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NORTH SEA STRING QUARTET

Splunge

NSSQ's new album coming up on 10th May 2024.

Strings that make you
move

“The North Sea String Quartet, whom I’ve just discovered, […] is a remarkable ensemble, stylistically indescribable as references to jazz, folk and contemporary music appear interwoven in an elaborate yet accessible writing style.”

Christophe Charpenel (FR)

“A very tight string quartet, adventurous compositions played very well together. A worthy successor to Zapp4”

Vera Vingerhoeds (NL)
Independent jazz journalist

“Needless to say, the North Sea String Quartet sounds incredibly cohesive, as if they were four extensions of a single body. Through intricately exciting compositions, the audience’s devotion is maintained, we are lured into a fascinating universe, to say the least.”

Mats Hallberg (SE)
kulturbloggen.com

“..you can immediately hear the loosely swaying hips resounding in their playing.”

Ton Maas (NL)
Mixedworldmusic.com

The North Sea String Quartet is one of the most versatile string quartets of the Netherlands. Combining their own compositions with improvisation, their music could be defined as a mixture of jazz, folklore and world music.

These are strings that will make you move!

NEWS

SPLUNGE: Album release tour announced

The album, which symbolizes a plunge into our creative waters and has therefore been named “Splunge,” will be released on May 10, 2024. We will celebrate this with the first concert of our Dutch release tour, at the beautiful venue LantarenVenster in our home city of Rotterdam. It would be great to see as many fans as possible at this album-presentation concert; it will not only be a beautiful concert but also a party (with DJ afterwards)! Should May 10 not be convenient, no worries. The tour list offers many possibilities. Check our agenda for locations and tickets.

NSSQ goes to Sweden

We are thrilled to announce that we’re hitting the road for a spectacular tour in Sweden! We are also being featured in the renowned Swedish music magazine, Lira Musikmagasin.

Here are the tour dates – mark your calendars and join us for an unforgettable groovy experience:

  • 28/11 Jazz i Halmstad
  • 29/11 Lidköpings Konsertförening
  • 30/11 Vänersborgs Musikförening
  • 01/12 Musik i Lerum
  • 02/12 L`Jazz i Ljungskile
  • 04/12 Wauxhall Jazz (supporting Göteborg Jazz Orchestra)

A massive shoutout to the incredible teams behind the scenes – Knutpunkt & Injazz – for flawlessly organizing this tour. It wouldn’t have been possible without your dedication and hard work. We also extend our gratitude to the supporters who make our musical journey possible: Europe Jazz Network Green Pilot Tours and Fonds Podiumkunsten / Performing Arts Fund NL.

NSSQ needs your support – Crowdfunding announcement

Thank you for being a part of our incredible journey over the past six years.

During this time we have released several EP’s, and each one served as a moment of reflection on our musical path as a string quartet outside the box. It all started with hanging some mics in a kitchen in Berlin in 2017 where we recorded the EP ‘Kitchen Sessions‘, followed by ‘Feldwerk‘ in 2018. In 2019, we recorded the EP ‘Songs for Flying’ with Roland Satterwhite. Despite pandemic challenges, we proudly released the album ‘Electric Amazigh‘ in 2021, our first collaboration with friend and Canary Islands guitarist Javier Infante.

Now, we look to the future and we are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of our first full-length and entirely original debut album! This milestone marks a significant achievement in our quartet’s career, as we’re bringing you a complete record brimming with original compositions written by all quartet members. The album is going to be recorded in December and scheduled to launch in May 2024 under 7 Mountain Records label. We’re excited to share that we have planned an album release tour in the Netherlands, starting in the very same month, with international concert dates to follow in the autumn.

The production of such an album comes with a big price tag, though. We’ve been fortunate to receive financial support from Sena Muziekproductiefonds, allowing us to kickstart the recording process in December. However, this is not enough to cover all the costs, such as studio rental, editing, mixing, artwork and PR. So we need your support!

Please visit our crowdfunding page by clicking the button below:

Your support means the world to us. We have been working hard for the last six years and we can’t thank you enough for still being part of the NSSQ family. If you can’t contribute financially, you can still help us by spreading our crowdfunding to your friends during the next 30 days to ensure we reach as many people as possible. 

With heartfelt appreciation,

Yanna, Pablo, George & Thomas,

The NSSQ

4 November – Creative String Day

Mark your calendars for an unforgettable day of musical exploration on November 4th at Het Batavierhuis in Rotterdam. The “Creative String Day,” a one day spin-off of our Academy of Improvising Strings, is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of creativity, rhythm, and improvisation.

All intermediate and advanced violinists, violists, cellists, and double bass players are welcome, as well as teachers who want to explore an open-minded approach to music and their instrument. Previous experience with improvisation is not required!

Sign up now!

Stay in the loop

Videos

Info

Youtube URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ4iPWDvY74

One of our tightest tunes that we ever released, composed by our talented violinist, George Dumitriu! We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful audience that surrounded us and filled the atmosphere with their incredible energy.

Recorded at Batavierhuis on May 13, 2023 Special thanks to all the Batavierhuis crew.

Camera and editing by Felipe Pipi. 2nd Camera by Tijmen de Vries Sound mixing by Pablo Rodríguez.

Tour Dates

May 10, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

LantarenVenster

Rotterdam

The Netherlands

May 11, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

Plus Etage

Baarle-Nassau

The Netherlands

May 23, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

Pletterij

Haarlem

The Netherlands

May 24, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

Cultuurschip Thor

Zwolle

The Netherlands

May 25, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

Paradox

Tilburg

The Netherlands

May 26, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

Willem II Toonzaal

Den Bosch

The Netherlands

May 31, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

Theater De Regentes

Den Haag

The Netherlands

June 1, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

Het Drakenhuis

Zelhem

The Netherlands

June 2, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

The Sound of Violin Festival

Leuven

Belgium

June 5, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

Brouwerij Martinus

Groningen

The Netherlands

June 6, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

Brebl

Nijmegen

The Netherlands

June 8, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

TivoliVredenburg

Utrecht

The Netherlands

June 13, 2024

Album Release Tour: Splunge

Bimhuis

Amsterdam

The Netherlands

June 27, 2024

Feat. Alessandro Fongaro @ NSJR Festival

t.b.a

Rotterdam

The Netherlands

October 7, 2024

NSSQ presents Splunge

Piano Salon Christophori

Berlin

Germany

November 14, 2024

MAST ft. NSSQ

November Music

Den Bosch

The Netherlands