Under the Surface is a Dutch band founded by drummer Joost Lijbaart, Bram Stadhouders and Sanne Rambags. The group falls under the Jazz in Motion foundation.
Drummer Joost Lijbaart, possibly best remembered in the UK for his work in saxophonist Yuri Honing’s pop song exploring trio, has teamed up with singer Sanne Rambags and guitarist Bram Stadhouders to create something between meditative soundscapes and trippy trance music that’s all the more impressive for its spontaneity. At times Rambags sounded for all the world as if she was calling up the spirits of some undetermined European folk tradition and used the folky fricatives’ vocal percussion possibilities brilliantly to involve the listener and interact with Stadhouders’ yearning guitar and Lijbaart’s carefully chosen, atmosphere-enhancing drum beats and bell chimes.
Under the Surface is currently working on its third album – Miin Triuwa. After years of traveling the world, the coronavirus pandemic was a major reason for the band to turn its gaze inward and to explore Dutch folk music and its roots.
Join them as they present extracts from their new material.
Sarah Farmer (violin) and Annie Mahtani (electronics) will be supporting Under the Surface with a duo performance – get a flavour of Sarah and Annie in action below.