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Moniek de Leeuw : Sea Roots Review

Moniek de Leeuw : Sea Roots Review

Moniek-de-Leeuw-cdMoniek de Leeuw is a violinist, pianist and composer. She has been playing music since she was a child and has always loved sharing her gift of music with people to make them happy. Moniek has traveled the last seven years to more than twenty countries, exploring traditional music and sharing her music by performing and playing with local musicians. She loves to share her biggest passion with the world and inspire people to follow their dreams! In January, Moniek released her full-length album titled, Sea Roots. The album contains fourteen compositions Moniek composed during her musical journey between 2013 and 2019. The music reflects influences from the Balkans, Louisiana, India, and Israel.

“I Got Love” opens the album with an Irish inspired fiddle melody. The melody is taken through multiple developments, the second of which, one can hear the influence of Israel and the far East. Moniek’s violin playing is full of life and passion. The composition has a form that keeps the music flowing through multiple textures and densities. The acoustic bass adds to the rich sonority. The violin and accordion solos are melodic and follow the melody and character of the theme. Moniek’s gift is shining on this one.

“Arabique Mojo” has an obvious Eastern influence. The percussion and acoustic bass provide the support as the violins take the beautiful melody through the form. The stops in the melody add a sense of drama and excitement. The multiple violin lines harmonize to create an exotic sound that is enticing. Moniek’s solo is mysterious and full of Eastern micro-tones and phrasing, she displays a true understanding and command of her instrument. A pizzicato bass solo brings in even more exotic sounds. Moniek’s playing is truly a celebration of the joy of making music.

Moniek de Leeuw’s  mastery is ever present in every note she plays; her sensitivity and prowess are effervescent, and Sea Roots is a passionate and reflective journey of Leeuw’s commitment to excellence.


Moniek de Leeuw: Website

Artist Name

Moniek de Leeuw

Album Title

Sea Roots

Release Date

August 1, 2019



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