T R U U S
PI = Plus Instruments with Toon Bressers & Younes Raid when noted
April 4 – Extrapool, Nijmegen – Truus Solo (Salton Sea)
April 5 - Worm - Rotterdam -Truus Solo
April 6 - De Fabriek, Eindhoven – PI (With Younes Raid)
April 7 - De Melkweg , Amsterdam- PI & Nasmak medley (With Younes Raid & Solex)
April 13 - Sonic Protest Mini Festival, Tours, France- PI
April 14- Sonic Protest Mini Festival, Centre Barbara Fleury Goutte d'Or= 1, rue Fleury 75018 Paris (Ritualis Solo)
April 15 - Sonic Protest Mini Festival, Main D'Oeuvre, Paris, France - PI
April 20 - - Rietveld Academy - Lecture / performance (Solo)
April 24 – Ultra at STEIM - : ookoi + Instruments & Plurex Tentoonstelling and much much more TBA
April 27 – Podium Duycker, Hoofddorp, Netherlands – PI & Nasmak medley (With Younes Raid)
May 2 - Muziek gebouw, Kleine zaal - Eindhoven - preview Film Rene Daniels - director's cut. (Solo, before the film).May 10 – Cafe Wilhelmina, Eindhoven, The Netherlands – PI
May 7 thru 14 - Residency at de Worm, Rotterdam creating a Radio show for the series of 'horspil' for Worm/VPRO Cafe Sonore/Radio 6
May 26 - Cinema Nova, Brussel - (Salton Sea) solo-
May 27 - Villette Sonique Paris, France - PI
Plus Instruments Feb-April '81- Reissue Ltd edition 500 Vinyl LP's - on Pouttre Apparente Label - Record release Showcase at Villette Sonique Paris, France - PI
April 18 through 30 th at STEIM with Solex. Possible workshop & Concert
Truus will team up with Toon Bressers (Nasmak) performing as Plus Instruments for selected dates in The Netherlands and France. More info as it becomes avaialble. Truus & Toon used to play together in Nasmak and Toon actually teamed up as Plus Instruments with Truus during that time (early 80's). They will play old & new material anywhere from between 1979 and 2011! You can also count or a healthy doze of improvisation. What ever it may be you will want to put your dancing shoes on.
Also in April, Truus will be at STEIM in Amsterdam for another residency. Planned is to finalize her collaboration between her and Solex in person. They have been working on this project through the cyberwaves. But to finish it they are super excited to be able to complete it face to face! They are planning to hold a workshop and concert as well. More about that TBA.
Truus will perform solo at M-Modern Gallery in Palm Springs for the Opening of Bosko's new exhibit "Modern Moods". Also opening that night is a group show for the 11th Anniversary of Sven Kirsten's Book of Tiki . Truus will provide a Ambient sound scape playing the Synthesizers designed by her and Bosko.
Truus & Ultra
Truus is honored to be part of a stellar Line-Up at the Melkweg in Amsterdam!!
Saturday, April 7. De Melkweg, Amsterdam
Thirty Years after the Dutch “Ultra” Movement made sonic and artistic waves in The Netherlands, a stellar line-up will fill a multi media evening of Ultra at De Melkweg in Amsterdam.
At Medialab , an exhibit of Ultra artwork and images. In the old venue performances by Minny Pops, The Tapes, Plus Instruments with Truus de Groot and guest players ToonBressers , Liesbeth Esselink and Younes Riad. In the theater; Bertin, The Sugarettes, the Tobacconists, Katadreuffe, Machinefabriek and Wooden Constructions followed by Gonzo (circus) and Eindbaas DJ's. The Tapes give their first concert since their last performance (12 February 1982) at Paradiso. Minny Pops will play after 30 years mostly material from their second album “Sparks in a Dark Room”. This Minny Pops performance will be the last time they will appear in the Netherlands.
This promises to be an epic event, never to be repeated and not to be missed!! Get your tickets now!!
