Rotterdam, Rhythm-dam: heartbeat of many musical worlds

As they have done many times before, inJazz partner World Music Forum NL will contribute to the conference through a panel talk with a world view. From three angles – the festival, education and music practice – the panel will shed a light on the local world scene and its vast crossover with jazz in melting pot Rotterdam.

Barcelona and Lisbon alike, world harbour Rotterdam is a world heaven where old roots transform into new musical routes. With a lord mayor of Moroccan descent and a multinational population it offers fertile grounds for musical innovation. Not only reflected in festivals such as the NN North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam United and Zomerfestival. But also fuelled by Grounds Podium & WMDC (World Music & Dance Centre), a unique hotspot to study flamenco, tango and Latin. Moreover, Rotterdam is called ‘the 10th island of Cape Verde’. Here Morabeza Records started, first label of both Bonga and Cesaria Evora and part of a lively Cape Verdean community. Urban culture is cooking in this Rhythm-dam. The three speakers know how to cook: what is their secret recipe to navigate through covid-19-times?

Oscar van der Pluijm, Director, WMDC/GROUNDS (NL)
Claudia Raven, Artistic Director, DUCOS Productions (NL)
Carlos Matos, artist-composer (CV/NL)

Stan Rijven, music journalist, Artistic Director, World Music Forum NL (NL)

Oscar van der Pluijm is a cultural entrepreneur, manager, consultant and musician in Rotterdam. He is currently director of the World Music & Dance Centre foundation and music stage GROUNDS. He is also the owner of the consultancy agency O ZO management. Trained as a classical guitarist and cultural scientist (Erasmus University), he is particularly interested in the variety of musical and cultural expressions in our contemporary pluralistic metropolitan society.

Claudia Raven has worked in the music industry since 1988. First as an agent and manager of several Dutch rock bands. Later on she joined DUCOS Event Producers, a festival producer also located in Rotterdam, what became DUCOS Productions. DUCOS Productions is responsible for several large scale public events in Rotterdam and The Hague. With their events they reach a crowd of more than a million visitors each year.

Carlos Matos, full name Carlos José Matos (Rotterdam 1972) is a Dutch Cape Verdean pianist, keyboardist, composer, arranger and producer. As a child Carlos was a musical boy. Instruments were his toys. After the music school of Rotterdam (SKVR) and the Rotterdam Conservatory (CODARTS), where he graduated in two directions, he specialized in various styles and developed into the versatile artist he is now. A specialist in Cape Verdean music, but also very skilled in various South American styles, pop and black gospel.

Stan Rijven is a music journalist, DJ, programme maker and culture booster. Since 1971 he has been active as a DJ, since 1979 as a pop critic (a.o. Trouw). He pioneered the rise of world music through publications (the magazines Africa, Beyond), TV documentaries (AVRO, NPS) and radio programmes (RVU, VPRO). He stood at the cradle of the PAN (Pop Archive Netherlands), IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) and World Music Forum NL. Rijven is a much sought-after speaker and guest lecturer at conservatoires and universities.

The online inJazz conference is English spoken.

This session takes place online via the platform NetworkTables. Please note that seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Save your seat now.

Presented by World Music Forum NL

photo: Tabanka, inJazz 2018, by Eric van Nieuwland