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Hermine Deurloo is an internationally known jazz chromatic harmonica player from Amsterdam. Hermine studied saxophone at the Amsterdam Conservatory. At the same time, she taught herself to play the harmonica. Initially inspired by Toots Thielemans, Hermine has developed an intimate sound that is her own. Having played with artists such as drummer Han Bennink and musicians from the New York scene, such as Tony Scherr, she now performs original compositions with her own band.
For the last 14 years she has been a member of the famous Willem Breuker Kollektief, and as a soloist she has performed with the Metropole Orchestra, Orchestra Jazz Siciliana, Steven Bernstein, Jesse van Ruller, Candy Dulfer, Trijntje Oosterhuis, and Al Jarreau. She toured in America, China, Japan, Indonesia and Europe. In October 2012, her latest CD, "Glass Fish" is released by Challenge Records, where Hermine is accompanied by some of the best of the Dutch jazz scene: Tony Overwater, Jesse van Ruller, and Joshua Samson.
Previous CD's released by Hermine are: Crazy Clock -with Tony Scherr (2005), recorded in New York; Soundbite (2006), Live in de Tor (2007) and Sozinhos (1998) with Ricardo Insunza.
Hermine plays music in films ("Strangely in Love" – music by Austin Wintory), TV leaders and advertisements. She's also been a guest solist on many CD's and played with a variety of groups, such as Bennie Sings and The Rigidly Righteous. Hermine has appeared on TV several times, in prime time programs such as "De Wereld Draait Door" and "Klokhuis". In 2011, Hermine was interviewed for the daily news item on RAI 3 in Italy.
Jazz writer Scott Yanow; It is obvious throughout this disc that she ranks among the top jazz harmonica players of the past decade. The music of her CD, Glass Fish is light, subtle and an excellent showcase not only for Hermine Deurloo (who deserves to be much better known outside her native Netherlands) but also for her quartet.” Composer Austin Wintory: ‘Hermine is well worth a serious listen. Deeply gifted harmonica player. The soul of my score on ‘Strangely in love'. Michael Point in Texas Round Rock Leader: ‘The chromatic harmonica has had very few virtuoso performers, in its history, especially the ones with a creative streak. Amsterdam’s chromatic harmonica heroine Hermine Deurloo definitely belongs on the short list of such artists.
Rudie Kagie, Vrij Nederland, November 2012: “The world should be grateful to the diva for her decision to exchange the alt sax for the chromatic harmonica.” “With this album, Hermine Deurloo shows that the harmonica is a full-blown jazz instrument.”
Amanda Kuyper, NRC, October 2012: “With “Glass Fish”, Hermine makes beautiful, minimal jazz, together with Jesse van Ruller on guitar, Tony Overwater on bass, and Joshua Samson on percussion. It is a graceful dance of four equals, who allow each other space, while listening carefully in deciding what their music needs next. Deurloo’s harmonica often calls up associations with film music. Nevertheless, thanks to the combination of instruments such as the hang, slide guitar, or ukulele, the outcome is consistently unexpected and refined.”
Check out Hermine's new "Glass Fish" CD on Challenge Records: