A concert only with contrabass and voice? Marithé | Jonathan means reduction to the core elements of a song: melody and bass notes. It is a small but complete entity as a band, uniting the brilliant clarity and emotional expression of Marithé Van der Aa’s voice as the female element on the one side, and the warm woody sound and raw expressiveness of Jonathan Nagel’s contrabass as the male element on the other side. “Our music will take you on a journey. We are telling stories of everyday life, but from a perspective you probably have not seen yet. The lyrics are based on very personal experiences and describe the way of young people growing up in this society, having to deal with increasing speed, commercialization, loneliness and confusion, while still loving life and looking for prospects for where our generation might go.”
Jonathan Nagel, contrabass| website
Jonathan's passion for music reflects in many various ways: comprising the restless search for new artistic discoveries in aspects of technique, texture, concept and approach of contemporary improvised music, and a deep love for jazz and rock music, full of driving beats and colorful harmony, solid and strong. In all his work, both sides shine through to some degree, creating a hybrid, half avant-garde art, half Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll. This extends as well into interdisciplinary collaborations, incorporating dance, physical theater, and performance art.
After graduating in jazz double bass at the Prins Claus Conservatorium (Groningen, NL) and the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, USA), Jonathan is currently a selected student of the European Jazz Master program. He has worked with internationally esteemed jazz greats such as Michael Moore, David Berkman, Gene Jackson, Don Braden, and many others. Jonathan is currently living and working in Copenhagen (DK), Amsterdam (NL) and Berlin (DE). (Do not ask how one can live in three different cities. Maybe living in the car would be the more appropriate description.)
Marithé Van der Aa, zang| website
Marithé’s fascination with the performing arts started when she became a student of the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art at eight years old. During her childhood in the UK, she was a member of several youth choirs, took many drama classes and performed in musicals and plays at Brentwood School.
Upon returning to Belgium, her native country, she began studying Ancient Greek & Latin, later switching to secondary music education at the art academy ‘Musart’ in Hasselt.
At seventeen years old, she was accepted at the University of Arts in Berlin, where she currently studies jazz vocals. It was throughout these first few years of her Bachelor, that Marithé rediscovered her passion for philosophy, literature and history, and she soon started writing essays and articles in which she combined her love for (jazz) music and all things intellectual.
Marithé is currently active as a professional jazz vocalist and staff writer at All About Jazz, one of the most prominent online jazz resources of today.