Olaf Tarenskeen

jazz and improvised music


Duo project

Blue Light

Blue Light - The Voice Guitar Project

‘Blue Light contains 10 original compositions by Smeets and Tarenskeen, with lyrics by Yvonne Smeets and (guitar) arrangements by Olaf Tarenskeen. This duo project shows the following themes: the meeting of acoustic guitar and jazz singing, of traditional song form and joint open improvisation, of art music and popular music.
Olaf suggested Yvonne to write lyrics to a number of his compositions and vica versa arranged Yvonne’s compositions using the techniques and sound of the classical guitar in the context of modern jazz. For jazz singer Yvonne, previously active in pop and rock music, the challenge was to write expressive lyrics to the complex melodies of Tarenskeen’s music.

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Straight Ahead Jazz

Olaf Tarenskeen

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