Ruben Samama

Ruben Samama

As the winner of the Deloitte Jazz Award 2010, AJTA award 2007 and semifinalist of the Thelonious Monk Award 2010, New York based bass-player Ruben Samama is quickly making name for himself as part of a new generation of jazz musicians unbound by style and conformism.

Born in the year England started loosing it’s red telephone boxes, five lionesses at the Singapore Zoo are put on birth control after the lion population increases from 2 to 16 and the computer game Tetris was released, Ruben likes to play his bass in a way that the Tetris block does not fit the empty space, the birthcontrol fails to work and he would bluntly put a red telephone box right in the middle of a blue song.

Ruben received a Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Hague and a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Stef van ES

Stef van ES

Graduated 1997 at the Royal Institute of music in Den Haag.Performed with artists from various disiplines such as Anouk, Ellen ten Damme, Baba Israel,Sarah Bettens, Freek de Jonge, Relax, Frank Foster and Schradinova.

Wolfert Brederode

Wolfert Brederode

Pianist Wolfert Brederode (1974) has worked as a musician and composer since 1996 and he has developed into one of the most prominent and authentic musicians of the younger Dutch generation. A refined and focused touch, concern for natural flow, openness to all kinds of music, and his relentless search for new horizons are characteristic features of his music.

He debuted with ensembles such as the Wolfert Brederode Trio & Quintet, Nimbus, the Susanne Abbuehl Group and later on with a.o. Wolfert Brederode Quartet, Duo Lijbaart/Brederode, ‘April’ and the Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet. With these groups he has recorded, toured, performed at festivals and made broadcasting recordings in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, UK, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Scandinavia, Canada, South Africa, Mozambique, Panama, Costa Rica, Japan and South Korea.

Wolfert has worked with artists such as David Liebman, Jeanne Lee, Arve Henriksen, Ack van Rooyen, John Ruocco, Rachel Gould, Ronan Guilfoyle, Tony Lakatos, Harry Sokal, Trygve Seim, Kristina Fuchs, Michel Portal, Per Oddvar Johansen, Olavi Louhivuori, Lucas Niggli, Tore Brunborg, Tony Overwater, Gulli Gudmundsson, Jojo Mayer, Gerald Veasley, Wolfgang Puschnig, Esther Apituley, Afra Mussawisade, Eric Vloeimans, Cristina Branco and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Ensembles of current interest are the Wolfert Brederode Quartet, Batik, Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet and the new ensemble of Susanne Abbuehl with trumpet player Matthieu Michel.

Keisuke Matsuno

Keisuke Matsuno

Keisuke Matsuno is an exciting new voice on the New York scene. Besides working with his own groups, he has performed with Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Nils Wogram, Yuri Honing, and Till Brönner. In addition, he has toured throughout the USA, Europe, and Asia, performing at the Carnegie Hall (NY, USA), the Jarasum Jazz Festival (KOR), and the Berlin Olympic Stadium (GER). Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, Matsuno is currently a Master’s Degree candidate at New York University with a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, studying with John Scofield, Brad Shepik, Joe Lovano, and Ralph Alessi.

Mark Haanstra

Mark Haanstra

Mark Haanstra (1974) is een van de meest gevraagde basgitaristen van Nederland. Zijn herkenbare geluid, groove en flexibiliteit maken hem een zeer veelzijdig musicus; Zo tourde hij met o.a. de wereldberoemde drummers Terry Bozzio en Simon Phillips maar ook met het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest en het BBC Philharmonic.

Hij is bassist van Yuri Honing Wired Paradise waarmee hij vele maanden per jaar op tournee is. Samen met Miguel Martinez en de legendarische drummer John Engels leidt hij het succesvolle Barnicle Bill Trio. In Amerika speelt hij regelmatig met de groep Big Farm van componist/gitarist Steven Mackey.

De laatste jaren speelde hij door heel Azië, de VS, Europa, Midden en Zuid Amerika. Tevens is hij te horen op vele cd’s. Sinds 2004 is hij als hoofdvak docent basgitaar verbonden aan het Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen.

Joost Lijbaart

Joost Lijbaart

Joost Lijbaart is a versatile drummer who uses a lot of different influences in his playing.
Born in Amsterdam, he started drumming when he was seven years old. After several years of classical percussion lessons he went to the conservatory in Hilversum where he followed lessons from Cees Kranenburg, Marcel Serierse and Gerhard Jeltes. He graduated in 1991. During his study he went to Senegal (West-Africa) to take lessons in African percussion with the legendary DuDu and Ali un D’Aya Rose.

Besides jazz, pop and improvised music he worked with modern classical music and dance. In 1990 he performed with students from the National Ballet Academy, played modern classical percussion music from Xenakis, Cage, Reich and worked in different projects with Theo Loevendie and Louis Andriessen.

He formed with Yuri Honing the Yuri Honing Trio in 1989. With this group he did concerts and tours in more than 60 countries all over the world. During a tour in the Middle East in 1998 the trio was catched by the music of the Arab world. The result was a bigger group called Orient Express with a Libanese singer and two musicians from Iraq. This group did several tours in the Middle East and the Netherlands.
In 1993 he won the 15th Europe Jazz Contest with the Nicolas Thys trio. For this performance he received the “best drummer award”.
In 1995 he joined the Michiel Borstlap sextet with Yuri Honing, Eric Vloeimans and Benjamin Herman. With this group they released the double CD the sextet live in 1996 and did several tours in the Netherlands. A tour in China in 1998 was filmed by Dutch documentairy maker Jop Pannekoek.

