NYC March 2014

2014-03-02 21.38.17There comes a point that I really need to go to NYC. Sometimes that city will mix you up and you’ll always get some new inspiration. I wanted to see my friend Joanne, and guitarist Joe Cohn, and my Parisian friend Felix Lemerle (who will study guitar on a Fulbright in NYC next year!)

Also there were some Dutch people in the City I would try to meet, Hans Mantel, Mirjan van Leijenhorst and Ahmet Polat. They were on a trip for Jazz festival Delft to meet some people for their project “ the jazz dream“ connecting renowned artists with young talents. (http://www.thejazzdream.nl)

The plan was to stay with Joanne, but I hadn’t clearly communicated my stay, so on saturday afternoon I needed to find a place to sleep, but, its NYC, anything could happen. I went to have a coffee with Sajda, a friend that studies art philosophy in NYC, then went to the after diner hang with the Dutch jazz – peeps and Mirjan told me (thank the lord!!) that she had a hotel room with two beds, and I could just stay there 🙂 …

I went to the concert of Joe Cohn in a sushi place where I met Felix and after hanging with Joe for a bit I went with Felix to another jazz – restaurant where we sat in, singing a bit.

The next morning it was really nice to have breakfast in the hotel with Hans Mantel and catch up a bit. Then I talked for a while with a art journalist from the Gardian (UK) which was really interesting. I went to see Joe Cohn’s concert in Brooklyn and had an amazing diner in that place. That evening I would stay at Joe’s place so we went to his house to drop off my bag and make some music. Joanne was performing in this acrobat show in Brooklyn and it happened to be a really cool show, people juggling, trapeze, aerial hammock, aerial straps, Chinese pole and fire eating … wow.. .that was really something else!
http://www.themusebrooklyn.com

Here some pictures 🙂

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Concert Metropolitan Room NYC

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November 2013 I played my first gig in NYC, in the metropolitan room in Manhattan. A full hour concert with all original songs. Really exciting! I spend a lot of time working out the program, doing the marketing and preparing the show.

This opportunity arrived last year, when I went – after a long day of recording sessions – with bass player Ray Parker to a show in the Metropolitan room NYC. Annie Ross was performing. I am big fan of her, so I was really excited to see it. Ray was friends with JP the sound engineer and after the show we all had a drink. He listened to my cd – polaroid – and thought it was so nice that he told the programmer. So it happened, my first gig in NYC… I planned for November.

My wish was to play with Florian Weber who I met in NYC when he was playing a show with – Dutch trumpeter – Eric Vloeimans. Florian liked my compositions and we talked a lot about composing, lyrics and life.

Then it was finally there, that weekend I traveled to NYC, and met up with Florian for a rehearsal on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The concert was on Sunday night and it all went well, but I must say; playing in NYC is a whole different thing. Here are the recordings 🙂