Maarten Regtien (1963) started playing classical piano at the age of seven.
In 1975 he was introduced to the nearby living (province of Groningen, the
Netherlands) Canadian jazz saxofonist and composer Alan Laurillard who introduced
M. Regtien to jazz and improvisation.
During adolescence his musical taste started to grow towards 'anything new and
unheard-of before.' This period included creating prepared piano's and tape
experiments many years before he heard the music of John Cage or Brian Eno for
the first time.
Favorite music in the schoolgooing years was the early psychedelic music of Pink
Floyd, The Beatles' White Album, free jazz, cool jazz, bebop, early Philip Glass
minimal music and above all master pianists Keith Jarret and Jasper Van't Hoff