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Recordings & Live

The band’s new album ‘The Island Sessions’ was presented to the audiencen the 4th of September 2010, at the Melkweg, Amsterdam.

With large cast, prominent and charismatic musicians, stands The Band Hotel always for an energetic evening.

Release party The Island Sessions – 2010 Melkweg (Amsterdam)

Tijuana – NumoonFestival – 2009 (Rotterdam)

..when Balcan meets Mexico…

Contrabanda tour – 2009 Paradiso (Amsterdam)


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… a little bio:
The Band Hotel was born in 2004 on a smal houseboat in Amsterdam, nowerdays they house on the little lighthouse island of Amsterdam. The Band Hotelis a serious grooving band with growing live reputation. Their music is streaked with styles and stories from all over the world. Nine different musicians from nine different countries from all over the world join together and give color to the band The Band Hotel: Croatia, The Netherlands, Mexico, Kurdistan, Argentina, France, Bulgaria, Czech republik and Chili.

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The Band Hotel has a strong reputation
For years now they organised jamsessions where they examine differend musical culture influences. On the beach of one of the islands of amsterdam the organise a monthley happening wich is always a buizzy event. The Balkan, the Brazil, The Mexican, Suriname and the Urban jam are some of them.

Many Band Hotel guests are often comming back on stage with the band Influences from Santana, War, Mongo Santamaria, Herbie Mann, Manu Chao, Third World, Cubaanse son en salsa, jazz en (nuyorican) soul… They play serious songs but they can also flame and explode on stage. The Band Hotel is fun! The music is warm spontanious, open and spontanious and always of a high quality renewing and without beeing pretentious!

The Band Hotel played at several big festivals like Lowlands, PoléPolé the Fusion Festival and the Total festival. They also toured Greece, France, Belgium, Bosnië, Montenegro,Serbia and Kroatië. The Band Hotel played with more than a hundred of guest musicians. They also made a several poetical theatershows, named ‘the Donkey-show’, ‘de Varie-T-tent’ en ‘A heartattack with HOTEL’ and ‘Straight from the Heart’

The Band Hotel is:
Arjan Amin- leadvocals and accordion, Claudio Encina- vocals, percussion, accordion, Jarana and harmonica, Stefijn Lehr- guitarrón mexicano, Branko Galoic- guitar and vocals, José-luis Fuentes ‘el Coyote- vihuela and vocals, Raya Hadzhieva- trumpet, Marian Masik- trombone, Canek Cabreras- trumpet, Luis Dias- drums, and there are always some great guests around, or is that a secret?

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