Cubop City Big
Band: The Cubop City Big Band is a smoking 20-piece salsa &
latin jazz big band from The Netherlands led by drummer/percussionist Lucas van
Merwijk. The band has gained recognition throughout the world with its swinging
performances and recordings. The orchestra has an international line up with
musicians from Venezuela, USA, Panama, Puerto Rico, England, Germany and
Holland. Attending a concert of the Cubop City Big Band is like visiting a
steamy, hot New York City Salsa Club.
Cubop City Big
Band: Lucas van Merwijk, drums and leader Marc Bischoff, keyboard
Mick Paauwe, bass Nils Fischer percussion Gerado Rosales, percussion Alberto
Caisedo, vocals Yma America , vocals Saxes: Cyrille Oswald, Rolf Delfos, Gerrit
Jan Brinkhorst, Milan Bongers, Wouter Schueler Trombones: Ilja Reingoud, Martin
van den Berg, Louk Boudestijn, Frans Cornelissen Trumpets: Charlie Biggs,
Petere van Soest, Rob van der Wouw, Michael Simon Sound: Juan Villoria
|Antillean pianist and vocalist:
Anastacia Larmonie and her band: Anastacia Larmonie is St. Martin's
most enduring music educator, compo-ser, pianist, and vocal arranger-of
Caribbean, Jazz, R&B;and European folk, classic and popular music and song.
Following her music studies at the Netherlands's Brabants Conservatorium
(1970s) and the USA's well respected Berklee College of Music (1980s, 1990s),
Larmonie has made a career of teaching and making music in St. Martin for 25
years and is well known for being a perfectionist in her jazz performances and
training of children to master the piano and the voice. "I see my profession as
a mission to create value in society," said Larmonie.
She has founded or has been a principal founding
member of the child-ren's choir Lollipops, Anastacia Larmonie Vocal Art &
Music Foundation, Anbojolettes choir, Anbojoli jazz quartet, A.L. Jazz Quartet
and Interlude, a singing group. From the scores of children trained by Larmonie
have emerged current stars such as dancer/choreographer Clara Reyes,
poet/painter Drisana Deborah Jack, gospel singer Angie Pantophlet, bassist Alex
Jack, Claudie Piper, the lead female vocalist for the Youth Waves, song diva La
Vaune Henry, and singer/choir director Joshua Bell. The Newsday newspaper once
dubbed Anastacia Larmonie St. Martin's "First Lady of Music." In a 1998-99
survey she was selected as one of the nation's top 20 artists at the turn of
the century, earning her a profile in the book St. Martin Massive! Snapshot of
Popular Artists (House of Nehesi Publishers, 2000) www.houseofnehesipublish.com
The lady of song is much sought after for performances
at jazz clubs, book parties, private recitals, government festivals and
ceremonies, and music festivals. She has performed in St. Martin, Anguilla,
Aruba, Curaçao, the USA and the Netherlands; and has accompanied Blue
Note jazz artist Denise Jannah and Grammy winner Nestor Torres in their
The chief judge and member judge for the Calypso
monarch competitions of Aruba and St. Martin carnivals and for many song
festivals, Anastacia Larmonie's awards include "Ambassador of Excellence in
Music (1997-1998)." Government of the Island territory of St. Maarten, 1997;
"Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to the Community of St.
Martin in the field of Arts/Music." St. Martin Educational & Cul-tural
Organization, 1992; "St. Maarten Musical Recognition Award for Outstanding
Vocalist & Musical Director." St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and St.
Maarten Council on the Arts, 1988; "Dr. B.M. Leito Youth Cup" (for community
service). Curaçao, 1985; and the "Pers Prijs." (with Latin Touch
quintet), The Netherlands, 1971
|Konkie Halmeyer Every human being has
his own voice. Each one of us has his own cultural background, life philosophy
and values. The coloring of voices is as unique as ones fingerprint. This is
where the aboundment and endlessness of music starts. Its like life
colors; try to look for the color palette of the earth and see where its
going to end. Whatever ones judgment may be: its a result of your feeling
and inner flow . Creating music is like searching for meaningful words in my
heart and let them come alive through my instrument. The music of mine is the
logical consequence of my spiritual growth as a person as well as a musician.
It carries a message for inner growth and strength to all of us living together
in one world.
Konkie Halmeyer combines Caribbean rhythms with
Soul and Blues and has become a very popular soloist in the jazz world.
Together with his band Riba Tera (Down to Earth) he performs at
concerts in theatres, congresses, festivals and others. In addition to this, he
also gives workshops.
Konkie started his career at the age of 12 in
Curaçao in the West End theatre with the Little Moonlighters band
lead by Robert Lake.
His talent impressed and two years later he got a
ticket to Trinidad, the cradle of the steel drum. There he discovered:
This is it, for the rest of my life! In 1972 he was part of the
Scorpio Steel Combo composing and arranging for them.
Some years later he created his own trio called Splash
Pan together with his friend and bassist Sherman van Heydoorn.
They played in hotels and other events in
Curaçao, performed in Venezuela, Santo Domingo, and the
other ABC islands and on cruise trips on the Caribbean Sea. He also went
on tour with his trio in Sint Maarten and the Caribbean Islands
Barbados, Mont Serat, Les saints and Guadeloupe.
Konkie took lessons in the music academy in
composing and arranging and started writing his own compositions searching for
his own sound and colour. He combined Caribbean rhythms with Soul and Blues and
became more and more involved in the jazz world. In 1988 he shone with his
steel drums in the First Jazz Festival of Curaçao.
After that he performed with great names of the jazz
world like Paquito dRivera and Monty Alexander. Together with Monty
Alexander he went on tour in Jamaica and got to know many different European
countries. In 1993 he won the KLM JAZZ AWARD. It was now
time to leave the islands and start a career in Europe.
Music for listening
Bari di Klabu
Bari di Klabu - Bari di Klabu (1,37 MB mp3)
Bari di Klabu - Mi ke libertad (1,35 MB mp3)
Music for listening
Rap on Steel
Konkie Halmeyer - In Between (931 KB mp3)
Konkie Halmeyer - Rap On Steel (931 KB mp3)
Bio: Merietza Groot-Haakmat Duo
singing talent was born and raised on the island of St. Maarten. In 1989 she
left for Curacao and was a member of various dance and music groups, showcasing
her dance and singing talent. She has performed on 3 occasions for members of
Dutch Royal family and also with many of Curacao's international artists. Along
with Hershel Rosario on the guitar, an interesting musical duo was born in
August 2002, with their main focus being on beautiful songs of old in
Papiamentu . Riveting performances followed such as: The Dutch Royal Couple's
visit to Curacao, Winternachten 2005 - Krusa Laman Literary Festival and the
100th Anniversary of Papiamentu in Poetry & Literature. Hereafter an
invitation was extended to perform at the famous Winternachten International
Literary Festival, the Koningklijke Schouwburg and live radio performances in
January 2006 in The Hague. A grand performance - dubbed the Caribbean Song -
was given with pieces by, among others, Julio Perenal (1940's protest songs)
and Joseph Sigmund Corsen (poet and author of the first literary poem in
Papiamentu). The duo will be perfroming at the 2nd Annual Bonaire Jazz
Festival in May 2006.
Moogie and Friends:
Moogie came to Bonaire from Florida in 1990 to perform a two week engagement
and has been performing and living on Bonaire ever since. Through the years he
has become a part of this beautiful island, its people and its music. Moogie
writes most of his own music which has been described as "jazzy Caribbean soul
"and performs most nights at the local resorts as a one man act. When asked
about performing at the festival Moogie says "I'm honored to be invited to
perform at this year's event and have asked a few of my friends to perform and
have fun with me. The festival will be a special treat for the community of
Bonaire and all the participating musicians
.Don't miss any of
There could be an interesting book about Ced Ride. He is a phenomenon, a multi
artist : painting, singing, writing and also a theater-man. His musical
interest is broad- from tumba to jazz but always connected to the place where
his heart, home and his cultural identity is : the Antilles. There is no
further introduction needed on the Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival; everybody
knows and loves Ced Ride.
Look out for:" Yo y el son " a new cd which is
under construction now.
Ced Ride & Band: No
need for introduction the way this Curacaon vocalist carries his art of
expression. This is his second appearance in Bonaire's Jazz Festival. Ced Ride
has been rewarded and honored many times in his successful career, for the
different fields he works in from acting, singing, writing composing and
painting to mention a few.He became International for almost half a century and
has become Curacao leading singer-composer. His versatility is obvious whenever
you'll have the chance to meet him. This time he brings along a bigger format
band. And you bet that he's going to sing his papiamentu evergreens such as
'Kupido, Mi no ke bo mas, Biña mas bieu mas bon and even more. You can
listen or dance to this good music.
Ced Ride and CPST ( Curacao
Papiamentu Swing Trio): This trio with Pierre Dunker on bass and
Stanley Betrian on guitar is one of the opening acts- Poetry & Jazz in
Papiamentu- of the Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival 2006. The trio will perform
poems and songs , all written by Ced Ride in Papiamentu with Caribbean rhytms
and transformed into jazzy patterns by Ced himself and Pierre Dunker and
Stanley Betrian. The fusion of Papiamentu language , the rhytms of the
Caribbean and the harmonies of Jazz create an original and exceptional
experience. We are proud to have this trio on our Festival, it adds an
important dimension to the wide variety we already present.
Dave Ronchi Matthew:
Jazz pianist, Composer and Arranger. A graduate of the Conservatory of Puerto
Rico and Berklee College of music in Boston. Studied Music Education and Jazz
Composition /Arranging. Ronchi has an extensive music career starting at the
age of 14.
