Gideon van Gelder
Hailed as ‘a promising pianist/composer with fertile ideas' with a debut album that is
'both thoughtful and thought-provoking' (Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz), Gideon van
Gelder has established himself as a fresh voice praised by peers and critics alike for
his evocative playing and innovative writing. His music draws on a wide range of
influences, from Brazilian and classical music to the innovations of the avant-garde
surrounding him in New York. The result is a sound that is intricate yet lyrical.
Gideon recorded his debut as a leader in 2010. The record, 'Perpetual', was released
on Kindred Spirits Records and P-Vine in Japan and garnered widespread
international acclaim including BBC 1 Radio, album of the week on France's FIP radio
and Japan's LOUD magazine's Album of the month.
His sophomore album 'Lighthouse', featuring Becca Stevens, Jamire Wiliiams, Rick
Rosato and Lucas Pino was released in September 2014.
Jeangu Macrooy was born and raised in the tropical warmth of Paramaribo. At the age of thirteen, his parents bought him his first guitar. From that moment on, music would always form an essential part of his identity. Two years later Jeangu and his twin brother Xillan started writing their own music. Over the years, 'Between Towers' - as the brothers would name their duo - released several singles on Surinamese radio and garnered considerable national success.
After two years of studying at the Conservatory of Suriname, Jeangu decided to continue his musical career at the other side of the ocean. In 2014 he left all that he loved behind, and embarked on a new musical journey in the Netherlands. It was at the end of his first year of studying at the ArtEZ Pop academy that Jeangu met producer Perquisite. Over the summer of 2015 they started working together in the studio, exploring what the fusion of their creativity could bring forth.
Before the release of his debut EP 'Brave Enough', his music was already played by 3FM, and Agents After All embarked as his booking agent. 'Brave Enough', that builds around Jeangu's unique voice and message, will be released on April 7th 2016. Accompanied by an electrifyingly fresh production, his highly personal music is sure to leave its emotional mark on anyone who will hear it.
The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble
Guitarist and composer Reinier Baas (1985, Hilversum, The Netherlands) is one of the leading young figures in the Dutch jazz scene today.
An active bandleader, he has been in charge of ‘The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble’ since 2010. The quintet features alto saxophonists Ben van Gelder and Maarten Hogenhuis, as well as drummer Mark Schilders and bassist Sean Fasciani, and is deemed ‘the hippest and most exciting jazzband of the Netherlands’ (VOLKSKRANT). Their irreverent nature, slightly disturbing visual language involving goats and shower scenes and their unique brand of ‘mostly improvised instrumental indie music’ earned them the prestigious Edison Award in 2013. According to their press kit, ‘the quintet seeks to unify indie, contemporary classical and improvised music, without boring its audience to death in the process. Their influences range from Brahms to Coltrane and Kendrick Lamar to the Arctic Monkeys and their compositions from the intricate and sophisticated to the downright danceable.’
Baas’ latest project ‘Smooth Jazz Apocalypse’ further proves the Amsterdam native’s knack for titles. Smooth Jazz Apocalypse is the extended version of the quintet, featuring pianist Harmen Fraanje and bass clarinetist Joris Roelofs. The record ‘Smooth Jazz Apocalypse’, Reinier Baas’ third, was released on Mainland Records on April 5th 2014. Apart from the septet, it features classical pianist Helena Basilova in a piece for solo piano.
“The new group of Reinier Baas is a true revelation.” - JAZZENZO
“Apart from the hideous cover art, there is nothing to dislike about Smooth Jazz Apocalypse.” - JAZZISM *****
Reinier Baas graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2010 with a 10/10, spending part of his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Since, he has performed at venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, 12 points Festival, Lowlands, Bimhuis, Concertgebouw and many more. As a soloist, he has performed with the Metropole Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. As a side man, he has played with amongst others Gregory Porter, Chris Speed, Benjamin Herman, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Ben van Gelder quintet, Hans Teeuwen and Jesse van Ruller. He is a member of the New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, and a teacher at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Tin Men and The Telephone
This Dutch trio is one of the most unconventional newcomers in the world of jazz. Pianist Tony Roe, bass player Pat Cleaver and drummer Bobby Petrov have dubbed themselves a “demolition team masquerading as a jazz piano trio.” From classical music and jazz to hip-hop and Balkan rhythms, from everyday-sounds to animal noises, the ensemble’s unique compositions break away from tradition and transcend known boundaries of jazz. Using projections and multimedia elements in its performance, it engages the audience in novel audio-visual experiences and makes them co-create the concert. Which is why audiences are asked to bring their smart phones!
The Tin Men trio is a dynamic affair, drawing on the harmonic depth of contemporary classical music and modern jazz as much as the visceral rhythms of hip-hop and Balkan music. TM&T provide a multimedia performance that comments on modern society and the role of modern media, always with the tongue firmly in the cheek, sacrificing neither intelligence nor wit to make their creatively cogent point. They have performed at major festivals and venues in the Netherlands and abroad, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Jazzahead, BMW Welt Jazz Awards Finals, Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Ottowa Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Moods, Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria, Dokkhuset, Amman Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Tremplin Jazz d'Avignon, Unterfahrt, Jazztage Dortmund Domicil, Alte Feuerwache Mannheim, Konstanzer Jazzherbst, Jazzmeile Thüringen, De Werf, Oerol, de Parade, Bimhuis, Muziekgebouw aan t IJ, Vortex, B-flat, Paradiso, and many many more.
