Interview with Phaedra Kwant by Dutch Jazz duo Rolf Delfos & Bart Wirtz.
Phaedra Kwant is well known for her extensive and versatile musical talent. Besides playing the bass and double bass Phaedra also writes her own music and masters lyric writing. She is a composer, singer and plays along with artists such as Mathilde Santing, Veldhuis & Kemper, Claudia de Breij, Frederique Spigt, Do, Hans Vermeulen, Leoni Jansen and Mike del Ferro.
Phaedra studied bass at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and became one of the first female ‘Master of Music Basgitaar’ of the Netherlands in 2004. For many years she has been a much sought-after musician within the word of jazz, pop and theater. Her love for George Michael led to a self made theaterperformance called ‘The Story of George Michael’ together with Charly Luske which was a great succes. In 2016 she was named ‘Best Fusion/jazzbassist player of the Benelux’ by trade journal ‘De Gitarist’.
Her many-sided musical talent has brought her to many places in the world. With her own poptrio ‘McChicks’ she has traveled the world from the Netherlands, Greece, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, to America. Releasing her own records and touring live she stood out and even an American newspaper called her ‘The Angel of The Netherlands’ and ‘The Dutch Sting’.
If that wasn’t enough Phaedra Kwant also works as a teacher, records voice-overs and writes for the trade journal ‘De Bassist’.
Phaedra Kwant – Bass and vocals
Daan Herweg – Keys
Haye Jellema – Drums
Recorded on February 11th, 2020
humble heroes © is a production of Dutch Performers House at Exalto Studio’s Haarlem
Executive producer: Corine Haitjema
Production: Daniela Solano
Sound: Bart Wagemakers
Video: Pieter Hoogland, Marieke Schoenmakers, Rens Beks
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