Biography

Short Version

The Dutch Dymphi Peeters is a world music voice artist, who accompanies herself on the African kora and creates medicine music.

“I love my music to bring you release and peace and it is my mission to empower women by helping them to find their own voice, literally and metaphorically speaking”

Her roots lay in the East European Folk music and she gained experience in flamenco, voice expression, improvised music and also opera. Originally Dymphi studied Educational Science and Technology which she is combining with her ongoing spiritual researches and experiences. But life took her on the path of music, where her heart truly lies. In general Dymphi loves to develop and expand her horizons. Dymphi is the kora player of the Mehmet Polat Trio and she performs relaxation concerts with kora and vocals and gives workshops voice improvisation and voice healing. With her new band Dragonfly she improvises live music for a community of dancers of Ecstatic Dance Utrecht.

Full Biography

Dymphi (1979) studied a year’s classical flute at Abbie de Quant in the pre-school of the Amsterdam Conservatory (1997-1998). In addition she played for 10 years in folkloric orchestra Iduna. During her graduation study of Education Science and Technology (2003-2004), for which she spent 7 months in Finland, she co-founded folk band Mielukas. She played in the  Holland Express band from 2005-2008 and performed at home and abroad. She participated in several Flamenco projects under the name Amistad, Grupo Flamenco and Fusion Flamenca, where she mused with Onno Kramer and Andre Schoorlemmer. In 2011, together with these two gentlemen, she founded the Zwoeng band, which played completely improvised music during their concerts.

From 2006 to 2012 Dymphi received vocal coaching from Dobrinka Yankova. In 2010, she produced and sang with 3 other singers in a subsidized theatrical concert: Scottish Delights with lovers for lovers. They were coached by opera director David Prins and vocal coach Dobrinka Yankova.  In 2011 Dymphi studied a year of classical music theory at the Schumann Academie. She also participated in various workshops and the annual education voice expression at Marius Engelbrecht Trainings.

Aug 2011 she started her own company: “Passion for Development” and gave workshops voice expression and intuitive music / improvisation. From 2011 to February 2015 she also gave various solo concerts with N’goni and improvised vocals, from which she released a CD in 2013, called Liefde (Love). August 2012 she got a beautiful daughter. At the beginning of 2013, she gave up her job as a teacher of communication, behavior and personal development at The Hague University, to stay full-time at home with her daughter. From 2013 to February 2015, she organized and and played in a series of concerts with fully improvised music: Dream Concert: a unique experience of intuitive music! Of this she released the very first Dream Concert on CD in 2013.

 

At the end of 2014, Dymphi followed masterclasses with Francis van Broekhuizen, Gabrielle Mouhlen and Wiebke Göetjes through Opera aan de Schie. Since January 2015, Dymphi received vocal lessons from Wiebke Göetjes and from August 2015 she participated in various (opera) productions, including those of Operastudio Hojotoho.

 

Dymphi, in addition to singing, is currently playing the kora, a Malinese harp (West Africa). In 2016 she was asked by Mehmet Polat to join the Mehmet Polat Trio as a kora player. The Mehmet Polat Trio is a contemporary constellation of ud, ney and kora virtuosos. They blend rich musical traditions of the Balkans, Middle East, Africa with a Modal Jazz approach. The trio performs compositions by ud player and trio leader, Mehmet Polat which give lots of room for improvisations. The result is a wholehearted, open sound that invites you on a sincere musical journey from the past to the innovative present.

Links

Dragonfly

Ecstatic Live band

Mehmet Polat Trio

A spiritual yet adventurous meeting of Ud, ney and kora – I am the kora player of the trio

Warrior of the Dance

Ritual Dance Theatre Performance with Live Music – I’m one of the two musicians who is accompaning the dancer with live music

Stemimprovisatie

My website in Dutch about voice improvisation and music

Ecstatic Dance Den Haag

Freeform Dance to music by innovative dj’s – I was part of the organizing team

Ecstatic Dance Utrecht

A dancemeditation & sensation – I am part of the organizing team

Dream Concert

Improvised concerts I organized and played in the past

Wiebke Göetjes Dramatic Soprano

My opera singing teacher

Jean-Baptiste Milon

Piano player and music coach

Opera aan de Schie

Opera masterclasses classical open stage

Dobrinka Yankova

My opera singing teacher

Marius Engelbrecht trainingen

Voice expression teacher

Schumann Academie

Part time conservatory

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