Sonja van Hamel is a singer, songwriter, illustrator, designer
-- an artist with many avenues of expression, all of which reflect her playful, adventurous spirit and contemporary design aesthetics.
Sonja graduated in 1999 from the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy (Amsterdam). In the same year she formed the group Bauer together with Berend Dubbe (ex-Bettie Serveert). Her new album “Transcendental Man” produced by Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) and JB Meijers (De Dijk, Solomon Burke) will be released on October 17th 2011 on Basta Music.
Sonja’s current musical presentation is a concept she calls “Draw Clips” -- the songs are illustrated by her own drawings that move and travel in time with the music, thanks to ingenious mechanical inventions by renowned photographer Eddo Hartmann. The result is a real time, live video accompanying Sonja’s live performance.
First try-out performance by Photonic Orchestra in W139 Gallery in Amsterdam. On 2 November 2013 (Museumnacht). Photonic Orchestra is a group of musicians and visual artists integrating music, light, color, graphics, light-sculptures and analogue animation into a multi-media LIVE show. Participating artists: Sonja van Hamel, Eddo Hartmann, Jochem van der Spek and Jur de Vries. Musicians: Katharina Thomsen, Tessa Douwstra, Hubert-Jan Hubeek, Jur de Vries and Sonja van Hamel.
Music in this video is a demo for the forthcoming album by Photonic Orchestra. Performed by West Side Trio and Sonja van Hamel. Here's an impression of our show at W139:
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Here are some pics from our “try-out” show at W139 (Museumnacht). With Jur de Vries, Eddo Hartmann and Jochem van der Spek we developped a very inspiring multi-media show with lights, graphics and analogue filmtechniques, linked to live music. Musicians were: Tessa Douwstra (Orlando, Wooden Saints), Tini Thomsen, Jur de Vries and Hubert-Jan Hubeek (and me). To be continued, for sure... (Click on pics to enlarge)
Op 2 november, tijdens de Museumnacht, speel ik in W139 met een heel speciaal gezelschap bestaande uit bevriende beeldmakers en muzikanten: Jur de Vries, Jochem van der Spek, Eddo Hartmann, Tessa Douwstra en Tini Thomsen. Onder de naam PHOTONIC ORCHESTRA hebben we een show samengesteld waarbij licht, beeld en muziek een evenredige rol spelen, elkaar aanvullen en aansturen: Light Music & Color Clips.
We spelen 2 voorstellingen om 21:00 en 22:30. Gratis entree!
W139 Warmoestraat 139 Amsterdam
I made a video clip with Eddo Hartmann for Tini Thomsen's track STEP AND RUN from her just released incredible bariton sax-rock-album MAXSAX:
Wednesday 18 sept we'll be performing Draw Clips At Littlefield, Brooklyn USA
with wonderful and talented Isabel Castellvi on cello and renowed photographer Eddo Hartmann on visuals.
We are sharing the stage with Brooklyn based band The Universal Thump and singer/songwriter Freedy Johnston.
LITTLEFIELD, 622 Degraw st. Brooklyn
Doors 7 PM / Show 8 PM sharp!
Tickets $12 in advance at littlefieldnyc.com ($15 at day of the show)
Tonight I play a show with NY based singer/songwriter Ian Mc Glynn
and Isabel Castellvi on cello
Saturday 14 sept at The Living Room
154 Ludlow st. , New York Doors: 6 PM/ Show 7 PM sharp
Very proud of the graphic design I did for the fabulous new album of DUSTY STRAY, called Family Album.
May 10th we are playing at live magazine EYE filmcafé with West Side Trio & Tini Thomsen. We will be playing some of Sonja’s tunes but also an extraordinairy cover of the soundtrack: The Rainbow Connection (The Muppet Movie). See the original below, but be prepared for a experimental version!
The show will be recorded between 16:30-17:30 Free entrance so please stop by!
Broadcast is between 22:00-23:00 on VPRO De Avonden Radio 6
EYE Filmcafé - VPRO De Avonden Radio 6
Host: Lotje Ijzermans
Location: EYE filmuseum
IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam
25 april Sonja & West Side Trio
with Tini Thomsen on bassclarinet!
Old pieces, new songs, floating on a cozy boat:
BARCO Oosterdokskade 10, Amsterdam
Showtime 21:30 Free entrance. Jump aboard!
20 april Record Store Day: Sonja & Annie are cruisin' through Amsterdam
on a mini tour, playing 4 instores in 3,5 hours!
