dutch adventurous popnoir band with enchanting female vocalist with a wide four-octave vocal range, who uses several vocal techniques. Released two albums, a live album ("BlackBlue") and a studio album: "Nightporter". Both albums got a lot of very good press critics in the dutch and international press (Oor, Fret, Live XS, Music maker, Heaven, NRC Handelsblad, AD, Volkskrant and many others). ( for reviews, visit: http://www.chabliz.nl/links/reviews ). A brand new album is recorded, it's ready and due to be released in autumn 2013. Chabliz has influences from dreampop, rock and gothicjazz. Artists they love and are compared with are Nick Cave, Kate Bush, Nico, Lene Lovich, Beach House, Nina Hagen and many others.
Petra de Winter signed a record deal with major CNR-Arcade (Holland). She performed, a.o., at stages in London, Copenhagen and Tunisia. In Holland she was a guest of Paul de Leeuw at his popular national t.v. show. Petra has also worked with other Dutch musicians, such as Rowin Schumm (Lichterlaaie), Arie Spaans (Suburbs), Cor Gout (Tresspassers W), Daniel Derks (ex-de Dijk), Hans Eijkenaar, Leendert Haaksma, Michel van Schie, Holger Schwedt, Shell Schellekens and Tjeerd van Zanen. In the nineties she was the leadsinger of musical theatre group "Danse Macabre". She studied at the DJAM and the Royal Conservatory.
Double bass-player Marcel Peters has played the North Sea Jazz Festival five times. He also accompanied jazzvocalist Faye Claassen and Mariska Veres (Shocking Blue). Chabliz' studio album "Nightporter" has been produced by Wim Oudijk. He had several top 40 hits in the seventies with his band 'Navel'. Last years he worked with bands as a producer; Wim produced a.o. "Venus Flytrap" and had hits with "Doctorandus P". He co-founded the "Tresspassers W".
Drummer Ap de Ree entried the finals of the important "Big Prize of Holland" with his band "The Butler". He also played in new waveband Basic Scream, and formed a duo with his ex wife, a gifted singer and pianist. They toured together for several years.
Pianist-keyboardist Pim van Riezen had some small hits with several dance songs on the Rave label.. He studied at the conservatory of Amsterdam and plays pop, classic organ and jazzpiano. His extra speciality is recording, mixing and producing. The new album is produced by Pim, in cooperation with the rest of the band.
René Meester is the new guitarplayer from Chabliz since summer 2012. He did the SAE and recorded many songs himself. He played in many bands, a.o. the Faintlights.
Guestplayers of Chabliz are guitarplayer and songwriter Henrik Olsen, who lives in Copenhagen, and guitarplayer and studio technician / producer Marcel van Ling. Marcel owns his own studio and did also some studiowork for the band.
Producer, singer and songwriter Wim Oudijk had several hits in the seventies and eighties. He produced the last album and one song on the new album. The production of the new album is in the hands of Chabliz (DIY).
Chabliz did five short tours of Rumania (Bucharest) at the Jeunesses Musicales Festival and played there again in 2009 at the EUROPAFEST festival and at the Hardrock Cafe. Their concerts were broadcasted on the Rumanian State Television. The band played extensively all over Holland, in all sorts of clubs, festivals and venues. Some highlights are the several clubcircuit-stages all over Holland, the The Hague Jazz Festival where they played gothicjazz ( 2009), Festival "The Affaire" (Nijmegen) , the Boulevardfestival (Den Bosch), the dutch "Popronde" and several live radio concerts, also for radio 2.
What: The Live-to-DAT-recorded debut-album "Black Blue" was highly acclaimed by the Dutch music-press (a.o. OOR, Fret, Music Maker). Chabliz' studio album "Nightporter" got even better press-critics in the Dutch and international music-press. Amongst Chabliz' fans and appreciators are several celebreties: the late Theo van Gogh, Hans Vermeulen, Van Dyke Parks and Adriaan Bontebal.
Chabliz made it to many finals, several jury's chose CHABLIZ ( for details, see www.ongekendtalent.nl) because they loved this music.
Right now Chabliz just finished a new album, due to be released in autumn/winter 2013. At one of the tracks famous dutch artist Fay Lovsky is the featuring artist, playing musical saw and theremin.
A tour through Holland and the rest of Europe is to be planned right after the release.
The band is working on new songs right now.
Chabliz is influenced by many artists, a.o. Joy Division, Diamanda Galas, Yma Sumac, Greetje Bijma, Ute Lemper, Nick Cave, David Bowie, Richard Wagner, Beach House, Jeff Buckley and many more.
