As a 4-year-old girl, I sang and improvised already all my own songs. In the Dutch language and in an intuitive sound language. After that I started on my 9th with flute lessons, which eventually led to 1 year of classical music at the conservatory of Amsterdam and a disappointment. Then I started studying Educational Science and Technology at the University of Twente.
When I was 14 I discovered a folk band in a neighboring village and that improvisation in music is very fun and interesting. After playing flute and recorders for several years I got the desire to also use my voice in music. I used to do an opera singer for a joke. That always prompted intense reactions in my environment from laughter to rejection. Around the age of 25 I went to study with a Bulgarian opera singer and later with an Amsterdam opera singer. It was wonderful to give my voice such space. In addition, I have further discovered my voice and myself with voice expression, which is a form of giving voice to your emotions in the moment. Then the African N’goni (harp) came to my path. The babbling guidance of the N’goni is very suitable for intuitive singing.
After the birth of my daughter in 2012, I decided to give up my job as an educationalist and I became a home staying mother. As a result I started to live more from my heart and when my daughter was 1.5 I decided to organize intuitive dream concerts every month with an average of 10 musicians on stage and then make music for 2 hours from free improvisation. After 1.5 years I stopped again to create time to further develop my opera voice. I took opera lessons again and studied the role “Ariadne” from Wagner’s Ariadne auf Naxos. That resulted in a lot of voice development.
Later I met Mehmet Polat who asked me to learn kora for his trio with Ud and Ney. In half a year I had to learn to play 10 of his compositions on the kora and learn how to play the kora. He promised me we would go on a tour to Mexico, Austria and Germany after half a year. Then there would also be a CD recording. I have taken up the challenge! And wow I have learned so much! I also discovered that you can learn very fast when you start from loving positive energy and pleasure. I went (in music) very often outside my comfort zone and that has given me a lot of learning opportunities. Now I guide people who want to discover and free themselves and their voices. I call it voice healing. You can free yourself through your voice from all kinds of blockages that stop you from being completely yourself.
With my own band Dragonfly I create intuitive world music for a community of Ecstatic Dancers. In addition, I improvise with the trio Kaleidoscope and I give solo (league) concerts. I have various collaborations with other artists / dancers and business. The CD “Ask your heart” that I recorded with the Mehmet Polat Trio has received international recognition.
In addition to giving concerts and creating and recording music, I occupy myself with giving individual voice healing sessions, voice improvisation workshops and organizing and giving retreats with voice healing work and intuitive music.
Intuitive world music in my genre. The thing that me a bit different is that I improvise everything and that I sing in an intuitive sound language.
It is my dream to inspire women with my music to be themselves, to seek and give each other support (sisterhood), to feel the peace and love in themselves and to help protect the earth with all its life. I also dream to create a lot more beautiful music on CD and in the moment!
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.