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The Nordanians

  • Upstairs Dolans 3 Dock Road Limerick Ireland (map)
Ticket price: €10 - Tickets on sale Friday March 15, 1pm!

Ticket price: €10 - Tickets on sale Friday March 15, 1pm!

Limerick Jazz, in association with the Jazz Promotion Network, Dutch Performing Arts & Limerick Jazz Festival, proudly present #GoingDutch - The Nordanians live Upstairs at Dolans, Friday May 3, 9.15pm

The Nordanians

An incredibly talented Dutch trio fusing Indo-Jazz with funk and much more!

When Oene van Geel (viola), Mark Tuinstra (guitar) and Niti Ranjan Biswas (tabla virtuoso) played together for the first time there were immediate fireworks, roaring u-turns and cinematic tearjerkers. Then they started writing songs together based on traditional ragas, smashing funk and delicate chamber music. This gave them a great new impulse on stage for even more interaction and improvisation and made them build a rocking live reputation.

Oene van Geel

Violist/composer Oene van Geel (1973) is a true adventurer in music. Influenced by jazz, Indian music, chamber music and free improvisation, he has applied his virtuoso improvisation skills and his composition talents to a wide scope of musical activities. He toured in Europe, India, Japan, the USA and Canada.

As a player he is currently active with: Zapp 4, Estafest, The Nordanians, a trio with Tony Roe and Kenzo Kusuda, Eric Vaarzon Morel. Besides these groups he is regularly invited as an improvising guest soloist.

He has won the Boy Edgar Prize (2013), Kersjes Award (2005, with Zapp 4), the Deloitte Jazz Award (2002), Dutch Jazz Competition (2001) and the Jur Naessens Music Award (2000).

Oene composed for a large number of ensembles / bands / soloists. It does not matter much to him if everything is written out or if most is improvised. As long is it fits best for the musicians and the situation. Besides writing for his own groups he composed for: The David Kweksilber Big Band, Amstel Quartet, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Matangi Quartet, Calefax, Tetzepi bigtet, Ricciotti Ensemble, David Braid and many others.

The combination of different disciplines is a fascinating field to work in for Oene. He composed for and / or played with Boukje Sweigman, Theun Mosk, Kenzo Kusuda, Lottie Hellingman, Saartje van Camp, Herman van Baar, Marcel Sijm, the Max Tak orchestra, De Wereldband, Holland Opera and the Sonnevanck theatre.


Mark Tuinstra

Versatile and self-taught guitarist Mark Tuinstra (1970), grew up in a musical environment - his father was a drummer and his mother played the piano and guitar. At the age of five he took classical lessons in piano, after a few years he started drumming on an old kit of his father. Soon after the drums the bassguitar followed and at the age of 14 he started to play guitar in several local pop/rockbands. Over time he has become a professional musician till now he has been working full time as a musician.

His focus is wide, from jazz and free improv to African and Indian music, but also pop. This shows Mark loves to play with others, only to PLAY, not restricted to any musical boundaries or conventions. This made him tour in Brazil, Guatemala, Turkey, Japan, Ireland, Senegal, Egypt, Japan, France, Italy, Spain etc. In Holland he played in festivals like Lowlands and the Musicmeeting and in numerous jazzvenues like the BIMhuis in Amsterdam.

Mark currently plays in the Nordanians, in an 8 piece mblax-band with Senegalese singer Omar Ka, the Afrojazzband Atanga Boom!. Besides that he is one of the organizers of the BP Sessions in Amsterdam and he regularly composes music for the Dutch television and he is a teacher at De Popschool in Amsterdam.


Niti Ranjan Biswas

Is an exciting Tabla player and percussionist who has managed to incorporate an appealing blend of tradition and creativity into his music. Based in Amsterdam he is now one of the most sought after tabla players in Europe and has played with some of the great names of Indian classical music including the legend Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia (Flute), as well as with Metropole Orchestra, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra etc.

Niti joined the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble Orchestra, accompanying Her Highness Queen Beatrix, on Her visit to India in 2007.

Niti is working as 'Head of Studies and Cordinator' at The Conservatory of Rotterdam's Indian Music Department (Codarts Rotterdam), as well as teaching at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He is one of the few Tabla artists suitably qualified to absorb Jazz and world influences into his Tabla playing in a meaningful and innovative way.


Press Quotes:

"A three-headed monster with the lightness of a ballerina. With great precision they play the most complex rhythms and intricate breaks. (...) Acrobatic trios in an organic coherence." de Volkskrant

"Trio with an unusual line-up, but also a special energy, linked to a subtle 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 Nasty Nordanian 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

"The final show of the afternoon, before another trade dinner—this time at Zouthaven, one of Bimhuis' restaurants—was The Nordanians, a trio comprised of violist Oene van Geel (who also performed earlier the same day with the intrepid Zapp 4 string quartet, whose forthcoming recording tackles the music of Radiohead), guitarist Mark Tuinstra and tablaist Niti Ranjan Biswas. Fans of guitarist John McLaughlin's longstanding East-meets-West explorations will be somewhat familiar with The Nordanians overall space, though what this trio does is more like a funky Shakti, blended with occasional electronics and, in contrast to McLaughlin's deeper spirituality, a greater sense of levity...humor, even."

"Set up with van Geel stage right, Tuinstra stage left, and Biswas center stage on a riser towards the back, communication was key as the three maintained strong eye contact throughout the showcase set. Tuinstra may not be the legend that McLaughlin is, but neither was he a slouch, playing a more conventional rhythm guitarist role at time, something McLaughlin rarely does with Shakti, where he remains more closely aligned with Indian music's linear nature. That said, when it came to soloing, Tuinstra kept up with the clearly virtuosic van Geel, who has clearly studied Indian music and nailed its microtonal nature. In addition to being a fine tablaist, Biswas also performed Konnakol (Indian vocal percussion). A set highlight came when, with Biswas doing Konnakol, both Tuinstra and van Geel joined him, with something that, at times, approached Konnakol but other times was more akin to scat. The three built to a climactic pitch only to resume on their instruments to tremendous applause. Like Kapok the previous evening, The Nordanians made clear that serious music could also be fun." John Kellman, All About Jazz

  • Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.

  • No exchanges or refunds.

  • Over 18s only (unless advertised to the contrary)

  • On street parking

Earlier Event: May 3
Dermot and Dave - SOLD OUT
Later Event: May 4