Bees and Us are Menno Baas, Chris Petter & Arno Van Nieuwenhuize.
For over 30 years Chris and Menno make music together. We started doing jam sessions, got into tape recorders very soon, you know reel to reel, with ping pong technique. After 4 instruments there was nothing left of the first recording. But it was a lot of fun. We started several bands in those days, but never succeeded to keep the good guys together. So when the real recording equipment started to be available for normal people like us, and drummachines and stuff got on the market, we took our chance and build our own studio.
The word spread around, so all our friends ended up in our studio doing their recordings for their albums. Every now and then we could find the time to do some recordings for ourselves. We did some work for TV stations, but in all there was not much left of our own music.
In the 90’s we both totally drifted off, Chris started rebuilding Italian classic sportscars, and I started a shop with Italian delicatesse.
But to cut a long story short, we are still playing and doing recordings, we decided that by now it is time we finish of an album and put it into the world.
Recently Arno van Nieuwenhuize, famous drummer, joined the band: his skills and achievements are tremendous:
Studied at the conservatory in Rotterdam
Played in well known pop groups during the eighties ( Daniel Sahuleka Margriet Eshuijs, Fay Lovsky)
Since 1984 he was drummer in the dutch Metropole Orchestra till 2013.
With them he played and recorded with a lot of international artists like
Herbie Hancock, George Duke ,Gino Vanelli, Todd Rundgren, Jimmy Tenor,
Asha Bosle, Cheb Khaled, Cliff Richard, Brian Eno, Steve Vai, Bono, Patrick Breul, Natascha Atlas, Sertab Erener, Sezen Aksu, Nguyên Lê, Gary Lucas, Terry Bozzio, Jim McNeally and a lot’s of others.
In the nineties he made all the music for a well know dutch televisionPROGRAM called Jules Unlimited
Is now working international with Fairouz and Ziad Rahbanni ( Lebanon ) and in Holland with a lot of different artists like Phaedra Kwant Thijs Borsten Stormvogel Eef Albers Koos Wiltenburg and still doingfreelance work in studio and on stage
The name BeesandUs is based on the thought that mankind is destroying his own world: Einstein already stated that when bees are extinguished, mankind would vanish from theplanet as well……
Arno Van Nieuwenhuize