Concerto Grotto w/Maarten Ornstein (NL)
Sail with us to a sea-grotto where you enter in a boat to experience live music, played in the unique acoustics of this unusual concert hall. The trips are arranged in cooperation with Summartónar Festival and have been a regular event for some years now.
Enjoy The Norðlýsið, the fresh sea air and the breathtaking views on the way to the destination. Sense the excitement of visiting a sea-grotto and the exceptional experience of a musician utilizing the special acoustics of the grotto. After the 15-30 min. concert, you return to the Norðlýsið and a hot bowl of our creamy fish soup.
* This trip requires you to be able to transfer into a boat for the grotto visit, and back aboard after the trip. This requires normal agility. You will also be required to fit a flotation suit or vest.
Maarten Ornstein is a Dutch musician based in Amsterdam. He plays clarinets and saxophones, and works as a composer and arranger. He plays with lutenist Mike Fentross, Lebanese singer Rima Khcheich, and leads the improvised funk ensemble DASH! Additionally, he plays solo concerts and performs with Estonian mezzo-soprano Kadri Tegelmann. Maarten Ornstein is a member of Splendor Amsterdam.
Maarten Ornstein has composed for the North Sea Jazz Festival, Frances-Marie Uitti, Ties Mellema, Cappella Amsterdam, the Calefax Reed Quintet, the Metropole Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, pianists Gerard Bouwhuis and Daria van den Bercken, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Dudok String Quartet. He is currently working on an opera, to be premiered in Amsterdam in the fall of 2023. In 2022 he was awarded the Willem Breuker prize together with lutenist Mike Fentross.
Maarten Ornstein has published three books on improvisation, for solo instruments, string quartet and voice acapella. The books provide both material and techniques to learn improvisation and use it in concerts. The books are aimed at (classical) musicians looking to expand their musical horizon with the art of improvisation.