Zea + Oscar Jan Hoogland
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Oscar Jan grew up in the Jordaan, an old neighborhood in Amsterdam’s city centre, between the forte pianos owned by his father, classical pianist Stanley Hoogland. As a teenager at the beginning of this century he jumped over the classical music line and dived straight into the local impro and indie rock scenes, and that’s how he ended up, at age sixteen, at a festival in Paradiso where he saw Zea play. He could not believe his eyes when he saw Arnold de Boer, singer and guitarist of Zea, the next morning in school as his new teacher “Maatschappijleer” (sociology).
Arnold de Boer (Makkum, 1974) moved from the Frisian village called Makkum to Amsterdam in the early nineties to study and to be able to attend a concert every night. At the local drumband and harmony orchestra Hallelujah Makkum he learned to play drums and trumpet, but once in Amsterdam he switched to guitar and started his own band Zea. The headstrong mix of jumpy indie rock, beat punk, sample pop, noise and lo-fi dub got picked up far outside the lowlands and since the release of Zea’s debut album ‘Kowtow to an idiot’ (Transformed Dreams, 2000) Zea toured all over the world.
Arnold got involved in organizing concert nights and festivals in Amsterdam including a monthly night at the Paradiso. He set up many nights at local DIY venue OCCII. In 2009 he joined the long and strong going post-punk band The Ex, that took him straight into a whole new scene of Ethiopian jazz and improvised music.
For the monthly Paradiso night Arnold invited Oscar Jan to come and play with his new band. It was the beginning of a series of invitations back and forth, between off kilter songwriting and improvisation, that still continues and that resulted in recording the album called Summing.