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Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Press quotes on Nynke’s concerts"

Press quotes on ALTER

"The language, landscape and sound world seem perfectly connected" (Evening Standard)
"She sings with a leaf-blown shimmer of a voice" (The Independent)
"The best tracks radiate a luminous clarity that feels quintessentially Nordic" (The Daily Telegraph)

SONGLINES Top of the World album review
“Alter is quite unlike anything else out there – art-pop ensemble music of inspired eclecticism and compelling poetry.”

"Loepzuivere Friese passie" (NRC Handelsblad)
"Een verkwikkende oorstreling" (Trouw)
"Een klein wonder dat dit allemaal zo naadloos samensmelt. Nynke heeft alle invloeden opgezogen en opnieuw een geheel eigen toon gevonden." (Oor)

"Wirkliche Songjuwelen" (Jazz Thing)
“Außergewönliche Album” (Badische Zeitung)

“Alles bymekoar skoart Alter op alle punten heger as syn foargongers en dat is in bysûndere prestaasje.” (De Moanne)

The press about Nynke’s concert tour ‘NOMADE’:
“The concert is sometimes powerful, overwhelming and in other moments quiet, personal and vulnerable.” (Cultuurpodiumonline)
“The singular arrangements are top-class, the four musicians know to evoke miraculous atmospheres with guitars, dulcimer, lap steel, harmonium and a variety of percussion instruments. Everything serving the now robust, now fragile voice of Laverman.”(Leeuwarder Courant)

The press about Nynke’s concert tour ‘DE MAISFROU’:
“Her temperamental voice is technically flawless and has a huge emotional impact.” (OOR)
“De Nacht van De Maisfrou is an impressive live registration of a rarely talented artist.” (OOR)
“De Nacht Van De Maisfrou shows that on stage Nynke Laverman is even a lot better than on the record.” (VelvetMusic.nl)
“When the last notes have sounded the audience massively gets up from their pillows to give a deafening standing ovation for minutes. What a singer. What a band. Breathtaking.” (Haarlems Dagblad)
“She sings with a marvellous voice that varies of warm to tender, of lonely to hard and loud. But that never is cold or raw. Together with the musicians she creates spheres of sizzling deserts with a sunset until the party-sweat in the night.” (Sp!ts)
“In De Maisfrou Laverman shows that she is a beautiful and passionate singer.”
(De Volkskrant)

The press about Nynke’s concert tour ‘SIELESÂLT:
“Supported by her ensemble, Laverman performed in a brilliant way a few in Frisian translated poems of the most famous Frisian poet of all times: Jan Jacob Slauerhoff.” (NRC Handelsblad)
“For many artists to become envious, the ease and the naturalness in her way of advancing towards her audience.” (Leeuwarder Courant) - variety of newspapers and magazines


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



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


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