Has performed with several international artists such as: Red
Rodney, Ced Ride, Walter Beasley, Carla Thomas Izalin Calister, Zamana Kitoki,
Curacao Latin jazz ensemble, Steel pan player Konki Halmeier, Argentinean
Guitar genius and G.R.P. Recording Artist Luis Salinas.
In 1980 Ronchi has
set a new trend in Curacao by creating a new blend of Jazz and native
worksongs. These songs were sung using the Gene language. (Gene is an old
African language, which was spoken in Curacao).
This new blend has been so
well accepted that it became the new way to go for the other jazz musicians in
Curacao and in Holland. As an arranger Ronchi has worked with several music
groups and has arranged for Different Tumba and Calypso Kings in Curacao. As a
composer he won the CBU festival in Guyana With his composition " Loving you is
my life". He's now working on his debut CD that will be ready in this year.
Performances in: U.S.A. Curacao, Holland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, St.Martin,
Aruba, Bonaire, Cuba, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Guyana. Ronchi still performs with
their group Avila Blues Band and you're always welcome at the Avila Beach Hotel
where you can listen to Ronchi play those the beautiful Jazzy notes.
|Question Mark, a band
from Surinam with leader and sax player Bud Gaddum.This band is a
specialty in the "SuriJazz" , a typical mixture of Surinam rhytmes and Western
jazz called Kaseko jazz.
Randal Corsen quartet:
Randal Corsen pianist with Eric Calmes bas, meet two percussionists of the
Cubop City Big Band: Lucas van Merwijk drums and Gerardo Rosales
With the distinctive way he blends Jazz with influences from
classical, Antillean and Latin American music, the Antillean pianist Randal
Corsen has gained much recognition. In 2004, he was honoured with the EDISON
Jazz Award, the most prestigious music award in the Netherlands, for his album
Randal was born on the island of Curaçao, the
Netherlands Antilles, in 1972.He comes from a family that has played a
prominent role in the development of Antillean music and literature. He is the
great grandchild of the well known Curaçaoan poet and musician Joseph
Sickman Corsen and he is related to composer and conductor Chris Ulder and
poets Oda Blinder and Charles Corsen.
Before his 18th birthday, Randal left
home for the Netherlands, to study music at the Fontys Conservatorium in
Tilburg. In 1997, he graduated cum laude (with honours) with Willem Kühne
and Frans van der Tak. During his studies, he founded the trio 'Cross
Currents', with which he won the 1997 Breda Jazz contest. With this trio, he
recorded two albums: 'Mixed Emotions' (1997) and 'Sunú' (1999).
Aside from various free-lance activities, Randal composed and arranged
music for albums of amongst others jazz vocalist Izaline Calister, classical
vocalist Tania Kross, latin-jazz quintet Bye-ya!, percussionists Gerardo
Rosales and Martin Verdonk. He also composed and produced the music score for
the Antillean movie 'Zulaika'. He collaborated with many well-known Jazz
musicians, such as David Sánchez, Denise Jannah, Ronald Snijders, Roy
Hargrove, Ignacio Berroa, Orestes Vilato, Lucas van Merwijk, and with the Jazz
Orchestra of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Currently, Randal teaches at the
Fontys Conservatorium in Tilburg and at the Conservatorium in Amsterdam. He
regularly gives successful concerts on Curaçao, where he is considered
to be one of the Ambassadors for Antillean music abroad. In 2004, the
'Asosiashon di Músiko Kòrsou', the Curaçaoan Association
of Music, honoured him with their highest award.
Eric Calmes: Acoustic
& electric bass Born in Curaçao, a very versatile bass player and a
big name in the Dutch jazz circuit with many compositions, arrangements and
productions on his account, founder and leader of the critically acclaimed
Antillean jazz group "Zamanakitoki". Eric is also a teacher at the Rotterdam
Conservatorium. He previously performed with Izaline Calister, Ray Anderson,
Delbert Bernabela band:
The band is a collective which has blossomed over the years of performing and
composing together in different settings, which has produced several fine
recordings. Although everyone has performed internationally, this will be the
first international outing for the band in this setting.
A selection of
CD's will be for sale during the festival. ( Latin and Kryoio )
Bernabela, saxophones and flute. Franklin Granadillo, trumpet. Johnny
Scharbaaij , keyboard. Ivan Quandus , bass and Carlos Bislip, drums.
Robbie Swinkels, guitar.
Andreina Marcano , vocals.
conga's & percussion.
Pepe on tenorsax.
Stingrays: Douwe Stingray ,
guitar. Steve Stingray, vocals. Orlando Stingray , bass and Dick Stingray,
Bonaire Jazz Trio: Guus
Gerritsen, tenor sax. Benji, guitar. Lando Tjin Asjoe , bass.
Linda Anthony,vocals. Henk Roozendaal, harmonica. Pieter Gerritsen, keyboard.
Chris Morkos, drums.
Sound en Light: Loud and Clear
Tickets for sale at Plaza Resort,
Kontiki, City Café, Bongos Beach, TCB , Bonaire Boekhandel and at the
gates of the main concer.