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 and made them build 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.
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.oenevangeel.com
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.marktuinstra.com
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.nitiranjan.com