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24.08.2021          Full line up 3rd Dutch Double Bass Festival

Dutch Double Bass Festival, which I founded in 2017 to share the beauty of the bass with a wider audience, is having a third edition on October 29th and 30th in Theater Zuidplein in Rotterdam and the full lineup has been announced with ticket sales now live!

Most of the artists will be coming to the Netherlands especially and exclusively to perform at the festival and personally I’m very much looking forward to seeing Dave Holland & John Scofield perform together live, the basses of the Nedpho with Božo Paradžik feat. Eric Vloeimans. Also Florentin Ginot and the band Madlife! I encourage you to check the website out here for the full list of amazing names!

I of course will also be performing with the widely acclaimed Dudok Quartet. The Dudok Quartet are an extremely impressive group and I’m humbled and excited to be collaborating with them on this concert!

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28.06.2021          Dutch Double Bass Festival 3rd edition

The third edition of Dutch Double Bass Festival will be happening this October! Taking place on October 29th and 30th in Theater Zuidplein in Rotterdam, the first names for the third edition have just been announced! Dave Holland & John Scofield will be performing together for the first time in The Netherlands as a duo, the bassists of The Netherlands Philharmonic orchestra will (also for the first time!) be giving a concert as a section together with the legend that is Božo Paradžik, and Hadrien Feraud will be putting a tribute together to Prince, with Prince’s arranger and trumpeter, Philip Lassiter!

More names will be announced over the coming months but for now, it is possible to purchase an early bird ticket for the festival which gives you 10% discount for the whole event! Tickets are available here!

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08.02.2021          New release with Astori Amsterdam

Last summer I had the pleasure of recording the album Verhalen Uit Buenos Aires (Stories from Buenos Aires) with the group Astori Amsterdam. The album is a collection of beautiful songs and instrumental numbers from Argentinian musicians (including Piazzolla and Mercedes Sosa) translated into Dutch. The concept is that being able to understand and follow the text of a song brings you much closer to the music. The CD is available for sale via astori-amsterdam.com and via all online streaming services.

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04.08.2020          Music + Science in the media

There’s been quite a lot of interest from the media in the research with neuroscientist and former olympic speed-skater Beorn Nijenhuis together with sports psychologist Jet Steen into how a professional musician can best use their time in the practise room.

Be sure to read a lovely interview with Sandra Kooke, with delightful photography by Maartje Geels in Dutch national newspaper Trouw. Also Reformatorisch Dagblad quoted this article.

Another article, by Rahul Gandolohage and photographer Roger Cremers has also appeared in in the other national paper, NRC.

In addition, Beorn and I were also interviewed by NPO Radio 1 for their program ‘De Nieuws BV‘ at the beginning of the week – I also got to play a bit of Bach!

Also listen to the interview with Beorn and me and my short performance at the NPO Radio 4 programme ‘Podium‘.

And last, but not least, Beorn and I were interviewed on Dutch current tv programme Op1, and I played a bit of Bach.

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19.07.2020          Collaboration with Beorn Nijenhuis, presentation in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

Over the last year and a half I have been working with neuroscientist and former olympic speed-skater Beorn Nijenhuis together with sports psychologist Jet Steen on a project aimed to provide some insight into how a professional musician can best use their time in the practise room. The premise of this project was to take time out of my regular performing schedule to devote to learning the six Bach cello suites and then to have my time structured and supervised by Beorn and Jet. My stress levels and well being was monitored closely throughout the whole project to give them precious data to use in looking back and seeing what effects different interventions in my schedule had on me.
It has been a very intense and transformative project and I am extremely happy to be able to present how this last year and a half has been, together with Beorn and Jet at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ on August 1st at 20:00.
Tickets for this presentation (I will of course also be playing a little bit) can be bought here.