Robert van der Tol (Hilversum 1961) is a musician and composer based in Groningen, NL. Active since 1984, first in new-wave band Media, later in avant-folk band Gran Teatro Amaro, with whom he would tour all across Europe for many years and release five CD’s. From the late ’90’s on he’s mainly employed in theatre groups, such as Dogtroep, Noord Nederlands Toneel, Theater De Citadel, PeerGroup and recently Vis à Vis, besides many ad hoc projects.
His music covers genres ranging from pop and progressive rock, to jazz, folk, chanson and electronic, but is probably the most discerning in it’s harmonically quirky, cinematic quality. He tries to find a balance between acoustic and electronic, complexity and accessibility, emotion and control, force and relaxation, pastiche and originality, beauty and dissonance.
CV (in Dutch)