Season 2 Episode 1 of Martin Verdonk Master Sessions live from Triple-A-Music: Enjoy!
Essentially self-taught, Feliciati was drawn to the music of Led Zeppelin early on. By age 14, he gravitated to fretless electric bass after seeing Jaco Pastorius in concert with Weather Report during their Night Passage tour in 1982.
“It was the last tour Jaco did with the band and one of my first live concerts. I had heard his first solo album in 1980 but seeing him that night changed my life. I discovered that you could be a bass player and still be the coolest cat on stage. All the eyes of the people in the audience were on Jaco that night. His playing was so powerful and full of joy. As a kid playing a bass, seeing Jaco — in his top form and with the best band ever — was a shock! But in years later, I came to appreciate Jaco for more than just his chops. I still see him first and foremost as a musician and composer. He was a genius in music, not only on the bass.”
By age 20, he was playing blues-rock in clubs around Rome, but off stage he was discovering and analyzing the work of other influential fretless bass players like Mick Karn of Japan, Pino Palladino and Percy Jones along with the great fretted electric bassists Jeff Berlin and Victor Bailey. King Crimson also became a powerful influence on him in those formative years. Feliciati debuted as a leader in 2003 with Upon My Head on Schoots Records and followed up with 2006′s Live at European Bass Day, recorded in Viersen, Germany.
He has since appeared at Bass Day conventions in Verona, Italy and Manchester, England, sharing the stage with fellow bass monster Richard Bona, Linley Marthe and Dominique Di Piazza, among others. He has been spotlighted as “Bass Face of the Month” (February 2005) by the International Institute of Bassists and has conducted clinics at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Tilburg and the Academy of Contemporary Music of London. Now, with the release of his brilliant Frequent Flyer, Feliciati’s profile should make an incremental leap. As a player, composer and bandleader, he ranks among the heavyweights on the international bass scene.
For his sixth recording for RareNoiseRecords, following his 2011 solo album Frequent Flyer and subsequent collaborations with vocalist-multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari(Berserk!) and Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin (Twinscapes) as well as two albums with the adventurous jazz-rock band Naked Truth (Shizaru, Ouroboros), the restlessly creative bassist-composer-producer Lorenzo Feliciati has realized his most ambitious and personal project to date in KOI.
Marco Apicella (Rome, 08/06/1990) is a Jazz/Pop/Funk piano player and keyboardist from Italy, currently living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
He is involved in various different project such as piano trio, Hammond trio, fusion quartet, big band and the most promising DMC (Dutch Music Community), project that involves some of the best musicians in The Netherlands, and with which he shared the stage with Snarky Puppy, Jason Linder, Marcus Miller, Ed Motta and many more, and participated to the recording and the subsequent release party of their first album: DMC One. (Spotify, CD Baby)
In December 2014 he toured The Netherlands with the Netherlands Studenten Jazz Orkest, Playing in well known venues such as Tivoli Vredenburg (Utrecht) and Sugar Factory (Amsterdam). In the same year he participated in the International Big Band Competition in Hoofddorp with the Windmill Big Band and won one of the prizes as “Best Soloist”. Together with some of the best students from “Codarts”, he performed at the “North Sea Jazz Festival”.
In Rotterdam he plays weekly in the different venues all around the city and had the occasion to collaborate with some of the best singers of Holland ,such as Laura Fygi, Shirma Rouse, Stanley Alejandro Clementina, Poliana Vieira, Jared Grant and more. In 2015 he shared the stage with Bernard Fowler, backing vocalist and active band member of the Rolling Stones for over 25 years.
Marco plays piano since the age of 10 and studied classical piano in Rome Conservatory “Santa Cecilia”, Pop and Jazz Keyboard at the “Saint Louis College Of Music”, and he is currently Studying Jazz piano at Rotterdam Conservatory “Codarts”.
RICK VAN WORT-DRUMS
Rick got his first plastic drumkitt when he was just 1.5 years old.
When he was five years old he was finally old enough to go to the local music school and was tutored by Bedrich Cernocky. A well respected man in the Dutch music scene.
After six years, Rick got transferred to a new program called ‘de popcentrale’. A place where young musicians could meet and learn to play in bands. Eelco de Boer was his new teacher.
At The age of twelve, it was time for highschool.
And so he went to the Highschool for Music and Dance in Rotterdam.
At this special school Rick was able to go to highschool and have private lessons at the Conservatory of Rotterdam by Bob Langenberg.
He gratuated in the summer of 2008.