14:00 - 14:30 Record Palace, Weteringschans 33-A, Amsterdam
15:00 - 15:30 Velvet Music, Rozengracht 40, Amsterdam
16:00- 16:30 Recordfriend, Antoniesbreestraat 64, Amsterdam
17:00 -17:30 Eardrum Buzz, Haarlemmerplein 9, Amsterdam
After our last performance at Eardrum Buzz there's a “borrel” (drinks!) at De Roode Bioscoop, Haarlemmerplein, untill about 7. So please come see & join us !!!
“Draw Clip” of several zoetrope and phinakistoscope loops, drawn by Sonja. The animation machines were build and filmed by Eddo Hartmann.
Below you see a video of Sonja van Hamel and band performing The Roman Empire “Draw Clip” at Bitterzoet in Amsterdam, 17 oct 2011. The Pop-up book was flipped over and projected live by Eddo Hartmann. Also watch the original Draw Clip
“Freezing Time” (rough mix) is an outtake from the album “Transcendental Man” (2011). The video shows The Freezing Time Machine: a construction made of Meccano by Eddo Hartmann, that reproduces a drawn landscape (drawn by Sonja) seen through a train window.
24 jan 2013: Sonja van Hamel and the West Side Trio @ Barco, Oosterdokskade 10, Amsterdam.
This boat-café restaurant is the dreamy scenery for a try out concert with new material for Sonja‘s upcoming new album and West Side Trio playing newly written pieces too. We might have one or two special guests attending... don‘t miss it!
Here are some nice pics by Kasper Vogelzang of The First Mars Party On Earth, last saturday December 1st 2012 at Dokzaal, Amsterdam. What a trip!
I played with the excellent string section West Side Trio, Katharina Thomsen (bass clarinet, cajon & flute) and Tessa Douwstra (vocals, guitar, percussion). And Eddo Hartmann screening new Draw Clips. (Click to enlarge)
Thanks to all of you for making this a very extraordinary show!
On Sun 11 November we played newly composed LIVE soundtrack to the incredible animationfilm Die Abentuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926) by Lotte Reiniger, in EYE filmmuseum, Amsterdam. Music written and played by Sonja van Hamel (wurlitzer piano, guitaret), Tessa Douwstra (guitar, bass, harp, percussion) and Tini Thomsen (bassclarinet, flute, cajon). Here's a registartion of our performance in 2 parts:
Watch the video below of The Roman Empire: a handmade book with drawings is flipped over and projected LIVE on stage during my shows. To see how it's performed live also watch The Roman Empire - Behind the scenes on Stage mentioned as of the most inventive videoclips of 2011 by MusicFrom.nl !!!
More about Draw Clips on the VIDEO & DRAWINGS page!
...for quite some musicians and bands:
Ken Stringfellow - Danzig in the Moonlight
Theo Nijland - 't Begin van het einde (photo: Eddo Hartmann)
Martin Fondse - Testimoni with Eric Vloeimans & Matangi Quartet
(photo: Eddo Hartmann)
Dusty Stray (collage: Jonathan Brown)
The Universal Thump
Lewis Phillips (release 1 nov 2012)
I was invited by The Dutch Foundation of Literature to play at their presentation (Café Amsterdam) at the Literature Festival in Madrid and Barcelona. For these shows I made a serie of drawings and paintings that accompanied the songs in images and words. These were filmed and projected live in different sequences during our performance.
Underneath are some pics of the drawings and paintings I made for different songs.
I was invited by The Dutch Foundation of Literature to play on the opening night at the Literature Festival in Barcelona and Madrid.
We are playing in acoustic set up with Annie Tangberg on cello, Hanna Vink on vocals, banjo and melodica and myself on keys and vocals. Hanna will be replaced by Marit de Loos (Scram C Baby, ex-Caesar) in Barcelona.
For these shows I made a serie of drawings and paintings that accompany the songs in images and words. This will be filmed and projected live in different sequences by Odilo Girod (in Mardrid) and Eddo Hartmann (in Barcelona).
The concept for these shows was created by Dick Tuinder and myself in October 2009 when we did a couple of shows in the Melkweg (Amsterdam) called WINTERLAND LIVE.
Dick Tuinder made some amazing paintings and combined those with clips from his multi-layered movie WINTERLAND (where I wrote the soundtrack for).
Watch the live-shows and trailer on You Tube.