Truus de Groot & Bosko Hrnjak > the Salton Sea Project

We are thrilled to be working at STEIM in Amsterdam at this moment creating sounds for the Salton Sea Project. STEIM has provided us with a wonderful large studio and a number of great vintage synthesizers. The Crackle Synthesizer is the most exciting instrument we could possibly hope to have as an addition to this. Its unpredictable nature always surprises in an almost organic way. In a few weeks we hope to have a couple of sound clips up on our website ( www.saltonsink.com ). On November 4th at 8:30 (eve) we will have a short Live presentation at STEIM if anyone is around in Amsterdam please drop by. It has an element of nostalgia for Truus since she worked extensively with the Crackle 30 years ago while in several bands both here and the US. Since Michel Waisvisz passed suddenly away she wanted to do something as an homage, a memory or just an expression of joy of having known and collaborated with the Crackle master himself. It is uncanny how perfectly it fits into our Salton Sea concept.

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About Truus de Groot

Truus' musical career spans over the last 3 decades. Born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands she debuted as a chanteuse just at the beginning of the Punk craze in 1976. Playing in a number of Dutch bands she released her first single in 1979 on the Plurex Label with a duet called “BandT Plus Instruments”. Playing odd electronic instruments, Bass and vocals, most of their performances were improvised. She teamed up Michel Waisvisz , the inventor of the Crackle Synthesizer in numerous performances. At the same time she was also the lead singer in the popular Dutch New Wave Band “Nasmak”. Who released an album, again on the Plurex Label, in 1980, “Instruments Plus Nasmak / Nasmak Plus Instruments ”. After hundreds of performances all through Europe Truus was looking for more challenges and in 1981 got on a plane to NYC never to call the Netherlands her home again.. Armed with background tapes of electronic percussion she reformed Plus Instruments with Lee Renaldo (now in Sonic Youth) on guitar and David Linton on Drums, while Truus played Bass and sang Lead Vocals. With this line-up they hit the New York club scene, released an Album “February April ‘81” on the Dutch Kremlin Label and took off on a European Tour. After returning to the US Truus again reformed the band with a number of musicians always very active on the club scene both in NY and Europe. At the same time she worked on her solo career performing at the famed “Kitchen” in Soho and playing with Rhys Chatham . In 1983 she hooked up with James Sclavunos ( Lydia Lunch, Sonic Youth, the Cramps and now with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds & Grinderman) to start a completely new chapter. She took a U-turn from the Electronic Euro-Beat and temporarily moved to Memphis to start Trigger & the Thrill Kings with Jim Duckworth (Gun Club) playing a very raunchy Blues, country rockabilly mix. Again they toured throughout Europe and the US and released various records. Towards the end of the 80's through the late 90's Truus took a hiatus from the Music business. In 1998 she married renowned artist Bosko and moved to Escondido, CA. Inspired by Bosko's love for Polynesian Pop and encouraged by him to share her creations with the world, she finally decided to release a brand new CD entitled Muzotica in 2000 with follow-up Rancho Exotica. Her last CD in the Exotica genre is "Ritualis" which came out early 2009 - all of these feature her own original compositions with a unique take on Exotica Music. 2010 brought about a collaboration with Bosko Hrnjak , documenting the rise and fall of the mesmerizing Salton Sea in Southern California; it combines dramatic photography by Bosko Hrnjak and her own unique sound. In October 2009 Truus & Bosko were at the legendary STEIM in Amsterdam for a 2 week residency. During that time they recorded a good portion of sound for their project. They released the CD “Salton Sink Vol. 1 - Salton Sea” in 2010. For more info please check www.saltonsink.com. In 2011 Truus' New CD “Dance with Me” (Truus Plus Instruments) was released on July 1. 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 ( Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds , Grinderman ) and Peter Mavrogeorgis ( Tav Falco's Pantherburns ). 2011 Also brought forth collaboration with - Dutch artist extraordinaire - Rik van Iersel . The brain child of " Beukorkest ", an assemblage of musicians from around the world to collaborate at a break speed tempo. She was part of a 22 piece orchestra, performing a number of shows of over 2 hours after only 3 rehearsals. It invited all to put their best improvisational foot forward, something Truus feels right at home with. Out of that grew an impromptu collaboration with Johnny Dowd (who was also part of Beukorkest). Truus joined him on a short tour of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands to perform as his trademark female vocalist that is part of his brilliant approach driven by strong lyrical prose with the humor of the absurd in an enticing mix of funk, soul, blues, rock , country and disco. Over the fall and winter months of 2011 / 12 Truus has started her next studio project, driven by Johnny Dowd's direction and production. It promises to be an adventure of Psychedelia in an Industrial Blues / Jazz haze with Truus' torching vocals. In progress now. At the same time she is collaborating with Solex on an album of Children's songs based on the unconventional outcome of fairy tales, where they make up their own endings to well and not well known stories. Intended for children, yet cool enough for all to be enjoyed. Currently in the final stages and looking for the right media output. Early spring 2012 found Truus in Europe for a brief tour of Plus Instruments with surprise guests as well as a number of Solo performances and a radio show based on her own life. Winter 2012, December brings Truus again to Europe for a tour with Plus Instruments featuring guest players Toon Bressers (NL) and Jimmy Virani (FR). Truus will also perform selected pieces from her Exotica repertoire on occasion. Travelling with new experimental synthesizers, there will be plenty of room for improvisation and always expect the unexpected! A brand new Album by Plus Instruments entitled “Trancesonics” is scheduled for release in June 2013. Expect, minimal, raw electronic sequenced / noise / dance with melodic vocals.

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