Best of 2015 list – Something Else Reviews

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“Plunge for Distance” made it to Something Else Reviews’ Best of 2015 list!

Interview with Radio 6

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I recently did a live interview by phone with Frank Jochemsen for Dutch Radio 6’s program “Vrije Geluiden”. Listen back here!

Write-ups by Hot House, Bird is the Worm and Something Else

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“When this quintet moves at a brisk pace, the music has an appealing pop-music catchiness.  And when sax & accordion combine to influence the proceedings, the result is a haunting beauty.  Guitarist van Munster strikes a nice balance on this solid debut recording.” Dave Sumner / Bird is the Worm

“His music extends beyond jazz―you’ll hear strains of romantic sambas and tangos, along with European chamber and orchestrated music.” Michael Nastos / Hot House Jazz Magazine

“Plunge For Distance breathes new life into the old notion of combining the elegance of classical music with the extemporaneous spirit of jazz, with a dash Old World charm sprinkled throughout.” S. Victor Aaron / Something Else Reviews


Debut album Plunge for Distance Out Today!

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Dear friends,

I’m very happy to announce that after a few years of preparing, hesitating, practicing and writing, my debut album is finally out. The album is a transatlantic collaboration and features some of my favorite musicians: Ben van Gelder (sax), Vitor Gonçalves (accordion & wurlitzer), Rick Rosato (bass) and Mark Schilders (drums).

More info here.

For those of you in New York: in celebration we will be playing the music from this album and more at Cornelia Street Cafe tomorrow, March 3. Sets are at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. and there is a $10 cover charge, $10 drink minimum.

You might be slightly puzzled by the album title, or wondering if perhaps it got lost in translation. I can assure you it didn’t. The title refers to a 1904 olympic sport, in which plungees would drop themselves into a pool and then try to float as far as possible without moving any limbs. Needless to say, as dedicated as the sportsmen were, it wasn’t quite the spectacle for onlookers and the sport dissapeared into oblivion thereafter.

I hope to see some of you New Yorkers tomorrow night!


Review on Something Else Reviews

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“Right out the box, Syberen van Munster is a fully formed composer, guitarist and bandleader with his own way of doing things by pulling together familiar elements into a new, intelligent signature language. Moreover, he didn’t have to be fast, loud or atonal to make his music uniquely interesting and captivating. That’s the major achievement of Plunge For Distance.”

Read the entire review

Debut album “Plunge for Distance” to be released on March 2!

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It’s official, my debut album Plunge for Distance will be released on the 2nd of March! We will celebrate it with a CD-release party at Cornelia Street Cafe the next day, March 3. In case you haven’t heard it yet, check out the album teaser on soundcloud. The album features the talents of Ben van Gelder, Vitor Gonçalves (needs a website), Rick Rosato (doesn’t need a website, bass player) and Mark Schilders.

You might wonder about the peculiar album title so let me explain: “Plunge for Distance” was a 1904 Olympic event, where plungees would drop themselves into a pool and try to float as far as possible, until they ran out of breath. Needless to say, it was hardly a spectacle for onlookers and the sport never returned to the olympics again.

I hope to see you at the CD-release show! Martin Nevin will be playing bass because Rick is on tour, in spite of not having a website. The next show is at the 9th Note in New Haven, on May 9th. Adios!

The 9th Note in New Haven every Thursday with NB5

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Every Thursday starting this month, I’ll be playing in the house band of the 9th note, an exciting new jazz club in downtown New Haven, CT. We play a set starting at 8 p.m., followed by a jam session with musicians from all over southern Connecticut, going until 11 p.m. The house band is led by saxophonist Nick Biello and also features Joshua Bruneau (trumpet), Alex Tremblay (bass), and Jake Robinson (drums).

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