Prem Joshua

Prem Joshua

Although you wouldn’t expect it hearing his name, Prem Joshua was born in Germany. He learned how to play the flute at age five and later on played both the flute and saxophone in various local bands. At 18 he travelled to India overland, studying the indigenous folk music of countries along the way. He adopted the name Prem (Hindi for ‘love’), kept his given name Joshua en dropped his family name.
In India, he learned to play the sitar. Throughout his career, he experimented with various forms of music, mixing elements of the East and West. He has recorded many albums, both solo and with musical projects. 2010’s Luminous Secrets is his latest record.

Workshops

Satsang Live Music Meditation
Satsang is a one-hour meditation of improvised music with intervals of meditative silence - which in India is considered the highest form of music. The participants sit in meditation with eyes closed, at a certain point during this hour they are guided to join the music with their own voice. This live music meditation also works perfectly in combination with yoga classes as a "bhakti workshop".

Stop Dance
This is a one-hour dance meditation, with improvised high energy music. The participants are guided to dance - allowing themselves to drown and let go into the music and rhythm. The dancer loses himself in the dance  - but with random shouts of STOP! during the dance stage. With the sudden STOP! the music halts, there is complete silence and the dancer freezes in whatever movement and position he is in - allowing all the energy that is built up during the dance to travel inwards. Again the music starts...

Go Go Mania

Go Go Mania

Go Go Mania is retro music (DJ a Go Go) and retro design (D-sign a Go Go). As a DJ, Pascal Bannink started 10 years ago. After 4 years of spinning in local bars and venues he founded a DJ collective with some colleagues called Naald en Kraak (N&K). They have spun their 50s and 60s vinyl records at many famous festivals in Holland and abroad and also organise 50s/60s parties. Bannink was the initiator of the International Burlesque Circus and is also a traditional barber under the name Monsieur Moustache. At Inspire, he will spin the best buttshakers and tittytwisters from the 50s and 60s from vinyl. Expect raw R&B, surf, and popcorn, among others!

St. Paul

St. Paul

 DJ St. Paul is a professional enthusiast and known for his immaculate mix of periods and styles. He has been hosting weekly dance night Pop-O-Matic at Utrecht venue Tivoli for 15 years and regularly spins his records at clubs and music venues in The Netherlands, as well as being a regular performer at festivals such as Lowlands, Le Guess Who, Into The Great Wide Open and Motel Mozaique. On the radio (KX Radio/ 3FM), on television (Nationale Wetenschapsquiz), on his blog or in the club, St. Paul stands for what he plays. Pop, soul, indie, hip hop, electronics, rock ‘n roll. DJ sets without rules, but with a motto: Different Styles, Different People, One Love!

Meetraj

Meetraj

Aïda Spaninks has been known as DJ Lady Aïda for 25 years and in that time, she performed in almost all important clubs and at large festivals in Europe and far beyond. Besides performing, she also runs her own DJ school, develops educative projects, among which multimedia training, and writes a monthly column in a Dutch regional newspaper. In her day-to-day life, Aïda follows the Kundalini yoga lifestyle. During her journey through the North and South of India, Aïda became inspired by the cacophony of sounds and rhythms during her stays in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajastan, Kerala and Karnataka, among others. At Inspire, she will be performing as Meetraj for the first time. She will offer a blend of spicey Indian rhythms, such as Bhanga, Punjabi and Bollywood, and mash them up in a modern multi-layered mix of beats and basses. But now and then, her audience can also expect a small (techno) sample of Lady Aïda…

 

Tunng

Tunng

Tunng are an experimental folk band from the United Kingdom and often noted for their use of strange instruments, including sea shells. Sam Genders and Mike Lindsay, the two founding members, began working together after meeting in London. At first, Tunng were essentially a duo with friends drifting in and out of the studio and contributing bits of this and that, eventually resulting in first album Mother's Daughter And Other Songs. When it came to time to “go public”, Sam stepped aside, remaining a silent partner, while a London-based line-up of Phil Winter (electronics and samples), Martin Smith (exotic percussion and the occasional clarinet), Ashley Bates (banjos and guitars) and Becky Jacobs (harmony vocals and melodica) gathered with Mike to recreate the songs on the stage. Tunng have released four albums so far, the last of which, …And Then We Saw Land, was released in 2010. New album Turbines is expected in June.
 

