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FRANCIEN VAN TUINEN

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Francien van Tuinen

Period

29-03-1971 - current

Genre

jazz, vocalen

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Francien van Tuinen

Francien van Tuinen (Oosterwolde, 29 March 1971) studies communication at the University of Groningen, and jazz vocals at the city's conservatory. After winning the 1997 Nederlands Jazz Vocalisten Concours (Dutch Jazz Vocalists' Competition), she becomes an in demand singer, with a growing discography as a leader. She adapts both classical ...
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1996   Jesse van Ruller
1997   Benjamin Herman
2002   Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw
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Biography Francien van Tuinen

Francien van Tuinen (Oosterwolde, 29 March 1971) studies communication at the University of Groningen, and jazz vocals at the city's conservatory. After winning the 1997 Nederlands Jazz Vocalisten Concours (Dutch Jazz Vocalists' Competition), she becomes an in demand singer, with a growing discography as a leader. She adapts both classical compositions and jazz pieces for her bands, and composes her own songs.

1994 - 1998

Since the age of sixteen Francien van Tuinen has been singing Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday standards on stage. It goes without saying that she enters the Groningen Conservatory, where she graduates in 1998. In 1997 she wins the Nederlands Jazz Vocalisten Concours in Zwolle. 'A natural talent, a born jazz singer', according to the jury. 'Francien has a voice with a very natural rhythmic flexibility, she has guts, excellent diction, and perfect timing.'

1998

She releases her debut album Tuindance, produced by pianist Michiel Borstlap. The reviewer for newspaper the Volkskrant writes: 'Tuindance is a showcase for a real jazz singer: she knows the ins and outs of intonation and swing, and her clear voice is pleasantly powerful in all registers.' Half of the repertoire on the CD consists of instrumentals by Herbie Hancock, Kenny Wheeler and others, to which Van Tuinen has written her own lyrics. 'Her excellent diction and timing are apparent in the super fast Jackie, Annie Ross's lyrics on a solo by the legendary saxophonist Wardell Gray,' writes the reviewer in newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

2000

In March Van Tuinen presents her second album, Despina's Eye, produced by saxophonist Yuri Honing, featuring saxophonist Benjamin Herman as a guest soloist.

2001 - 2003

In collaboration with pianist and arranger Henk Meutgeert Van Tuinen creates a theater production, entitled Gershwin On My Mind. This also leads to guest performances with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, the Noord Nederlands Orkest and the Metropole Orchestra. After two CDs with pure jazz Francien van Tuinen takes a new direction with A Perfect Blue Day. She writes catchy pop songs with jazz influences, singer/songwriter ballads and heavy jungle grooves. The arrangements are made on the spot in the studio, in collaboration with guitarist Jesse van Ruller, pianist Joost Swart, bassist Jeroen Vierdag and drummer Sebastiaan Kaptein.

Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw

2004

Van Tuinen starts working as a vocal teacher at the jazz department of the Groningen Conservatory. She graduates from the Dutch department of the University of Groningen, majoring in communication, a study she started in 1989.

2005

In the spring the album Muzyka is released, a joint project by Van Tuinen and Jesse van Ruller. The guitarist arranges compositions by Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Schumann, Shostakovich and Scriabin to become contemporary pieces for voice, strings and percussion, and Van Tuinen writes the lyrics to go with them. In an interview with newspaper NRC Handelsblad the singer has this to say about the production process: 'The songs signify the awful year that lies behind me. The final clearance sale of the year 2004! The requiem in three parts is dedicated to my father, who died when we were recording the CD. The pieces accentuate the sadness and the farewell. Ravel's holiness helped me trough the first mourning, the intermediate period is exemplified by Schumann. Debussy's Clair de Lune is the ray of hope. You often hear that a death is followed by a new life. Well, three months later I was pregnant.'

2007 - 2008

The Rotterdam Jazz Academy employs Van Tuinen as a vocal teacher. Together with her husband, drummer Joost Patocka, she founds Red Sauce Records. And she forms the band Tripod, with which she wants to take a new direction again. The name refers to the instrumentation: bass (Jeroen Vierdag), drums (Joost Patocka) and saxophone/clarinets (Jasper Blom). It is a line-up without a chordal instrument, forming the tripod on which her voice rests.

2009

On the album Daytrippers Van Tuinen sings, improvises and accompanies with an instrumental approach, while her trio explores the dynamics and timbre of their instruments. The repertoire features her own original compositions, American traditionals and works by lesser known songsmiths like Bob Dorough and Alec Wilder.

2011

In January Francien van Tuinen releases the tribute album Cool Voice: Celebrating Rita Reys, featuring Jesse van Ruller, Harmen Fraanje, Clemens van der Feen and Joost Patocka. Van Tuinen calls it 'an homage to her as a legendary person and as a pioneer of European vocal jazz.'

Discography Francien van Tuinen

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