Sunnies on & put your feet up
for a free 3 day festival filled to the rim with exotic flavours, adventurous music, cool drinks and epic people watching. All to be enjoyed from your favorite spot on the festival terrace surrounding the cozy carousel stage at Grote Markt, in The Hague city centre. At nightfall, the music gets hotter and the vibe dancier. Summertime Festival is all about the ultimate summer feeling, bringing out the best of The Hague’s eclectic international character. Musicon & Grote Markt The Hague join forces for this laid back outdoor music event in The Hague’s Pop District. This edition’s line up challenges all former editions: from world jazz, classical music, klezmer and contemporary flamenco to urban soul jazz, ska and lots more. Your host for the festival is Susan Malaika Bailey and dj Tigra T provides summer grooves in between the acts.
Young Talents Jazz Trio
From the moment that Sergio Abdoelrahman, Tim van Emmerloot and Cas Jiskoot got together and started making music, something special evolved. The music allowed them to share emotions and stories to create a unique sound: ‘Modern jazz with experimental, explosive improvisation’: New Jazz, that is how their own compositions can be described. ‘Music is a language for us. We play with unity and hear each others stories, sometimes counteracting them. We embrace our different influences from other music genres which creates a sound of our own.’ SIMIO researches within the music itself. They seek boundaries in music regardless of opinions: ‘Music has to feel right, like any art’. ‘It should, in our opinion, transport you to another reality, tell a profound story.’ After a well received debut EP “Delusional” (rated 8,7 by Music Connection CA, USA), this year SIMIO comes with their 2nd studio EP “ A New Path”. New compositions show a new path led by the pure passion for all music and development in sound and interplay. For them, music means freedom, exploration and conveying inexplicable emotion that words can’t express. They are therefore who they are with a shared vision: Improvised music is art, passion, creativity and life journey-emotions come together in a pure, free form which is their distinguished way of playing; and listeners are drawn into SIMIO’s story. Sergio Abdoelrahman - piano | Cas Jiskoot - double bass | Tim van Emmerloot - drums
|18:30||Alba Careta Group|
Alba Careta Group is a very energetic project, innovative but sensitive, formed by musicians from the Amsterdam jazz scene and students from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (where they met). They are: Alba Careta (on trumpet and voice), Egor Doubay (tenor sax), Adrián Moncada (piano), Jort Terwijn (double bass) and João Guerra (drums). The main repertoire of this band are Alba’s compositions, where you can find from aggressive and fast tunes to delicate and sensible songs, making the perfect set for a performance. Her main inspirations are well known musicians from the current jazz scene like: Ambrose Akinmusire, Tigran Hamasyan or Omer Avital. In addition, Alba Careta group also performs Catalan folk songs sing by their leader, in order to have the perfect show for all kind of audiences. This band toured in Catalonia during last January, has been coached by musicians like Ben Wendel and arrived at the final of the Leiden Jazz Award 2019.
