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Artist News: Mangrove Parts Ways With Drummer Joost Hagemeijer

Posted on Sunday, April 18 @ 03:00:00 UTC by nightowl

Back in mid-February it was announced that progressive rock band Mangrove and drummer Joost Hagemeijer had ended their collaboration. There is a common conclusion that a productive co-operation is not desired anymore. Manager Henri Heijink: ?It was a far reaching decision for us all, but in the end an inevitable one. The band is striving for further growth and we are convinced that no musical challenge in whatever form it could appear may be ruled out. The foundation for that is an absolute commitment of the complete band.?

The remaining bandmembers Roland van der Horst (guitars, vocals), Pieter Drost (bass) and Chris Jonker (keyboards) are pleased to announce that all scheduled gigs will take place as planned. During the upcoming series of gigs in May drummer Remco Engels will take place behind the drumkit.

Remco has many years of experience in different bands and is most of all known for his drumming in Genesis Project and the symphonic/progressive cover band Knight of the Progs. Chris Jonker: ?Recently we witnessed Remco?s drumming when he performed with Knight of the Progs. We were impressed by his playing of the drums and his enthusiastic way of performing. I am sure that he will be able to add a tremendous value to the Mangrove live shows.?

During the theatre show on 21st of May in the Gigant venue (Apeldoorn, NL) drummer Aldert Glass has offered his availability. The foundation of his own school for drums and percussion called Multipercussion (www.multipercussion.com) was based upon his passion for these instruments. Aldert is very experienced in the music business: he did instruction for many different percussion groups, he was drummer and percussionist in many Big Bands and jazz ensembles and he is regularly employed as a freelance percussionist in classical orchestras and in accompaniment of musicals.

In this way Mangrove has filled up the available position of the drums for the upcoming concert series in May. Nevertheless the band does not want to withold interested drummers from contacting the band: management (at) mangrovemusic.nl.

Last year Mangrove released the critically acclaimed new album Beyond Reality. Besides the other mentioned concerts the band is headlining De Boerderij venue in Zoetermeer (NL) with a special show on 20th November 2010.

Concert schedule:

18/04/10 Sympho Shop, Zevenaar ? NL (acoustic session)
30/04/10 Queensday, Apeldoorn ? Brinklaan, City Centre ? NL
14/05/10 Poppodium Nieuwe Nor, Heerlen ? NL (double headliner show with Knight Area)
21/05/10 Theaterconcertzaal Gigant, Apeldoorn ? NL (?More Or Less? ? unique acoustic show!)
28/05/10 Das Rind, R?sselsheim ? DE
20/11/10 Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer ? NL (full headliner show)

[Source: SLW Promotions, Mangrove website]

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