Missa, a brand new album with songs from the like-named, successful production of Musica Extrema. Missa is a mass in 11 parts about the arise of Holland. The music is a combination of classical music, jazz and world music. The Dutch lyrics are written by no one less than Jan Rot. The music is composed by Ben van den Dungen and Wim Warman.
Missa tells the story of the fight against the water of the Dutch people, the origin of the cities in Holland with its much spoken tombs, Jacoba van Beiren, the Hoekse & Kabeljauwse twisten and the terrible natural disaster the Sint-Elisabeth Flood.
All songs from this production are collected on this album. The orchestra Musica Extrema (Tanya Schaap, Ben van den Dungen, Gert Wantenaar, Sebastiaan van Bavel, Vasillis Stefanopoulos) and three vocalists (Claudia Patacca, Erik Slik, Jan Willem Baljet) take you back in history. Back to our story, the story of the arise of Holland.
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Next month starts the new musical program of musica Extrema: Amor.
The book by the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez,
‘About the devil and other loves’, inspired Musica Extrema to make a
music program. The gripping story of the
untouchable and beautiful Sierva María is about romance,
drama and love. In Amor this story is told and musically
reinforced by the idiosyncratic ensemble Musica Extrema. U
will be taken by a dramatic story and by the
most beautiful South American melodies and songs.
Amor is Musica Extrema’s ninth theatre programme. Since the
set up in 2003, the group has undergone a development which has been in progress since its
least remarkable. The orchestra has played on practically all major and
small concert venues in the Netherlands, but also abroad they
have already been introduced to this ensemble several times.
From September Amor can be seen throughout the country.
From September the Ben van den Dungen Quartet will be back again. With their “Tribute to John Coltrane” they will be touring throughout the country in various clubs and theatres.
In the sixties ‘Trane’ formed a new quartet and took a new direction. An immediate change in the jazz music of the sixties was the result. Modal jazz was born with famous albums like ‘Impressions’ and ‘A Love Supreme’. In “A Tribute to John Coltrane”, the Ben van den Dungen Quartet presents a dazzling ode and a contemporary interpretation of a repertoire that is rightly labelled ‘classics’.
See you soon!
The Ben van den Dungen Quartet has only just started their Tribute to John Coltrane tour but it’s already an amazing success. The timeless music of one of the most influential musicians of all time attracts full theatres with a raging enthusiastic audience as a result.
Jazz magazine writes: “Jazzenzo”: One of the most successful jazz initiatives of recent times is the ‘Tribute to John Coltrane’ project by saxophonist Ben van den Dungen. In the meantime almost forty concerts have been planned, a number that doesn’t really occur in The Netherlands anymore these days. This also means that the need for the music of the great jazz innovator is considerable. Van den Dungen brings inspired performances of ‘Wise One’, ‘Mr Sims’, ‘Afro Blue’, ‘Like Sonny’ and ‘Spiritual’. An abridged version of the suite ‘A Love Supreme’ is also on the programme (jazzenzo, 2020).
The Quartet also received rave reviews from Progjazz. They wrote a piece about the performance at the Ujazz festival in Utrecht: The concert in De Helling was the kick-off of a national tour, with well-known squatters like ‘Like Sonny’, ‘Afro Blue’ and ‘A Love Supreme’ on the program, but also ‘Wise One’ and ‘Mr. Syms’. The love and admiration for Coltrane is dripping away with Ben van den Dungen. He introduced the pieces with short speeches about the genius, but without – in his own words – “wanting to lapse into a Teleac course” (Progjazz, 2020).
Ben will be touring all over the country in the coming months. Take a look at our agenda for all the dates.
Just like all other Agencies in the world, also Jazz & Worldmusic Agency is hit hard by the Coronavirus. Since 14 March all our shows have been cancelled. We really hope to be back soon with more and better news! Until then: keep distance, take care of each other and let’s meet again later in the theatre!