Musicians of the Tango Ensemble
Katrien Karimoen, studied piano with Herman Uhlhorn at the Utrechts Conservatory and with Gustavo Beytelmann and Carel Kraayenhof at the Rotterdam Conservatory.
While at the Conservatory, Karimoen played with the orquestra típica OTRA under the leadership of Leo Vervelde and founded the Sexteto Puñal with fellow students.
As member of OTRA, Sexteto Puñal and the tango quartet Tincho, Karimoen has played in tango salons throughout the Netherlands.
Ienge studied piano with Sas Bunge at the Utrecht Conservatory and then at Hans de Graaf and Ria Groot. She gives private piano lessons in Amsterdam: www.pianolesopmaatamsterdam.nl Together with Cecile Duinhoven she forms a quatre mains duo.
Erik plays the accordion since he was 10 years old. Soon in a club, and later in life especially in various small formations. He has interest in both arranged and improvised forms of "world music" with an important role for a "balg" instrument. Think of Klezmer, Balkan and South American music. And of course the Tango!
About ten years ago, Francoise started singing in a "smartlappen" choir. After trying different musical directions, in 2009 she joined the Tango Trajectina ensemble. It seems a huge difference, the tear-jerker and the tango but actually these styles are rather close. In both genres the songs are about the dramatic events in life, expressed with emotion and passion. It is only the language that makes the difference!
Francoise also sings in a tango ensemble in Amsterdam and in a cabaret trio called Red Delicious.
Recently she started a music duo with Tony Heer called Heer / den Hoed.
In 2004 I saw the operita Maria de Buenos Aires (Piazzolla/Ferrer), directed by Pablo Ziegler, in the Stadsschouwburg in Utrecht. This was my first confrontation with tango music, and it had a great impact. After 30 years I picked up the guitar again, starting to write and play arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s music with a violinist (and occasionally a flutist). Some time ago I started to play the double bass, and now I take care of the low notes in the orchestra..
Raymond Zuurmond started playing the clarinet at the age of 15 in a concert band in Zeist. A few years later he switched to the alto saxophone.
He has played 7 years in the Blue Line big band in Zeist and also in other formations such as a saxophone quartet.
During his military service he played in the brass band "Mounted Regiments" of the Dutch Army. In 2010, Raymond joined Tango Trajectina.
I play violin and alto violin for a long time, mostly classical music both in orchestras and in various chamber music ensembles. I also have played a few years in a salon orchestra. Since the foundation I am a member of the Tango Trajectina ensemble. Besides making tango music I am a fanatic tango dancer together with my husband. The tango music requires a somewhat different approach than classical music. I think it's very nice to see the enthusiastic people dancing to the music we make!
A long time ago, my grandfather used to play music with a young Katrien. I obviously inherited his genes, as I chose Katriens orchestra without knowing. I joined Tango Trajectina in November 2014 as a violin player. Several years ago I studied at the The Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, with a main subject of singing yet these days, I mainly sing for my baby son and play violin more often. I love tango for the way it makes my violin sound, for the dance and especially because of the rhythm. The tighter the better.
I play violin since I was ten. So far I've mainly played classical music in a string orchestra. Recently I played in 'Jetset' which is an orchestra from Culemborg. During my studies I rehearsed a beautiful arrangement of Celos of Piazolla during a workshop. After my studies I have danced tango for two years together with my husband. After twenty years we are going to dance again. When I heard live tango music a number of times at shows, I thought 'I want that too'. The challenge for me is to stay in the rhythm and still play freely. Together with the other members of the orchestra, I like to play tango music that moves people.