Biography

Short Version

The Dutch Dymphi Peeters is a singer, kora player and voice healer who creates medicine music. Her music is best described as intuitive meditative world music based on free improvisation: Mari Boine meets Loreena Mckennitt and Lisa Gerrard.

In an ocean of world music, she stands out – in addition to the special instrumentation of the African Kora – through the great expressiveness in timbres and emotions in her voice that brings to various parts of the world, but also because she sings in an intuitive primal language that invites you to sink with your attention out of your head and into your body. Fans describe her as a “primeval woman” who can touch your heart and soul with her music.

The “Ask your Heart” CD released in 2017 from the unique Mehmet Polat Trio in which she plays the kora, received many international positive reviews from the world music and jazz scene. The Mehmet Polat Trio is a contemporary combination of ud, ney and kora virtuosos. They mix rich musical traditions of the Balkans, the Middle East and Africa with a modal jazz approach.

At the moment Dymphi is working with composer and producer Andre Schoorlemmer on a new album, which will be released on 15-01-2019. She performs as a solo artist and also in various collaborations:

Her musical roots lie in Eastern European folk music and she has experience with flamenco, voice expression, improvised music and also with Opera. Originally, Dymphi studied Educational Science and Technology, which she has since combined with ongoing personal and spiritual research and experiences. But life took her on the path of music, where her heart really lies. Dymphi likes to develop herself and to broaden her horizons.

The Kora is an old West African harp, originally from Mali and was invented by a woman. The instrument was discovered by men and they made it sound in the world. African Kora players are called Griot’s or Jeli’s. We would call them troubadours: coaches of the leaders of the village. With their music and stories, the Griot’s guide the leaders to stay in leadership with themselves and their own feelings and to connect with their inner source to make decisions from there. This background of the instrument touches and inspires Dymphi.

In addition to her work as a musician, she focuses on voice work. Voice work is an instrument for expressing and transforming feelings and energy. It is not about beautiful singing, but about expressing in sound what you feel. It works as a kind of energetic cleanup. It is also called voice expression or voice healing.

“I love my music to bring release and peace and it is my mission to empower women to free their voices, literally and metaphorically speaking”

Full Biography

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!

 

C.V.

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 Dance 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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