Claron McFadden: opera

Claron McFadden. “The human voice is mysterious, spontaneous and primal…its breath is the caption of this essence…” says the world-renowned Soprano Claron McFadden. While looking for her own essence in a silent retreat in Thailand, she was asked to sing. When the woman remarked “it’s like meditation,” she realized that…

Calefax Reed Quintet

Calefax is a reed quintet based in Amsterdam. Few ensembles can claim to have created a new musical genre, but Calefax, a quintet composed exclusively of reed instruments, has brought a fresh sound to audiences. The Amsterdam-based group’s unusual combination of instruments — clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon and bass clarinet…

Karsu Dönmez: Turkish jazz

Karsu Dönmez (1990) is a pianist and singer from Amsterdam of Turkish descent. She is seen as a major talent in the field of jazz and is being called the Dutch Norah Jones. Young as she is, she has already performed in Carnegie Hall in New York twice, and played…