born on September 19 ,1971, was raised in a home filled with classical music with her mother playing the piano. At young age Ellen took music-lessons from her mother on the piano, flute and guitar. When she was eight years old she practiced the pipe flute at her brother’s scouting. At that time she became fascinated by the transverse flute because of the famous Berdien Stenberg, who was playing at the nicest castles wearing beautiful dresses and lipstick, and James Galway. At the age of ten she started at the school of music playing flute and years later she studied classical music at the Schumann Academy. She loves to teach privately as well as at music associations and schools of music. Her teaching merely regards flute lessons, but also music theory and conducting various ensembles or student orchestra’s. For years she has been part of a musical duo performing various concerts. She also likes to cooperate on all kinds of projects, such as operetta, accompanying choir concerts, programs at elementary schools and she plays first flute at a symphonic orchestra. Being part of the solo album of Mark Bogert is however a complete new experience.
To be able to continue her profession at high standards, she takes lessons at a music teacher of the Conservatoire several times per year and also participates in masterclasses of e.g. Mia Dreese (with whom she graduated), Thies Roorda, Wil Offermans, Trevor Wye and Wieke Karsten. She also attends so-called teacher days as well a yearly study week abroad to keep up to date with teaching material and methods and to study music intensively.
Pieter van Hoorn
started playing the drums at the age of seven. He played in a lot of (cover)bands and attended master classes of Jim Chapin, Cesar Zuiderwijk and Gavin Harrison. Some press excerpts about his drumming/bands:
‘As ever Pieter van Hoorn (drums) hit home hard with his solid rock approach’ (Sea of Tranquility 2011)
‘Drums are of Portnoy-esque proportions’ (Fireworks Magazine UK 2010)
‘Het drumwerk van Pieter van Hoorn is meesterlijk kordaat’(Progwereld NL 2009)
‘Knight Area bewijst met haar 3e cd dat ze tot de top van het progaanbod behoort’(OOR NL 2009)
‘Het weergaloze drumspel van Pieter van Hoorn’ (Festivalinfo.nl NL 2009)
‘Ken Golden and the folks over at The Laser’s Edge have an uncanny knack of scanning the globe and snagging up the best new talent available in the progressive, hard rock world and Knight Area are no exception’ (Classic Rock Revisited USA 2009)
- Deadline (1984-2002)
- Empire (1988-1994)
- Shannon Lyon (2001)
- XtraLars (2004-present)
- Knight Area (2004-present)
- Nine Stones Close (2012-present)
- Trash Hombres (2012-present)
- Mark Bogert (2013-present)
- Deadline: Take Cover (live album, 1998)
- Deadline: 3 (2001)
- XtraLars: Ripp Off (2005)
- XtraLars: Punch In (2007)
- Knight Area: Under a New Sign (2007)
- Knight Area: Realm of Shadows (2009)
- Knight Area: Nine Paths (2011)
- Nine Stones Close: One Eye on the Sunrise (2012)
- Anton Roolaart: Gravity (2012)
- Knight Area: Between two Steps (EP, 2013)
- Mark Bogert: War of the Birds (2014)
born in 1949, adds a load of experience to “Mark Bogert” project. Already at young age occupied with making music, he achieved great successes with various bands. He obtained the degree “pop music teacher” at the Rotterdam Conservatoire and became music history and pop music teacher at the Fontys College in Tilburg. Peter is also producer/studio engineer and teaches bass guitar.
Peter’s musical career starts in 1960 with North Stars and continues in 1965 with Q65. Both bands achieve great success. Several songs, among them “The Life I Live”, remained in the charts for weeks. The band lead a restless life, but nevertheless sold out frequently.
As of 1969, Peter plays for three years with the formation Big Wheels, and manages to reach the charts also with this group. In 1974, Peter becomes one of the co-founders of Finch. Also this formation achieves successes, both with record sales and live concerts. Finch has a brief successor with Livin’ Blues. In 1982, Peter starts a new band with Mirjam van Doorn: The Boxx. The single “I Need A Love” becomes a big hit and band plays with Joe Cocker, Meatloaf and Vandenberg. After nearly 10 years, Peter commits himself to the tribute band The Renegades. The band doesn’t last long and with some other people he starts the band Veralin. With this band he releases one album, at which Arjan Lucassen plays the guitar parts. After having been briefly active with Omsk, Peter is asked to join Arjan Lucassen’s Star One as bass player. With this band he tours the whole of Europe, and Peter cooperates on a total of 5 albums by Ayreon and Star One. After a short period in Thin Lizzy Tribute Band (2005) and HDK (2007), Peter joins Knight Area in January 2013.
came in touch with the piano at the age of six. Initially classical music, followed by light music. In 2005 she was admitted to the Pop Academy of the Rotterdam Conservatoire. Wendy also got introduced to progrock which resulted in an expansion from piano to synths, hammond and rhodes. During her study at the Conservatoire she met Mark Bogert and joined the band Penny’s Twisted Flavour playing keys. Wendy also continued her masters at the Conservatoire focusing on composition and orchestration, especially for film music. After graduation she started her own company in music for media and she teaches the piano. When the period with Penny’s Twisted Flavour ended, Mark asked Wendy to participate in his solo project, which did not need a lot of contemplation!
Ramon van Laatum
listens to rock and guitar music since his freshman year. At the age of fourteen Ramon attended his first rock concert. He was very impressed with the power of the guitar and decided to get into guitar playing. As his uncle had an unused guitar and amplifier Ramon was able to borrow these for a while. At that time Mark Bogert was his neighbor and was already deeply into the guitar, so Ramon asked Mark for some lessons. Of course this was not a problem and Mark was just enthusiastic about this. Although he started out to play left handed (due to his uncle’s guitar) and this felt very comfortable to him at the time, Mark taught him to play right handed, especially as most guitars are build that way. Today Ramon is still very glad to have followed up Mark’s advice and he is not even able to play left-handed anymore, haha!
His first experiences with bands were at high school, also playing in the school’s musical. There he started to build his network to also play in other bands outside of school. During the following years he founded several rock/metal bands, performed often and gained experience. Ramon states it is extremely cool to join the stage with Mark Bogert. He could have never imagined this during his first lessons.
Currently Ramon participates in:
Pene Corrida – A Pop to metal cover/entertainment band
Ego.Riser – A Rock/Post Hardcore band
Mark Bogert band – A story in parts