Shows of Blue Lifeblood, my newest music, in the Netherlands
-8 March 21:00, Huis Verloren, Hot House, Hoorn
-18 March 14:30 Theater de Blauwe Schuur, Culemborg
-17 and 18 Sept: recordings Power Sound studio, Amsterdam
-25 Nov.16:00 Premiere /album launch Splendor, Amsterdam
-2 Dec.15:00 Fulcotheater, IJsselstein
-21 January 12:30 Theater Concordia, Enschede
-27 January 14:30 Stroomhuis, Neerijnen
-30 March 18:45-19:45 Jazztival, Theater de Vest, Alkmaar
-31 March15:00 Witte Kerk, Hemrik (Friesland)
-7 April 18:30 Beauforthuis, Austerlitz, with tapas
-12 April 20:00 Maria Christinakerk/ Cultuurpodium Den Dolder
-14 April 17:00 Pianolamuseum Amsterdam.
-22 June 16:30-19:00 concert with nature walk, "... and the Dunes Dance", IJgenweis, at Buitencentrum Schoorlse Duinen, Schoorl.
-25 June morning: openingsact at International MARE conference, Amsterdam
-25 June evening: solo acts at Sustainability Cafe, LUX Nijmegen. Postponed to autumn because of heat!
Workshops in France Ecolonie
Two Green Beat Cafes held... with Tony Overwater and Bert van den Brink
Heleen has organized two Green Beat Cafes in Amsterdam, a long standing plan! High quality music inspired by landscapes around the world combined with short audiovisuals, & interesting stories about nature.
We started with a great team on November 17th, in which Heleen's new Blue Lifeblood project on powerful water sources met Tony Overwater's musical passion for the dry, dry Middle Eastern world. Musicians accompanying Tony Overwater (double bass, violone, compositions), were Nizar Rohana (ud) and Ruven Ruppik (percussion). These three incredible musicians also joined in with Heleen (voice, compositions) and Thijs Cuppen (piano) trying out the first 7 songs from the Blue Lifeblood project.
The second evening on January 19th (see front page) hosted Bert van den Brink (piano) Bart Fermie (percussion) and Theo de Jong (bass). Heleen again tried out some songs for Blue Lifeblood with this fine team and in addition performed other nature-inspired songs from her earlier albums
In February/March 2017 Heleen has travelled to Ghana for Green Beat Performers She collaborated with Ghanean hiplife artist Obour and his highly skilled musical friends such as Nero X, Richie and MZVee on an inspirational composing journey into the Atewa Forest. Atewa is a beautiful nature area not far from capital city Accra, and essential to its water provision. It hosts more butterfly species than the whole of Europe together! The team created and recorded a song & clip, and Heleen also performed at the International Concert of the Ghana Music Week Festival. Atewa needs better protection against mining, most of all...
Atewa 'till Eternity: a composing journey into a Ghanean forest
IJBURG, AMSTERDAM: Tuesday January 15th- April 6th 2019
SINGING PRESENTATION AND INTERPRETATION:
I gave various singing workshops again at Ecolonie in 2017: from 5-11 AUGUST near Hennezel, Vosgues, France. Ecolonie is a summer meeting place for people concerned with sustainability and inspired by spirituality, it was and is great to contribute to their work and joy!
In the Netherlands, from 22-24 SEPTEMBER 2017 I gave a singing weekend in a beautiful Dutch nature area (Drents-Friese Wold, Appelscha), with co-teacher Marjolein van den Hombergh. Fun, hard work and learning as well as delicious meals were enjoyed in: Herberg Het Volle Leven!
Proud of Pantanal Poetica
Pantanal Poetica has been a musical adventure with scientists, environmentalists and musicians from Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina literally on board of our trip in October 2015. We created TEN new songs inspired by the waters of the Pantanal, which have been spread by You Tube, through a documentary, and LIVE by the artists active in all those countries. The songs were informed and inspired by the beauty and uniqueness of the Pantanal, the largest tropical freshwater wetland on this globe, and home to well-known animals such as the jaguar, the giant otter, or the hyacinthe macaw.
One of the new songs surely will be an anchor in my own upcoming new CD project Blue Lifeblood. Pantanal Poetica is an initiative of Green Beat Performers, which was developed and carried out with MUPAN, UFMS and many other partners in Brazil and beyond. See the links for more info and impressions of this very inspiring project. Listen to the songs!
Concerts, radio shows and network meetings Indonesia
In June 2015 I visited Sumatra, Java and Bali and performed with young and established jazz musicians in Medan and Jakarta, 3, 6 and 7 June. The invitation was meant for Jazz Hijau, the musical cooperation project between Walhi, IUCN NL and Green Beat. We also gave two hour-long national level radio talkshows in which songs of the Cds were featured and I sang some songs in Bahasa Indonesia. On Bali I met extensively with singer-composer Robi from Navicula, also an artist inspired by nature conservation. For further info see the newspage of Green Beat.
Check out the video made earlier of my work and involvement in the Jazz Hijau/ Green Jazz project, on You Tube (links on this website to You Tube do not work temporarily!).
An Ode to the Dutch Dunes, a wonderful workshop week
In July 2015 I organized a workshop week for singers and songwriters in one of the Netherlands most beautiful areas: the Dunes of Schoorl. The area, its animals, landscape, people and history inspired us to write new material. Participants also interpreted existing poetry and songs related to the sea and dunes and presented all on stage. A happy week, totally plunged into nature, good lyrics, good songs, good poetry, good company. Happy to repeat, here and elsewhere. Part of our Green Beat concept. Heleen.