Venerem (soprano, piano, e-bass, percussion)
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The four musicians on this album combine their different musical talents and expertise to create a new style of European Art Music. The line-up is composed of voice (soprano), concert grand piano, electric bass and drums.
The recent program offers arrangements and improvisations on Purcell, Arbeau, Strozzi, Händel, Vivaldi and others.

Laureen Stoulig-Thinnes (soprano)
Marlo Thinnes (piano)
Simon Zauels (e-bass)
Michel Meis (percussion)

Laureen Stoulig-Thinnes (soprano)
is probably one of the most sought-after soprano singer in eastern France. As a renowned lyric and baroque soprano, she performs with significant ensembles and is the official singer of “l’Armée du Grand Est”. She was chosen to be the patroness of the festival Moselle Art Vivant alongside Didier Lookwood and Robin Renucci. She is the initiator and co-artistic director of the international Festival de musique de Valmunster which takes place in the millennial Church of Valmunster in France.

Marlo Thinnes (piano)

is the arranger and co-founder of Venerem.
He studied in Saarbrücken (hfm) with Cortot-alumni Jean Micault and completed his studies (M.Mus., soloist diploma) with distinction. He has been the first prize winner of a number of international competitions, was holder of a Meindel scholarship and has performed in some of Europe’s most famous concert halls including the Albert Hall in London, the Bastille Operahouse in Paris.
His vast repertoire includes major works from Scarlatti to Strawinsky, with an emphasis on the classical-romantic era, as well as rarer pieces and a selection of 21 century music. With Venerem he shows another side of his versatile artistry, even on Rhodes…

Simon Zauels (e-bass)

After 10 years of playing the cello and getting experiences in classical music, Simon switched to the electric bass. He studied jazz bass at the University of Music in Saarbrücken as well as in Mannheim and at the Popakademie. Nowadays, he is playing in bands of very different styles of music. From world music bands, which opened him the opportunity to play international concerts in Uzbekistan and with the choir from the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, to jazz-rock projects and his newest project, Venerem. In addition to that, he has already performed with the orchestra of the Saarland State Theatre and for the US-Cruise Line Princess-Cruises in Asia and around the British Isles.

Michel Meis (percussion)

belongs to the new generation of Luxembourgish jazz musicians. He studied jazz drums with Oliver Strauch and Georg Ruby at the Hochschule für Musik Saar in Saarbrücken and regularly proves his versatility and openness through numerous projects. Besides his own jazz project, the Michel Meis 4tet, he currently plays with Everwaiting Serenade (melodic hardcore), the Gilles Grethen Quartet (jazz), Venerem (early art music) and the duo Blankx with pianist Manuel Krass (free jazz / electro). He was recently chosen by the American drummer Jim Black to represent Luxembourg at Criss Cross Europe, a European project aimed at promoting exchanges between young musicians
under the mentorship of an internationally established musician. Michel Meis exclusively plays cymbals by the famous Swiss manufacturer Paiste.




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(with moderation, without intermission,  duration 2 x 40 min)

„A Newe Northen Dittye of ye Ladye Greene Sleeves”
traditional English folk song (1580)

2. Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) “Music for a While”
from Oedipus Z 583

3. “What Power Art Thou” (Cold Song)
from King Arthur Z 628

4. “Strike the Viol”
Ode for Queen Mary’s Birthday Z 323

5. Thoinot Arbeau (1520 – 1595) “Belle qui tiens ma vie”
Pavane from Orchésographie

6. “Mariam Matrem Virginem”
from the Libre Vermell de Montserrat (14th century)

7. Barbara Strozzi (1619 – 1677) “Che si puo fare”
from Opus 8

8. Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759) “Lascia ch’io pianga”
from Rinaldo HWV 7

9. Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741) “In furore iustissimae irae”
Motet RV 626

10. Quand je menai mes chevaux boire
traditional French folk song (Normandy)