Susanna Borsch is one of the few instrumentalists able to interpret both contemporary and early music with complete ease. She studied at the Amsterdam Conservatorium with Walter van Hauwe. Her solo CDs “off-limits” (2006) and “Susie, tell me a Story!” (2014) feature many new works for recorder and live-electronics written especially for her. Her other ensembles include Mezzaluna (Renaissance polyphony in recorders); the band Hexnut; ELECTRA (all-female modern music ensemble); BRISK and Flautando Köln (Recorder Quartets). Dapper’s Delight provides Susanna with the space to explore improvisation, and a freer approach to performing, in a repertoire full of beautiful melodies and invigorating dances.
Since April 2014 she teaches at the Trossingen University of Music in Germany.
A musical instrument maker by calling, Adrian Brown has conducted extensive research into the history of the recorder, measuring many original instruments, making reconstructions and has written several organological studies. He has played the anglo concertina since his teenage years and teaches the instrument both privately and at the annual German Concertina Meeting.
The name “Dapper’s Delight” is a reference to the Dutch humanist and armchair explorer Olfert Dapper (ca. 1635 – 1689) who despite never having travelled outside Holland published several geographical tomes, amongst which Description of Africa (1668) is still a key text for Africanists. A famous Amsterdam street market is named after him and it was here that the duo first performed in 2009.
Mike Harding Show, Radio 2 (UK)
“Well, that was a sweet bit of playing there, I hope that has put a little spring in your step, that was Dapper’s Delight…” © Mike Harding