Personal profiles

Meet the musicians

The Alvenrad core:

Jasper Strik (keys, vocals)
Mark Kwint (vocals, guitar)

Live and/or studio session:

Ingmar Regeling (drums)
Arjan Hoekstra (bass)
Thijs Kwint (bass)
Koen de Graaf (vocals)
Hanna van de Wijs- van Gorcum (vocals)
Erik Sprooten (guitar)

 

Mark Kwint

(vox, strings, composition, lyrics)

Mark Kwint - AlvenradBorn: 22 september 1985
From: Apeldoorn, Veluwe
Personal: in a relationship, father of a son, social worker, Freemason, psychonaut
Perspective: heathen / humanist
Instrument: vocals, guitar

Born in the heart of the Veluwe Mark Kwint grew up as a nature-loving spirit. His musical ear developed by listening to symphonic rock and classical music through his father’s stereo since his earliest youth. He discovered heavy metal through Metallica and Iron Maiden around the turn of the century. Socializing in the metal world by visiting concerts and festivals, Mark felt a need to contribute to the scene in his teens. With great interest he saw the rise of folk metal in Scandinavia and Germany, because it seemed a comfortable place for the nature-loving metalhead. Inspired by the wave of folk metal he expressed his love for nature, his origin and his mother tongue by writing new music. His lyrics include both Neo-romantic poetry and Germanic verse.

Gear:

  • Electric guitar: Gibson SG, 2010
  • Classical guitar: Juan Hernández, profesor
  • Western guitar: Fender Gemini II
  • Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
  • Marshall 1960A 4 x 12″ cabinet
  • Wampler Triple Wreck pedal
  • MI Audio Crunch Box pedal
  • MXR M133 Micro Amp boost
  • Dunlop Crybaby GCB95 wah
  • Ebow
  • Dunlop Nylon Jazz I plectra
  • Ernie Ball Regular Slinky strings

 

Jasper Strik

(keys, vox, composition, production)

Jasper Strik - AlvenradBorn: 30 March 1987
From: Lørenskog, Norway
Personal: engaged, father of a daughter, web designer
Instrument: keyboards (Hammond, piano, Mellotron), vocals

Although he was born in Norway, Jasper Strik has a Dutch pedigree. Landing on the Veluwe in 1991, he harbours love for both the Dutch woodland and Scandinavian landscapes. Since he started learning to play the piano at the age of 8, he tried various keyboard instruments. Jasper started composing halfway through his teens, around the same time he discovered symphonic metalbands like Nightwish and Amorphis. Some years later he worked his way back through musical history towards the classic rock and prog from the 70’s with all the keyboard riches they hold, especially loving the warm sounds of the Hammond organ and Mellotron. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2009, focusing his course on composition and music production. As a musician, Jasper has particular attention for arranging and music production. Also, he loves his coffee and dark beers.

Gear:

  • Clavia Nord Electro 5D 61
  • Korg SP-250 stage piano
  • Lizard Breath Stereo Transistor Boost pedal
  • Yamaha FC7 expression pedal
  • Roland DP-2 sustain pedal
  • König & Meyer Spider Pro keyboard stand