Veenendaal Kneer Sun
Veenendaal Kneer Sun
These three authentic musicians allow themselves to be guided by their intuition and inspiration. Time and again they stand amazed how diverse a composition can sound. Their performances are lead by a strong sense of shape and groove and can be described as epical musical adventures. The Players: Albert van Veenendaal studied piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory. In 1982 he won the Meervaart Jazz Competition and has since been working with many national and international jazz-, world- and classical musicians throughout all of Europe. He founded various groups of his own as well as playing solo concerts. He composed for and accompanied theatre- and dance companies and worked as composer/arranger/producer for many CD-projects. During the past years Albert van Veenendaal toured the Dutch theatres with his trio "Pavlov" presenting a project round and about Sinatra.
In 2001 he founded the Four Piano Quartet Travelling Light where he played with Rob van den Broeck, Cor Fuhler and Sylvie Courvoisier. He won the Dutch Jazz Competition of 2001 with his trio "On the Line". Van Veenendaal also functions as teacher and leader of workshops and twice a year he organizes a multidisciplinary festival: The Evening of the Longest/Shortest Night. Recently he has been composing for the reed instrument Quintet "Calefax" and took part in a series of literary concerts around four well known Dutch writers. Presently he plays with various groups on Dutch stages. Van Veenendaal's compositional works are supported by the "Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst" – a trust for creative music. Albert refers to himself as pictorial musician because of the epical and cinematic character of his music. Improvisation and composition go hand in hand and merge seamlessly.
With an open approach and interaction with his fellow musicians he creates musical constructions that are unconventional and intuitive, displaying his unique style that will instantly be recognized. "It is important to me to make music with out having appointed ideas in advance about how the music is supposed to sound. The music should arise from where one is playing and not only during improvisation. I want written material to sound like that as well.
What I call 'pictorial music' is about passion, risk and skill, not to forget the musician's personality. The intensity of a good concert is like balancing on the edge of a razor blade. I try therefore to approach every concert like a painter will approach his empty canvas. To start from scratch every time and to give myself up into the attempt remains endlessly captivating to me." Van Veenendaal also engages in expanding the sound of a grand piano by preparing it accordingly.
The use of electronics and playing samples have become an important part of his activity as a performing musician. At the same time he is interested in collaborating with other art forms such as film, dance and pictorial art. albertvanveenendaal.nl Meinrad Kneer Double bass player, improviser and composer Meinrad Kneer operates on the borders of jazz, improvised, ethnic and contemporary music. Born 1970 in Munderkingen/ Germany, after his school years and civil service he read biology at Tübingen university. From 1995 till 1999 he studied music and double bass at the conservatories of Hilversum and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Ever since he is present and active in the Dutch music scene and abroad. From 1998 until 2005 he co-led the quartet and septet Dalgoo together with reed player Tobias Klein.
He was awarded the prestigious "Jur Naessens Music Award" in 2002 with the septet Dalgoo - New Anatomy, a project around the work of Russian absurdist and writer Daniil Charms. Currently he is involved as (co-) leader in the groups: President of the Globe (a project around the work of Russian futurist writer Velimir Chlebnikov), the piano trio van Veenendaal/ Kneer/ Sun ("...one of Holland’s most interesting contemporary jazz groups" – Ken Vos in www.draaiomjeoren.nl, 6th March 2007), RAAM 5 (where dialogues from comic-strips meet improvised music) and a new exciting string-quintet. As a sideman in demand he plays with groups such as: Bite the Gnatze, Play Station 6, the Joost Buis Tentet, The Gravitones, I Compani and Spoon 3. He has played with a wide variety of Dutch groups and projects such as Barana & Co, the AXYZ-Ensemble, the bigtet Tetzepi, the Ab Baars Quartet, Roomtone and the Henneman String-quartet. He has performed with Najma Akhtar, Han Bennink, Fred Frith, Tobias Delius, Touria Hadraoui, Tristan Honsinger, Denise Jannah, Anne la Berge, Paul Lovens, Michael Vatcher and Corrie van Binsbergen. In the past years he toured Russia, Poland, Slovenia, Moldavia, Bulgaria, France, Belgium and Germany. Since 2001 his work as a composer has been supported by the "Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst". In 2006 he co-founded the independant label Evil Rabbit Records together with pianist Albert van Veenendaal . With flutist Mark Alban Lotz he organizes a creative music series for free improvisation: u-ex(perimental) in the SJU Jazzpodium in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
meinradkneer.eu Yonga Sun is a musical chameleon. He is praised for his dynamic, inventive and adventurous style. Always on-the-edge and in-the-moment he keeps propelling the music to new levels. He won the "Dutch Jazz Competition" in 2005, including the "Best Soloist Prize". Ever since he discovered Jazz at the age of 15 he has cherished and caressed his musical love. Back then he didn't understand the music, but felt that it was great.
Things have not changed much except that he's found more and better ways to express his musicality, still not knowing what it all means. Yonga is more of a percussive colorist than a drummer in the traditional sense. To him music is like a beautifully flowing river. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow, never the same, yet always clear. Communication and interaction are key elements in his approach, relying on daring and trust between the musicians.
He utilizes an extreme dynamic range on his quest to combine simplicity and virtuosity. To him a song can or even must be different with every rendition. That's why you don't want him playing in a pop band... Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..