Folk-inspired classical music with Annemieke and Jeremiah McLane

Dutch pianist Annemieke McLane and accordionist Jeremiah McLane, a Vermont-based couple, perform their own arrangements of existing folk-inspired classical music, a repertoire they found fit their diverse musical backgrounds and interest in a wide variety of music. In making these arrangements, Annemieke and Jeremiah have managed to bring out multiple layers of voicing, coloring, timing, and emotion, creating a sound that is simultaneously classical, improvisational, exuberant, introspective, and passionate. Their repertoire includes works by Astor Piazzolla, Edvard Grieg, Francis Poulenc, Anton Dvorak, Alan Hovhaness, as well as their own compositions.

Originally from the Netherlands, Annemieke Spoelstra McLane was described as having “great intelligence in pedagogy and is a sensitive performer in well-balanced programs” by Zwolle Conservatory where she earned her Master’s in Piano Performance.  Annemieke won the National Young Music Talent (Netherlands) for piano-accompaniment, and was praised for her touch and coloring. She has performed in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In 2004, Annemieke made her way to Vermont and was staff accompanist at the Boston Conservatory from 2004-2006. She was pianist for the Vermont Youth Orchestra choruses (2010-2012) and has been pianist for the Thetford Chamber Singers and the Concertanto Singers. Annemieke teaches piano at Saint Michael’s College and at her studio, and she has accompanied the Saint Michael’s College Chorale (2004-2015.  Presently she is pianist for the Handel Society of Dartmouth College. Annemieke’s first album, Toccare, was released in the fall 2009: “One word for the Schubert: mesmerizing”, Seven Days; “One of Vermont’s finest pianists”, Times Argus.

Jeremiah is a composer, accordionist, pianist, and teacher with a diverse musical background including blues, jazz, Celtic, Québécois, French, and other roots-influenced music. In the early 1990s he formed The Clayfoot Strutters and Nightingale, two bands that have helped shape the sound of traditional New England roots music. He holds a Master’s in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory of Music and is the founder-director of the Floating Bridge Music Camp. He has been an adjunct faculty member of the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, and of the University of Vermont.  He teaches regularly at summer music programs throughout the United States and has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including such venues as the Royal Festival Hall, the Picolo Spoleto Festival, the Carrefour Mondiale de l’Accordeon, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival. In addition to teaching and performing, Jeremiah has also composed numerous pieces for film and theatre. In 2006, he received National Public Radio’s “favorite picks” award for his second solo recording, Smile When You’re Ready, and in 2013 the French music magazine Trad Mag’s “BRAVO” award for his fifth release, Hummingbird.

 

Classical, Singer Songwriter