25/11/2013

''SONGS & WHISPERS '' - CIRCUIT 11/2013 (15.11.2013 – 08.21.2013).

''SONGS & WHISPERS '' - CIRCUIT 11/2013 (15.11. - 08.12.2013)

ASSUNTA & THE LIGHT ORCHESTRA (Antwerpen, BE)
The singer-songwriter Assunta Mandaglio with Italian roots and guitar player Pieter Thys, decided to finally start working closely together as a duo, after exploring music in the last 15 years in different bands (Assunta Mano, Buscemi, Balaxy Orchestra, Troissoeur...) and creating 3 albums together. (Balaxy orchestra, Millenniums)In the past 10 years they both have been performing on big festivals in Belgium and Netherlands. They have been touring with different projects in Taiwan, China, Turky, Czech Republic, Bulgaria… 
Their formal main projects Assunta Mano and Balaxy Orchestra have always been picked up by national radio (Assunta Mano) and even the Worldmusic charts (Balaxy Orchestra). Assunta & The Light Orchestra was created out of their eager to keep on working together as soulmates for life and out of a deep passion for music.                                                
The combination of Assunta Mandaglio’s passionate voice and her beautiful songs together with the unique sound of  Pieter Thys’s guitars creates a very unique atmosphere in the singer songwriters tradition. 
Their performances are always a big adventure as they speak for themselves…  always be aware of playing the right songs that fits the moment. Improvisation is always just around the corner.  They always take the challenge  to play their beautiful music as if it is their very first time. 
But life is the biggest inspiration for both, Assunta writes about big and small things that happen in life. Their music opens a door to an inspiring world where the audience gets the chance to travel trough thoughts en emotions. After playing 20 concerts last year 2012-2013, they have been recording in the summer of 2013 and they're working on their first CD. The cd release is planned for spring 2014.
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15 Jahre gemeinsam Musik erfahren und erleben, drei Alben, eine tiefe, intensive Freundschaft – das ist der Stoff, aus dem rührende Geschichten gemacht sind. Assunta Mandaglio und Pieter Thys haben diesen Stoff gewoben – die rührenden Geschichten erzählen sie nun in minimalistischen Folkstücken als Assunta & The Light Orchestra. Ihre leidenschaftliche Stimme, ihr sanftes Händchen für Songwriting und sein unverwechselbares Gitarrenspiel ergeben eine einzigartige Spannung, die sie in unzähligen anderen Bandprojekten bereits auf Tourneen in Taiwan, China, der Türkei, Tschechien oder Bulgarien aufladen durfte. Ihre Live-Shows sind ein Abenteuer, wie sie selbst sagen -  eine Momentaufnahme, der Improvisation nicht fern, gefüttert mit lyrischen Versatzstücken aus Mandaglios Leben.
 „Es war von den Sternen vorgezeichnet, dass wir diesen Weg gehen mussten!“, sagen die Zwei. Und sie befestigen ihren Weg: nach zahlreichen Auftritten in den BeNeLux-Ländern, macht sie sich nun auf den Weg nach Deutschland – das im Sommer aufgenommene Debütalbum im Gepäck. Nächstes Frühjahr soll es erscheinen und verspricht dank der starken Stimme der Italienerin, die ihrem Temperament in den richtigen Momenten freien Lauf lässt, und ihrem Ruhepol an der Gitarre vor allem eins: intime, pure Momente.

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Influences: Joni Mitchell, Scot Matthews, Paul Simon, Eels, PJ Harvey, Sting, Jeff Buckley, Susan Vega
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MARK LOTTERMAN (Rotterdam, NL)
www.marklotterman.nl
Mark Lotterman kick started his career in 2001, accompanied on his first tour by Simon Vinkenoog; a famous Dutch beat poet and once a companion of Allen Ginsberg. Mark and his band played, Vinkenoog recited his poems.  Their collaboration ended in 2005, Mark moved to Amsterdam and started the writing process for his first album "Pain & Entertainment". The album was released late 2007. On the album Mark sings a drum 'n bass duet with Johnny Dowd (USA), the American master of alternative Country-Blues. They met on a party in a small Dutch town called Zoetermeer. Mark  From 2006 onwards Mark and his band played several nights as Johnny's support-act. In addition, Mark and his band also played as opening act for Canned Heat. After the release of “Pain & Entertainment” Mark moved to Mijnsheerenland (situated near Rotterdam) where he started writing his second album: "Better things to Do" (released in 2009). In 2009 and 2010 Mark toured with one of the biggest Dutch bands de Dijk and Canadian songwriter Wax Mannequin. He also played guitar with Jim White on the famous Crossing Border Festival. In 2011 Mark and his (new) band were invited to record a new album with producer Frans Hagenaars, founder of the famous Excelsior label. Mark's songs are well known for their variety of styles (country, rock, electro and ska) and their absurd storytelling lyrics. His lyrics are moving, funny and sad. His live performances are known for their improvisation and expression. 
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Mark Lottermans Karriere beginnt, als er 2001 auf den niederländischen Dichter Simon Vinkenoog trifft. Lotterman, damals 17 Jahre jung, spielt seine Musik und Vinkenoog, einst Wegbegleiter von Beat-Legende Allen Ginsberg, trägt dazu seine Gedichte vor. Aber Vinkenoog ist nicht der einzige Poet auf der Bühne - Lottermans narrative Texte sind rührend, komisch und traurig, in seinen Arrangements spielt er mit Variation und Improvisation. Seine Songs sind bekannt für die Stil-Vielfalt von Country, Rock, Electro bis Ska.

Als im Jahr 2005 die Zusammenarbeit endet, verschanzt Lotterman sich in einem Zimmer in Amsterdam, um sein Debüt “Pain & Entertainment” zu schreiben und aufzunehmen. Erst 2007 endet der lange Prozess, bei dem Lotterman unter anderem vom US-Countrysänger Johnny Dowd unterstützt wird. Aus der Partybekanntschaft wächst außerdem eine gemeinsame Tournee – Lottermans Band schnuppert zum ersten Mal internationale Luft. Bis heute tourte er mit seiner Band durch Kanada, UK und Luxemburg, supportete die niederländischen Helden De Dijk und die US-Bluesrocker von Canned Heat.
Die Erfahrungen verarbeitet er in “Better Things To Do”, dem Folgealbum, das 2009 erscheint. Das dritte Album “Funny” (2012) lässt er von Excelsior-Gründer Frans Hagenaars produzieren. SONGS & WHISPERS freut sich, “einen der talentiertesten Singer-Songwriter der Niederlande” (writteninmusic.com) begrüßen zu dürfen. Im CIRCUIT 09/2013 wird er sein aktuelles Album “Funny” zum ersten Mal in Deutschland präsentieren.
 

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Influences: Johnny Dowd, Wax Mannequin, De Dijk, Canned Heat
“The greatest rock’n’roll act I’ve seen in years!” – Johnny Dowd
“He sings, he whispers, and you believe him! […] Impressive storytelling lyrics are supported by a dynamic band that sometimes cries, but burst out angry a few minutes later.” – 3voor12, dutch music magazine
“The music never sounds like Mark’s musical heroes, because it’s so authentic.” – Speakers, about “Pain & Entertainment”

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