For this series of bloggy interviews, I’ve shared questions with young artists and musicians living in New York. This time: trumpeter and composer Nadje Noordhuis. I’ve met her through my friend and former neighbor Leala Cyr and I’m excited that she … Continue reading
For this series of bloggy interviews I’ve shared questions with young artists and musicians living in New York. This time: vocalist and composer Song Yi Jeon. I’ve met her first while studying at Berklee College of music when we were … Continue reading
Let me tell you a little bit about my collaboration with Robin Koerts. You might have seen some clips or pics on the internet of us performing at various shows, but it’s pretty hard to get what we actually do … Continue reading
Coming back from Zutphen to New York felt a bit like coming home. But no time to sit down and relax, because we had another ChocoJazz show coming up! Since this year is the year of De Stijl – the art … Continue reading
Rockwood Sunday afternoon March 19th ’17 Vadim Neselovskyi and I had an amazing gig in Rockwood, and we did a live stream via Facebook. Watch it here! The next one in Rockwood is April 16th, 3pm… see you there?
So we wanted to look like a very unconventional chef and singer…. so we turned ourselves into Rockstars! With the fantastic make-up skills by Anja Mendillo and the view and photographic eye of Trudy Giordano we made this glam pictures! … Continue reading
September 2016 this amazing young Dutch photographer came to visit New York for her new project; Streetnotes. A travel website where she interviews and films musicians in their favorite spot in New York. She contacted me and we met up … Continue reading
Ok, a little update for now. After graduating in Berklee I had a long break – almost 3 months – in the Netherlands. It was so great to be back and see my family and friends and have some quiet … Continue reading
There comes a point that I really need to go to NYC. Sometimes that city will mix you up and you’ll always get some new inspiration. I wanted to see my friend Joanne, and guitarist Joe Cohn, and my Parisian friend Felix Lemerle (who will study guitar on a Fulbright in NYC next year!)
Also there were some Dutch people in the City I would try to meet, Hans Mantel, Mirjan van Leijenhorst and Ahmet Polat. They were on a trip for Jazz festival Delft to meet some people for their project “ the jazz dream“ connecting renowned artists with young talents. (http://www.thejazzdream.nl)
The plan was to stay with Joanne, but I hadn’t clearly communicated my stay, so on saturday afternoon I needed to find a place to sleep, but, its NYC, anything could happen. I went to have a coffee with Sajda, a friend that studies art philosophy in NYC, then went to the after diner hang with the Dutch jazz – peeps and Mirjan told me (thank the lord!!) that she had a hotel room with two beds, and I could just stay there 🙂 …
I went to the concert of Joe Cohn in a sushi place where I met Felix and after hanging with Joe for a bit I went with Felix to another jazz – restaurant where we sat in, singing a bit.
The next morning it was really nice to have breakfast in the hotel with Hans Mantel and catch up a bit. Then I talked for a while with a art journalist from the Gardian (UK) which was really interesting. I went to see Joe Cohn’s concert in Brooklyn and had an amazing diner in that place. That evening I would stay at Joe’s place so we went to his house to drop off my bag and make some music. Joanne was performing in this acrobat show in Brooklyn and it happened to be a really cool show, people juggling, trapeze, aerial hammock, aerial straps, Chinese pole and fire eating … wow.. .that was really something else!
Here some pictures 🙂
November 2013 I played my first gig in NYC, in the metropolitan room in Manhattan. A full hour concert with all original songs. Really exciting! I spend a lot of time working out the program, doing the marketing and preparing the show.
This opportunity arrived last year, when I went – after a long day of recording sessions – with bass player Ray Parker to a show in the Metropolitan room NYC. Annie Ross was performing. I am big fan of her, so I was really excited to see it. Ray was friends with JP the sound engineer and after the show we all had a drink. He listened to my cd – polaroid – and thought it was so nice that he told the programmer. So it happened, my first gig in NYC… I planned for November.
My wish was to play with Florian Weber who I met in NYC when he was playing a show with – Dutch trumpeter – Eric Vloeimans. Florian liked my compositions and we talked a lot about composing, lyrics and life.
Then it was finally there, that weekend I traveled to NYC, and met up with Florian for a rehearsal on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The concert was on Sunday night and it all went well, but I must say; playing in NYC is a whole different thing. Here are the recordings 🙂