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Sweet July

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Hi Everyone,

July is around the corner and somehow it is the only true start of summer for me. I haven’t gone on a real holiday since ages so usually, most of my summermonths I spend working on  my music, teaching English, performing and performing as a streetartist. Yess! You gotta pay the rent, but I love playing for people. Busking is one of my favorite things to do, I always feel so free and it is so rewarding, because if people stop to listen to you, they genuinely listen to you. And I love luring them into my world, even if it is for only a short while. I like the summervibe, even though this Spanish heat can get quite obnoxious at times.

Madrid is treating me very nicely, I must say: I am performing on a regular basis, with a performance at the Dutch Embassy on Kingsday as a small highlight. I’m a happy girl. This month there are several events coming up, that I look forward to: I am collaborating with The Circular Project. A project led by Paloma García, an incredible woman who is the driving force behind the sustainable fashion movement here in Spain. I will perform for them on the 3d of July at their press conference at the Swedish Embassy (I know, haha, it’s becoming ‘a thing’ ) and on the 13th of July, when they are presenting their anual Slow Fashion-Show at Matadero here in Madrid. Honoured and really looking forward to this collab!

Then, the 22nd I am thrilled to announce that I will  be playing at Café La Palma again. I love this venue! If you are around, please come and join us, it’s going to be a wonderful night with some surprises.

Furthermore, I will continue working on the album this summer. Some really beautiful turns have come about. But more about that, in my next blog.

Have an incredible summer you guys!

xx, Sas

photo by Alejandro Cuervo

 

New 80’s show

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Happy to announce a new 80’s show in Madrid! You can purchase your tickets now. See you soon!  Entradas

Good vibes and celebrations

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Hello lovely people,

Sometimes things that happen in your life need to be celebrated. The good things and the so-called ‘bad’. Now, I am not a celebration girl, I celebrate a lot of things, but just for myself. (I hardly ever go to parties, but ssssh)  If my sunny-side-up turned out perfectly cooked for example,(runny yolk, runny yolk, yes)  I do a little dance of joy in my kitchen. Big things I celebrate in silence. But it’s always a party.

Now, today is a special personal day for me.  And it is raining, but I love that. Soon the sun will shine and we can all go out and enjoy the flowers and the fresh air of spring. (Do I sound like a hippy? yeah, I sound like a hippy..)

Anyway, on this day I am celbrating the good stuff that came out of the ‘bad’. But since ‘good’ and ‘bad’, in my book, are not that important, I just celebrate everything these days.

I am just following joy and good vibes. If people fail you: good: they are just an indicator that they are not a good match for you. If people raise your energy: great! It’ll make everything flow with ease and effiency!

This pic was taken by Alejandro Cuervo. Please look up his work at instagram. His streetphotography is amazing! https://www.instagram.com/_alejandrocuervo/

Bonito día to all, S

Nice things

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Hello from rainy/snowy Madrid! (they can’t decide what to pour apparently) It’s a cosy day: working a bit, practising a bit and now, with a nice hot tea in front of me, I wanted to give you a short update.
Things are going pretty well. It’s really nice to see things unfolding as desired. I put in the work, ofcourse, but then, this little universal response is just lovely. To start with, Richard Stuart Campbell of the band Indigo Drone and I joined forces in a project called ALTER-NATIVE. In this acoustic show, we will be playing songs of our band repertoire and may pop in a cover or 2. Very much looking forward to this gig in a nice little bar here in Madrid. For info and tickets: you can click here .

Then, more great news: José Montaño recorded drums for the new album with Mikko Koivunen, in Finland. They did an awesome job and we are now looking forward to producing bass. Yes!

I am collaborating with some pretty awsome  and talented people and I am also grateful for those who are giving me these opportunities to showcase my music. It’s a wonderful experience.

Alright lads and lassies, that’s it for now enjoy your day or night, wherever you are…

xx Sas

Back to the 80’s – Concierto en acústico

Hey All, How are you doing? Do you like the eighties as much as I do? I have a new show coming up the 3d of February. Madonna, U2, Cyndi Lauper, Mecano, Queen.. (I know!)  I made some acoustic arrangements of all your favourite 80’s hits and will sing them for you in El Salón del Artista, in the heart of hip Madrid on the 3d of February. Tickets are limited. So be quick and get yours today via MyPlayz. –> my tickets/ mis entradas <— See you there, x S

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”From small beginnings, come big endings” – Fink

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I love new beginnings. I clean up, knowing that within no time things get caotic and messy again, but then you clean up again. I like that feeling, for I hardly ever look back. With the ‘cleansing’, I’m training myself to do so, to appreciate the good things  that happened, and to learn from the mistakes. But after that: hoppa, you-out!

This year was a fantastic one, I wrote so many new songs, arranged them, recorded them and learned so many new things: programming, new ways of singing, I managed to to understand my guitar better. I loved working in Finland with José Antonio my co-producer and partner in this musical crime. It is good to co-create and I hope to find more likeminded musicians here in Madrid, ’cause I have a music that needs to be performed with a band again. (Big Smile, here)

People have been lovely: I recently took up performing again as I was physically unable for quite some time and I am so appreciative of the response of people. I am defenitely doing more of this. I like this sharing.

The album is taking its time. ”I want it all and I want it now” is sooo 2017: the new paradime is pacience. As I am collaborating with other musicians, things need to fit in schedules etc. so that’s why it’s taking its time. I will keep you informed though and I will also anounce a campaign later this year with the offer of buying the album in advance so we can fund it properly and turn this collection of songs into something you really want to have. (It’s soooo fit for driving, cleaning, ”singing alonging”, sobbing and ”sillying”! )

Make 2018 the best year you’ve ever had -all aspects of life taken into account-

Rock this one good and hard,

xSas

 

Special Christmas offer- Madrid area

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Hi there, Christmas is coming! Do you live in Madrid and are you in for something special this year? You want to spoil your employees a little because they did so well?

