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Joshua Samson

Joshua Samson - foto Gérard Beckers
Joshua Samson - foto Gérard Beckers

(1967) is a much sought-after percussionist who played with Anouk, Lois Lane and Hans and Candy Dulfer, among others. Meanwhile there are no less than thirty CDs and DVDs on which Samson can be heard. He did the percussion course at the conservatory in The Hague and a post-doctoral in New York. His style is characterised by a combination of various ethnic influences to which he adds his own professional background. In addition to the usual instruments he likes to play unique percussion instruments such as the recently developed Hang, which consists of two Tibetan scales placed on each other. Right now he tours the country with a children's show Kikker heeft de Blues (Kikker's got the blues) and plays the drums with DASH! and Last Tango in Paris. Together with college friend Tony Overwater he forms the duo the Sleutelbewaarders. Once a month they do a concert at a unique spot in the Netherlands with a special guest from varying musical disciplines.


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  • Winternachten 2010 – Winternachten 2

    Wintercafe 3: New Etiquettes, please!

    It is back again! Etiquette! As if it had never gone. The shops offer us a wide range of books that answer questions on how to pick up or put down your fork or knife, how to court a person, and when to sit down or stand up. Etiquette expert Beatrijs Ritsema explains how you pass a real Dutch six course dinner. This crash course is accompanied by a tasteful Moroccan version. Esma Abouzahra lets you taste the rules of the Moroccan meal in word and action. It is up to you to select the ingredients from this hodge-podge of rules. Enjoy the meal! Host: Sanna Andréa-Dia. At the end of this hour there is a performance by saxophonist and composer Maarten Ornstein and Joshua Samson (percussion). Ornstein composed music to texts of the Lebanese writer Iman Humaydan. Programme in Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2010 – Winternachten 2

    Wintercafé 2: Hold on! Oulipo.

    Hold on! Oulipo and the literary restriction: If you play the game, you make the rules. The French OuLiPo company (Ouvroir Littéraire Potentielle, founded in 1960) thought that with self-imposed literary restrictions one could write potentially interesting texts. In which only the e as a vowel would occur, or a poem in which all the letters of the alphabet would recur.This programme, a co-production of Wintertuin (Nijmegen) and festival Winternachten (The Hague) is a tribute to the writers, mathematicians and philosophers of OuLiPo. Four writers, Saskia de Coster, Karin Amamoetkrin, Anton Valens and Joke van Leeuwen were given a restriction by writer/mathematician Hugo Brandt Corstius in Nijmegen. Now the four writers and their 'patron' get together in The Hague to read the results. Meanwhile, all the texts will have been published in a handy-sized booklet – available at Winternachten in a limited edition!
    At the end of this hour there is a performance by saxophonist and composer Maarten Ornstein and Joshua Samson (percussion). Ornstein composed music to poems of the South African poet Ronelda Kamfer. In Dutch.

  • Winternachten 2010 – Winternachten 2

    Wintercafé 1: Who's Afraid of Youth

    This first our in the Wintercafé starts with a performance by saxophone player and composer Maarten Ornstein and Joshua Samson (percussion). Ornstein composed music to poetry that he read, but never heard. In the first of a series of three performances this evening, Maarten Ornstein meets poet Erik Lindner.
    After this, pupils from two secondary schools in The Hague climb the stage and recite poems they've written. In the last few months poet Erik Lindner came to their classes and read poetry with them. Tonight Lindner reads with pupils from Lyceum Ypenburg and Dalton College Voorburg. Host: Sanna Andréa-Dia. In Dutch.