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NORTH SEA STRING QUARTET

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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!

"Using their classical, world and folk influences and a lot of jazz, these improvising string players created one of the most exciting and celebrated concerts of this year’s InJazz."
Jazzed.com
“..you can immediately hear the loosely swaying hips resounding in their playing.”
Tim Kliphuis (NL)
Award-winning jazz violinist 
“..you can immediately hear the loosely swaying hips resounding in their playing.”


Ton Maas (NL)
Mixedworldmusic.com

Over NSSQ

You can call it chamber jazz, but the members of the North Sea String Quartet will be the last ones to try and limit their work by mere stylistic descriptions. As improvising string players active in the Dutch and international music scene, they are influenced by classical, world  and folk music. Four creative minds combining their full potential and diverse musical backgrounds, creating a unique sound, and having a lot of fun in doing so.

The quartet consists of violinists Pablo Rodriguez and George Dumitriu, violist Yanna Pelser and cellist Thomas van Geelen. Apart from their classical background, they share a passion for folk music from South America, Europe and Africa, as well as jazz and improvisation. With the use of innovative playing techniques, they manage to translate these musical worlds to the string quartet. They performed at major festivals and venues in and outside the Netherlands, such as the Concertgebouw, the Bimhuis, de Doelen, Wonderfeel, and Canarias Jazz & Más.

The NSSQ loves to join creative forces with other artists. They made a beautiful program of Brazilian music with singer Lílian Vieira, which has staged at Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Dutch television show Podium Witteman. Their collaboration with American singer and violist Roland Satterwhite took the group to venues in the Netherlands, Germany and Spain and resulted in the Delta Blues inspired EP “Songs for Flying” (2019). With guitarist Javier Infante, they recorded the North-African, Canarian and Sephardic influenced album “Electric Amazigh” (2021) and performed throughout the Netherlands and Spain. Since 2021, the quartet has been performing with the Malian Trio da Kali, who previously recorded their album “Ladilikan” with the Kronos Quartet.

Aside from performing, the members of the quartet attach great value to inspiring the next generation of string players. They have lead multiple workshops on improvisation for young musicians in and outside of the Netherlands and have worked several times with the Canarian youth orchestra Barrios Orquestados. In 2019, together with world renowned jazz violinist and pedagogue Tim Kliphuis, they founded the Academy of Improvising Strings, an annual workshop weekend in the Netherlands, with a first edition especially for teenagers in 2022.

North Sea String Quartet is supported by Stichting North Sea Strings.

FOUNDATION

2016

GENRE(S)

JAZZ, WORLD

SOCIAL
‣ Resources
‣ Solo works
EP | 2018
‣ Collaborations
EP | 2019 | ft. Lilian Vieira
EP | 2018 | ft. Roland Sattwhite

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Videos

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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