|20:00||Ben van den Dungen Quartet|
"Jazz must be" danceable "and the blues must be in it," drummer Art Blakey once said. It could be the motto for the music that Ben plays with his new group. Ben van den Dungen started his career in the early 1980s with the illustrious duo Ben van den Dungen & amp; Jarmo Hoogendijk. Since then he has played in many groups and he has given, with different groups, around 6000 concerts in 70 different countries. The Ben van den Dungen Quartet is a special combination of personalities that only the bring jazz together. The musicians mix their musical origins and talent in an infectious way. Totally of this time, with a "happy feel" and 100% pure jazz. Ben has released three Cd's with this group. The first was Ciao City and was recorded in 2012. In May of 2014, Ben van den Dungen played seven days in the famous jazz club in Madrid "Cafe Central". He recorded every day and the result is the second CD "A night at the club". De Trouw wrote about this: 'His playing has an inspiration that you unfortunately have in contemporary jazz few come across'. The last CD was recorded after a tour through Argentina. Ben had had enough of the old repertoire and recorded 2 Sessions without preparation with a completely new repertoire. The CD originated in the studio. A totally different approach than we are used to from Ben. The album received brave reviews in the Dutch press. Ben played with, among others: Art Taylor, Woody Shaw, Cindy Blackman, Mal Waldron, Jimmy Knepper, Kirk Lightsey, Lester Bowie, Brian Lynch and Jim McNeely. He shared the stage during his concerts with Nueva Manteca and The Cu-Bop City Big Band with Latin greats such as: Giovanni Hidalgo, Nicky Marrero, Orestes Vilato, Armando Peraza, Armando "Chocolate Armenteros", Paquito Rivera and Michel Camilo. Ben van den Dungen - sax | Miguel Rodriguez - piano | Marius Beets - double bass | Gijs Dijkhuizen - drums
Balkan / Klezmer / Gipsy
L’Chaim (means Cheers!) makes music that leans on Eastern-European traditions, and interprets these in an entirely unique and energetic manner. L'Chaim exists for 12 years, and made people dance on festivals all around the world: Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Russia, Taiwan and many more. There is singing in eight languages and the songs vary from lively polka to melancholic songs. With their energetic live show they get every public to dance and they have become experts in party-making, both on the street and on stage. Valerio Lorenzoni - sax / vocals / profound stories | Just Lavooij - double bass / vocals | Wijbrand Luth - bouzouki / vocals | Polle van Gijzel - drums | Ghaeth Almaghoot - clarinet / duduk
Storm is a project of up-and-coming talents from The Hague. Within this project young talented musicians from The Hague work together with an experienced professional musician. With the shared enthusiasm of a pro and the enthusiasm of the young pros, a creative storm occurs! During 9 days of this creative storm, they've worked together on beautiful pieces and the young talents have developed as true professionals. At the Summertime Festival they'll present these created pieces as "Storm". A piece of pride of The Hague that you should not miss! This project is under the direction of musician and composer Ferdinand van Duuren. Mila Stips - voice | Indra Dronkert - voice | Gaia Wijngaarde - voice | Valentine Bovendeert - violin | Marijn Cuperus - guitar | Stan Molenaar - keys | Willem van Dijk - bass | Wessel Hissink - drums
|14:00||Nuno Torres Marques Quintet|
A band led by the Portuguese composer and double bassist, Nuno Torres Marques, whose colorful compositions delve into the world of improvised music. Using his band as the medium, Nuno invites the listeners to use their imagination, while enjoying his kaleidoscopic compositions. The quintet will present tunes from Nuno's album, 'Vortex', and new material composed by Nuno for an upcoming CD! Jazzenzo / David Cohen: “For a debut album, ‘Vortex’, the first album of the Lisbon bassist Nuno Torres Marques and his band, is very mature. Living in The Hague, Marques wrote all seven compositions, in which he welcomes the listener to a world that brings many different influences into an organic whole.” Nuno Torres Marques (PT) - double bass / compositions | Kenny Talkwoski (AR) - saxes / bass clarinet / flute | Rui Silva (PT) - guitar | Georgios Tsolis (GR) - piano | Guillermo Martín Viana (ES) - drums
|15:30||Dr. Jordan Institute|
Caribbean Grooves vs Opera
Dr. Jordan Institute is a new project by vocalist Nicole Jordan and Amsterdam producers Mark Tuinstra and Stefan Kruger from Trinidad and Tobago. The band makes music in the twilight zone between Western European classical music traditions, current afro-dance and the vital musical heritage of the Caribbean.