Eric Vloeimans

Eric Vloeimans

Testimoni: Martin Fondse & Eric Vloeimans & Matangi Quartet

Trumpeter Eric Vloeimans is a well-known name in Dutch jazz music. Initially studying classical music at the Rotterdam Music Academy, he switched to jazz, graduated and continued his studies in New York. Throughout his career, Vloeimans has experimented with many different styles, collaborated with a whole list of other musicians and won several awards, such as the Boy Edgar Prijs and an Edison, both prestigious Dutch music prizes. At Inspire, he will join forces with the Matangi Quartet, a popular string ensemble which has worked with top-class jazz and classic artists. The four members came together in 1999 and use instruments made by Dutch workmanship. 

 

Molotov Jukebox

Molotov Jukebox

Molotov Jukebox are a six-piece, genre dodging experience, poised to take the world by storm. Incorporating trumpet, accordeon, violin and the sultry tones of lead singer Natalia Tena over an inventive rhythm section, this is a band born out of love; love of each other, love of music and a love of making whole roomfulls of people dance til they fall over (or fall in love). Causing a riot from homecountry the UK all the way to Brazil, here is a band with almost universal appeal. Innovatively blending such diverse styles as gypsy, samba, ska, dubstep, swing and anything else you care to mention, all in their own inimitable style, the unique sound of this band has been christened “Gyp-Step” and is guaranteed to make everybody dance.


 

Spinvis

Spinvis

Spinvis is a Dutch one-man musical project centred around Erik de Jong. He grew up in a musical family, where his father played guitar and his mother both lap steel and ukelele. Spinvis goes even further: he experiments with computers and anything he can find, like flutes and lids of pans, combining musical tones and poetic lyrics. He released his debut album in 2002, gathering a loyal following in both the Netherlands and Belgium. Spinvis has toured intensively and worked with renowned Dutch poet Simon Vinkenoog. In 2007, he won the prestigious Popprijs, an award celebrating artists’ contributions to Dutch pop music. His latest album Tot Ziens, Justine Keller was released in 2011.

Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter

Jazz vocalist, songwriter and actor Gregory Porter (1971) suddenly burst onto the scene in 2010, with his debut album Water. It was nominated for a Grammy Award and ever since, Porter is being hailed as the new star of vocal jazz. Second album Be Good was released last year, among even more stunning reviews. As a boy, Porter used to sing along to the Nat King Cole records his mother played. After staring his career in small jazz clubs in San Diego, things moved up a notch when he sang on Hubert Laws' tribute to that very same Nat King Cole. Now, Porter has become especially popular in Europe with his vocals that explore jazz, gospel and soul.
 

Sam Amidon

Sam Amidon

Folk artist Sam Amidon (1981) was born in Vermont in the US into a musical family: his parents are folk artists and his brother is a professional drummer. Amidon himself sings and plays fiddle, banjo and guitar. He released his first album, But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted, in 2007 as Samamidon. Although his songs are very original sounding, Amidon often creates them out of existing pieces, such as old folk songs, hymns and children’s singing games, which he then reworks. These days, Amidon is creating another musical family: his wife is singer Beth Orton and together they raise their son and Beths daughter. After having toured as the support act for Bon Iver last year, he released his fourth album Bright Sunny South in May of 2013.

Linnea Olsson

Linnea Olsson

If nothing else, her choice of instrument is what makes Linnea Olsson stand out. As opposed to other singer-songwriters, she doesn’t accompany herself on piano or guitar, but on cello. It makes a nice change and her choice proves a good one. Olsson also uses loop recorders to her advantage and puts on an original and beautiful show, which she previously demonstrated at the Dutch Lowlands festival. Coming from a small Swedish coastal town, Olsson grew up in a musical family. She toured with several other artists, her most famous former ‘employer’ being Ane Brun.
Having stepped out of the shadows of others, she impressed critics with her debut album AH!.
 

