Duo NIHZ World-renowned Dutch performers Duo NIHZ (Niet In Het Zwart – ‘Not Dressed In Black’) are coming to Veryan on 29th July. Kernow Concert’s very own Charlotte Arnold caught up with Bobby
Rootveld (guitar/voice) and Sanna van Elst (recorder/voice) in Nordhorn,
Germany, ahead of their July trip.
CA: This is the second summer in a row you will have toured in the UK… but I believe this is to be your first trip to Cornwall. What do you know about Cornwall?
BR: We can’t wait to visit Cornwall. We are already Anglophiles, having grown up with the Beatles, The Kinks, Animals, and later on we loved bands like Oasis, Travis, and… Kula Shaker! In addition, it’s the land of football and of our favourite comedians, Monty Python. I think we’re going to love Cornwall. It is known everywhere for great beaches, cream teas, pasties and some of the friendliest people around. Sanna is a vegetarian, so a place with ‘corn’ in the title is already a treat… and to see a wall made out of corn would be extraordinary! What is a pasty, anyway?
CA: You’ll have to wait and see! What kind of music can we expect from you, and can you tell us a bit about your performance style?
SvE: We like to be different, so our concerts are full of humour and a little craziness. There’s more than a touch of theatre about them, because we are also trained actors. The music is based around the Jewish tradition, and includes fast and fun Klezmer, Music Theatre pieces like Domeniconi’s ‘Circus Music’ and brand new compositions written for us by composers such as Annette Kruisbrink and Louis Ignatius Gall. In every concert there’s a ten minute segment of pure sadness when we play two Holocaust songs, to honour Bobby’s family – who lost over a hundred members.
CA: One of the highlights of your summer programme is the Shir Hashirim Suite composed for you by the famous Italian composer Gianmartino Maria Durighello…
BR: Yes, it is an amazing piece, and we will premiere it in Italy on June 19th, after which we are on a three month tour that takes us to Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy (for a second time) and of course to you in the UK.
CA: We cannot promise you the grand concert halls you are used to – such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam – but we guarantee you enthusiastic audiences in wonderful venues at unique Cornish locations! What do you hope to take away from your visit to Cornwall?
SvE: For us, the most important thing is to bring our musical message to new audiences.
We have been lucky enough to play at some of the world’s most important festivals and venues – but for us it is all about the art.
You can see more about the duo on their website: http://bobbyrootveld.wix.com/duonihz