about (eng)


We are do-ers, looking for adventure. Over boarders, far, far away, but also incredibly close. Surrounded by kitty company. A quite big cat visited our tent…Steely Dan observes from the wall during our rehearsals in the country side. Open mind. Left cords of a right-handed man. Pure sounds, cropped from private yard. Norway stole her heart, Katrina and Marrocco brought tears, but Aphra Behn brings strength. A bit strange perhaps? So what?! We are Ahranova!

Aphranova is a Dutch five piece band, which arrived in 2015. In our music – written by Tony Hoyting and Angelique van Os, we tell stories about love and respect for nature and environment and focus on social involvement, always with a critical eye. Members are:  Joost van der Beek/ Eric Leenes (guitar), Joost van Soest (drums), Tony Hoyting (keys) and Arthur Buitelaar (bass).

The band presents songs of their debut mini-album, Late Bloomer, written by Angelique (Challenge Records, 2015). These five tracks are inspired by her journeys, personal experiences and her work as a jazz and travel journalist. Each song tells its own story, varying from loosing a dear friend, being a late bloomer, to adventurous experiences in the Ugandan Kidepo Valley.

The talented Dutch Alexander van Popta produced the mini-album (Re:Freshed Orchestra, Ntjam Rosie, Sabrina Starke, Shirma Rouse). The Norwegian sax player Karl Seglem features in the songs New Orleans and African vibed Kidepo’s Eyes, and will work with the group this and next year on a special project, Call of the Wild.

The first single, Little Man, was released in November 2016, and was broadcasted on several national radio stations (Sublime FM, Radio 2 Soul & Jazz, Radio 1).

Aphranova performed on festivals and stages like: Eurooosonic, Jazz Festival Delft, Jazz in de Gracht, North Sea Jazz Club, Radio 6 (Jaap Brienen), Simplon, Bevrijdingsfestival Drenthe, VanSlag Borger, Theater de Nieuwe Kolk, Het Preuvenement and Drents Peil XL 2016. Aphranova has lots of energy and squeezes flavours of pop, soul, jazz together and is ready to show this live on stage!