Concert Review 26th March 2018 – Dirkjan Ranzijn
Dirk, as he suggested we call him, arrived… He had just made the journey from Holland to perform for us. His character like the instrument he brought with him was much larger than life. We had an evening of great entertainment with a wacky sense of humour made all the more amusing because of the constant distorted translation from Dutch to English.
Dirk brought the audience into his performance and encouraged participation. We were rocking in our seats and some even found themselves jumping out of them at times or waving arms in the air to make the letters YMCA. The music we heard was a very accomplished performance and with the requested encore ran slightly overtime. Many rose to their feet at the end of the performance.
Amongst the music we listened to were; Beautiful noise, Lugarno (A piece composed by Dirk whilst in Switzerland) Bizet Carmen, Standing by, Valerie, Spirit of Norway, Willie Nelsons, “On the road again”. A medley from Grease, A rock and roll selection, because we believe, A Latin American selection, the Snow Waltz, Tequila sunrise, that will be the day, YMCA, Tulips from Amsterdam. Bless Em All, Unforgettable, and A medley from Les Miserables.
The encore was itself a medley of many other pieces.
Dirk’s instrument was a Bohm Sinfonia 480
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Dirkjan was born in 1968, thirty miles north of Amsterdam in a town called Alkmaar. Dirks father Leen was a painter and decorator not a musician himself. However his paternal grandfather’s hobby was to play violin for the Royal Dutch Orchestra. Being an only child Dirk’s parents were able to encourage their son by introducing him to a variety of activities, including visits to the theatre, circus and musicals from a very early age. Dirk was excited by the applause, lighting effects and audience participation. He was encouraged to act and sing in school productions. At ten years of age ‘Sinterklaas’, , the Dutch equivalent of Father Christmas brought him a Bontempi keyboard. After a week Dirk’s father realised his son was playing ‘Jingle Bells’. which Dirk had taught himself by ear. A teacher was quickly recruited to encourage the budding musician. He matured and a great career evolved featuring many musical genres with much travel and international performances. Dirk’s 25th solo album has been released and is a great success. In 2012 Dirk had his big break through Danish television in a very popular Evening Show, this led to his own 2 hour TV show and a one hour documentary about his life and work in Show Business. In 2015 Dirk was the ‘Orchestra’ during 6 Saturday Evening shows on Dutch Television. All together his television career spans over the 25 tv shows.
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