These are Alpha, Beta and Omega. The three young wolves are kept in this cage in animal zoo Monde Sauvage, Aywaille in Belgium. All day long. They’re only allowed to be outside for one hour, when they have to perform in the show. If they do not perform well, they don’t get any food. Their former caretaker is passionate about animals. Passionate about wolves. He cared for them, played with them and loves them dearly.
He filed a complaint for animal abuse at the police station in Sprimont. A policeman warned him not to proceed with this case, because it might be dangerous for his life, or that of his pets. He had a contract until November and does not work at Monde Sauvage anymore. He worries about the wolves. And shared lots of other stories and tragedies happening in that zoo.
According to Belgian law, the wolves should be able to run free in a space of 1200m2. There is a section for the adult wolves. But these 3 young ones are kept in this cage, near the section of the birds and owls. They do not receive proper care. Nor are they allowed to run and enjoy themselves.
Whether or not there should be animal parcs like this, is not the issue here. Our concern is the welfare of these three young wolves. We want a guarantee they do not end up as meat for the other animals, such as the lions, tigers and leopards.
Or is there? A few days ago I was browsing Joanna Wang’s channel in YouTube, for some NewTokyoTerror feed. I then strolled over to her Facebook page and stumbled upon one of the most bizarre yet fascinating series of clips I’ve seen in a long time. It turned out to be a South-Korean bassist, Hyunmo Kim. And he’s one heck of a bass player! The dressing up however is a main ingredient causing some hiccups at first, but once you’ve gotten used to his appearance and have watched him as a guy who seems to really be in touch with his female side, these clips are rated funny and hilarious next to simply brilliant.
A little more research offered yet another surprise, The Oriental Express, a Korean fusion band, or as is listed on their website, No. 1 Korean Fusion Band. Hyunmo Kim’s the bassist in this band, where traditional and classical Korean music is combined with jazz. This is what one can find described on the website:
Oriental Express is a new breed of fusion music group blending various genres including Korean classical music, jazz and music technology. Oriental Express was formed on 2004 with Youngjun Choi (Prof. of Seoul Institute of the Arts), drummer Hyounjong Kim (Prof. of Yeoju Institute of Technology), bass player Hyunmo Kim as main members. Choi is the leader of the group, responsible for composing and playing the keyboard. As gayageum player Kyungso Park , and haegeum player Jiyoon Chun joined on 2005, the current lineup of the group has been established.
With 3 albums out, including 2006’s first debut album ‘To The West’, 2007’s second album ‘Cruising Together’, and 2008’s third album of ‘Vision of the Road’, Oriental Express has pursued of an extraordinary and broadened genre of their own, trying to incorporate various rhythmical beats such as jazz, rock, latin, funk, disco, and even electric sound into Korean-style melodies. They’ve not only made great endeavors in delivering great performances but also in the development of software and hardware needed for the performance. They have been developing electric haegeum, electric gayageum, i-jangju, and now are expanding to include the Korean classical software synthesizer. In addition, various sensors and interactive real-time video software are under development, too.
The music of Oriental Express harmonized with Korean classical instruments and western-style modern music instruments cannot be simply condensed into a sentence definition in a way that ‘It is Korean traditional music.’ or ‘This is jazz.’ It can be defined only as Oriental Express Music. This is a new breed of sound created by the harmonious spirit of each players.
As I am writing this, the Amsterdam cafe where I am since about 14.30 this afternoon, is suddenly loaded with people. A lot of people. It’s quite annoying actually, but who am I to comment, they’re guests here just like I am. Liz Wright (her album Salt) is filling my ears via the earphones, as people discuss the images placed against the walls of this place. An artsy crowd, yes. Even the children.
Anyway, more to come in the following days, as I am here in Amsterdam for the Dutch Jazz & World Meeting 2010. Seminars, workshops, showcases. Musica, musica. And meeting up with John Kelman (All About Jazz) for the first time … to be continued!
A while ago, I posted a clip from a song recorded by Skinnie, a Dutch singer-songwriter. That clip was removed. Not due to copyright infringement. Nope. The idea was to release that clip with the new single. And so the clip and single were launched last Monday the 15th of November. For the new Skinnie video and song (featuring yours truly on vocals as well) you’ll have to visit this link.
The video I am presenting here is made by Nicky Dassen. She is the daughter of Pieke Dassen, a well-known actor, puppeteer, singer, painter and allround artist. They lived around the block where I spent my childhood. Nicky went to see a performance of the LSO mid October, the LSO is the regional symphony orchestra and they played a piece of Debussy, La boîte à joujoux. Filmmaker Richard Dols made a movie starring the puppets of Pieke Dassen.
