Right before heading to the UK, i played at my residency in Amsterdam and did a gig with Alankara at a nice party in the east of Holland where i met some lovely new friends, one of them from Tilburg. The next morning i had to catch a plane to Bristol to do a gig with Andy Compton and the amazing singer Celestine; she brought her great band and i joined in for a few tracks as well. After the gig Andy and myself got into the studio for the rest of the week and mixed and mastered ten out of twelve tracks of our forthcoming album. A short weekend in Amsterdam followed, just enough time to prepare for next stop: Mykonos, Greece to do a gig and some recordings with Osunlade.
We were enjoying a superb house and swimming pool with the Yoruba Records family and spent the evenings on the veranda or in Mykonos town, which was still nice and not too busy before the summer madness would kick in for July. It was very nice to hang out with some of the locals as well, the people from the Cyclades(group of islands) are amazing! During the day the wind can be very strong, at sundown it settles a bit. It was amazing to play the gig with Osunlade and Gabriele Poso again, we started off early at 5pm already and Osunlade did a 6 hour set. We joined him to play flute and percussion during most of his set, although now and then he played some vocal tracks alone. After the gig we had an amazing dinner at the venue's seaside. The recordings we did on the island are for Osunlade's next album which he will finish by the end of the year.
Then after some more airports a gig with Gabriele Poso at Festival Mundial in Tilburg, where i was happy to meet with my new friend who i met a couple of weeks ago at the east of Holland gig. Poso and i did the festival gig, went to the hotel and bumped into DJ Boddhisatva, who was there for a gig on the same festival. After hanging out together and taking some pictures, my new friend and Gabriele and i had a nice dinner together in the city of Tilburg and we had a chilled evening. After that weekend i worked on some new compositions for the Han Litz Group album for a week.
Andy Compton was in Amsterdam for a few gigs and we finalized our twelve track album 'Use The 3rd Eye', which will be released on 9-9-2016. I had a gig at my residency and after a week to chill, and meeting some friends, i went away for a nice holiday with my dear at the dutch seaside, we had a great time and beautiful weather. Back in Amsterdam i already had to prepare again for rehearsals and the next gig; the last show of the B-Movie Orchestra tour in the theatres finishing at the famous dutch Festival Boulevard in Den Bosch. Now it's back in Amsterdam, recordings to do for some new collabs and practise some balophon and Wurlitzer piano.