The Offbeat Collective was founded by Ellister, Catalin Milea and me to connect musicians with each other to boost creativity and business related areas. So who are, besides me, taking part in this initiative?
Jens Kerkhoff and Mick Paauwe, representing Bongomatik and Son Bon Bon
Bongomatik is a young nine-piece band, based in the Netherlands. They describe their music as an ‘extremely refreshing and danceable mix of Cuban soul, desert grooves, Bombay boogie and twelve tone funk’ Bongomatik is not only the name of this band; it’s just the best way to describe their music.
‘…this band is one of the biggest surprises of the last year […] zippy, refreshing, disarming, funny, groovy and diverse…‘(Slagwerkkrant)
‘…for sure, this band will turn your program into a party…’ (Het Parool)
‘…a vital mix of Cuban, Columbian and Brasilian music, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul and Pop – filled with a lot of humor…’ (Mixed World Music)
‘… in the Netherlands we are spoiled [red.: with many great bands] but with this release, Bongomatik easily joins the top of Dutch bands. They are ready to go abroad… (FileUnder)
“The summer is still far away – unless you turn on the happy sound of this album” (JAZZISM)
Son Bon Bon – Sizzling interpreters of Cuban music. This band plays authentic traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms like Son Montuno, Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambo, Ritmo-Afro and Bolero with contemporary energy, using musical motifs straight from the streets of Havana and Matanzas mixed with a touch of jazz and modern day Timba. Son Bon Bon’s sound is layered with classic Cuban swing and sophisticated influences like Sonora Matancera, Arsenio Rodriguez, and Miguelito Cuní. Lively percussion, pounding syncopated bass lines, brazenly exotic trumpet melodies, uninhibited improvisation and the sultry, sexy, dynamic lead vocal of Yumarya form the essential ingredients in a hot variety of freshly arranged vintage compositions.
Catalin Milea is probably one of the most creative Romanian musician of his generation that has developed a unique voice as a composer and as a performer. Awarded the prestigious Huygens Beurs (Dutch Government Grant) for 2008-10 and supported by the Makarov Foundation, Catalin Milea has recorded the albums –”Re-Bop Unit featuring Dick Oatts“ having as guest one of the most acclaimed musicians and educators from New York, Dick Oatts, and “Something for Now’ with the improvised music trio R.A.M.(Rodriguez/Aksunger/Milea). Some of the musicians he performed with are: Carlo de Rosa, Eric Revis, Tommy Crane, Nasheet Waits, Anthony Pinciotti, Dick Oatts, Sam Newsome, John Engels, Eugen Gondi, Mircea Tiberian, Anca Parghel, Johnny Raducanu and many others. Catalin is also the chief-editor of the very first Romanian jazz magazine Jazz Compas.
Ellister van der Molen
Jazz came early to Ellister. By the age of 12 her father was taking her to concerts where she had the opportunity to hear masters of the Dutch jazz scene including Ferdinand Povel and Jarmo Hoogendijk. Ellister was admitted to the Young Talent department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague on classical trumpet, but she knew already that jazz was her true passion. This passion soon led her to jazz studies with some of the finest players and teachers in Holland, including Jarmo Hoogendijk, Ack van Rooyen and Frans Elsen.
Today Ellister is invited to perform all over the world in a great variety of musical contexts. She has played on a number of recordings, and has performed as a guest soloist with the Rein de Graaff trio, the Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest (NJJO) and with the Dublin Jazz Orchestra. Meanwhile, Ellister is also focusing more and more on her development as a bandleader, composer and arranger. Her recent CD Smalls NYC got a very positive response and led to a performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival.