Richard van Kruysdijk: noise
Marie-Claudine Vanvlemen: voice
(photo: Fred van Diem)
Since he joined his first band as a drummer in 1986, Richard van Kruysdijk has released several albums and 12"s with other group-projects as well as solo-projects.
After a successful soloconcert in Paradiso Amsterdam in 1992 he was offered a recordcontract by the german label Unclean Production. This resulted in the first Blindfold cd ("Earshot"), followed by several soloconcerts consisting of sequenced patterns added to live vocals, keyboard-, drums- and guitarperformance supported by videos on several screens and videoprojections.
Also in 1992, he graduated cum laude from the Royal Academy of Arts in 's-Hertogenbosch. During this time he also finished "Inkt" (ìInkî); a short surrealistic 16mm-film which premiered at the ëNederlandse Film Dagen, Utrecht and was shown in several theatres. In 1996 it was released on video on the "Nether Horror Collection" by Cult Classics. Richard recently picked up on audio-visuals by performing as vj Soulslice at the E-lektrick Chair and Sofa -nights at the Effenaar and making a videoclip for the track "No Words", based on material from the TV8 programme '8 Tracks', as well as creating the videoprojections during their Sonar Lodge concerts.
Late 1992 he joined the German eclectic band Phallus Dei with whom he has since then released several cd's as well as a mixed-mode cd/cd-rom ("Luxuria") on the Paragoric label (GER / U.K.) and various samplercontributions. They toured Germany in 1994. Triple X Records (USA) released a compilation cd in 1997. PHD2 is Phallus Dei's dark ambient-project.
In 1997 he also started a new project: Sonar Lodge, and quickly built up a good reputation with live-concerts and adventurous releases. Joined by Marie-Claudine Vanvlemen on vocals, their thought-provoking, multi-faceted sound provides an impressive variety of jazz-tingled leftfield pop/dance music. They played in several clubs in the Netherlands; Hedon, Effenaar, 013, Tivoli, Willem II, Zuidas, Vrieshuis America, Simplon, Diogenes, Mezz, and festivals; Valkhof festival, Shine festival and (as part of 'Something'); Tromp BiÎnnale, Traces fest., Oplaat fest., Groene Engel, Effenaar.
Other current collaborations include: Cellvoice: a collaboration with Sandor Caron that released it's first 12" on Delsin Records. He also co- produced a track on the Max 404 12" "The last days of house music" (Universal Language) and co-produced a track for Aardvarck's ep's "Spoken" and "Donkey Boy", plus he remixed a track for Sandor Caron's ep "Agenda". Sonar Lodge themselves are remixed by renowned artists like: Domu, Attica Blues, Relaxo Abstracto, Max 404. Other musicians Richard has recorded/played with in the past and/or present include: Michael Moore, Niels van Hoorn (Legendary Pink Dots), Bart Maris, Edward Capel, Jeroen van Vliet (Paul van Kemenade quintet), Jules de Vlam, Bart van Dongen, Jeroen Doomernik, Pascal Vermeer, Gitane Demone, Frans Friederich (Dull Schicksal), Jan van de Lest (Clashing Egos), Hans Sparla, Michel Massot, Bart Maris, Joerg Lehnardt, Ziya.
In 2000 Sonar Lodge co-founded Music for Speakers, a producers collective annex record label, with Aardvarck, Madcap, David Caron and Sandor Caron. From their first output onward they have built an increasing, worldwide following.
2003 marked the expansion of Sonar Lodge on stage into a four piece live group; Richard (drums, electronics, Moog) and Marie-Claudine (vocals) are joined by jazz-funk rooted double bass player Jules de Vlam and renowned jazz keyboardist Jeroen van Vliet on Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer. They toured in Germany with London Elektricity (Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Hamburg, Chemnitz, Dortmund, Konstanz, Darmstadt) as well as giving in concerts in Eindhoven and Duesseldorf (with Zuco 103), 's-Hertogenbosch (festival Boulevard), Breda (Mezz) and Gent (10 Days Off).
Born in Burundi, Marie-Claudine Vanvlemen grew up in Belgium and the Netherlands. After playing with a wide variety of (rock/pop/funk/soul/dance)groups, touring with Max 404 (Heineken Crossover tour) as well as working as a session vocalist for various cd-productions, Marie-Claudine joined Sonar Lodge in 1997, both in the studio as well as on stage.