Since its inception in 2003, the ensemble has made remarkable development, making a big impression on both the Dutch as well as the foreign stages. The group was formed by violinist Tanya Schaap, who from that moment was the artistic leader behind this ensemble. The line-up is not conventional, but this actually proved to make for various musical opportunities and creativity. It also makes for the group’s unique sound. The repertoire is broad and extraordinary in its kind. Genres such as European and South-American folklore, classical music, jazz- and Brazilian and tangomusic. In its own country, Musica Extrema has established itself as a big name in the music scene. The group plays at all kinds of venues, varying from jazz festivals to classical concert halls to tango salons. Musica Extrema has toured abroad, causing a furore around the world. In Europe they played in Spain, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland, Turkey, Croatia and France. The group has also performed outside of Europe: in Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, China, Russia, Kurdistan, South Africa, Botswana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Aruba, Curaçao, South Korea and Mexico. During the Buenos Aires Tango Festival in August 2009, Musica Extrema was the only non-Argentine ensemble, playing at this most prestigious tango festival in the world!
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