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Dennis Aalse Ensemble

Dennis Aalse - foto Pita Polo
Dennis Aalse - foto Pita Polo

Dennis Aalse (Curaçao, 1965) studied Classical music and jazz at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam and music therapy at the Hogeschool Utrecht. Dennis is a musician, composer, arranger and music teacher. He can play the trumpet, trombone, tuba, horn and the piano. He is the founder of the Dennis Aalse Big Band. Furthermore, he is the musical director of Stichting Artefamia Productions and the children's band 3MGN (Dreamgene). Dennis has performed in the following bands, among others: AKEDE/Relampago/Toque de Mujer (own bands, specialized in Caribbean music); Amstelveen Symfonie Orkest led by Saskia Boon (Classical music); FRA FRA Sound led by Vincent Henar (Jazz/Surinam Beebop); Boogie Woogie led by Jaap Dekker (Jazz/Blues/Mainstream); Zamanakitoki led by Eric Calmes (Caribbean Jazz). He has produced more than 800 CD-recordings, including for Dhaddy Brokke, Oscar Hernandez (USA), Ced Ride, Tony Sherman, ERA, Edsel Juliet and Gordon.
Over the years he has composed and arranged for various bands such as Oscar Harris, Rick Breeze (Through my eyes), William Souvenir, Tutty Hansen (Ban bèk n'e rais), Hensley Ogenia (Christmas Wish), Orquesta AKEDE ( Amor de mis sueños), Cyrille van Hoof (Crazy from the heart). He is currently a music teacher at Ban Bria (MBO), SGP (VSBO) and FOSK.

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  • Antillen/Suriname 2010

    Krusa Laman - Curaçao

    With: Bas Heijne, Bernice Chauly, Dennis Aalse Ensemble, Diana Lebacs, Elia Isenia, Frouwkje Smit, Iman Humaydan, Roland Colastica, Roy Evers, Shrinivási, Yasmine Allas

    On Curaçao the Fundashon pa Planifikashon di Idioma (Foundation for language planning), is the organisational partner for Winternachten. During the festival Krusa Laman on Curaçao all writers and performers will use their own language. Their words will be projected in the local language, Papiamentu. The translations have been taken care of by the FPI. This year's theme 'A sense of belonging' has been translated as the metaphor Kaminda rais a kue tera.
    This theme is leading for the festival in Curaçao, and will be dealt with from different perspectives. A substheme is migration, and migration in literature. For FPI, the Curaçao anthropologist Richenel Ansano wrote a sensitive essay, Between Love and Terror: Having a Sense of Belonging is no Joke. This essay is available for free for the audience.

    The public library of Curaçao also gives special attention to the theme Kaminda rais a kue tera. On 9 April there will be a festive opening of an exhibition on Krusa Laman and the theme, with all sorts of information on the participating writers and artists, their work, countries of origin, etc..

    Then there are the workshops for secondary school pupils, at the schools that will be visited by the authors. Creative writer Elodie Heloise is preparing the children and students for the festival in workshops. During these workshop the pupils will deal with the theme, and deliver materials for the exhibition in the library.

    Of course the theme A Sense of Belonging is also present in the public performances. There are the readings of the authors, but besides this the visual artist Frouwkje Smit has made an artistic slideshow with pictures of a number of well known and lesser known people from the island, including writers and artists. Al the authors were asked to choose their favourite spot on Curaçao, where they feel most at home. They also chose a text with the spot. The slideshow is combined with music, and will be shown on Friday 16 April in Villa Maria, Scharloo. The versatile artist Roland Colastica will be the M.C. of that evening.