Next month I'm going to my cousin Sophie's graduation concert at the conservatory in Arnhem. It turns out her boyfriend Philipp is also super-musical. On Saturday night a bunch of us went to see him play with his 12-piece band, called De Raad van Toezicht, at a jazz festival in the city of Amersfoort. That's Philipp playing the keyboards on the right. De Raad van Toezicht is something of a joke name; it translates roughly as "the Board of Governance". Maybe someone out there can come up with a better translation.
Next month Philipp's band is playing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, the top jazz festival in Europe. I fully expect both Sophie and Philipp to become immensely successful. I'm also trying to persuade them to tour New Zealand.
Raad van Toezicht groupies (from left) Ted, Matthijs, Floor and Sophie.