Who’s Roel?

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My name is Roelant Hollander. I was born in The Netherlands, do live in the Netherlands at present time, but have resided 20 years in Varna, Bulgaria, a country that became my “secondary motherland”.

I am a former (until 2017) musician/performing artist, saxophonist (but have “fiddled around” a little with piano, guitar, drums, flute, clarinet, EWI, percussion and violin as well in the past). I am a composer/producer, sound engineer and freelance designer and hobby-blogger of course! If you like to know more about my music, then do visit my artist page.

I’m not a scientist of “expert” in any field, as I clearly stated in the disclaimer of my blog. I did study a few years at the conservatoire (music academy) in Zwolle, The Netherlands, but never finished it, nor did i finish any other higher education or academic study. I guess you could label me a “self-made-man“.

I love music, visual arts (photography, design, drawing/painting), culture, history, philosophy and science … more then enough things to blog about. 

Roel

ABOUT MY NAME ROELANT HOLLANDER

Roelant [roo-lahnt] is the Dutch version of the French name Roland (pronounced in English as: roh-luh nd / rəʊlənd)from the Old High German Hrodland (a variation on Hrodnand) is generally interpreted as hrod = “fame” or “honor”  and land or nand = “daring”.

In Cyrillic my name is as written and pronounced as: Рулант

A “Hollander” is someone from the province of North or South Holland in The Netherlands. The name “Holland” first appeared in sources for the region around Haarlem (in North Holland), and by 1064 was being used as the name of the entire county (The Netherlands). Holland is derived from the Old Dutch word “holtlant” meaning: “wood-land“. This spelling variation remained in use until around the 14th century, at which time the name stabilized as Holland (alternative spellings at the time were Hollant and Hollandt).