SERVICES & EXPERIENCE
Improv Pianist, Improv Comedy Actress Stranger Things Have Happened
Stranger Things Have Happened has been one of the leading improv comedy groups of the Netherlands since 2009. STHH is been well known for its weekly jams and monthly shows as well as being hired by universities, corporations, festivals and museums throughout the country. Abroad, they’ve performed in places such as the United Kingdom (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Norway, Denmark and Germany.
For bookings: www.sthh.nl
Teacher - 'Improv(e) your playing!' at Prins Claus Conservatory
Original module where classical students can learn the basics of improvisational theatre through exercises and games to then apply their skills to improvisation in music, working on how to ‘listening actively’, ‘accept’ and ‘react’ to each others’ ideas.
Teacher - 'Performance & Communication' at Prins Claus Conservatory
In this module students work on their stage presence and their communication skills and how to apply those on the concert platform. During the course, students also explore new audiences and different ways of presenting their work, both as soloist and as ensembles.
Teacher - 'Musician as an actor' at Prins Claus Conservatory
This module is a space to explore the use and effects of onstage-physicality and to develop theatrical skills to enhance the expressiveness of our musical practice.
Improv Trainer - Workshops and courses on Improv Basics, Improv advanced, Musical improv at Various
Trained several improv groups of different levels, as well as beginners of all ages, in both Spanish and English.
Workshop leader - Creative Workshops in Yiwu (China)
Intensive 3-day-workshop based on instant-composing, where children between ages of 6-12 worked together to create an original piece that was presented to an audience.
Coach - Stage Presence and Creative Performances at Various
Coached several ensembles and orchestras on stage presence and communication skills, as well as on how to create innovative and interactive performances to engage their audiences.
Speaker TedX youth (Grand Theatre, Groningen)
In this talk, Naomi de Ruiter and Jeny Yáñez show the importance of accepting and using ‘mistakes’ in order to continue moving forward in life and how to become good at this by applying the ‘improv mindset’.
Founded in 2015 by Junior Martir and Jenifer Yáñez, a Spanish classical pianist and improviser, Sentido is a crossover band based in Groningen, whose aim is blending different musical backgrounds and mixing cultures in new ways.
In 2017, the band decides to expand adding as members Nil Domenech (Catalonian classical cellist and cross-art performer) and Rosan Asmussen (Dutch bass player with world-music influences). As a result, an interesting fusion of flamenco, Caribbean rhythms, Afro beats, classical, pop and folk music.