Biography

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The music of Roald van Oosten ranges from pop gems to ghostly theatrical soundscapes. A versatile musician who grew up in Brussels and Haarlem, Roald became well known as the singer-guitarist of the legendary Amsterdam indie band Caesar. A collaboration with De Veenfabriek in 2006 marked the beginning of Roald's foray into composing music for stage and screen.

His pop sensibility was very well-received in the worlds of theatre, film, and television. Recent collaborations include 'Ondertussen in Casablanca' by Nationale Toneel / Jeroen de Man, 'Distel' by Orkater/ Michiel de Regt, 'The Crow Knows Where The Children Go' by Zuidelijk Toneel / Alexandra Broeder and Als ik de liefde niet heb by Ro theater / Marjolijn van Heemstra.

A new solo album will come out early 2017: A stir is in the air, his second release for V2 Records after Oh Dark Hundred in 2016. Accompanied by a band of new musical friends,: Frank van Roessel on bass, Bart Hoevenaars on guitars and vocals and Bo Koek on drums, Roald van Oosten will do a tour, including dates with the illustrious Magnapop, Athens' heroes, starting the 2nd of februari at the Sugarfactory, Amsterdam.

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Theatre

A collaboration with De Veenfabriek in 2006 marked the beginning of Roald's foray into composing music for stage and screen. His pop sensibility was very well-received in the worlds of theatre, film, and television. In 2012 playwright Martin Crimp invited Roald to collaborate on his new play: 'In The Republic Of Happiness', which opened in the Royal Court Theatre in London.

"Music like a 30's cabaret curated by Ladytron, underlines the air of forced communal tranquility"
(In The Republic Of Happiness)

Recent projects: 'Distel', Orkater / Michiel de Regt, 'Zohre' / Marjolijn van Heemstra en Erik Whien, 'Ondertussen in Casablanca' by Nationale Toneel / Jeroen de Man, 'Only the crows know where the children are' by Zuidelijk Toneel / Alexandra Broeder, In the republic of happiness, Martin Crimp / Royal Court Theatre

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Film

As a film/ documentary film composer Roald's music always has a sharp sense of melody, and a bit of mystery. For example the kaleidoscopic soundtrack for De Van Waveren Tapes, the first feature documentary by film director Wim van der Aar.

"With its road-movie vibe, the score is composed of slide guitars, melancholic, echoeing soundscapes, and a wealth of other sounds."
(De Grens)

Recent projects: 'Out of sight', virtual reality film, Sara Kolster / Zesbaans. 'Room on the roof', virtual reality film, Sara Kolster / Jan Rothuizen. 'Love Radio', Transmedia project, Eefje Blankevoort / Anoek Steketee. 'Groenland', telefilm Tomas Kaan / Endemol, PVDA television promo, Arnold Verbruggen / Prospektor. De Grens. Television series, Tomas Kaan / VPRO / Hazazah. 'De Van Waveren Tapes', documentary, Wim van der Aar / VPRO / Hazazah.

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Podcast / Radio

Miscellaneous adventures in music, podcast, radioplay and such.

Recent projects: 'Mijn vader de Sterrenkijker' / Maartje Duin, 'Zeedrift' / Prosper de Roos, 'Vetplantliefde' / Bente Hamel. Guest programmer music for Festival De Keuze, Schouwburg Rotterdam. Featuring Beginners, Snowapple, Gallowstreet, and Awkward I to complete this intriguing and inspiring festival.

Gigs & Theatre dates

A Stir In The Air will be played live for the very first time on February 2nd at the album release show at the Sugarfactory in Amsterdam.

  • 02-02 Sugarfactory / Amsterdam
  • 08-02 Vera / Groningen
  • 09-02 Patronaat / Haarlem
  • 11-02 Baroeg / Rotterdam
  • 12-02 Ekko / Utrecht

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