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Newsletter December '14


Readers, listeners,

is a lot
like jazz
it’s best when you


George Gershwin (1898 – 1937)



The reports of the end of our competion last month have turned out to be greatly exaggerated. This month there is again a competition and you can win a CD with string quartets by Felix Mendelssohn if you know the correct answer to our question.prijsvraag

The questions last month were: Where and when does the Erik Satie Festival take place? Which musicians produced the CD that will be presented at the festival?

The correct answers were: The festival took place on 8 November 2014 in the Amstelkerk in Amsterdam. The CD that was presented during the festival was by Martin Grudaj and Erik Le Cornu Huele. The lucky winner is: Ymir Flink. Congratulations!

This month's question

This month's question is in four parts...

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Thanks for your support!

Some time soon our sponsors will receive a letter asking them to continue their financial support. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support! You are the reason that we make our radio programmes.

If you are a reader of our newsletter but are not yet a sponsor, we would like you to consider becoming one or perhaps making a one-off donation, that is also very welcome. The Concertzender cannot continue without your contributions.

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Solta a FrangaSolta a Franga Nightt Live!
27/28 December

‘Solta a Franga’ has been the place on the Concertzender for fans of exotic dance music since 2009. Every Friday from 23:00 CET the DJs mix funky Afrobeat, explosive Balkan Beats, hot Latin grooves, exhilarating Oriental and much more. From the latest releases to obscure crackling records from many years ago.

As in previous years, 2014 will end with a full night of ‘Solta a Franga’. In the night of Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 December the DJs from the programme will be mixing their favourite records from the year.


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Utrecht Muziek logoUtrecht Music 2014

Utrecht has always been a musical city, but
the opening of the new TivoliVredenburg meant that 2014 was declared the Music
Year in Utrecht.

The Concertzender, located in Utrecht, looks back in December at the many festivals and musical events that took place in Utrecht during this year of music. Several programmes about music in the city that were broadcast earlier in the year will be repeated. These include the programme about the Collegium Musicum Ultrajectinum. Also included are highlights from our new series ‘De Musyck Kamer’...

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Xu LaiCD of the month - ‘Xu Lai’ by Lingling Yu

The CD of the month has been chosen by Pieter de Rooij (see: ‘Introducing...’). He explains the reasons for this choice.

“Chinese pipa-muziek is almost never heard on Dutch radio or television and only very rarely performed live in the Netherlands. However it
is worth listening to and so I am taking this opportunity to bring this form of classical
Chinese music to your attention. The album
‘Xu Lai’ is a beautiful recording of the pipa player Lingling Yu that was issued on the Felmay label.”

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Acoustic RootsReview of Acoustic Roots 2014

There have been 19 editions of ‘Acoustic Roots’ in 2014 and the makers of the programme look back at the music that
has been broadcast during the year.

In mid-2014 the Concertzender moved from
the Conclusion building in the outskirts of
Utrecht to the Ganzenmarkt in the centre of
the city. ‘Acoustic Roots’ moved at the same
time to the 16th century chapel of the Pieters-
kerk, the Pieternel.

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Introducing …

Pieter de Rooij, programme maker world music

Pieter has been working at the Concertzender since 1993 and is a member of the editorial office of our world music department. Pieter de Rooij

“Everything that can be called world music is featured in my programmes. There were times that I made two programmes in a month, but I don't achieve those levels of productivity at the moment. Now I make a new episode of ‘Wereld-
mineralen’ every two months. This programme generally features new releases in all genres but sometimes there is a special that focusses on one specific genre. Indian raga music gets extra attention in my other programme ‘Gharana’, each episode gives a portrait of a single musician by means of recordings and an interview. This programme has been dormant for a while, but I intend to start it again in the new year. I already have enough interesting interviews for a number of new episodes. Hopefully, I will have the time to make them soon. I run two social networks about raga: ‘Gharana’ (600 followers) on Facebook en ‘Raga Unlimited’ (900 followers) on Linkedin. Both support the exchange of news and information.”

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