From the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum:
The Dutch/Frisian band Kapriol’! comes to the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum’s Maritime Concert Series
Once upon a time the Dutch were masters of the sea, so it’s little wonder that the maritime music of the old Dutch seafarers lives on in Kapriol’!, a lively quartet from the Frisian Islands who will bring their zesty brand of sea music to the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum’s Maritime Concert Series on Thursday, June 13 at the museum campus overlooking the Susquehanna River.
Not all of Kapriol’!’s music will be in Dutch, and not all of it will be about the sea—the group is fluent in English and has a hefty repertoire of international songs old and new, as well as quite a few of their own. They arrive in Takoma Park on the heels of their appearance at the Mystic Seaport Museum’s annual Sea Music Festival which draws performers from all over the world.
Kapriol’! features traditional instruments played in new ways, along with new instruments played in traditional ways. Marita Krujswijk uses flutes and shawm (a medieval instrument from the woodwind family) to add an ethereal sound to the mix (when she isn’t singing); Marian Nesse plays accordion; Rutger Dijkstra adds bass, guitar, violin; and Ad Bos plays cajon (a box-shaped percussion instrument from Peru) and other percussion as well as keyboard. Add in tightly woven a cappella settings and robust vocal arrangements and you have a riveting performance.
Beyond their original material, Kapriol’!’s eclectic repertoire comprises free interpretations of ancient Dutch and Frisian songs and tunes. Their music showcases Renaissance, Scandinavian and Celtic music. More than that, Kapriol’! is a dance band, specializing in Bal Folk (a form of folk dance which originated in France). Don’t be surprised if the group doesn’t have the audience joining in on a dance or two from the Old Country.
The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum’s Maritime Concerts are held every Thursday in June. Music begins promptly at 7 p.m. and ends at approximately 8:30 p.m. Concerts are free and open to the public; a suggested donation of $10 per person is greatly appreciated and goes to support the summer concert series. On pleasant evenings the event is held outdoors, on the sweeping lawn near the museum entrance. Attendees should bring their own seating and are welcome to bring a picnic dinner. During periods of excessive heat or squally weather, concerts will move indoors to the museum’s air-conditioned exhibit hall. Beer and wine are for sale on site. For more information go to www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org or call the museum at 410-939-4800.