This requires a little bit of info. The past four days, Maastricht celebrated the 20th edition of JekerJazz, a musical fest in the heart of the city with cafes, pubs, lounges and small diners offering free music to their audiences. I got involved a couple of months ago and helped Giel Coenen and Appie Weijers with some PR and promotional activities: Using social media and networks like Facebook, Twitter and the incomparable WordPress blogconcept to spread the word. On Saturday we had a few things going on in which i was highly involved. A homage for Glenn Corneille, the musician who sadly passed away due to a tragic car accident in 2005, started with music in the old bell tower of the City Hall. Kenneth Tan, a very good photographer made some real nice pictures and if you click his name, you get a pretty good idea of what it was like up there.
We spent the afternoon in bar lounge Cabane, watching a DVD of Corneille’s latest concert with his Corneille Roelofs Trio in the company of his parents and their friends. It was a heartwarming experience with some moving moments, especially for Glenn’s parents. Even though it was a DVD, after each song played by the Trio, the audience in Cabane applauded just like the people on the DVD did. As if it was a genuine live concert. It sure sounded like one.
So, for the evening there was a lot to choose from and we left it to where chance might lead us. I got wind of some groovy sounds and when i went into the Falstaff cafe, i couldn’t have been more surprised. So many bands were programmed i really didn’t keep track of who was in what band and such. And there he was, Roger Corneille. Yes. he’s Glenn’s cousin. My entire day was a Corneille one it seemed, and not a bad day to spend it in the company of Corneilles. For the musical talents sure weren’t limited to Glenn, who really was one of a kind in the way he mastered his instrument. But his cousin Roger has something to call his own as well!
And it wouldn’t be real Mizar6-ish, or Mizar5-ish if there wasn’t a Steely Dan connection somewhere along the way. So we’re going to see who’s in this truly funky groovy Funk’d from Venlo, a small southern town northwest in the province of Limburg: Duncan Tilmans (drumz), Werner van Gool (keys), Charles Coppens (bass), Roger Corneille (vocals) and Berland Rours on guitar. And it’s this Berland guy who is our Steely connection. Besides being a real good player as you can easily assess when having seen the clip above, he’s also on drummer Ron van Stratum’s latest album: Swingin’ In The Swamp.
Will leave it to you to find the answer: Ron van Stratum (drums, percussion); Jim Beard (keys); Mike Roelofs (keys); Wilbert Kivits (keys); Jon Herington (git); Frank Peeters (git); Berland Rours (git); Roman Korolik (bass); Henk de Laat (ac-bass); Peter Hermesdorf (sax); Andy Middleton (sax); Sam Vloemans (trp); Nadine Nix (voc). CD mastering by Scott Kinsey.
If you’ve read the All About Jazz review here about a new release from Skinnie, One Add One, you’ll probably have noticed the clip no longer works. I took it down. Not because of any copyright infringement. The clip sprung from my mind and my computer. No. It was taken down because of a happenstance. If you’re curious and would like to learn more, just click on the image and find out.
Jeker Jazz is the brainchild of Giel Coenen who started programming jazz, blues, funk and related music in pubs and cafes around one of the most attractive inner city neighborhoods of Maastricht, the Jeker Quarter (Jekerkwartier). This was twenty years ago. It turned out to be a successful concept with a variety of music and free admission to the concerts in the pubs, cafes and small diners. In 2003, Jeker Jazz integrated with the organization Jazz Maastricht and its name changed into Jazz Promenade. In the meantime, Appie Weijers (Ap-Art Events) had joined the team and he and Giel Coenen were responsible for programming the annual Jazz Promenade event.
Jazz Maastricht decided to change course again in 2010, which seemed a perfect cue to restore Jeker Jazz in its former glory as well. Giel Coenen and Appie Weijers have now returned to the roots of this annual inner city jazzfest that is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Starting from scratch.
If you’re interested in participating on any level, become an affiliate-sponsor or would like to be given the opportunity to perform your music on a vibrant Maastricht inner city stage of sixty venues, feel free to send an email for more information: Jeker Jazz Maastricht.
NEW YORK — Separately, the Dukes of September have sold tens of millions of albums, explored every major strain of popular music and commanded attention over four decades.
United, they are promising to deliver a unique concert bonanza for Boomers and connoisseurs of R&B and soul.
Tonight in Danbury, Conn., Boz Scaggs, Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald play the first of 22 Rhythm Revue dates during which they’ll try to justify the regal, doo-wopish title they’ve bestowed upon themselves. It shouldn’t be hard, as they offer up nuggets from their own careers, alongside tunes from jukebox heaven and the Americana attic. Tour stops include Boston (Aug. 31), Chicago (Sept. 11), Los Angeles (Sept. 29) and a finale in Las Vegas (Oct. 2).