Shangaan Electro

Shangaan Electro

South African producer Nozinja is the man at the helm of Shangaan Electro. A former mobile phone repair shop worker turned music entrepreneur, he is responsible for recording, producing and selling more than 50,000 records a year through his record label (he also sings himself). The story of Shangaan Electro started in 2005, when Nozinja decided to take traditional, marimba-based Shangaan music and make it faster. At that point, the most popular music was at 130-135 beats per minute, which he increased to 180. The result: a whirling form of dance music with ‘lyrics like African soap operas and a whole lot of ass-shaking’, as UK paper The Guardian puts it. An experience that everyone has to undergo at least once.

Monika Nataraj

Monika Nataraj

Monika Nataraj has taught Mystical Dance®, Tantra, Yoga and Meditation in 20 countries around the globe, and has catalyzed thousands of women to rediscover the depths of their feminine power and radiance. Since 1999, Monika has lived ‘on the road’ full time as a true nomadic dancing mystic Shakti adventurer of the soul. She is the creatrix of the pioneering 6-week, 200-hour Mystical Dance® Teacher Training Course offered annually in Thailand, co-founder of the Agama Yoga School in Dharamsala, India, co-director of the Dharamsala Film Festival, and Core Faculty at the prestigious Omega Institute in New York. Monika offers ritual dance sharings, in sacred sites and temples worldwide, of Mystical Belly Dance, Odissi Classical Temple Dance, and Sufi Whirling.


At Inspire

Performance

Mystical Dance
Dance is the language of the soul... a moving method of self expression and self discovery, revealing our own inner mystery and union with the Universe. Mystical Dance is an exploration of how the dancer and the dance are One. Through witnessing conscious movement, we experience the Truth that moves us all. Monika will offer glimpses into classical Indian temple dance, where the stories of the Gods and Goddesses come to life in ritual movement, as well as ecstatic whirling based on the Sufi traditions of Rumi.


Workshop

Awakening Your Divine Feminine With Mystic Belly Dance
Dance expression is an ancient art and through conscious movement and invocation, you can awaken the Divine feminine within. Belly dance is a language of sacred symbols and a dynamic method to experience the energies of the Universe. The approach to this celebratory workshop is unique and holistic – from the secrets of energy work, to the role of dance in feminine rites of passage, to finding unity in a women’s dance circle. In just 90 minutes you will feel rekindled and inspired! No previous dance training is required. Please dress in comfortable clothes. We will adorn you with sparkly surprises. A hip scarf is helpful.
 

Why Inspire?
“Consciousness and creativity eternally dancing as one...that's what the Inspire Festival ignites in me.”

Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell

With his unorthodox takes on soul and techno music, electronic experimenter Jamie Lidell has solidified his place as one of the most innovative artists in the underground scene. As part of the groups Subhead and Super_Collider, Lidell pushed the boundaries of dance music, but as a solo artist his work has challenged the common expectations of electronic music performers and composers. Best known in the Netherlands for his successful single Multiply, people were confused when first hearing his voice: Lidell sounded like a black man from the States, but turned out to be a white Englishman. The song came off his 2005 album with the same title. This year sees the release of his new and fifth album, Jamie Lidell.
 

Chocolate Club

Chocolate Club

The Chocolate Club has been organizing parties in Amsterdam for seven years ans thus laid a foundation for Conscious Clubbing in The Netherlands. Every first Saturday of the month, Club Lite is transformed into an oasis of health, fun and pleasure. At the parties, drinks and food is presented that is full of Superfoods: instead of alcohol and drinks containing lots of sugar, Chocolate Club offers products which boost the immune system, are stimulating in a responsible way and fill the body with minerals and vitamins. At every edition, the organization aims for the top by creating a perfect mix of artists, decoration, demonstrations, shops and new collaborations. The Chocolate Club is becoming more than a party. This way, a healthy lifestyle is contagious!

At Inspire

During the day, come to the Chocolate lounge and enjoy our speciality, the Clocolate elixir, while we provide music, a nice place to explore your inner self and the chance to be introduced to Superfoods in different ways. 
 
Music & Dance
At night, we make sure all of us together let the energy in the Spiegeltent rises to ecstatic levels! With the best music, visual effects and the original Chocolate Club drinks we’ll have two unforgettable days and nights. 

