オランダが誇る、鉄壁のサックス・アンサンブル Artvark ＋カメルーン出身の女性ソウル／ジャズ・シンガー、ネチャーム・ローズィ（Ntjam Rosie）によるプロジェクト＜HOMELANDS＞が送る2016年ライヴ録音。
LABEL: Oink Records, NL
Format: CD + DVD (digi-pak) ／ OINK-011701
ARTIST: Artvark Saxophone Quartet & Ntjam Rosie
TITLE: Homelands: Live in Rotterdam
Ntjam Rosie (vocal, guitar, percussions)
Bart Wirtz (alto sax)
Rolf Delfos (alto sax)
Mete Erker (tenor sax)
Peter Broekhuizen (baritone sax)
Recorded live @ Lantaren Venster, on January 21, 2016
Homelands is a cooperation of Artvark Saxophone Quartet and the Cameroonian / Dutch singer Ntjam Rosie. At the beginning of 2016 the tour started with 27 performances throughout the Netherlands. In 2017 the programme will go on a second tour by popular request, amongst others in De Kleine Komedie Amsterdam and de Doelen Rotterdam.
The music is specifically written for this programme by all 5 musicians and is inspired both by the traditional music from Ntjam’s home country Cameroon and by more recent music from for instance Manu Dibango and Richard Bona and music from West and South Africa. Besides, the Afro-European blend of Ntjam’s current soul, jazz, gospel and world music has been a source of inspiration too.
Artvark continues the same path they took a few years ago, be it more radical than ever. They’re looking for alternative ways of playing the sax and the way it sounds, using unorthodox sounds as the basis of a composition. Besides the whole range of ‘ordinary’ acoustic sounds, these four gentlemen dived in the world of electronics and effects to create the desired grooves of this programme.
They are supported and complemented by sound engineer Rory van der Oest, who provides this role also for the bands ‘De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig’ and ‘Kyteman’ and theatre Paradiso in Amsterdam. Lighting expert Chico Wadilie and visual artist Sven Meijers complete the picture with their live creations of art, images and light. Resulting in a theatre show in which different worlds come together in a unique way.
Ntjam’s role will be divers. She will be the fifth instrument of the quartet, add spoken word, sing whether or not accompanied, use vocal percussion, form duos or trios with the saxes, accompany the quartet, occasionally on her guitar. She will perform texts in English and French, one of the official national languages of Cameroon, and sing in Bulu, her mother tongue.