artist, vocalist, composer
In the land of Dutch jazz vocalists, Henk Kraaijeveld occupies a unique place somewhere between the known and the unknown. He is one of the rare male vocalists that seek musical adventure, bringing compelling music together with poetic lyrics and surprising improvisations. The award-winning singer disarms his audience with his warm voice and natural playfulness on stage. For Henk, the narrative character of music is essential because of its ability to connect people with themselves and the world around them. “I am fascinated by our human need to be able to be vulnerable and to be loved as authentic beings with all our potential and flaws. I see this reflected in many (current) social developments. I always try to relate to that in my music and lyrics.” Among Henk’s influences are Sufi poet Rumi, Avishai Cohen, Sting, Esperanza Spalding & Bobby McFerrin.
The singer scored highly with his debut album Passengers in 2018 and received critical praise for his newly released 2nd album Patches of Sky. The Henk Kraaijeveld Quintet played at a.o. the Amsterdam BIMhuis, TivoliVredenburg (NL), Germany, China, Taichung Jazz Festival Taiwan, Malaysia and South-Korea.
- I’m here to expand my network, make connections with fellow musicians and key people in the jazzscene. Enjoy music, share my own and look for future collaborations and work opportunities.