 

Wang Li & Wu Wei

Wang Li & Wu Wei

Wang Li lives in Paris. He has made the Jew’s harp his favourite instrument, creating little by little a resounding space of quest and liberty. With Wang Li, there is nothing but breaths and vibrations, memories and visions. His imaginary world is filled with a resonance which is both personal and universal at the same time.
 

Wu Wei lives in Berlin. He is avant-garde Sheng Soloist who helped to develop this four thousand's year instrument into an innovative force in contemporary music, through the creation of new techniques, expanding the new repertories ad integrating different styles and genres.
This chinese creation is musical exporation of millenary roots, a modern promise of spiritual unity, offering to the audience a deep feeling of peace and freedom.
 

DJ Sandeman

DJ Sandeman

DJ Sandeman is a musical all-rounder. Certainly when it comes to music that is hot of the press and cutting-edge. He is a popular DJ on festivals such as Lowlands and Valtifest.
Sandeman is best known for his mash-ups on 3FM and the mixes he regularly makes for the alternative pop music channel 3voor12: his Song of the Year mix is famous, just like his Rough Guide To Lowlands mix.

InnerAct

InnerAct

InnerAct is an audiovisual performance with harp, electronics and visuals where the groundbreaking musical piece Canto Ostinato serves as musical starting point. On stage, the three artists respond to each other with their instrument and especially designed software and determine who, according to the codes of Canto, will take the lead. The revolutionary adaptation is executed by harp player Gwyneth Wentink, electronics specialist Wouter Snoei, and video artist Arnout Hulskmap.
InnerAct ventures into the fascinating intersection of music, visual arts and technology and is a unique experience. Interaction and improvisation are central, not a single performance is the same.

Schola Cantorum Amsterdam

Schola Cantorum Amsterdam

The Schola Cantorum Amsterdam (SCA) is an independent Gregorian choir that was founded by Wim van Gerven in 1959.

The schola, consisting of about eight men, and since 2007, a women’s schola (SCA Choeur de Femmes), sing the Gregorian vespers in the Basilica of St Nicolas in Amsterdam from September till June on every Sunday at 17:00 hrs. On important holy days the Matins are also sung. In addition, concerts are given by the Schola in the Netherlands and abroad. Performances of the singers include the Old Music Festival in Utrecht, the Musica Sacra Festival in Maastricht, the concert halls of Haarlem (Philharmonic), Utrecht (Vredenburg), Rotterdam (De Doelen), and Amsterdam (Royal Concertgebouw), and at Gregorian festivals in Ravenstein, Watou (B), Vienna, Italy, and Budapest.

The SCA’s functioning is very closely related to the work of its founder Wim van Gerven (1929-2008). He applied himself to the study of ancient handwritings, mainly of those from the tenth century. In these handwritings, the melodic course of the singing is indicated with small marks: the Neumes. These belong to the oldest form of western musical notation, from even before the introduction of the five-line staff notation. SCA tries as much as possible to realise the rhythmic flexible interpretation of these neume marks to achieve a historically justified performance. The present director of the men’s schola of SCA, Marcel Zijlstra, cherishes this tradition and manner of approach as much as his predecessors, Jerry Korsmit, Eugeen Liven d’Abelardo, and Wim van Gerven.


At Inspire

Workshop
In this workshop you will learn how to sing centuries old Gregorian melodies. With the help of some ten examples, everyone can experience for themselves how the spirituality of the texts is expressed in its music. The unique accent of Gregorian, emphasizing important words through melismata (the singing of a single syllable while moving between several different notes in succession) and the characteristic medieval key (modus) contribute to the heavenly feeling brought about by Gregorian chant. The one-hour workshop teaches you an elementary understanding of the Gregorian musical notation and insight is given in the historical background of this primeval music.

Workshop leader Marcel Zijlstra (1960) started as a singer at the Schola Cantorum Amsterdam and took courses in Gregorian chant interpretation at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen-Werden with scholars such as Godehardt Joppich, Luigi Augustoni, and Johannes Berchmans Goeschl. Since 1984, he has been the choir leader of Gregorian scholas (Quem Quaeritis, Ecclesiae Tuae). He gives lectures, courses, and workshops at home and abroad, among other places at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen (D). He teaches Gregorian chant at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague and teaches music and cultural history at Codarts Conservatory of Music in Rotterdam. He is the artistic leader of the Dutch Gregorian Festival in Ravenstein and organist of the abbey of Egmond.
 