|17:00||Artvark & Drums United|
Sax Quartet vs Percussion Quartet
World grooves & Soulful Soundscapes: 4 saxophones, 4 drummers, 4 continents!! Artvark Saxophone Quartet dives deep into the World of Groove. Their partner in crime on this occasion is the mighty collective Drums United which is led by Lucas van Merwijk. Drums United consists of Holland's Van Merwijk, Venezuelan Marco Toro, Turkish Alper Kerkeç and Senegalese Moussé Pathé. Imagine Artvark clawing and creeping their way across a stage as a four-headed monster, blowing wailing saxophone melodies and set in soulful soundscapes, while Drums United cook up their ultimate and distinctive World Groove. Artvark & Drums United will take you on a timeless trip, passing a meditative choral with singing percussion directly into the face of a steaming saxophone solo on a deep swamp groove. Drums United have toured the world with shows like 'Heartbeat' and 'Rhythm Dreams': the perfect storm of drums and percussion performed by hugely respected percussionists from four different continents: Africa, South America, Asia and Europe. Leader Lucas van Merwijk was chosen in 2015 by members of De Slagwerkkrant as best World and Fusion Drummer of the Benelux. After twelve years Artvark Saxophone Quartet continue to feel at home playing big international concert stages for their diverse fan base: from the Rotterdam Operadagen to the Cairo Jazz Festival. Besides holding the crowds with their live shows, they have engaged in numerous very well received collaborative projects. Among others, Sly meets Callas with classical soprano Claron McFadden, Polderbeest with actor John Buijsman, Bosch in Bed with dance company De Stilte, and Homelands with Dutch Cameroonian singer Ntjam Rosie. Drums United: Lucas van Merwijk (Holland) - drums & percussion | Alper Kerkeç (Turkey) - Oriental percussion | Marco Toro (Venezuela) - Latin percussion | Moussé Pathé (Senegal) - African percussion Artvark: Rolf Delfos - alto sax | Bart Wirtz - alto sax | Mete Erker - tenor sax | Peter Broekhuizen - baritone sax
Jazz Rock Trio
Amaguk is a three-piece band based in The Nederlands. It was created by three friends motivated by they shared musical passion and their need of a new way of expression and experimentation. Sounds like nothing you ever heard before in a band with this set-up! Their thoughtful compositions and hyper-energetic solos solid grounded on danceable electronic-like rhythms won't leave you indifferent. Their unique bass less formation and use of musical inventions increase the thrilling experience in their performance. Amaguk is a complete out-of-the-box band that has developed an original style which spectrum goes from the very bottom of the Rock guitar tradition to the most colourful avant-garde Jazz. The trio melted together in 2018 and after two successful tours it has already assembled a unique and original sound expressed through a set of powerful compositions. They're currently working on a new set and looking forward to record their next singles, do not miss it! Alba Gil Aceytuno - alto sax / keys | Daniel Denis - guitar & effects | Alex Coulon - drums / percussion
Sabrina Starke is an award-winning, self-taught singer-songwriter, producing representative of self-empowerment, living in Rotterdam. Sabrina has won a number of prestigious awards for her soulful music, including two Edison Awards (Best Newcomer of 2009 & The Edison Jazzism People's Choice), and two Radio 6 Awards (Best Album 2013 & Best Song 2015). In less than 10 years, Sabrina has released a large number of singles from her 5 albums. Her debut album "Yellow Brick Road" was released in 2008 and includes the hit single "Do for Love". When the American jazz record label "Blue Note" noticed her, they re-released the album. The result was that the album was in the Album Charts for 52 weeks, after which it became platinum. The year 2015 was a turning point for Sabrina, from which her mission came about: She would dedicate her creative talents and music to inspire people. With the 10th anniversary of her singing career, 2018 was a very special year for Sabrina Starke. Here she also celebrates the release of her sixth self-written studio album. With her guitar by her side and her social consciousness, this creative soul will always share her talents with the world.
