Born and raised in Germany, he grew up right next to the famous „Leverkusener Jazztage“, a festival that gave him the chance to see great players and a wide variety of music during his teenage years. He practically lived in the local music school and at one point played in two big bands, several combos and a symphonic orchestra where he commanded five timpanies (the tuning of which had to be changed while playing! :-).
After high school he moved to Arnhem (the Netherlands) to study music and still lives there today.
He was named „Most Promising Student“ at the Arnhem Conservatory in 2001 and won the „Dutch Jazz Competition“ in 2005, including the „Best Soloist Prize“, with his band „Robinson, Freitag & Caruso“.
Ever since he discovered Jazz at the age of 15 he has cherished and caressed his musical love. Back then he didn’t understand the music, but felt that it was great. He’s found more and better ways to express his musicality, but still doesn’t know what it all means. :-)
Yonga is more of a powerful percussive colorist than a drummer in the traditional sense. To him music is like a beautifully flowing river. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow, never the same, yet always clear. Communication and interaction are key elements in his approach, relying on daring and trust between the musicians. He utilizes an extreme dynamic range on his quest to combine simplicity and virtuosity.
To him a song can be different with every rendition. That’s why you don’t want him playing in a cover band…
He also likes acting and hopes to do more of that in the future.
You can find more of his bands on last.fm:
Veenendaal/Kneer/Sun - www.lastfm.de/music/Veenendaal+Kneer+Sun
Robinson, Freitag & Caruso - www.lastfm.de/music/Yonga+Sun
Lavalu - www.lastfm.de/music/Lavalu
Talking Cows - www.lastfm.de/music/Talking+Cows
You can visit his website with an up-to-date weblog at www.yonga.info.
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