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Jonas Linnemann

Overview Jonas Linnemann has shown to be very versatile in terms of musical styles and genres. As co-leader of the formation StarkLinnemann he recorded three albums Awake (2014), Transcending Chopin Volume 1 (2016) en Transcending Chopin Volume 2&3 (2016). The genre of StarkLinnemann is best described as: Universal Crossover Music. After Jonas Linnemann graduated at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg (NLD) in 2005, he continued to develop musically as instrumentalist and composer. He has worked as drummer and percussionist with many renowned Jazz musicians. He is currently residing in Tilburg (NLD) with Jessica and their daughter Adinda

Kika Sprangers

"The integrity of sound. That is where music starts." Saxophonist Kika Sprangers (Nijmegen, 28-09-1994) moves her audience with her lyrical, melodic way of playing and characteristic sound. Through her colourful and fascinating compositions she finds her voice to express herself and tells a powerful story to her listeners. Her authentic music has undertones of serenity and melancholy, enriched by royal harmonies that are complemented by solid grooves. Sprangers is drawn to working in a variety of musical settings. She is currently a member of the Utrecht Jazz Archipel (the Jazz Orchestra of Utrecht), performs in the theatre show New York Round Midnight and plays in a trio alongside cellist Jörg Brinkmann and pianist Martin Fondse

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StarkLinnemann Quartet

From the early beginnings in 2012 StarkLinnemann is attempting to produce music with an agelessness character. As musicians and composers they are creating a style of their own by blending jazz with elements of classical music and world music. Their definition of being an artist means to constantly push oneself in order to reach the ultimate rendition of a work of art. StarkLinnemann’s approach of transforming classical masterpieces by Liszt, Chopin, Mussorgsky and Beethoven into long and complex but coherent and moving modern jazz compositions is exceptional in jazz-history. The genre of StarkLinnemann is best described as Universal Crossover Music. The co-leaders of the band Paul Stark (piano) and Jonas Linnemann (drums) were continuously searching for musicians who were willing to conform to the broad vision of StarkLinnemann

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Baatsen

Graduated in 1988 at the Rotterdam Conservatory Played in a lot of bands. Made 5 cd's and a dvd with Special Delivery, a dutch modern jazz quartet. Still be seen on djazztv in Holland. Started his own trio "Kenturah's Kitchen" in 2011. Made two cd's with this group: Klick(2011) and Oeroeboeroe(2016). Got very good press reviews in Holland: "Kenturah's Kitchen gives pianotrio a new form" Ed wrote all the music for this trio. www.kenturahskitchen.com

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Federico Castelli

Federico Castelli (San Benedetto del Tronto, 1988) is an italian guitarist, composer and educator based in Rotterdam (NL). After graduating in 2013 at Codarts University for the Arts he also obtained his master diploma in jazz guitar studying between the conservatory of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Through these years Federico has been active part of the jazz comunity of the Netherlands both as a leader and as a sideman in projects such as Federico Castelli trio, The Alessandro Fongaro 5et, Dick De Graaf New Quartet, ROEST. Kika Sprangers Large Ensemble, Jo Goes Hunting etc. Federico is currently working with his new international project co-led with dutch drummer Ruud Voesten and danish bassist Adrian Chirstensen

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Alessandro Fongaro

Alessandro Fongaro (1991, Valdagno, Italy) is an Italian bassist and composer based in Rotterdam (NL). Between 2014 and 2017, he led the Alessandro Fongaro 5et, a project that debuted in 2016 with the album ‘Neither More nor Less’ (Mainland Records). While a student of the Conservatory of Rotterdam (Codarts), Alessandro won the Erasmus Jazz Prijs (2014) and The Records (2014). After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Codarts with the highest honours, Alessandro temporarily moved to Amsterdam to attend his master’s in jazz double bass, which he completed in 2016. Alessandro currently leads and writes music for the band CLOD!, an electric instrumental project that blends jazz and indie-rock

Thomas Pol

Thomas Pol (26) is a Rotterdam-based bass player who is well known in the Dutch and international scene. His spontaneous, strong and grooving style is what defines him as a player. As a sideman he is the strong foundation an ensemble needs and as a leader he shows great potential with his debut album on it’s way. Thomas was raised in a very musical family. At age four, he started playing violin and at age ten he started playing the upright bass. He began his studies at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where his talent and dedication were well received. In his 3rd, year he was approached by Hein van de Geyn (bassist/jazz coordinator/teacher) to follow an exchange program in New Orleans, home of jazz

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Vincent Houdijk

Vincent Houdijk is one of the most versatile music artists in The Netherlands with an average of between 100 and 150 concerts annually. The combination of his classical and jazz studies gave him an incredibly open and wide view on music which. always open for all kinds of music collaborations and styles Vincent Houdijk is without doubt a very open and even so spiritually minded music artist and teacher. In 2007 vincent created his band VinnieVibes; an intense, dynamic and irresistible band which is highly appreciated by their fans and many music programmers. This year Vincent Houdijk & VinnieVibes performed at the world famous North Sea Jazz Festival and they recorded their third album there during this live performance

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Stephanie Francke

Stephanie Francke is a Saxophone player and composer based in Rotterdam. Over the years she has released two albums with her own quartet and gave concerts at (amongst other places) the BIMHUIS, North Sea Jazz Festival and Lantarenvenster. She also was a finalist in the Dutch Jazz Competition and European Jazz Competition. With Saxophone Quartet Spoken, she won the Keep an Eye Jazz Award - ‘The Records’, a prestigious Dutch funding for their debut album, which came out in 2018. In 2020, she will be touring with Spoken's newest show 'Lost Cities' and with the Dutch group HENK which just released their album 'The Road Unknown'.

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Distract Vibes

In the midst of the 1980′s a bunch of young hippies gather together in a small container on an industrial site. at the south part of Rotterdam, Holland, generating an immense untuned cacaphonia of sound & chaos. From it emerged the hippie freak rock trio “Mistic dawn”, with Wally Dijksman a.k.a Day-T(’62) on guit and vocals, Moniek de Boer a.k.a Mo (’65) on bass, and Peter J. Faber (’62) on drums. Their first demo tape brings a small cult status. Early nineties, Peter Faber leaves the trio. The name changes into Distract vibes and Ron Verbeek (’57) is added as new impuls. Powerhitter Ron’s impact on the musical structures leads to extreme hard-core & noise patterns


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