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Ara’s Circle Funkyfies Afro Caribbean Beats And Jazz

Ara’s Circle builds bridges between cultures. The multi-international line-up based in the Netherlands creates music as colourful as the bird, a beautiful mix between Latin American music, Jazz and Funk. Ara’s Circle music is pure joy. This has been expressed in their first album: “That’s It” which was declared in 2014 “Album of the week” at Latin Jazz Network in Canada and won "The Akademia Music Award" in the United States of America in January 2016.

Sunday, 22 November 2015 16:34

Niels Onstenk

Niels Onstenk: guitar

Guitar player Niels Onstenk (1988) studied at the Jazz & Pop department at the conservatory of Utrecht where he graduated in 2010 with the highest possible grade (10/10). He entered the conservatory in 2006 at the age of 17 and was taught by Martijn Roselaar, Marcel Karreman, Theo de Jong, Wim Bronnenberg and Eef Albers.

The young guitarist is widely acclaimed for its musical overview, virtuosity and vocal quality of the instrument. “A vocalist on guitar.”

In March 2013 he received the title ‘Best Guitarist of the Netherlands’ after he won the competition organized by renowned guitar magazine ‘Guitarist’ and Dutch NPO Radio 2.

Niels has participated as a guitarist and back-vocalist in several ensembles including Utown, SPARQ, Leonie Tielemans Group, Mus, Amariszi and in the band of Doeshka Vrede. He has been part of many musical productions where he was responsible among others for the compositions, arrangements, mixing and production. He is currently active in Rotterdam as a session-musician and writing for his début album. As well as gives guitar lessons and he is active as a band coach at several music schools.

Saulkrasti Jazz LV

Saulkrasti Jazz LV

Breda Jazz NL

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