Saxaphonist Maarten Visser originally from the Netherlands joins German String Bass Artist Holger Jetter this Saturday at Kasha Ki Aasha for 2 sets of truly contemporary jazz. Starting at 8 pm, we look forward to a new musical experience with this duo on our breezy garden terrace. Come enjoy another Purely Pondicherry Performance! Dinner and drinks are always available. Call 413 222 2963 to reserve a table!
Maarten Visser: Saxophone
Between 1994 and 1998 Maarten Visser studied saxophone at the ‘Brabants Conservatorium (Netherlands). After finishing conservatory in 1998 he studied carnatic music in Chennai. In 2000 he started collaborating with choreographer, Padmini Chettur composing music for ‘Segment of a Solo’ (2000), ‘Fragility’ (2001), ‘3 Solos’ (2003), ‘Paperdoll’ (2005)’, PUSHED (2006), Beautiful Thing 1 (2009), and Beautiful Thing 2 (2011). These contemporary dance-productions go on to travel internationally. In 2006 Maarten visser conducts a workshop called; Sound and Silence (Geluid en Stilte) a workshop to create a microtonal piece for 6-14 musicians. The workshop is produced by ‘ei- producties’ an organization started in 2005 by Ferdi Schukking and Maarten Visser. ‘ei-producties’ organizes weekly concerts of experimental music going on to produce a number of albums. From 2006 onwards Maarten Visser has been based mostly in Chenna recording and performing.
Holger Jetter: Bass
A musician, composer, arranger and producer, Holger studied western classical music concentrating on the violin at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich and the Mozarteum University of Salzburg with Prof. Jurgen Geise with further studies with Lynn Blakeslee and Jean-Jacques Kantoroff . At the age of 18, he released his first recording with the German rock band, Gantebein. His broad stylistic and artistic interest subsequently moved him from the bluegrass band Flying Spoon Acoustic Band via the Argentinean tango ensemble Quartetto Tango and klezmer music at the Theater der Jugend to he Clowns duo, Conelli. Hoger’s strong affinity to improvised music led to the formation of the Modern String Quartet where fresh sounding string arrangements and many original compositions contributed to the wide success of the ensemble. In the following six years of collaboration involving more than 1000 concerts and 2 CD productions, the quartet toured with well known artists such as Constantin Wecker, Joan Baez and Mercedes Sosa. During this period Holger intensified his activities as composer producing music for audio books and films. AFter the first American tour he left the Modern string quartet for Kolkatta to study with Ustad Imrat Khan. Now settled in Auroville, he composes for dance productions, initiated a children’s choir and composed and produced the children’s opera Beyond Asleep and Awake. Together with his partner, Tina Suchanek, he built the Sunshine Music Studio. Ongoing performances and collaborations with international artists as well as work with his trio, Three Raags continue in India and abroad.