Pim Kops - leadguitar, accordeon, keyboards
Arwen Linnemann - upright bass
Henk Hofstede (Nits) meets Leonard Cohen in a TV-studio in Brussels in 1988. They have dinner together at the cafeteria of the station. Cohen tells Henk about an upcoming world tour and how he doesn’t have a band. And he asks whether the Nits would be willing to go out on tour as his band…. Unfortunately the Nits are on their own extended tour after the success of their album In The Dutch Mountains, a tour which leads through Europe and on to Canada, New York and even Moscow. Henk has to refuse the golden offer. Years later he still wakes up at night as he was dreaming of that world tour they didn’t play.
After the release of their first album LEONARD COHEN SONGS in 2007 the Avalanche Quartet has done concerts in the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Belgium for a growing audience that loves ther exquisite versions of thes beautiful songs. The second album RAINY NIGHT HOUSE has been released in 2013. It contains a mix of studio-tracks and live-recordings.
In 2018, after a well received French tour, they performed at the festival Le Printemps de Bourges in the cathedral Saint -Etienne with Orchestre Orage and guestsingers.