Anneke van Giersbergen

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For the band also known as Agua de Annique, see Anneke van Giersbergen (band).
Anneke van Giersbergen
Anneke van Giersbergen May 2014.jpg
Giersbergen in Santiago, Chile, May 2014
Background information
Birth name Anna Maria van Giersbergen
Born (1973-03-08) 8 March 1973 (age 43)
Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands
Occupation(s) Vocalist, Singer-Songwriter, vocal coach[1][2]
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboard
Years active 1994 to present
Associated acts Anneke van Giersbergen, The Gentle Storm, The Gathering, Globus, Agua de Annique, Devin Townsend Project, Kari Rueslåtten, Liv Kristine, Anathema, Daniel Cavanagh
Website AnnekevanGiersbergen.com

Anna Maria van Giersbergen[3] (born March 8, 1973, Sint Michielsgestel), known artistically as Anneke van Giersbergen, is a Dutch singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist who became known worldwide as the lead singer and songwriter for the Dutch progressive/alternative rock band, The Gathering, between 1995 and 2007. Currently she has a solo career. The project was originally called Agua de Annique, but now goes by her own name.

A frequent collaborator of Arjen Anthony Lucassen, she portrayed main characters in the albums Into the Electric Castle, 01011001 and The Theater Equation by his project Ayreon. In 2014 they created a new band together, The Gentle Storm, with a first album titled The Diary released in 2015.

Van Giersbergen has also worked with Devin Townsend, Within Temptation, Anathema, Lawn, Farmer Boys, Napalm Death, Moonspell, Novembers Doom, Globus, Giant Squid, and many other artists and projects.

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Van Giersbergen was born in the small city of Sint Michielsgestel, Netherlands. She began singing at age 7, when she participated in a music contest. At 12 years old she participated in her school choir where she studied and toured through France. Later she began taking singing lessons and joined her first band. After this first experience, Van Giersbergen joined several bands. In 1992, she founded the duo "Bad Breath" with guitarist and singer Deniz Cagdas (Spencer Edgards), with predominantly rhythms like blues, jazz, folk and funk.[4][5] She joined The Gathering in 1994, and she is most notable for her work with them.

The Gathering and several collaborations (1995-2006)[edit]

In 1998, she sang on the Ayreon album Into the Electric Castle, a concept album telling the tale of an alien entity 'kidnapping' eight human souls from different times. Van Giersbergen portrayed an Egyptian woman from the time of the pharaohs.

In 2006, she appeared on the album 2006 Rubicon from Asia band members' John Wetton and Geoffrey Downes on the tracks "To Catch a Thief" and "Tears of Joy". She also appears on the Smear Campaign by the grindcore-death metal band Napalm Death, on the tracks "Weltschmerz" and "In Deference", contributing spoken rather than sung vocals "for good effect and relevance to the track".[6]

In June 2006, the epic rock band Globus released the album Epicon, which included Van Giersbergen's vocal and writing contributions. Van Giersbergen co-wrote the lyrics for "Mighty Rivers Run", and sang lead vocal on the track as well as dueting with Christine Navarro on the seminal "Diem Ex Dei".

The Gathering departure, Agua de Annique and further collaborations (2007-2011)[edit]

On 5 June 2007 it was announced that Van Giersbergen would be leaving The Gathering in August 2007 to focus on a new project, Agua de Annique,[7] and spend more time with her family. On 24 November 2007 she performed the song "Somewhere" with Within Temptation in Eindhoven.[8] On 7 February 2008 she performed the song "Somewhere" again with Within Temptation at the Ahoy arena in Rotterdam, and it was featured in the Within Temptation live DVD Black Symphony.

Van Giersbergen also sings on the Ayreon album 01011001, released in early 2008. The character she portrays is one of the Forever, an alien being of the same race, who kidnapped her character from Into the Electric Castle.

She sings on "Scorpion Flower" from the album Night Eternal (2008) from Moonspell. On 3 December 2008, she performed this song live with Moonspell in the 013, Tilburg.

Anneke van Giersbergen and Devin Townsend, live at The Retinal Circus 2012, Roundhouse, London.

Van Giersbergen collaborated with Devin Townsend on his albums Addicted in 2009, Epicloud in 2012 and Sky Blue in 2014 and sang on most songs in them.[9][10] She also appeared as guest vocalist on several Devin Townsend Project live shows including the second show in the By a Thread concert series in 2011 and The Retinal Circus in 2012, both of which were released as DVD.

She appeared as a guest vocalist on the debut album of The Human Experimente, a project, which also features Robert Fripp of King Crimson, John Wetton of Asia and King Crimson, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, Adrian Belew, U-G-O with Sean Kingston, and Dann Pursey of Globus and Vantan.[11]

In 2011, Van Giersbergen collaborated with Yoav Goren on the song "The Promise", the lead track on Globus second album Break From This World. She co-wrote lyrics as well as being a featured vocalist along with Lisbeth Scott on the track. She performed the track "What Could Have Been" for Death/doom metal band Novembers Doom.[12] Van Giersbergen also features on a track in the orchestral re-interpretations album from English progressive rock band Anathema, Falling Deeper, released on 5 September 2011. She has been touring with the band in South America singing the song "Everwake".

Solo career and The Gentle Storm (2012-present)[edit]

She has released a new album, Everything Is Changing, in January 2012 through the Dutch division of PIAS Recordings and under her own name.[13]

On 22 April 2014, Arjen Anthony Lucassen revealed that his next project would be a collaboration with Van Giersbergen, their third work together after the Ayreon albums Into the Electric Castle and 01011001. He described it as "an epic double concept album, a combination of ‘classical meets metal’ and ‘acoustic folk’." [14] The project is named The Gentle Storm, with their first album released in 2015.

Later in 2015, Van Giersbergen collaborated once again with Lucassen, portraying the character of Fear in the musical The Theater Equation, consisting of a three shows of a live version of the Ayreon album The Human Equation.

Musical roots and influences[edit]

Anneke van Giersbergen and Danny Cavanagh, 2010

Van Giersbergen's musical roots are in classical and jazz music, but she enjoys rock and pop the most. Her main influences are Prince, Ella Fitzgerald and Thom Yorke (Radiohead).[citation needed]

Personal[edit]

On 20 February 2005 she gave birth to a son named Finn, whom she had with her husband Rob Snijders.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Study programme - Conservatorium van Amsterdam - AHK". Ahk.nl. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "DOU 30/04/2010 - Pg. 152 - Seção 1 - Diário Oficial da União - Diários JusBrasil". JusBrasil. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Som13 Músicas. "Biografia - Anneke Van Giersbergen". Som13 Músicas. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  5. ^ [2] Archived October 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ [3][dead link]
  7. ^ "Former The Gathering Singer Launches Agua De Annique - Blabbermouth.net". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Within Temptation Films Eindhoven Concert For Upcoming Dvd; Video Available". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "HEVYDEVY FORUMS Login". Hevydevyforums.com. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "HEVYDEVY FORUMS Login". Hevydevyforums.com. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Human Experimente". Thehumanexperimente.com. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Novembers Doom - What Could Have Been". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  13. ^ "Everything Is Changing". Discogs. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ayreon - Timeline Photos". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Martine van Loon
Vocalist for The Gathering
1994–2007
Succeeded by
Silje Wergeland
New title Vocalist for Agua de Annique
since 2007
Incumbent