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Radio: Concertzender wins Zilveren Reissmicrofoon 2024

14-06-2024


Congratulations to Concertzender!
In the Netherlands, public tv and radio used to maintain the educational mission of bringing "normal" people in contact with all kinds of music. Unfortunately, a lot of music styles are almost lost on these channels, unlike neighbour countries like for example France, Belgium, Germany and UK. Also there, non-mainstream music is always threatened. One could argue why is it important to want to educate people with other than mainstream music? I try to explain my point of view quickly:
The thing is: commercial music finds its way easily, there's a lot of money behind, lots of promotion, plus it is so easy to digest and catchy that it promotes itself. This music will find a place in history, being part of a generational vibe, fashion.. while other music is created by artists which are also significant. They try so see things from a different perspective and would be overlooked when having to survive on market forces only.
Personally, I am against terms like high culture and low culture because art should not have anything to do with social status, elite.
I believe that everybody should have access to all culture and therefore, a honest representation of all art forms is needed. Since the Dutch public tv and radio are failing to do so, creating musicians are very happy with zones like Concertzender.
Concertzender is filling this gap, being the platform for a lot of music other than mainstream. Yesterday, Concertzender was awarded with the "Zilveren Reissmicrofoon", a very important radio prize (read further on Wikipedia). 
I am super happy and a bit proud of the achievements of Concertzender, celebrating its 40th jubilee this year. What do I have to do with it? I am on the board and therefore part of this enormous team effort, lead by the one and only Sem de Jongh (director) who strides for this important platform for many years now, together with only a small team of paid staff and a lot of volunteers. Needless to say that Concertzender should be supported and invested in because it delivers. Fantastic to receive this important sign of apprechiation, it means a lot to everyone involved. Actually, YOU can become Concertzender friend and support us. And, to celebrate 40 years of Concertzender, World Of Jazz has been launched a few weeks ago, a jazz radio channel!

Look at the list of people who are involved! This is such a great team effort! 


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Radio: Venus Tunes Sessions #86 online now

03-06-2024



My latest mix is now  online

Venus Tunes Sessions is a monthly mix by Susanne Alt on Freak31, aired every first Sunday of the month at 19:00h.
In addition, earlier Venus Tunes Sessions shows are repeated every Friday between 20:00-21:00 and Tuesday 21:00-22:00.
Freak 31 has around 250 daily listeners (less during the week, more in the weekend) and a total of +10.000 listeners every month. 

In addition to Mixcloud and Hearthis, all mixes are also available as podcasts on Deezer and iTunes.

It was in 2015 when I had my first official dj gig and since 2016 I started to perform regularly. This took place in Amsterdam's Skyybar, Floor17 and The Harbourclub Zuid... bit by bit, other places like Momo and W Amsterdam followed, leading to club bookings as a dj and festival bookings with Venus Tunes Live in the Netherlands and abroad.
All of this in addition to my "normal" life as a musician. I love dj'ing as it adds another facet to my musicianship.

Listen to all editions of the Venus Tunes Sessions where you like; choose your platform:

   

Venus Tunes Sessions is a monthly guest mix by Susanne Alt on Freak31, aired every first Sunday of the month at 1900h. Streaming Dance, straight from Amsterdam.







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Video: Susanne Alt Organ Trio live in Bastia/Corsica

13-05-2024


While I am still working on the video from Bimhuis, Amsterdam, here's the footage of our concert in Bastia, Corsica (France).
I play together with Cyril Directie on drums and Hans de Wild (organ). A new formation which is also available for bookings :-)
So we have the 5-piece band, consisting of sax, keys, bass, drums, percussion; and we have this more compact setting with sax, organ and drums. This setting is known as Organ Trio, inspired by Fred Wesley's band "Generations". Let me know what you think in a short comment on Youtube!

What you cannot see in this video is the stress I had from KLM who lost my suitcase and until 30 minutes before this concert I didn't have an outfit.. All my clothes were gone plus merchandise and everything else..
It was hard to shop for an outfit in Bastia because of 2 factors:
People are of a different body size (I am 1,83m/6 ft tall) and women have to choice of only 2 directions: either you have to shop for a gown of €1000 and up  in one of the fancy boutiques or there's office, casual or lounge wear. 
Thank god for Mango on 4 Bd Paoli! Thanks to the 2 dedicated staff members I could fix this lovely outfit.
So what happened to the suitcase then? Eventually, after several days, my suitcase got delivered, but at the wrong address, which lead to more work and change of plans. Guess what, when flying back to Amsterdam, my suitcase was lost again, but resurfaced after 1,5 hours waiting. 
In the end, everything was solved, I got the money back and I had my gear.

Note to self and to others: Always put your stage outfit and a part of your merchandise in your hand luggage!

Thank you so much Jazz Equinoxe for the lovely booking and I hope to be back! Thank you Michel Maestracci for the great hospitality! Because everything was taken care of, we could forget the trouble during the concert and focus on making music for the lovely audience in a sold out venue.





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