhout Office - Edda Grol Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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