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Vincent Bijlo en Sem de Jongh met de Zilveren Reissmicrofoon
The Concertzender wins the Silver Reismicrophone
To our own huge surprise, the Silver Reis Microphone went to the Concertzender on Thursday 13th June! In a packed room in the Amsterdam Ketelhuis, jury chairman Vincent Bijlo gave the relieving  word. We were already extremely honoured with the nomination. This was awarded first, with a nice introductory video that shows the extremes of the music choice on the Concertzender. You will see images of our two live programmes: Ana Maria Sousa Castro on violin and Neil Dixon on viola during their performance at Concertzender Actueel presented by Stef Lokin. And Bob Rusche in the studio on Sunday evening for his X-Rated. And director Sem de Jongh thanks all our volunteers who have ensured that the most beautiful music can be heard on the Concertzender for forty years. This prestigious radio award is really for all of us! Here is the jury report: “The Concertzender, forty years against resistance: from a local station with Fine Music to a musical gold mine with 24 theme channels. Few words, a lot of music. That was the starting point of the new local Amsterdam station for serious music founded in 1982 by IJsbreker director Jan Wolff (1941-2012) and film producer and writer P. Hans Frankfurther (1932-1996). The founders wanted to make music genres heard that were not or insufficiently covered by public broadcasting. The listener had a right to that, they thought. Initially, De Concertzender could only be heard in Amsterdam via cable. The channel will be available worldwide via the internet in 2024. The existence of the channel has hung by a thread countless times and has been financed over time by many parties, from NOS and VPRO to Veronica. Now the studio is located in the center of Utrecht. Director Sem de Jongh has an organization with only four people on the payroll and one hundred and fifty volunteers who create wonderful programmes. From ‘Not a Day Without Bach’ to ‘The Palace of Melancholy’. And from ‘The Walk’ – in which snowed-under composers regain their place on stage – to ‘New Music’, with a concert for solo steel pan. On the Concertzender and the theme channels we hear almost all music genres that man has ever developed, including pop, techno, experimental electronic music, folk and trance. World Of Jazz was also launched on April 30th this year. A channel on which jazz and world music can be heard 24 hours a day, with a lot of attention for new releases, young talent and live music. This in close collaboration with the Dutch Jazz and world music sector. And then there are our own concert recordings. About six thousand concerts have been recorded over the past forty years, two thousand of which are online. We look forward to another forty musical years with the Concertzender, hand in hand with Hildegard van Bingen, Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong, marimba player Tatiana Koleva and all those other creative people in all those different genres. We feel rich.”
Camerata Trajectina in Concertzender Live
In Concertzender Live on Friday 14th June, the Utrecht company Camerata Trajectina is in the spotlight. Reason: the ensemble will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024! Camerata Trajectina celebrated their anniversary with a tour at the beginning of 2024, and a special anniversary programme will be played on September 1st, 2024 during the Early Music Festival in Utrecht. Camerata Trajectina was founded in 1974 as an initiative of two Utrecht Musicology students: Jan Nuchelmans (later founder of the Early Music Festival) and early music specialist Jos van Veldhoven. Lutenist and musicologist Louis Peter Grijp (1954-2016) soon became the artistic director of the ensemble. Under his leadership, approximately 40 LPs and CDs were released with old Dutch songs. They won an Edison twice. Camerata Trajectina has been bringing Dutch history to life since its inception. The ensemble specialized in music from the 16th and 17th centuries. The group is pretty much the musical memory of the Netherlands. The first recording to be heard in Concertzender Live is from that anniversary tour, part of the Early Music Season. The ensemble followed Joannes Stalpart van der Wiele on his Italian journey: Italian madrigals by Orlando di Lasso and Luca Marenzio, among others, are set to Van der Wiele’s flowery and ingenious Dutch texts. The second recording was made during the Festival De Muze van Zuid, on May 22, 2016 in the Vondelkerk in Amsterdam. Then Camerata Trajectina presented Dutch beggars’ songs from the 16th and 17th centuries. Broadcast: Friday June 14, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM View the playlist here. On photo: Camerata Trajectina in 2024 (source: Visit Flevoland)
The Blues as Form
Saturday June 8th, 2024, 10:00 PM – Deep Jazz. We know the blues as a genre, which originated in America, among the African-American population. The blues was sung, accompanied by guitar or piano. Apart from that, you can also see the concept of blues as a form that can also be used purely instrumentally. That format has spread widely in Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll. Characteristic are the 12 bars – also: eight or sixteen – and the three basic chords. The number of chords could be expanded, and the chords developed from triads to complex harmonies. The shape can be decorated and completed in such a way that the blues is barely recognizable. Of the eleven pieces in this programme, five have a blues form. Organ Grinder Swing is on the album of the same name by organist Jimmy Smith (1965). Guitarist Kenny Burrell and drummer Grady Tate complete the trio. It is the nice swinging opening for the hour. A textbook example of the Jimmy Smith style. The album was a commercial success. Watermelon Man was also a success. Pianist/composer Herbie Hancock published it on his debut album Takin’ Off in 1962. It became a standard. Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria contributed greatly to the popularity of the piece with his version in 1963, which you can hear version here. An immediately appealing, perfect composition, perfectly executed. A 16-time blues. In 1924, Duke Ellington composed his C Jam Blues. The melodic element could not be shorter: only two notes, G and C. That combination is repeated twice within twelve bars. Pianist Oscar Peterson recorded it in 1962 (album NIght Train, with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen). The temperature rises considerably in the long drawn-out Blues for Woody, from the album United (1981) by trumpeter Woody Shaw. Solos for five of the six musicians. Tenorist Stanley Turrentine married organist Shirley Scott (photo) in the 1960s. The couple can be heard on many recordings, including on the 1964 album Hustlin’. Guitarist Kenny Burrell – see Organ Grinder Swing – is also present here. Hard swing in this 8-mode, harmonically stripped down scheme with a continuous back beat. Details in the Guide. Deep Jazz – Hans Mantel
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