After playing fulltime from 2008 – 2011 he got trough the auditions of the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Where he is currently studying under the wings of Oscar Kraal & Eric Hoeke.
Nowadays Rick is playing with:
Jett Rebel/ Phatt / Re:Freshed Orchestra / Rass Motivated / Irma Derby / MoveTheFurniture / and many others
Shirma’s rich and soulful voice makes her one of the most popular singers of the Netherlands. After her appearance in The Voice, she made a leap to the next level of her career.
Her musical journey started as backing vocal for artists like Chaka Khan, Michael Bolton, Alain Clark, Candy Dulfer, Henny Vrienten and Anouk. Anouk represented the Netherlands in 2013 at the Eurovision Song Contest and Shirma Rouse was proclaimed as best backing vocal by The Eurovision Times.
Shirma has released three albums and her third album,“Shout It Out Loud”, was awarded in 2015 with Edison Jazzism Audience Award.
In 2017 Shirma Rouse will celebrate the 75th birthday of Aretha Franklin with “The Queen of Soul Celebration Tour”, a series of concerts in the Netherlands and abroad. There will also be a reprise of Shirma self-written sung-through theatershow “Shirma sings Aretha”.
In March 2017 Shirma Rouse will release her highly anticipated 4th studio album, Soul Serenade, a heartwarming tribute to love with newly written songs, a duet with US soul sensation Ryan Shaw, classic songs like Imagine and Let it be newly arranged.
THE PRETTY VANILLAS – BACKING VOCALS
Michelle Oudeman, Rob de Nijs and Julia van de Ketterij.
They are a very popular and highly in demand backing vocal group in the Netherlands.
The Pretty Vanillas worked (together or separately) with : Trijntje Oosterhuis, Alain Clark, Berget Lewis, Shirma Rouse, Candy Dulfer, Edsilia Rombley, De Toppers,Barry Hay, Nick & Simon, Metropole Orkest,
The Voice Of Holland, DWDD, De Uitmarkt ,the Tributes To series on DJAZZ TV.
Separately their voices are also heard in TV leaders of The Voice Of Holland and Popstars, Holiday On Ice, Barbie , Astrix & Obelix and a lot of radiojingles.
In July 2016, Dutch singer-songwriter and producer KASPER released his single “Do It Like This feat. Kéwork”. The funky-pop track received airplay from several Dutch radio stations, like NPO Radio 2 and Radio Veronica, and was added to A-rotation playlists by SublimeFM and NPO Soul&Jazz. On Spotify, the song reached 250.000 streams.
After a guest performance in the theater show of Dutch popstar Alain Clark (December 2014), the singer and guitarist (23) increased his focus on songwriting and producing. Eventually, in October 2016, his 6 song EP “Just Take It” was released.
While including a variety of styles, it emphasizes uptempo beats and catchy hooks reminiscent of artists like Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. Moreover, the guitar is prominently featured both electric and acoustic.
KASPER played at the AVROTROS Muziekcafé in “De Vorstin”, Hilversum (NPO 2) and the Dutch TV-show “Koffietijd” (RTL 4), amongst other venues. He has also been featured as a guest vocalist and support act for the acid jazz band Tristan for their album “Lifestyle”.
“Just Take It” will be followed by a full-size album in late 2017/start of 2018.
More info on: www.kaspermusic.nl or www.facebook.com/funkykasper.
Born in Roma, Italy, Simone Cesarini picks up the guitar at the age of 11.
Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder and many others, he becomes step by step a versatile multi-stylist guitar player and a passionate (Soul/Pop) singer-songwriter.
In 2012 he attended the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome and he moved to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where he is currently enrolled in Codarts, University for the Arts.
At the moment Simone is performing and working as a session musician in many different projects all over Europe, and writing and composing to release his first EP, “Lovers”.
Guitar player for Dutch Music Community (http://dutchmusiccommunity.com/), Julia Zahra (https://www.facebook.com/juliazahramusic/) The Voice of Holland 2013 Winner, Simone Cesarini Trio, Bianculli Band, Efe Erdem Band (http://www.efeerdemmusic.com/), and many others.
More than 300 live and studio sessions played all around Holland, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, sharing the stage with Snarky Puppy, Jason Lindner, Marcus Miller, Sabrina Starke, Shirma Rouse, Julia Zahra (The Voice of Holland winner), Dinky Toys, Jamal Thomas (Maceo Parker), Ed Verhoeff, Ronald Kool (Anouk), Michel Van Schie (Anouk), Yoran Vroom (Cory Henry, Frank Mc Comb), Glenn Gaddum Jr. (Anouk, Frank Mc Comb) and many others.