Treat your Guests and/or your Staff to some musical Christmas entertainment: a short, fun and elegant acoustic (voice, guitar) intermezzo of well known singalong Christmas popsongs to make your X-mas party even more special.

Book your unique Christmas- experience now. It’s easy and quick. Receive a pdf with all info by sending an email to: sas.music@hotmail.com.

Happy to come and sing for you and your people!

Seasons Greetings!

Sas

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Candles, Couch, Computer and Guitar

I am too Dutch not to like the indoor candle cozyness of fall and winter. I just don’t like the cold and my choice to live in Spain has proven to be an excellent way to avoid grey skies and dreary weather: I love how the spanish sun can warm your skin during the day in autumn and winter. Today I had breakfast at the local bar in my barrio where Sergio the bartender, just knows how I like my coffee and starts making it, the moment he sees me. I read some pages of my book while I enjoyed the sunshine and the strong coffee.

At the moment I am not performing, though that doesn’t mean I am not playing. I am looking forward to the time I am back singing for people, but for now the focus is a bit inward. I do write a lot and play a lot and I am busy shaping the songs, and everything that comes with making an album. I love the creative process and enjoy seeing everything coming together.

There are setbacks of course but I ‘ve learned to take them as they come, knowing the results will only be better than planned. It’s just like a natural elimination of things that just don’t go with it. Adjust and keep going.

Co-producer and sound engineer of the album will be Jose Antonio Montaño. He was my guitarist in my first band and we played many gigs together. He then pursued a career as music producer in Finland and well: here we are: making a record! I am in Spain, Montaño is in Finland as is our drummer and our bass player is Amsterdam based. It involves some travelling and there is the internet of course!

I am finishing a song I wrote when I decided to throw out 2 other songs that were already recorded: I seem to have created a habit out of it as I wrote ‘Sugar’ from scratch, while I was in the studio recording ‘’Home’’. I guess, I need the push, the thrill and the rush of making something new on the spot. But this one, is really nice and is now my favourite one of the entire album.

For the artwork and photographs I am collaborating with OLPHO, a Spanish artist based in Madrid.

We had a shoot  last week and I think we already have an album cover! 🙂  I am quite excited! But who knows, things may change in half a year. Yes, we are taking our time. Due to the fact that I am recording this way, I have to respect schedules of the other musicians and so, it will take a bit longer as planned, but it might just be the right time to let things ripen.

If you wish to subscribe to these updates: send an email to sas.music@hotmail.com and I will keep you informed.

Till next time, have a colourful fall everyone,

Sas

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This crazy Indian Summer

Hi Everyone,

How are you all doing? In this part of the world (Madrid, Spain) it is still sunny and warm. It’s crazy, but secretly I am enjoying this delicious warmth a lot. And it is a  special day: ’cause we a have a new little familymember! I am an auntie again! She is lovely. Her name is Yarah.

The album is coming together and it is so very satisfying to see things unfolding as ‘planned’. I am doing this for the first time this way, the writing, the arrangements, the singing , a part of the instruments, so it is a lot of work, also because I’m failing all the time with the technical/computer part of it, but it is great to know that the guys and girl in the team now have stuff to work with. The vibe is great, positive and energetic. We are all busy musicians, but this is coming together so nicely. They are all such great persons, I am so happy with them!

In 2 weeks I will present them to you in a video and will tell you all about what we are preparing for you guys and how you can already pre-order the album. you will defenitely like this one. It’s got all elements: it’s danceable, it’s ‘driveable’ it’s ‘sweetable’ and ‘singalongable’! Hey, just what you need! 🙂

Enjoy the fall wherever you are,

x Sas

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Hello lovely people,

I am writing you from sunny, ‘autumn’s in the air Madrid’, while I ‘m sipping my coffee.

I am doing extremely well as all is coming together. I am writing and producing a new album and I am loving it. Aáand I am not doing it alone.

I started contacting people in February, started writing songs in March, made a pre-production to show my ideas to José Antonio Montaño, my co-producer, sound engineer and guitarist, flew up to Finland to work together on the guitar recordings and I am currently making the first arrangements to send to Montaño so he can record drums, with our drummer, later this month. I also need to finish them this week, to send them to another fantastic guest musician who will also make her appearance on the album.

Few facts: all the people I collaborate with are profesional musicians and they are also very dear friends. We live in 4 different countries so there is a bit of travelling involved as well as working online. Soon I will present them to you.

I also found an amazing photographer and graphic designer who is going to do the artwork for the album and I will collaborate with a dear friend here in Madrid to get it all together and make a… surprise, to accompany the album with its release.

We are all people that communicate best through our art and it is our pleasure to provide you with some music that is really from the heart. May it be ballads or the more uptempo, tougher material: it is all something we want to share with you. I thought about this album a lot and I don’t want to make something for myself, I want to make something extraordinary for you, you are so important in this process. I know there is so much music out there nowadays. I want to reach out to you and connect with you through this and give you something special to listen to. So therefore, I am highly critical about every note that presents itself. This one goes in, that one: ‘sorry, not this time’. That is why I wanted to work closely with Montaño again, he has an eye (and an ear) for that.

The record will probably see its releasse in spring 2018.

So, that’s it for now, I will keep you updated and will slowly reveal more things about this album in the weeks to come.

hearts,
Sas

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