Using projections and other multi-media elements, TMT involves the audience in its performance. Visitors can co-create the concert by using Tinmendo, Tin Men’s live stage remote – downloadable as app for iOS and Android smart phones. The audience can interact with the musicians on stage in various ways pushing back the boundaries of improvised music. For instance, they can shake their phones to participate in a camel race, they can vote for which solo should be played next, they can control the lights, chat with the musicians on stage in a special designed chat room or even musically interact by creating rhythms and melodies. The result is a spectacular interactive show in which the musicians instantly improvise with the material that the audience provides.
Gallowstreet will release its debutalbum “Battleplan” mid 2016. After making their debut on street parades and local neighbourhood festivals, Amsterdam’s Gallowstreet quickly emerged as a might, weighty, swinging festival machine that earned it spurs by jolting crowds everywhere. Since its inception Gallowstreet has played at all the top festivals in the Netherlands and is now ready for its first steps abroad.
Their debut album “Battleplan” perfectly encapsulates the sound of the magnificent brass-clad group to date. It’s daunting percussion and scalding rhythms topped with a lot of explosive, brawny riffs and themes from the large horns section make for an album that boasts sounds you’ve never heard before from a brass band. Seasoned by a lot of festivals and parties Gallowstreet have sought to bring the vibe they help create at their events to this record. Though the group might be labelled as a brass band, they decidedly work on carving out their own niche within the genre. Gallowstreet takes its cues largely from hip-hop, disco and house, but also films scores like those made by Ennio Morricone. At Pitch Festival 2013 Gallowstreet added TNGHT’s Higher Ground to the setlist, which quickly became a phenomena. Fan video’s circled on the internet and even Hudson Mohawke gave the group accolades on its performance.
Though the vibrant Amsterdam nightlife is still a good source of inspiration, Gallowstreet has been searching through their own vinyl catalogue in order to find new sounds for their debut album. This has resulted in an interesting mix of hard-hitting anthems, tropical grooves and scalding bangers. The process of recording new material straight out of the practice room without scoring worked wonders in retaining an organic feel in their compositions. Writing the material with a group of twelve members hasn’t exactly been easy but nonetheless Gallowstreet has found its way in doing just that. Arranging the newfound themes for this large of a group gave a new depth and dynamic intensity to the new tracks. All of the tracks were recorded by Simon Akkermans & Pieter Vonk of Epic RainbowUnicornStudios. Through the ingenious use of tape delays and space echo’s they helped layer the record to create more dynamic tension and to help it “breathe”.
Jungle by Night
Jungle by Night has turned many dance floors into boiler rooms: from Istanbul to Tokyo and from Paris to the isle of Vlieland, nobody can withstand their afro beats, ethiobreaks, Turkish psych and spicy cumbia.
Their latest album The Traveller sets its journey further through the jungle, taking it deeper and deeper into an unknown world. Carefree dancing to their signature sound is not something left in the past, but now there’s more going on. Jungle by Night’s saxophonist Pieter: “we really wanted to outdo ourselves and we hope that our audience is pleasantly surprised us reinventing ourselves.” The sound is new, exotic, even rough at times. Your ears have more time to explore the different layers in the music. The Traveller makes the mystery of the jungle even greater.
Kapok is a young and unusual trio. The band combines elements from very different genres and traditions: the energy and compact form of pop and funk; the grooves and percussion of roots music; the interaction and abstract sounds of free improvisation; and the phrasing and harmonies of jazz. Even their line up is unusual – there is no bass, the drum kit is one of a kind, and the melody instrument is the French horn.
Using all these elements, Kapok creates music that is new and recognisable at the same time, and keeps pulling the rug out from under the listener’s feet. Music that can be tight, energetic and controlled, only to veer suddenly into abstract free improvisation.
Their albums Flatlands (2012), Kapok (2014) and Glass to Sand (2015) were widely praised by the Dutch press. In 2013 they won the Dutch Jazz Competition and the European Jazz Competition and in 2014 the prestigious Edison Award.
In 2015 the band released its third album Glass to Sand, followed by an international tour.
Morris Kliphuis – horn, cornet
Timon Koomen – guitar
Remco Menting – drums, percussion
BRUUT! swings hard. It balances the colourful with the unpolished, and the danceable with the listenable. To the surrealism of Quentin Tarantino films, second-hand records and old Westerns.
Internationally the band keeps expanding its territories with shows in Japan, Poland, Burkina Faso, Germany, England, South-Africa, Spain, Surinam, Turkey and Belgium and the band killed it at festivals like Tokyo Jazz, Glimps, National Arts, Istanbul Jazz, North Sea Jazz and Eurosonic/Noorderslag.
In 2012 BRUUT! released its self-titled debut album, followed by the well received ‘FIRE’ in 2013. With ‘Mad Pack’ (2015) BRUUT! proved that it’s one of the most creative and refreshing bands in
its genre at this moment.
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