Leeuwarden, Friesland, NLD

Totally original repertoire sang by a stunning singer in her minority language 'Frisian' with a high quality international band from Holland, Spain and Moldavia. CD ALTER released world wide by Crammed Discs.


Nynke comes from Friesland and sings in Frisian, a language with a rich history and a great poetic quality, which is only spoken in the northern part of the Netherlands, and is considered by linguists as being somewhere halfway between English and Dutch.

For a number of years, Nynke has been passionate about all forms of Mediterranean and Latin music, from fado and flamenco to various Latin American traditions. She proceeded to create her own "Mediterranean-Frisian" style, inspired by these musical forms she has studied intensively, and sung in her mother tongue. She recorded three albums which became very successful in the Netherlands and earned her both a gold disc, an Edison (the Dutch Music Award) and a literary prize.

Nynke's outstanding vocal talents attracted the attention of the famous, multiple award-winning producer/guitarist Javier Limn from Spain. The man who produced benchmark albums by fado star Mariza, and Spanish phenomeno Buika, by major flamenco artists such as Paco de Lucia and Diego el Cigala, as well as by Anoushka Shankar, Luz Casal, Bebo Valds, Yasmin Levy and Carlinhos Brown. Limn became fascinated by Nynke's original take on Mediterranean music, and wanted to work with her on a new album. This is how Alter was born, from an encounter between two people who were soon united by their common love for language and poetry, by their long-time, respective quests for ways to capture emotion in music.

Javier Limon says: The music of the words in Frisian is very strong and in the songs you hear the sound of the landscape, the wide expanses, the huge sky and the overwhelming green. Then theres this exceptional voice: when Nynke starts to sing, something happens.

Line up:

Nynke Laverman – vocals

Sytze Pruiksma – percussion & Noardske Balke

Jan Roel Hamersma – marimba

Edsart Udo de Haes  – Spanish guitar 

Marieke Grotenhuis – Accordion



Sielesâlt (FAMA 2004)
De Maisfrou (FAMA 2006)
Nomade (FAMA 2009)
Alter (Crammed Discs 2013)