Vocalist and Composer Vivienne Aerts Announces Concerts Celebrating New Album Typuhthâng
Happening March 2nd, 9th and 10th in NYC
New album out on March 3, 2023, International Women’s Day
Women and chocolate: a musical exchange with 100 female musicians to empower female cacao farmers of Virunga State Park, Congo
Vocalist, performer & composer Vivienne Aerts has announced three concerts celebrating her forthcoming album Typuhthâng, out March 3, 2023 in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The first being Thursday March 2 at Moooi (Invite only, please reach out if you are interested in attending, link here), the second on March 9 at Netherland Club (Link forthcoming). and the third on Friday, March 10 at the Triad Theater (link here).
Because the album features over a hundred women and lots of chocolate, the audience can expect the evening to be part listening party, part live music, a bit of storytelling and of course, chocolate and drinks will be served. There will be an ‘unplugged’ musical performance with be with Vivienne Aerts (voice and electronics), Anastassiya Ana Petrova (piano), Kseniia Vasileva (bass), Clara Kennedy (cello) and Hillai Govreen (clarinet).
Together with 100 next-generation female musicians, and in collaboration with Original Beans Chocolate, Typuhthâng aims to empower the female cacao farmers of Virunga State Park in Congo and replant the rainforest.
The album features 3 sampled soundscapes made from field recordings from Virunga State Park, Congo and 6 original songs with arrangements by Vivienne, Zahili Gonzalez Zamora, Ines Velasco Montiel, Ga Young Bae, Linnea Lundgren, Camila Meza and Mariel Roberts as well as recordings by 100 female musicians from over 40 countries.
The songs featured in Typuhthâng are meant to empower women to participate in every role of the project including performing, recording, arranging, mixing, and mastering. Vivienne aims to create a larger collective awareness about sustainability and female empowerment, and how we can work together to make the world a better place.
The album will be available physically, and digitally. When ordered physically, buyers will get a bar of chocolate with the album. The initial pressing of 500 exclusive copies will feature Cacao nib paper and screen print.
Aerts’ music translates feelings into song and connects with people of various backgrounds on a deep and personal level with a light-hearted approach. It contains themes of self-appreciation and the ability to create your own path in life.
Aerts is a Dutch New York-based vocalist, conductor, and composer with a focus on electronics and multi-sensory experience design. She studied on a Fulbright and graduated Suma Cum Laude at Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA) where she worked with renowned jazz artists such as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, and John Patitucci. Since then, Vivienne has shared the stage with both national and international Jazz icons such as Lee Konitz, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Peter Erskine, and Florian Weber. Vivienne released her first album Roofgarden in 2009 and her second album Polaroid in 2012. Vivienne has been residing in New York City since 2015 where has performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Jazz Standard, Metropolitan room and Mezrow. Together with her husband she organizes events and performances under the name Vervool using jazz, haute cuisine, and modern art.
Aerts also works with Kenny Werner and the Effortless Mastery Institute at Berklee. Before moving to America, she graduated as a jazz/pop choir conductor and got a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology after which she worked several years as a psychologist, a teacher, and a conductor of several choirs besides performing with different bands as a singer. In 2018 Aerts spoke at the National Fulbright conference in Mexico at two TEDx events and recorded on Kenny Werner’s 2019 Vinyl release Church On Mars with Dave Liebman, Terri Lyne Carrington and James Genus for NewVelle records.
1. Just go – Arr. Linnea Lundgren (Vocal group w 26 singers)
2. The journey begins – Soundscape #1
3. You’re my morning – Arr. Camila Meza (Sextet with Voice, Guitar, Harp, Cajon, Bass, Duduk, Harmonica)
4. The way you touched my hand – Arr. Mariel Roberts (String quintet)
5. Meeting the Femmes – Soundscape #2
6. Silence – Arr. Ines Velasco Montiel (Small string orchestra ballad)
7. Concept of falling – Arr. Ga Young Bae (Jazz quintet with clarinet and piano)
8. Tasting the chocolate – Soundscape #3
9. What will we be – Arr. Zahili Gonzalez Zamora (Cuban Bolero for larger jazz ensemble)
10. Pygmy in Mundubiena – Soundscape #4