Fr. 14.09.07 / MTC / 21.00
ROTTERDAM SKA JAZZ FOUNDATION
A Lubricated Off-Beat mOtiV loCo
In an era of overproduced Pop and electronic DJ superstars, the Rotterdam
Ska-Jazz Foundation (RSJF) keeps it real. Taking the music of the sixties as
a starting point, they start where others have left. But be careful! The
Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation is NOT a retro band in any perspective. Armed
with drums, bass, guitar, piano, organs, and a wide range of horns, the
Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation has been refining their mix of Ska, Jazz,
Rock-Steady, Reggae and Soul over the past six years.
The idea of forming a Ska-Jazz band started when Arjen Bijleveld and Dimitri
'Dim' Jeltsema met each other again at a party in Rotterdam in 1999, where
they spend the evening reviewing their musical past and future. In the early
90's they used to play together in 'The Obnoxious', a band famous at that
time for its loud music and attitude. Young as they were, each went their
own way. Arjen went into business and Dim ended up playing drums in the
uptempo ska band 'Let's Quit', where he met bass player Michael 'MOK' Kragt.
After a while, Michael and Dim decided to put honor to the bands name and
started their own musical adventure. Finally, all came together and the
foundation for the Foundation was created.
Now, over half a decade later, the Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation has
recorded an EP single and two fulllength studio albums. All released on the
Grover Records (Germany). Their latest album 'Sunwalk' is recorded by Max
Bolleman at his famous Studio 44 in Monster, and is recently also released
in the United States by Megalith Records. Furthermore, their music appears
on various sampler CD's and LP's throughout the world. However, the best way
to experience this lubricated off-beat locomotive is live on stage. Let the
intricate melodies and harmonies of the horns and the steady grooves of the
rhythm section seep into your system. Rocking Ska-Jazz with a rough edge.
Check out this Motiv Loco live! The RSJF hits the road pretty constantly and
played on big Dutch festivals like Bevrijdingsfestivals, Metropolis, Oerol,
Noorderzon and the Parade, as well as major International festivals like
Summer Jam, Popkomm, Three Floors of Ska at the Knitting Factory NYC, and
many other, festival or venue, varying from big to small, in e.g. The
Netherlands, Germany, France, Hungary, Denmark, Luxembourg, Czech Republic,
Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, United States,
Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Russia and will most likely play in your
neighborhood soon! Don't worry about a language barrier, let the music of
the Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation do the talking. . .