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Maite Larburu and Josh Cheatham are the only inhabitants in this neighbourhood. Larburu is Basque, and Cheatham is American, but they both live in Amsterdam. Their music studies took them to the Netherlands over a decade ago –Larburu is a violin player and Cheatham plays the viola da gamba and double bass–, and they went on to pursue their careers in numerous early music groups, baroque music orchestras and chamber music. Larburu has been a member of De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Anima Eterna, Capriccio Stravagante and the Holland Baroque Society. She can be seen with the Holland Baroque Society in the short film Zela Trovke by Asier Altuna and premièred at the most recent Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival; in it she performs an 11th century Slovakian song. Cheatham’s curriculum includes the Capriccio Stravagante Orchestra, the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, the Concerto Copenhagen, the Chanticleer for Teldec and many others.

The music heard in this neighbourhood is completely different. The two musicians have put their professional instruments on one side (although not completely) and are offering us a collection of songs based almost exclusively on Larburu’s convincing, approachable voice and Cheatham’s arpeggiated guitar sound. What we have here is popular singer-songwriter material that feeds off folk, blues, Brazilian music, jazz and traditional song. Larburu wrote the songs, and Cheatham set them to music using instruments far removed from those of western music, like the shakuhachi (the Japanese flute), the sarangi (a bowed instrument from India), or the shruti box (likewise of Indian origin).

Maite and Josh live in the same neighborhood in Amsterdam

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