Amsterdam based SMANDEM. proves that an incredible skillset and an openminded approach causes genre distinctions to blur into pure energy. Inspired by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Christian Scott and Wayne Shorter as well as Travis Scott and Drake, the four-friend-strong collective produces a sound that is deeply rooted into the jazz tradition, yet it doesn’t restrain to any style boundaries or formal etiquette. They strive forward and explore ways to marry their delicate ability with present-day popular music. With a strong friendship at their core, their dynamic live-show effortlessly accelerates from lush harmonies into colourful mixtures of dense rhythms and fierce improvisation. Including features by Herbie Hancock flutist Elena Pinderhughes (USA) and NL based talent Pink Oculus, their debut EP called ‘Self-Titled.’ - set to release on Super-Sonic Records early 2021 - exemplifies best what this free-spirited mandem is up to.
Aäron Bouwman - Bass
David Nino van der Grinten - Keys
Rafael Devante Sinay - Gitaar
Kick Woudstra - Drums