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Felix Schlarmann

Born in Germany, drummer Felix Schlarmann today lives and works in Amsterdam. He holds a master’s degree in jazz drums from the Conservatory of Amsterdam as a student of Martijn Vink. Beside that he studied with John Riley at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Felix Schlarmann released his first album “Counterlife” on Challenge Records in 2014. With the Dutch powerjazz formation BRUUT! he appeared on international festivals all over the globe, like the North Sea Jazzfestival, Tokyo Jazzfestival, London Jazzfestival and many more. He also is a member of Mechanical Duck and several other formations. As a big band drummer Felix Schlarmann worked with some of the best Dutch Jazz Orchestras and currently plays with the Millenium Jazz Orchestra. Felix teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Several of his compositions for classical percussion are published by the Gretel Verlag, Germany. At Amsterdam’s venue Studio /K Felix Schlarmann runs his own monthly jazzevent called ‘Jazz in /K’, which features the finest Dutch jazz artists. Also he is the founder and musical director of a new Jazzfestival in the Netherlands, ‘Jazzfest Amsterdam’.


Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Octopus

Read "Octopus" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Octopus, the tenth album released by the Millennium Jazz Orchestra in its nearly twenty-five years of impressive music-making in The Netherlands, is actually an eight-part suite by composer / arranger Joan Reinders devoted to one of the sea world's more fearsome and enigmatic creatures. The thematic essay spans the whole nine yards, from “Evolution" and “Environment" ...


Bruut! Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Bruut! Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS

From Nagasaki to Vlieland, BRUUT! has made people sweat, scream and, above all, dance. Raw Hammond sounds, hard grooves and sixties surf blend together into a danceable whole. The eye-catcher of the foursome is rising star alto saxophonist Maarten Hogenhuis, who has performed at the BIMHUIS in bands such as Krupa & The Genes and The ...


Millennium Jazz Orchestra: Safety Zone

Read "Safety Zone" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With the release of its eighth album, Safety Zone, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra from the Netherlands marks its twenty-fifth year under the astute guidance of composer / arranger Joan Reinders who formed the band in 1989 and recorded for the first time two years later. As interesting as the orchestra's growth as a unit has been ...


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