Why Inspire?
The Schola Cantorum Amsterdam and I have accepted the invitation from Inspire because we would like to make people feel the power of Gregorian chant. We regularly sing before a very small audience. We would like our music to reach a much larger group so we can all experience how Gregorian chant in all its apparent simplicity gives us an intense sensation of great spiritual richness.
 

The Aggrolites

The Aggrolites

'Dirty reggae’ is how The Aggrolites describe their sound. Formed in 2002 and originating from the Los Angeles school of hard knocks, the band have earned a Ph.D. in “feel good music”. They have performed with many well-known artists and at numerous venues and festivals all over the world. On the road they educate with the thunder and punch of the reggae drums and bass, the ripping, soulful melodies of the organ and guitars, and Jesse Wagner’s voice - a gift from the heavens, a perfectly intact gift from Otis, Sam, Ray and Wilson. After touring the globe for eight years and five studio albums, last year saw the release of their first ever live recording, Unleashed Live Vol. 1.

 

Maison du Malheur

Maison du Malheur

Maison Du Malheur was heard for the first time at the Into The Great Wide Open festival in 2011, on the Island of Vlieland. At that time the band showed that they knew how to strike a chord with audiences with their vintage jazz and R&B. The group is a great party band that revolves around songwriter J.P. Mesker. The music has overtones of Fats Waller and Howlin' Wolf, supplemented by a colorful array of musical styles and instrumentation. The band has toured with blues-swamp icon C.W. Stoneking and their debut album, Wicked Transmission, was released earlier this year. The conglomeration of styles is what makes this collective so special: from honky-tonk Balkan to dance music and folklore. They take great pleasure in playing and their virtuosity is at times astounding.

Nik Bärtsch Ronin

Nik Bärtsch Ronin

Nik Bärtsch (1971) is a Swiss pianist, composer and producer. He began studying piano and percussion at the age of 8 and in 1997 graduated from the Musikhochschule Zürich. After that, he also studied philosophy, linguistics and musicology at the University of Zurich. Next to being a solo artist and part of acoustic band Mobile, Bärtsch also leads ‘zen-funk’ group Ronin,with which he released his latest album Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin Live in 2012 on the ECM label. He lives in Zurich and Berlin. 

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Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm, born on September 20th, 1982, had an early introduction to music. During his childhood he was taught to play piano by Nahum Brodski – a student of the last scholar of Tschaikowski. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of the classical pianists before him as well as contemporary composers.

Today Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer from his Berlin-based Durton Studio, where he has worked and collaborated with many contemporaries such as Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds, Anne Müller, Deaf Center, Efterklang and Dustin O’Halloran amongst other fellow musicians. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans including Thom Yorke, who featured one of Nils’ songs in Radiohead’s HQ office chart. As the recognition continues to grow for his previous solo piano works 'Wintermusik' (2009) and ‘The Bells’ (2009), October 2011 saw the release of his most acclaimed album to date: 'Felt'.

Having recorded his last album live in a large, reverberant church, Nils Frahm now invites you to put on your headphones and dive into a world of microscopic and delicate sounds – so intimate that you could be sitting beside him. Recorded late at night in the reflective solitude and silence of his studio in Berlin, Frahm uncovers a new sound and source of inspiration within these peaceful moments: 'Originally I wanted to do my neighbours a favour by damping the sound of my piano. If I want to play piano during the quiet of the night, the only respectful way is by layering thick felt in front of the strings and using very gentle fingers. It was then that I discovered that my piano sounds beautiful with the damper.’

Captivated by this sonic exposition, he placed the microphones so deep inside the piano that they were almost touching the strings. This brought a host of external sounds to the recordings which most producers would try their hardest to hide: ‘I hear myself breathing and panting, the scraping sound of the piano's action and the creaking of my wooden floorboards – all equally as loud as the music. The music becomes a contingency, a chance, an accident within all this rustling. My heart opens and I wonder what exactly it is that makes me feel so happy.’

'Felt' creates its own personal microcosm, offering a refuge of tender and honest beauty.