SANSZUS was born out of the special encounter of two wind instrumentalists: Lies Beijerinck, one of the top contemporary Didgeridoo players in the world today better known as ‘The Didge mother of Holland’ and Aura Rascon a successful international flutist that has specialized in the Bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) and Hindustani Classical Music to the core.
Having a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s work, instruments and musical traditions and an immediate personal click as friends, provided them with all the right ingredients for a perfect music making alchemy…
SANS, is a Sanskrit word which means: ‘breath’ and ZUS is a Dutch word, which means: ‘sister’,
SANSZUS as a combination, seemed the perfect way to describe their musical connection.
SANSZUS musical DNA is a rich one, rooted in two ancient and powerful music traditions: the Aboriginal music of Australia (represented by Lies) and the Hindustani (North Indian) Classical Music (represented by Aura), but manifested in a context of contemporary cross-over music, with freedom for innovation and experimentation, where the artists take the freedom to include elements such as free improvisation, beatbox, catchy folk melodies, intricate irregular rhythms and so on. All this together with the imprinted personal touch of each of the musicians, is what gives SANSZUS its unique signature.
a.k.a. 'Didge-mother of Holland', plays the didgeridoo
since 1993. Although classically trained in harp and cello,
Lies developed her own style busking on the streets,
and was soon discovered by the Amsterdam dance scene, subsequently playing with DJ Tiësto in front of 25.000 people.
As well playing in all the major stages in Amsterdam, each summer she traveled throughout Europe with bands or as
a solo artist, and has also recently toured Israel, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Russia and Australia.
Lately, she was asked to play some new pieces, like
'This Precious Earth', written by Jonathan Bielby,
performed at Wakefield Cathedral. One piece especially written for her which she performed in Milan some years ago.
And christmas 2012 Lies performed Peter Sculthorpe's
'From Ubirr', with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam. During 2017th Holland Festival Lies brought Kate Moore's 'Sacred Environment' to life at the Royal Concert Hall in Amsterdam; bringing the Didgeridoo into the classical-music world.
As a teacher, Lies is in demand across the globe.
Next to this, she has travels to South Africa to teach
special education through music as part of 'Stichting Klawer',
an organization committed to the artistic and cultural education of underpriviledged children in the Western Cape.
She also started working as a didgeridoo clown at
children's parties and festivals. And plays special programs for babies and toddlers.
Lies is known for her powerful percussive style and clear harmonics, and is one of the finest exponents of the didgeridoo in the world.
She has undertaken master-classes in Australia with Djalu Gurruwiwi, opening doors to traditional playing for female didgeridoo artists.
Is a Mexican flautist, composer and interdisciplinary artists currently based in The Netherlands. She works internationally with an agenda that includes solo and group concerts, recordings, teaching/lectures and interdisciplinary street theater and stage Music Theatre performances.
As a bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) player, Aura performs regularly solo concerts of Hindustani Classical Music in Europe, India and Mexico mainly and has also toured extensively with her master, the internationally acclaimed bansuri legend Pdt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, accompanying him in his concerts and tours in United States, Europe, India, Mexico and Brazil in concerts where he was accompanied with some of the greatest tabla exponents of today’s time such as: Ust. Zakir Hussain, Pdt. Shubankar Baneerjee, Pdt. Anindo Chaterjee among others.
She has also been invited to perform and collaborate with some of the most renowned Indian musicians of the younger generation such as sitar virtuoso Niladri Kumar and bansuri brilliant exponent Rakesh Chaurasia.
Lately she has also been featured performing as a bansuri soloist in Dutch National TV Channel ‘Nederlands 2’.
She also collaborates as musician and composer in various crosscultural music projects and has studied and developed the possibilities of introducing Raga Art based music for chamber music ensembles mixing western and non-western instruments, in a personal style she calls ‘Music without borders’.
As a teacher she holds a degree on music education and has had wide experience teaching from individual lessons to group workshops including ages from children to adults, giving lectures, workshops and master classes mainly on ‘Introduction to Indian Classical Music’ and ‘Hindustani Classical Music and the art of improvisation’.
Aura had a formal education on western classical music, completing a Bachelor degree (with honors) in western classical music education with traverse flute at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria and a second Bachelor and a Master degrees in Hindustani Classical Music with bansuri, Hindustani Classical Music at CODARTS, University of the Arts (Conservatory of Rotterdam) in The Netherlands. She has also studied at the bansuri academy of her master Hariprasad Chaurasia, ‘Vrindaban Gurukul’, in Mumbai, India, where she spends every winter learning from him in the traditional Guru-Shyshya Parampara (Master-Disciple tradition).