“TULIPS 2005” …. 60TH ANNIVERSARY FRIENDSHIP TOUR
A TRANS-CANADIAN BLOSSOMING OF JAZZ
Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio, performing on The Stage Bus
Tulips 2005 will also mark the 60th Anniversary of the gift
of 100,000 tulip bulbs to Canadians by the Dutch Royal Family. This Gift
of Tulips was made as a symbolic thank you to Canadian for providing
safe haven for members of the Dutch Royal Family in Ottawa and the
important and strategic role the Canadian Army played in the liberation
of the Netherlands.
Between May 1 and September 30, 2005 , Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen
Trio will present their music at town-squares, music festivals,
universities and cultural heritage sites in ten Canadian provinces and
three Canadian territories. Their concerts will be a tribute to the
During the tour, the
Mayor of every city visited by the Stage Bus will be offered, in a
pre-concert ceremony, a Tulip Friendship Garden . To honour those who
contributed to the liberation of the Netherlands, local veterans will be
invited to receive this very special garden along with the civic
representatives. The Tulip Bus will visit a minimum of 60 cities during
its tour of Canada.
trans-Canada Tulips 2005 tour will be made with a unique multifunctional
Stage Bus, mobile stage, designed by Dutch audio-visual installation
artist Aart Marcus, allowing the artists to actually travel in the same
space in which they perform. The Stage Bus can unfold into a fully
equipped Stage including instruments and Sound System and will be
temporarily imported into Canada for use during this Canadian tour.
Stage Bus with Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen trio are an
Internationally recognized jazz ensemble, dedicated to bringing their
music to audiences around the world and
Because of the unique composition of the group, the visit to Canada will be a true cultural exchange.
such, the tour will serve to promote better relationships among
different cultures, mutual understandings and world peace. This Canadian
tour is an important vehicle for building people-to-people linkages
between Canada and The Netherlands.
a truly fusion group, bringing jazz sounds from Holland,
Purwanto was born and raised in the world's largest and most varied
archipilago, Indonesia. Home to people from a maze of ethnic groups.
each with their own language and cultural traditions living harmoniously
together. It is the quality of her background and experience that
unlocked her universal desire for artistic expression and freedom ;
jazz. Luluk earned her musical degrees from the Sydney Conservatorium of
Music, Australia and from the Institute of Art in Yogyakarta Indonesia.
She was first exposed to jazz playing in 1980 and started her career
crisscrossing the world playing at festivals, concert halls and jazz
clubs. It was during a tour through India and Indonesia in1986 that she
joined her Dutch husband René van Helsdingen. "Like better known husband
and wife teams in progressive jazz, this duo have an unspoken simpatico
between them. "(Cashbox,dec.25.1993). Over the years René has recorded
and produced for many different labels, such as Virgin, Timeless, WEA,
Pasific, his own label: Helsdingen Music and Munich Records, Wageningen,
Holland. “Munich Records recognizes those who have chosen not to follow
“A rewarding pianist who can play comfortably in the groove, or create more impressionistic patterns, or quiet, subtle musings. Perhaps the most notable quality of his solo´s is brevity. René allows himself a few extended workouts and avoids the trap of repeating himself or overstating his case” ,The Age” Melbourne, 23 Dec. 1996
“Luluk Purwanto´s unique lyrical phrasing on the violin seamlessly weaves between her vocal improvisations and the strong rhythmic piano lines of her husband Rene van Helsdingen. They play as one slipping between feels effortlessly with a lovely organic flow rarely heard in contemporary jazz. “ The effect is like flicking through a large and colorful picture book”. Beat Magazine, Melbourne.
Essiet Okon Essiet and Marcello Pellitteri are a solid Rhythm section adding a strongly pronounced Jazz character to the music . They lay down exquisite grooves and tasteful creative interjections.
Bassist Essiet Okon Essiet , born in the U.S. of Nigerian parents, has performed and recorded with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Adullah Ibrahim, Don Moye, Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Louis Hayes, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Sam Rivers, George Adams, Kenny Garrett, Al Foster, Bobby Watson & Horizon, Kevin Mahogany, Mulgrew Miller, Geri Allen-Ralph Peterson, Blue Note Allstars and many others. Essiet also leads his group called IBO (Intercontinental Bush Orchestra), a Nigerian Jazz Project.
Italian born Drummer, Marcello Pellitteri has Performed and recorded with Jacky Terrasson, New York Voices, Jon Hendricks, Miroslav Vitous, Kenny Barron, Joe henderson, Dave Liebman, Mick Goodrick, Woody Shaw, John Abercrombie, Winton Marsalis Fabio Morgera Vic Juris Eddie Gomez, the Gypsy Kings and others.
This quartet’s new European DVD release : ‘Impressions of a tour’ – Mahabharata Jazz and Wayang, Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen trio, MRDVD6002 – Munich Records, Wageningen, Holland. (http://www.munichrecords.com), portrays their 2003 across Java, performing before enthusiastic audiences in tandem with a traditional Indonesian puppeteer.
This quartet’s new
European DVD release is “Impressions of a Tour,” which portrays their
2003 across Java, performing before enthusiastic audiences in tandem
with a traditional Indonesian puppeteer.
These new and exiting CD releases are for the listeners who are into long solo's as well as for people who are drawn to the compositional aspect of jazz music. Their music takes advantage of what each band member has to offer. A sensational combination of personal statements. A unique and unpredictable, anything goes, mix of moods and styles influenced by their traditions and backgrounds.
Bebop, Modern, Cool, Mainstream, Swing,… Call it what you want,
LuLuK PuRwAnTo & ThE
gift for Peace and Friendship
botanical experimentation, many horticulturists produced new color
variations in tulips.
Tulips 2005 is presented by the Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa, Canada
Royal Netherlands Embassy, Ottawa
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