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Slow Music Festival

10:30 - 17:30 - € 22.00

Der Aa Church
Akerkhof 2
9711 JB Groningen


A wide range of musical styles

On Sunday 12 March the Aa Church presents the Slow Music Festival. A festival that reflects the growing interest in mindfulness and contemplation and finding inspiration in a wide range of musical styles: from classical to ethnic, from ambient and minimal pop to meditation Zen, the common denominator being ‘Slow Music’ and an unobtrusive acoustic sound.

Ralph van Raat has been fascinated by 20th century classical music since he was fourteen years old. His repertoire spans from Bach to Boulez. He wants to instill an appreciation of the beauty and diversity of contemporary music in his audience. Van Raat regulary gives recitals at important venues and performs with renowned orchestras and conductors  all over Europe.

Ashvins is a unique Dutch mantra duo, formed by Buvana Gerlach and Sandip Battacharya. Their songs were inspired by Indian Raga, Irish folk and gnostic and mystical texts. Ashvins perform original mantras, bhajans and kirtans  as well as sacred songs originating in the Sufi and Shaman culture.

Buvana was born into a musical family. Her compositions stem from a deep inner inspiration. Her specialty is healing, devotional and sacred music. Her debut CD with Indian songs was Songs of Light. Her second solo album, Temple of the Sea, was released in 2016.

Sandip is a composer/singer who has lived in the Netherlands for several years. He was born in Benares, India, where he became a tabla master of Indian classical music. He travels around the globe with top artists and performs in concert with world music fusion bands at major festivals.

Praful (Uli Schröder) is a jazz musician, composer, singer and producer. He studied jazz, saxophone and flute and plays several wind instruments. His travels to India and Brazil have been a source of inspiration. He has produced albums with peaceful sounds, world music and electronic dance, spiritual music and music from the Middle-East inspired by Sufism. One of the instruments he will play at the Slow Music Festival is the bansuri, a traditional Indian bamboo flute.

Erik Huele is a pianist, singer, composer, soul singing conductor, QiGong teacher and the organizer of the Slow Music Festival. He studied piano improvisation and composition at the conservatories of Utrecht and Amsterdam and has made several CDs. He enjoys singing with others in the singalong concerts he organizes. Improvisation is an essential element in his performances and weekly singalong groups: the unexpected, the magical, listening to what the music says to you.


10.30 a.m. – 11.10 a.m. Erik Huele - piano. Satie, Pärt (Spiegel im Spiegel), Gurdjieff - de Hartmann, original compositions and improvisations
11.30 a.m.  – 12.10 p.m.
Duo Ashvins original compositions, Irish songs & mantras 
Buvana - vocals & harp 
Sandip Battacharya - vocals & tabla 
12.30 p.m. – 1.10 p.m. 
Praful - bansuri flute and soprano saxophone
Erik Huele - piano (Erik Satie, original compositions and improvisations) 
1.30 p.m. – 2.10 p.m.  
Duo Ashvins with Erik Huele - piano (original compositions, Irish songs and mantras) 
2.30 p.m.  – 3.10 p.m.   
Ralph van Raat (Piano Phase bySteve Reich, How Now by Philip Glass, 'Haze' by Heather Pinkham and a selection of music by Hans Otte: das Buch der Klänge)
3.30 p.m.  –  4.10 p.m.
Praful - bansuri flute and soprano saxophone
Sandip Battacharya - vocals & tabla
Erik Huele - piano (Erik Satie, original compositions and improvisations)
4.30 p.m. – 5.20 p.m.
Ralph van Raat Radiohead-programme: Radiohead, Debussy en Adams  

Coffee, tea and lunch are available during the 20-minute intermissions between the performances.

Admission: € 22,-  (or € 14,- + voluntary contribution)
See the Slow Music Festival brochure here.

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