''Mooie middenweg tussen klassieke kamermuziek en sfeervolle pop (...) Spannend en gedurfd.''
- Nederlands Dagblad
''Merel is op weg één van de tofste componisten van het land te worden.''
- Marzio Scholten (Opera Alaska, IDENTIKIT)
photo by Juan Carlos Villarroel
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we were the moon
photo by Juan Carlos Villaroel
Eskina is a one of a kind instrumental band led by guitarist Merel van Hoek from The Hague. In 2018 they reached the quarter finals of De Grote Prijs van Nederland where they wowed the audience and jury with their heart felt and soulful aesthetic fusing pop and neo-classical genres.
The hauntingly delicate symphonic compositions and the singular instrumentation conjure soundscapes evoking influences ranging from minimalist Philip Glass to British alt rock titans Radiohead. Songs that transport you to worlds of shaded forests and intimate evening firesides.
Their first single ‘At the End of The Sea’ was released in 2017 by the renowned American record label Candyrat Records. Eskina explores the crossover from classical to pop by mixing chamber strings and guitar with evocative electronics. This signature combination became the foundation of their upcoming album: ‘We Were the Moon’, a collaboration with guest artist Maarten Vos and releasing with Challenge Records October 2021.
Merel van Hoek (guitar/compositions) Kellen McDaniel (viola)
Berber Heerema (violoncello)
Joop de Graaf (bass)
Mischa Porte (drums)
photo by Parcifal Werkman
+31 6 43 90 73 43
© 2021 by Merel van Hoek