New Album!A tribute to Thelonious Monk
It all began almost 15 years ago and they are still going strong: Sven Hammond. Since its creation in 2006, main man Sven Figee and his band of brothers have played hundreds of shows, both in their home country the Netherlands, and abroad. They have 6 studio albums and 4 live albums under their name and still sound as fresh as ever.
Starting recordings in 2019 the band went back to their roots as an instrumental, Hammond-driven outfit. The result is their new album ‘Sphere’ (released April 16, 2021). An album dedicated to the music of jazz legend Thelonious Monk. Sven: ‘It was back in the days in a little bar in The Hague where I started to play the music of Monk and where the seed was planted for this idea; an entire album with his compositions but in our own way. Arranged to fit collaborations with contemporary artists and their music. Hip Hop and soul in the blender with Monk’s hard bop jazz. A very exciting project and an amazing mix of styles that actually works out!’ The album has become a mix of instrumental and vocal tracks with appearances of Typhoon, Akwasi, Cheyenne Toney, Gianski, and Zoe Love Smith.
With this album, the band has set the tone for an exciting new round of shows (check the December ‘Sphere Clubtour’ in The Netherlands) and is more ready than ever to bring their exciting, grooving, dirty, and always soulful sounds to international stages in 2021 and beyond.
Sven Hammond Big Band
On request of acclaimed Dutch tv-host Matthijs van Nieuwkerk (with production company Medialane and broadcasting company BNNVARA), Sven Figee stepped into the role of musical director & arranger, expanding his band to a 16 piece big band with 2 drummers, additional keys and percussion, a horn section, a string quartet and two singers. Here began what we now know as the Sven Hammond Big Band.
‘Matthijs Gaat Door’ (Matthijs Goes On) started airing on New Year’s Eve 2020. The following 10 episodes, spanning the months of January to March 2021 became a huge hit with skyrocketing ratings, outstanding reviews, and an enthusiast following throughout the Benelux.
Combining groundbreaking musical performances with witty journalism as well as never before seen camera work and direction the show has set a new standard.
You can view the performances on the Matthijs Gaat Door YouTube channel.
The second season starts end of August.
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