|21:45||New York Ska Jazz Ensemble|
The New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble (NYSJE) is an internationally renowned recording and touring group. Since originating the ska-jazz style and genre name in 1994, the group, led by founder Rock Steady Freddie, has released thirteen Cd's to date. Strongly committed to touring and bringing their music to people all over the world, NYSJE has logged over 70 European tours to date and continues to perform regularly throughout Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. NYSJE’s recordings and performances have garnered critical acclaim for their high energy, creative originals, kinetic ska interpretations of jazz standards, as well as their potent mix of dance hall, reggae, rock steady and jazz. Performance highlights include: The North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Quebec Festival de Musique, Musiques en Ete (Geneva), as well as the Bob Marley Reggae Festival (with Israel Vibration and Sister Carol), The Discover and Bell Atlantic Jazz festivals in the USA and many more. In addition, NYSJE has the singular distinction of being the first American Ska band to play in Poland after the Berlin wall came down. The band had been featured in Downbeat, Reggae Nucleus, The Beat, Ragga and Jazziz magazines. NYSJE’s music can be heard regularly on television on the Nickelodeon network, MTVs Road Rules, as well as two nationally airing Campbell’s Soup Commercials. In Italy, their video, Properly, airs on MTV. NYSJE's song "Prime Suspect” is featured in the HBO documentary “Redemption" which was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award. The song and documentary are currently available on all Delta Airlines International flights. Entering their 26th year, NYSJE shows no sign of slowing down, with a brand new studio recording, Break Thru, international tours booked and a stronger than ever commitment to live performance. Forward Selector!!! Kevin Batchelor - trumpet / vocals | Rocksteady Freddie - sax / flute / vocals | Simone Amodeo - guitar | Andy Mittoo - keyboards / vocals | Mark Damon - bass / vocals | Joey Gallo - drums
|14:00||Princess Christina Concours Presents: Sunniva Skaug|
Sunniva Skaug (2003) won the 2017 and 2019 Britten Viola Competitions in Zwolle, 2nd Prize at the Maassluis Young Talent Competition 2019, and was a national semifinalist in the Prinses Christina Competition in 2018. She has viola lessons with Julia Dinerstein at the Hellendaal Music Institute in Rotterdam, and is a member of the string quartet “Young Strings Zeist”, under mentorship of the Jeruzalem Quartet. Her viola is built by Daniël Royé in Amsterdam.
Samira’s Blues is a new Amsterdam based band, with roots in North Africa. Samira Dainan follows the nomadic trail of her ancestors, lives in the Sahara of Morocco, attends ceremonies in the Atlas Mountains and the Sous and gets entranced during Gnaoua lilac (nights) in Essaouira. Back in Amsterdam she writes and composes songs for her band, inspired by those roots. The arrangements are made by Bas Gaakeer on guitar, bassist Hassan Aït-Moumad, and percussionist Karim Darwish providing the grooves. Samira's Blues celebrated a successful EP launch in Paradiso Amsterdam and was the freshest support act for Touareg band Tamikrest in Rotterdam & The Hague. This summer Samira's Blues will delight the summer festivals with her music and in the fall it's Morocco's turn. Their debut EP "Ya Baba" (Digital - Audiomaze) was recently released on all major platforms. Sing Magazine: "On the debut EP 'Ya Baba' you will hear enchanting North African spirituals and own songs that Samira sings in Arabic, Tamazight and French."
Nomads is a Contemporary Flamenco platform where different projects have space. Coming from a tradition of collective interaction and improvisation, flamenco art is in constant evolution from its birth. The very personal approach of every performer always brings different results in the combination with other performers and situations. The renowned Netherlands based artists Jessica Achten (dance), Carlos Ema (piano and electronics) and Primos del Norte: Erminia Fernández Córdoba (voice), Arturo Ramón (guitar), Udo Demandt (percussion) are collaborating together since 2012 with different projects as Expedite Flamenco, La Fábrica, Sinergy, Encuentros, Tierradentro. Their wide versatility and creativity gets always inspired and extended in every new combination with other arts and music styles, as they constantly change scenario, as nomads do, as Flamenco does.
|18:15||Georgios Tsolis & Friends|
The brand new project of pianist Georgios Tsolis, sets the Hague as their meeting point. A quartet Joined by the Cuban trumpetist Jorge Vistel and the Austrians: double bassist Philip Zarfl and drummer Klemmens Marktl. The quartet performs mainly original music composed by Georgios Tsolis as well as arrangements of renowned jazz standards. The interactive playing and the focus into collective Improvisation sets their musical direction: Jorge Vistel's deep routed Cuban tradition in combination with his incredible jazz performance; The extended vocabulary and jazz sound of drummer Klemens Marktl; The creatively / adventurous and melodic approach of the young talented double bassist, Phillip Zarfl; In combination with the drive of Georgios' performances, setting the story telling - melodies with complex but yet listenable rhythmic approach in his compositions - shaping the sound of this quartet. With an eye looking back to the roots of jazz music, the members of this quartet aim to a nowadays' modern jazz sound.
