NYC-based Dutch Singer / Psychologist Vivienne Aerts talks to T.L. Mazumdar about her new album.
The staggeringly versatile skill-set of NYC-based Dutch Singer, Educator, Psychologist and Artist-preneur Vivienne Aerts busts myths around the ‘Jill of all trades’ paradigm with a nonchalance that leaves even the most skeptical purist taking a bow, and her protege as co-facilitator of iconic Pianist Kenny Werner’s ‘Effortless Mastery’ irrefutably established.
Assistant Professor at Berklee since 2014 where Werner and Aerts build a new generation of holistic performers at the Effortless Mastery Institute, the Fulbright scholars eclectic ‘experience’ events in collaboration with her husband, renowned pastry chef Ted Steinebach was the root of her multi-disciplinary approach to the making of her new album, ‘Typuhthâng’, which not just features a 100 female musicians from around the globe, but also comes with a bar of bean-to-bar chocolate from Original Beans Chocolate, a company that pro-actively empowers female cacao farmers of Virunga State Park in Congo.
We catch up in this long-form conversation and exclusive listening session, as one of Tapasya Loading's founding guests returns with the fascinating journey that the past three years have been, close on the heels of the aftermath of an Effortless Mastery Weekend-Intensive retreat.
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Originally from the Netherlands, vocalist, and songstress, Vivienne Aerts is barely categorizable in genre or style. She plays in band formation, duo, solo, supplemented with synthesizer, loop station, and effects. Vivienne surprises challenges and tells stories. Her lyrics travel to the core of recognition; talk to the soul and open a barrel of emotions. Heartbreaking, singing of happiness, sometimes humorous, she tells about the things that make life beautiful.
To get where she is right now, she started – simultaneously with a study in psychology – a study in choral conducting and jazz singing at the conservatory. For over six years she conducted seven different choirs in different genres, until Umbria Jazz ’07, in Italy where she won an award to go to Berklee College of Music, which changed her career into an international one. Because of this, she was even mentioned in the Jazz history of Leiden – book as the ‘future vocalist of Jazz’. Four years later, in 2011, with a Fulbright and several other scholarships, she moved to Boston to study Jazz Performance at this prestigious college of Music. The following three years she worked with jazz heroes like Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Ed Saindon, Joanne Brackeen, and Jetro Da Silva.