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Here's to Maya Angelou
Ilse's latest album is 'Here's to Maya Angelou': a tribute to American writer & poet Dr. Maya Angelou.
Twelve famous Maya Angelou poems including 'Caged bird' were set to music by pianist/composer Erik van der Luijt with the permission of the family.
A very special album in tribute to a phenomenal woman.
"A voice most singers can only dream of" Nouveau
"A nightingale with a golden voice" Cosmopolitan
"Like an angel descending on earth" AD
Ilse was one of those little girls singing into her hairbrush in front of the mirror. Though singing had always been her passion, she fulfilled her parents wish of getting a 'proper' degree by going to the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
Whilst there, she visited a local jam session and ended on stage singing her very first song in front of a 'real' audience. This inspired her to pursue her dream by going to the Amsterdam Conservatoire straight after she got her degree in public administration.
The rest is history as the saying goes. With 7 albums, rave reviews, appearances on radio and television shows and an ever growing fanbase; Ilse has become a prominent Dutch jazz vocalist.
This however, might even be too modest. After all, Ilse is listed in "The Jazz Singers, the ultimate guide" by the authoritative American jazz critic Scott Yanow, as one of the 500 best international jazz vocalists of all times!
photo Ilse by Patricia Steur