Thursday April 5th through Sunday May 6th an exhibit of photography for Vinyl magazine from 1981- 1988 at
Pre-order your tickets at De Melkweg now!
February 17 (Friday), 2012
Fall / Winter 2011
Truus is working hard on her new CD, with the help of none other than Johnny Dowd who is her creative Guru of awesomeness for this project. Release is planned Spring 2012 www.johnnydowd.com
Truus is collborating with Solex on a set of Childrens songs that will be cool enough for us adults as well. I has been an extreme honor to work with this lovely super talented lady!
Here a brief introduction:
Yes, it happened! Olé! I improvised with the Cumbia Electronica king, Dick el Demasiado. We jelled like...well jello! It was an evening of pure improvisation, you'd think we been playing together for years. I have know Dick for over 30 years and this was a trurly sublime evening. We hope to release it as a live CD. Who knows... More on Sat. 24 at De Fabriek in Eindhoven...
My Beukorkest experience branched out into a wonderful opportunity for me to work together with the incomparable Johnny Dowd. I joined Johnny for a brief tour through Holland, Germany and Belgium. You could say it was a match made in "Oklahoven" (more about that someday). It was most enjoyable and the band was truly as tight as a wistle. The shows were unpredictable (which suits me) and truly entertaining. I am hungry for more!
Hear My New Plus Intruments CD played on BB6 and Bat Guano's Swag Radio!
I will join the Dutch Beukorkest September 2011
Look for performances throughout The Netherlands, dates:
04-09-2011 Effenaar Eindhoven
Truus' New CD “Dance with Me” (Truus Plus Instruments) was released July 1, 2011. The 5 th CD on her very own “Dewclaw Ditties” label features 13 original tracks of mostly driving Synthesizer Dance Music reminiscent of her earlier work in the late 70's and 80's - and a few chosen ballads of heartbreak. It has been almost 30 years since the last full length album for Plus Instruments. The album was mastered and produced by James Sclavunos and Peter Mavrogeorgis.
The New Plus Instruments is finalized and sent off to the Factory!
It will be released on Dewclaw Ditties under the name:
Truus Plus Intruments
Dance With Me
Get ready for a highly danceable club-oriented CD.
Yes, 2011 will be the year for a brand new Plus Instruments CD
30 years since the last release
Interview with Truus in Dutch Fret Magazine (in Dutch) 2009
Check out a recent interview with me on The End of Being Blog
And another page dedicated to my recent Sonas Inflecto Video
Here is one from the vaults; a great blog dedicated to long forgotten music, aptly called "No Longer Forgotten Music". Here you can download the entire Nasmak Plus Instruments LP.
Another download is even more obscure a cassette I did in 79/80. Very experimental indeed!
New CD release scheduled for End March 2010
More info and downloads soon!
How exciting! Hear Truus' Ritualis amidst a stellar line-up on the amazing Bat Guano's "Swag" radio show on WIDR, Kalamazoo, MI! Check for Podcasts on WIDR.ORG
Currently finalizing the soundtrack we recorded at STEIM for the Salton Sea Series. A CD release is planned sometime around Late February.
In October Truus & Bosko will be at the amazing STEIM in Amsterdam for a 2 week residency. Their main focus will be to create the soundtrack for their latest multi media project The Salton Sea Series. For More info see: www.saltonsink.com Truus is super thrilled and humbled to be able to use the Crackle Synthesizer, the creation of Michel Waisvisz who sadly passed away last year. A short live performance is planned on November 4th at STEIM
14 brand new original tracks, this time many with vocals and a number of actual Chansons d'amour straight from the heart but all still in the realm of Exotica!
The CD cover art premieres a painting by surrealist master Mark Ryden and as if that wasn't enough the CD insert folds out to an 9 ½ ”x 14” mini poster (suitable for framing) of the original art. The opposite side of the fold out (and back cover) includes photographs by Bosko at some of our favorite Southern California locales.
INCLUDES COLLECTIBLE MARK RYDEN MINI POSTER!