Ever since I moved to Amsterdam 2.5 years ago, my ultimate goal has been to perform on the main stage at Paradiso - Amsterdam's pop temple where I have seen amazing musicians perform on the stage including UK wonders Michael Kiwanuka, Adele, Florence + The Machine; Swedish queens Robyn and Lykke Li; indie rock idols Metric; alternative act CocoRosie and many world class rock acts who I haven't had the privilege to see including The Rolling Stones, Radiohead, Garbage, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Pink Floyd just to name a few...
And now I am proud to say that I have finally performed on the same stage - de grote zaal - as my idols and realised my dream.
The event was called Syrious Music and was held to raise money for children in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. Among around 20 acts organised by composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven I was invited to perform 2 songs with Dutch starlet Jenny Lane. It was a really nice evening with a great atmosphere and all acts were completely different from world music to pop, to rap to German cabaret and the acts performed seamlessly consecutively but at different parts of Paradiso like in the middle of the room to having a choir on the balcony.
Our performance went really well. The moment we started the audience became suddenly quiet, being captivated by the waltz-like fingerpicking of the guitar and my mysterious cello line in the introduction. Jenny was great - her smooth voice and control was totally present. We rocked it!
Support the Syrious Mission cause here: www.getitdone.org/projects/107
Below: Me (Janice), Jenny and Nick backstage all smiles before our performance.
Below: here you can see the true beauty of the Paradiso. On the stage is Celine Cairo with her band.
Big thanks to Jenny for inviting me to perform with her and special thanks to Jaap Reedijk for the beautiful photos.