Jazz / Soul / Afro-Pop
The most recent album Breaking Cycles by Cameroon-born Ntjam Rosie (1983) received raving reviews in all major papers and magazines. English platform Soulandjazz.com chose it for Soul Album of the week and Echoes Magazine voted it Soul Album of 2017! Currently Ntjam Rosie is working on her sixth studio album supported by a brand-new production team, consisting of Bart Wirtz, Lucas Meijers and Thomas Eduard, and it'l be release in October 2019. This spring/summer, Ntjam Rosie can be admired in 10 Dutch theaters in the successful production of Thijs Borsten, De Uitdaging, coupled with singer and trumpet player Jeroen Zijlstra. From the 30th of November she will be touring 40 plus theaters in the Netherlands and Belgium with the production Dear Winnie, a co-production by the NNT and the Flemish KVS. Previously Ntjam Rosie has toured Dutch theaters with the Artvark Saxophone Quartet (Homelands), was featured in Urban Myth’s We hadden liefde, we hadden wapens; and most recently she performed in her own theater production Breaking Beats. Ntjam Rosie has played on many stages and jazz festivals in the Netherlands, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, and has toured in over 20 countries. She has appeared numerous times on DWDD, Vrije Geluiden and other well-known radio and TV programs.
|21:15||Boka de Banjul|
Gambian Mbalax / Pop / Afrobeat
In 1999 Gambian griot Ebou Gaye Mada founded Boka de Banjul in its early from jam sessions with various musicians. Back then the full name was Boka Halat de Banjul, carrying the message of Boka Halat, which means 'joined ideas’ in Wolof. The combination of the various band members, their ideas, their musical background and their shared passion for music became the basis of a platform for positive energy. Boka de Banjul, now based in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, combines the Gambian Mbalax with music from all over the world like Afrobeat, jazz, rock and reggae. Anyone who sees Boka de Banjul playing live gets hit by the infectious energy. Ebou and his band play with such passion, experience and love for music that the audience is included in the rhythms and melodies through this sparkling performance. Few live bands can accomplish this level of interaction with a crowd. This talent has resulted in performances all over the world. Ebou Gaye Mada (1975) is an impassioned percussionist and Singer-songwriter from Banjul, the capital of the Gambia (West-Africa). He comes from well known Senegambian Griot-families: Gaye and Mbye, who are singers and percussionist up to today. As from an early age he started performing with his family and started traveling the world with several and diverse bands one of which was the legendary Gambian band Ifang Bondi. They were the initiators of the Afro-Mandinka beat, using traditional instruments, like the Sabar in West African pop music. Based in The Netherlands, Ebou Gaye Mada joined Kara Dara, a Caribbean, Funky, Jazzy, Poppy celebration of African music. In 2002 he formed his own band ‘Boka Halat de Banjul’ which means ‘Joined Ideas’. The band represents every encounter that he had in his life as an artist and performs West African pop and Mbalax from Senegambia. Since 2007 Ebou is the percussionist and lead singer of the famous band Mdungu, an Afro-jazz formation from Amsterdam. They recorded two albums. the first one, Afro What?! was produced by Justin adams. Their second album, Gambian Space Programm, was Ebou’s singing debut. It was nominated for the famous Dutch Edison Award (category World Music). The traditional Sabar music brought Ebou Gaye Mada to every corner of the world where he met great artists and mastered various music styles. As no other he now knows how to gently enrich each piece of music and still honour his roots. In contrast with this discretion, Ebou has a great capacity to passionately drag his audience into his contra-rhythm solo’s and rousing rhythms. And if the rhythms didn’t get to you yet, his powerful baritone voice will! His humble style and infectious energy made him popular with both music lovers and music makers. Some bands call him their ‘secret weapon’. Ebou Gaye Mada - percussion & lead vocals | Greg Smith - drums | Hassan Aitmoumad - electric guitar | Frank Jonas - electric guitar | Merijn van de Wijdeven - bass guitar | Sarah van Impe - percussion & backing vocals.