LAVALU, aka Marielle Woltring is a dutch composer, pianist, a theatre artist and actor with very strong musically roots in classical music, from composers such as Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin and Franz Schubert.
Some weeks ago I received the invitation to interview LAVALU, after her concert she gave at Brouwerij Martinus in Groningen, The Netherlands on a sunday afternoon, April 28th – 2019. In her music she uses classical influences and merge them with her own way of composing, playing and singing and becomes a singer-songwriter rooted in classical music, better: in chambermusic. On her recent album “Solitary High” (2017), which is the first part of a trilogy, LAVALU performs as a solo artist, on the grand piano and as a singer. And just recently she recorded the second part of her trilogy project in the Teldex Studio in Berlin, where she played on the same grandpiano, the Argentine classical concert pianist Martha Argerich played and recorded there before.
Very interesting for me to see was how LAVALU introduced herself to the audience that afternoon. Sitting behind a piano she always turned around towards us listener after the songs and explained very nice and with much warmth, even funny sometimes, how she composed, what the meaning was of a particular song and how much she appreciated our interest. It was lovely to meet her, the Dutch artist born in Cleveland, Ohio (US), raised in Eindhoven (NL) and living in Arnhem (NL). We had a nice talk after her concert in the small office of the beer brewery & restaurant Martinus, located behind the kitchen. If you listen good to our conversation, you might notice some other activity in the back, but that's life, isn't it?
With many thanks to Brouwerij Martinus, especially to Henriëtte Tukkers and Albert-Jan Swierstra, to Stichting Jazz in Groningen, especially to Mirjam Visser and of course, many thanks to LAVALU!!
Cover picture: Still Image by Bernd Ihno Eilts/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2019.