Since its inception in 2003, the ensemble has made remarkable development, making a big impression on both the Dutch as well as the foreign stages. The group was formed by violinist Tanya Schaap, who from that moment was the artistic leader behind this ensemble. The line-up is not conventional, but this actually proved to make for various musical opportunities and creativity. It also makes for the group’s unique sound. The repertoire is broad and extraordinary in its kind. Genres such as European and South-American folklore, classical music, jazz- and Brazilian and tangomusic. In its own country, Musica Extrema has established itself as a big name in the music scene. The group plays at all kinds of venues, varying from jazz festivals to classical concert halls to tango salons. Musica Extrema has toured abroad, causing a furore around the world. In Europe they played in Spain, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland, Turkey, Croatia and France. The group has also performed outside of Europe: in Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, China, Russia, Kurdistan, South Africa, Botswana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Aruba, Curaçao, South Korea and Mexico. During the Buenos Aires Tango Festival in August 2009, Musica Extrema was the only non-Argentine ensemble, playing at this most prestigious tango festival in the world!
Violinist Tanya Schaap studied classical violin at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. With a great interest in tango music, she left off for Buenos Aires, Argentina to study with Fernando Suarez Paz, the violinist of Astor Piazzolla’s ‘Quinteto Tango Nuevo’ and Pablo Agri. Since 2008 she is violinist in the Argentinean all star orchestra ‘Cafe de los Maestros’. With this orchestra she has been touring in France, Greece and the UK.
Ben van den Dungen
Saxophonist Ben van den Dungen has been one of Europe’s top jazz- and latin musicians in the last 25 years. Van den Dungen has musically always had a broad range, having played in several Latino orchestras. He studied Indian music with several teachers in Mumbai. Saxophonist Ben van den Dungen teaches saxophone at the Jazz department of the Conservatory of Rotterdam and has been giving masterclasses at universities all over the world.
Rob van Kreeveld
Pianist Rob van Kreeveld can easily be seen as Holland’s number one jazz pianist. He is what one calls a real ‘musician musician’. Rob has been travelling all over the globe with his music and played with jazz legends like Stan Getz. He is professor at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and guest lecturer at the conservatories of a.o. Boston and Helsinki.
Hans van der Maas
Hans van der Maas plays the accordion and the bandoneon in Musica Extrema. Van der Maas is one of the most sought after accordion players in the Netherlands - for good reason, as he takes on any musical challenge coming his way. He also writes and arranges much of the music for the group. Apart from musician, Van der Maas is musicologist and orchestra director.
Thomas Pol is one of the new acquisitions of Musica Extrema and plays the bass and tuba in the program Club Vaudeville. After his studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory, he moved to New Orleans to return after a few years as a ‘swinger’ pur sang on the doublebass. A great talent and a promise for the future.
Inspired by 'The High Priestess of Soul' Nina Simone, Job Hubatka studied jazz vocals at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and then went on to study classical vocals at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. After his studies, Hubatka started interpreting operas, such as Purcell (The Tempest), Salieri, Donizetti (l’Elisir d’Amore), Rossini and Strauss (Die Fledermaus). He also performed in successful national and international shows (singing and acting) produced by big names such as Chiel Meijering (Alzheimer), Edward Top, Maria de Alvear (Colourful Penis), Huba de Graaff (Diepvlees), and Kris Defoort (Daral Shaga). When it comes to Dutch opera he contributed to the production of A Dog’s Heart (Alexander Raskalov)
Joris is known from numerous theatre shows such as Oebelemet VOF de Kunst , BakkerLutz and several TV shows like 'Ha die Pa' is the best known. Things like Dancing with the stars and an Amstel commercial stand out the most, but the real work often takes place outside the direct lines of sight, although the role in Flikken Maastricht was a very nice experience.
Joke Bruijs is an all-round artist. She has been singing the stars of heaven since the age of 15 and is a much sought-after actress for theatre, television and film productions. The overcrowded agenda of the past 37 years says it all. She started performing with radio orchestras at the age of 15: The 'VARA dance orchestra', 'The Skymasters' and the famous orchestra 'The Ramblers'. A fantastic start to her career which was quickly followed by Theatercomedy productions with a.o. Jan Blaaser, the Mounties and Mini & Maxi.