From 1995 he works also with Agog a trio with guitar player Frank Wingold and bassguitar player Mark Haanstra.
With this group Lijbaart won in 2002 the Dutch jazz competition and was awarded as best soloist from the contest by American drummer Elvin Jones.
From 2002 Joost started his own quartet “group of friends” with Yuri Honing, Benjamin Herman and Mats Eilertsen. For this group he is also very active as a composer. He played on the North sea jazzfestival with this band in 2003. A DVD of this concert was released in 2005.
Another new group is the duo with pianoplayer Wolfert Brederode. A CD of this group will come out in Autumn 2006. With the duo they did a project with dancer and choreographist Lonneke van Leth. Also they played music on the spoken book Shadowchild from Dutch writer Frans Thomese.

This year Joost’s main groups are the Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet and Wired Paradise, an exciting electro/rock group with Yuri Honing.

Frank Möbus

Frank Möbus

Guitarist, composer and producer Frank Möbus, leader of the berlin based group „Der Rote Bereich“, is considered to be one of the most important guitarists of modern creative music in Europe.
His group has released 7 CDs so far and has been performing at numerous major jazz Festivals in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa such as Montreux Jazz Festival, Bell Atlantic Festival NYC and North sea Jazz Festival / Netherlands.
Besides Wired Paradise, Frank is also a steady sideman in groups such as “Carlos Bica AZUL”, „KUU“, “Erdmann / Rohrer / Möbus / Coutois”, “Tempelektrisch”, “Anderson/ Bennink / Kemenade / Glerum / Möbus” and “Erdmann 3000”.
He is Professor for Elektric Guitar at the Hochschule f. Musik in Weimar / D since 2003nand at the HSLU in Luzern / CH since 2006.
Born in Nürnberg in 1966, he started playing music at the age of 5 and studied at Berklee College of music, Boston MA / USA from 1985 -1989.
He moved to Berlin in 1992 and still lives there today.

Raphael Vanoli

Raphael Vanoli

Erik Bosgraaf

Erik Bosgraaf

Hailed as one of the most gifted and versatile recorder players of the new generation, Erik Bosgraaf has a colourful past in a rock band and as an oboe player. He believes that good music is irrespective of style and feels equally at home in early and contemporary music as well as commissioning new works including several concertos incorporating new media. In 2007 Frans Brüggen invited him to perform Bach’s Actus Tragicus at the Concertgebouw. Current engagements include solo performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Jaap van Zweden and the Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic/Thierry Fischer. His début recording, a 3-CD box with music by Dutch composer Jacob van Eyck, was number one in the Dutch classical music charts in 2007 and his CD/DVD ‘Big Eye’, including contemporary music for film, was hailed as ‘wacky, irreverent and thought-provoking’ (Gramophone). He has also made CDs of Telemann, Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. In 2006 he co-founded Ensemble Cordevento specializing in the music of the 17th and 18th century. Born in The Netherlands in 1980, Erik Bosgraaf is a former student of Walter van Hauwe and Paul Leenhouts (Amsterdam). He also holds an MA in musicology from Utrecht University and received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2009.

Mats Eilertsen

Mats Eilertsen

Mats Eilertsen (b.1975, Trondheim, Norway)

Mats is a highly in-demand musician and plays in a number of different bands and constellations in Norway and internationally, such as the Tord Gustavsen Ensemble (ECM)
the Source (ECM) with Trygve Seim, Øyvind Brække, Per Oddvar Johansen, drums,
dutch pianist Wolfert Brederode Quartet (ECM) Parish (ECM) with Fredrik Ljungkvist (S), Bobo Stenson (S) and Thomas Strønen.
He has also released 6 CDs in his own name, the latest one being Mats Eilertsen `SkyDive´on norwegian label Hubromusic.

Mats is one of the finest and most distinct bass players on the Norwegian jazz scene of today. He has a special warm and lyrical way of treating the bass, being steady and experimental at the same time, bringing it all together and yet showing openness, willingness, and constantly searching for new sounds.

He has participated on around 70 recordings with among others Solveig Slettahjell,
The Source, Tord Gustavsen, Parish, Sonny Simmons, Kornstad trio, Food, Dingobats, Håvard Wiik trio.

He has also had the opportunity of performing with artists such as Pat Metheney, Joshua Redman,
Lee Konitz, Bobo Stenson, Kenny Wheeler, Yuri Honing, Tomasz Stanko.

Matiss Cudars

Matiss Cudars

Matīss Čudars, born in 1991, is a Latvian jazz guitar player and composer.
He’s been acknowledged as one of the most prominent up-raising young music talents from the Baltic States.
His unique, highly personal sound, together with the artistically integral, energetically saturated and yet lyrical compositions gives an esthetic enjoyment to a music knower, as well as to a regular listener. The music he plays encompasses a variety of different music genres – strong investment in the jazz improvisation, folk music integrity, the indie rock energy, and classical music harmony.
Musicians characterize his music as emotionally touching, interactive, melodical contemporary jazz.