Petra de Winter - Vocals
Pim van Riezen - Piano, Sound Effects, Organs, programming and production, Sound engineering, Keyboards and Synths, Digital Production
Marcel Peters - Electric Bass, acoustic double bass
Ap de Ree - drums and percussion
Henrik Olsen - guest-guitarplayer on "Don't believe"
Wim Oudijk - production, arrangements and sound engineering on"Nightporter"and "Moon" ( Disco Fair Studio)
Rene Meester - Guitars (multi)
Marcel van Ling - mosound Studio - Sound Engineer, guest guitarist at Blue Strike
- BlackBlue - live album
- Nightporter - studio album
- single "Nightporter" on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. (2012)
- Singles "Moon" and "Billie Jean" on Spotify, etc. (2013)
2009- demo, produced by famous guitarplayer Dany Lademacher
2009- Billie Jean - single
2012- teaser, single (autumn/winter '12) + videoclip (You Tube: march 2013: "Blue Strike")
2013- next albumrelease and singlerelease ( autumn).
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Our producer received this email from the "the master" himself ! : "Dear Wim, I am delighted I've ...Our producer received this email from the "the master" himself ! : "Dear Wim, I am delighted I've heard your CD. It's just brimming with talented decisions from top to bottom ! of course, i'm touched that you included the piece I wrote. It is impossible to sing, I've been told, and Petra de Winter just smokes in her hot performance ! I am deeply grateful to you for your kind gesture. Peace & love to all who helped bring this to such a successful performance. Van Dyke Parks. P.S. We love the artwork as well. Too cool."
“Nightporter”. This song succeeds in making you feel torment. it evokes extreme sadness. Very gloomy. If you want to wallow after a bad breakup or a funeral……this is the music for that. The vocal feels sort of dark Glee…..dark theater. (..)” Famous USA (LA) – based A&R manager Holly Hutchison in the Hotseat, http://www.anrgirl.com/hotseat , May 2012.
"Take me back, take me way way way back... a band tuning up... a piano playing distant fragments of Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man"... the first glimpses of an ensemble tuning up in Berlin in the 1920s. A dark and smokey bar... in the backroom of a large, yet slightly dusty hotel that once had seen grander days... an overtired nightporter doesnt even really notice you when you get in. On stage a chanteuse sings German-language chansons and songs about a long forgotten time that possibly has never existed. You sit down at a table and light a cigarrete and order a glass of French wine. Smokey, velvet curtains.. the warmth of the wine kicks in... and the music of The Hague based band Chabliz takes you away... on the wings of dark and brooding, melancholic songs you drift away on a journey to a place where melancholy is a resort for lost dreams. Some compositions are originals, some in English, others in German, which go along perfectly with the overall German theater music Weill-like style of the album. Other songs are cover versions, very fitting to the overall feel of the album is Randy Newman's "In Germany Before The War", and there's of course a rendition of a Weill song, "Moon Of Alabama". Chabliz also included their interpretation of a Van Dyke Parks-song, "An Invitation To Sin", which has an especially decadent feel in the context of the overall atmosphere of the album. The sound of the album's arrangements is inspired a lot by the producer's love for Van Dyke Parks' music. The influence is especially prominent in the sound of the background choirs, who perform very Parksian glissandos. Disciples of Parks and Weill and Newman exploring the sound of a night out in a smokey bar in the 1920s" If you like that idea, you should have a look at the Chabliz website, where the band distributes it self-published album "Nightporter": www.chabliz.com. The webmaster van VanDykeparks.com
“Denk aan de jaren dertig met een jazzy cabaretachtig sfeertje. Drie prima muzikanten en een leadzangeres, Petra de Winter, die met gemak drie octaven haalt. Wel moet ze uitkijken niet te overdrijven. (“) Chabliz blijft heel bijzonder omdat het een eigen kijk heeft op gedurfd materiaal in een stijl die voor velen te lang onderbelicht is gebleven. Net als de ronduit schitterende klaphoes is niets standaard aan dit product. Toch is Chabliz geschikt voor een breed publiek. Zet de groep een keer in Kopspijkers en je moet eens kijken wat er gebeurt !” Willem Jongeneelen in de Oor.
For more reviews, please visit http://www.chabliz.nl/reviews
1. Imitating Angels
2. Don't believe
3. Poppies- in Flanders fields
4. Blue Strike
5. Billie Jean
7. in the flesh
9. Maybe there are some wounds
10. When sirens call
12, the Swing
13. lady grinning soul
14. Why do you look so sad
15. You were meant for me
16. an invitation to sin
18. I put a spell on you
We are able to play a concert from every length in between twenty minutes and 100 minutes. We or you are able to make a selection from the songs above. About 80% of our setlist are own-written, original songs. The others are creative, original arrangements from mostly obscure songs, written by some of our (sometimes famous) heroes. We changed the arrangements and atmosphere so much that some of these songs are even difficult to recognize if you know the original. The most famous song (and we admit it, this is one of the biggest hits from the 20th century) that we rearranged was Michael Jackson's Billie Jean......we play a hardly recognizable resonant gothicversion of this worldfamous song....