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About me:
I can at least answer the question how I got interested in music. I think it runs in the family. Apparently my granddad (father's father) was an amateur musician in his bachelor's days. He then lived in the village of Tudderen in Germany, near Sittard in the south of The Netherlands, and was playing the flute in a sort of local flute and drum marching band. And during carnival he would play the accordion and sing songs. I got this information from my 84-year old aunt the other day, who told me that after he married, my grandfather was never seen performing music again... My grandma (mother's mother) lived in West-Frisia and was a singer. I think she was one of the informants of Dr. B. Veurman and Dr. D. Bax in their classic folk song collection "Songs and Dances of West-Frisia" ("Liederen en Dansen uit West-Friesland" published in 1944). My mother was a singer too, all her life she was an alto in a fairly reputed choir in the town of Hoorn, where I was born. She taught me all the songs that she had learned from her mother. And I was always interested in music, I went to music school, had piano lessons, but at an early age decided I did not want to be a performing musician. I felt much better at ease off stage than on stage. After secondary school I went to university (in Amsterdam), studying drama and ethnomusicology, and got involved in the organisation of the local folkclub and folkfestival in Leiden (where I live since 1969). And from there it gradually expanded. There's a story about the early years of PAN Records and how I got to be its owner in the liner notes to the Crooks CD (PAN 151), the CD is sold out now, but will eventually be available again via digital distribution.

I have a special interest in overtone singing and the music of Tuva, Khakassia, Mongolia, Altai, and Bashkortostan. As far as I can tell, PAN Records (the record company that I own) was the first company in the West (there were already a few LPs on Melodiya) to release a CD with overtone songs from Tuva (maybe with the exception of Smithsonian Folkways, I am not sure when that one was released). My company was also the first to organise tours with overtone singers from Tuva (1991), and I also brought them to the USA and Canada (1992 and 1993) where later they became world famous as Huun Huur Tu, but I wasn't involved then anymore, as the band had split up and I decided to stay loyal to Gennadi Tumat (see PAN 2090), whom I thought to be the more talented. He was also the most whimsical, and for years we talked about making a solo-CD, but he could never find the discipline to do studio work for long periods. You can read all about that in the liner notes to PAN 2090.

I am actively promoting the traditional music from Holland, and there are quite a lot of such CDs in the PAN catalogue (PAN 2004, 2025, 188, 157, 159, 179, 191, 192, 204, 205, 208, 210, 211, 214, 216, 218, 220).
As a band we are:
member of / connected to the following organisations:
ICTM
Folk Alliance International (formerly North American Folk Alliance)
Muziekinstituut van de Kathedraal St. Bavo
International society for performing arts research Arnold Bake
The Leiden University Buddhist Studies Network
Instruments:
Piano, recorder, vocals
Influences:
Singing: Ma and grandma.
Music in general: J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, Pink Floyd, Planxty, Kolinda, Muzsikás, Khunashtaar-ool Oorzhak, T.L. de Victoria.
Ethnic music: the high-pitched grassland songs of north Tibet, mugam from Azerbaijan, mouth-bow music, khöömei, Russian accordions, harps in Venezuelan dance music, Sicilian "Settimana Santa" songs.
Homepage:
http://www.panrecords.nl
In the past 20 years I've collected and released over 10 CDs with overtone music on PAN Records. Two of those were with jew's harps, the other with overtone singing from various regions (Tuva, Altai, Mongolia, Bashkortostan). In preparation is a DVD with Gennadi Tumat, the lamented khöömei master from Tuva, for which PAN Records is still actively searching for extra materials.

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At 10:58pm on January 9, 2010, Jens Mügge said…
Thank you Bernard for your feedback and good to have you here on board. I appreciate your online presence and your contribution to this site here so much! Maybe late but not too late: Happy New Year. If you like you can promote your projects here like some other members do this. I am happy to forward this too - like Hosoo's supertalent participation, the DVD movie release by Ming about his film Raum Klang Stimme ... and others. I think that's one of the main goals that it is useful to run a site like this ... hope to meet you soon. All the best, Jens
At 8:56pm on January 8, 2010, Steve Sklar said…
Cool, thanks for the update, Bernard.
At 6:51pm on January 8, 2010, Steve Sklar said…
Hi Bernard,

Good to see you here!

Did you ever finish the Gennadi Tumat project we talked about?

Cheers,

Steve
At 2:07pm on September 3, 2008, Jochem Meijer said…
Hoi Bernhard,

Leuk zeg dat er meer Leidenaars geinteresseerd zijn in overtones, zelf ben ik ook heel geinteresseerd in het tuvaanse gebeuren, vooral keelzang houd ik me mee bezig. Ik las dat je niet optreed, maar zing je zelf wel, of weet je misschien een koor in de buurt?
Groeten
Jochem
At 2:01pm on May 30, 2008, Jens Mügge said…
Hi Bernard,
thanks a lot for accepting my friend request. Yes that right: I am the founder, initiator or network creator of this new community on www.overtone-network.org and I am happy that you joined us and you will share all your rich records. Good to have you here and that you are a member of this platform. Take care and stay well,
yours Jens
At 12:40pm on May 30, 2008, kiva simova said…
Hi Bernard
So nice to hear from you. I think it was before '94 that we met. Anyway, now I will be staying in Europe indefinitely. At the moment I am in Albania, having just performed at the Int'l polyphonic festival here. In mid June I will be in Aachen. I wish to play and teach all over Europe. Let's keep in touch, okay?
kiva
At 10:59am on May 28, 2008, Raphael De Cock said…
Beste Bernard,
Fijn je hier te zien en al die mooie foto's van je. Leuk om zo lang niet meer geziene vrienden nog eens te zien en te horen ...
groeten

Raphael
At 11:24pm on April 21, 2008, Koichi Makigami said…
Dear Bernard,
thank you for your comment.
Keep in touch.
Koichi
At 5:40pm on April 17, 2008, Tran Quang Hai said…
Dear Bernard,
We have known each other for many years , and above we worked together for the CD on the Jew's Harps in 2006.
Keep in touch and present us your publications on overtones and Jew's harps .
Best,
Tran Quang Hai
At 10:47am on April 17, 2008, Tran Quang Hai said…
Dear Bernard,
I am glad that you are now a member of the Overtone Music Network. You will know other throat singers, researchers, composers of overtones .
Hope you are happy with us
Best,
Tran Quang Hai
 
 
 

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