The Nordanians
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The Nordanians

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band World Jazz


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Tabla Rasa - LopLop Records, 2011
New album coming out fall 2014



A steaming triple engine from Amsterdam-North, the hottest part of town:

The Nordanians

When Oene van Geel (viola), Mark Tuinstra (guitar) and Niti Ranjan Biswas (tabla
virtuoso) played together for the first time there where immediately fireworks,
roaring u-turns and cinematic tearjerkers.

Then they started writing songs together based on traditional raga's, smashing funk and
delicate chambermusic. This gave them a great new impulse on stage for even
more interaction and improvisation within two years they built a rocking live
reputation.They love to play with the three of them but they also get inspired by playing with
special guests from around the globe

Oene van Geel won the Boy Edgar Prize 2013, the most prestigious jazzaward of Holland.

 Niti Ranjan Biswas                   tabla
Oene  van Geel                          viola

Mark Tuinstra                             guitar


'The Nordanians make clear that serious music could also be fun.'

(John Kelman, All About Jazz)

'A three-headed monster with the lightness of a ballerina. With great precision

they play the most complex rhythms and intricate breaks. (...)

Acrobatic trio's in an organic coherence.'

(Ton Maas, De Volkskrant)

"Trio with an unusual line-up, but also a special energy, linked to a subtile and
inventive musicality."

(VPRO Jazzlive)

'A very logical sounding mix of Indian and western improvisation, tough funk
sounds and electronic effects (Decimeters),
humorous country blues with scat (Tumbleweed) and
contemporary classical music with Nordic (Nordanian) landscapes. Intelligent
and challenging in this minimal line-up is the way they work with space in the
music. Suddenly the violin screams punkish in
NastyNordanian and intersects with the guitar in
the frantic fingers of the best tabla player of our
country. Wow, live this will be a blast!'

 (Armand Serpenti, Trouw)

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