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material featuring jazz, modern composition and alternative rock, mixed
into rhythmically advanced, lyrical songs, focusing on a strong group
sound but leaving room for detail, improv adventure, personal comments
and healthy anarchy. That's what we're doing.
Ruud van Helvert, Ferdi
Schukking and Andreas Suntrop
van Helvert (Roosendaal, 1964) drums and electronics,
studied classical percussion and improvised music at the conservatories
in Tilburg and Amsterdam.
He was the drummer/percussionist in Flank, the Fuzzband, the EI-
ensemble, Big Band New Music, the Palinckx-project "the mummy's
revenge", Blast, Triosonic and Dead Parrot.
He was co-founder of and composer for Blast with whom he recorded
the CD Puristsirup, and toured through Europe and the USA.
Festivals he played on: Hollandse Nieuwe (BIM), Amsterdam 1989;
MIMI-festival, Arles France 1990; Internationales Treffen Innovativer
Musiker, Aachen Germany 1991; Gruppen festival (The Kitchen), New
York USA 1993; Tegentonen festival, Rotterdam 1993 and VPRO's La
Stampa (radio) 1992.
In 1993 he founded the group SINEW a trio for which he is the main
composer and developed a special electro-acoustical setup that enriches
the groups sound.
In 1998 Sinew did a successful European tour as The Sinew Double
Triad, a project group where three guests, Guigou Chenevier, drums,
Nick Didkovsky, guitar and Luc Houtkamp, saxophone, mirrored the
player Ferdi Schukking (Amsterdam,
1959) studied soprano-saxophone with Adri van Velsen
in Maastricht, composition with Misha Mengelberg in Amsterdam
and microtonality with Dr. Rudolf Rasch in Utrecht.
His classical education resounds in the Delphi saxophone quartet
and a duo with pianist Bea de Jong. In his solo-program The Encounter
he combines classical and improvised music. In 1989 he won the
KRO-saxophone competion improvised music with Ingeborg van Stiphout
(piano) and in 1995 he won the Dordtse Jazzprize with his septet
His Grapjazz ensemble
14cms combines jazz- and popmusic. The programm Melancholy with
dancer Truusje Graste tells about the confrontation between (dance)
movement and music. He works as a teacher and as a (studio) musician
in diverse combinations with artists, dancers and poets. Next
to the soprano- he plays tenor-, baritone- and alto-saxophone.
Suntrop (Unna, 1966) At the age of seventeen Andreas
changed his accordion for a guitar. In 1996 he finished his studies
at the Rotterdam conservatory.
He is a member of the Belgian jazz-quintet Pentachrome. With the
band Geel he won the Middelsee-Jazzcompetition 1998 and a second
prize at the jazzcompetion of Gexto 1997 in Spain.
Andreas played at
the North-Sea Jazzfestival and at the jazzfestival of Antibes
in France. With the Pieter de Mast 4 he recorded the CD Tracing
in 1999. Andreas toured the Dutch and Belgian theaters with Lori
Spee and the Belgian production Kinderspel and is part of the
Rotterdam 2001 project Jazzeral.
He also plays in the popgroup Mimezine.
Performances: Thursday, 14 february
2002, USVA, Munnekeholm
Thec Fir (Ruud van Helvert)
and information email Ruud van Helvert