Born on a boat called
on Valentines day, 1964
Raised in the woods at the German border,
fed on Miles, Joni, Steely D. & Debussy.
Started off in photography, film, camera, screenwriting.
Moved from the Lowlands to London to Munich to
Oxford to NYC to Amsterdam to live and learn.
Did the 287 odd jobs-on-the-side like waitressing,
driving, singing, surviving while traveling &
hearing live bands.
Writing P o e m s & L y r i c s since I know how to hold a pen.
Attended lyric writing courses by Pat Pattison at
Berklee College of Music – Boston – USA.
Worked at and participated in A r t s M a n a g e m e n t
at the Amsterdam/Maastricht Summer University
Felix Meritis – Amsterdam
Spent many years working for renowned
Amsterdam jazz & improvised music stage BIMHUIS
Drove countless musicians from & to airports & train stations
and translated the Bimhuis program (Dutch to English)
Moved to AUSTRIA to join SAUDADES Tourneen,
the one-of-a-kind international BOOKING AGENCY,
looking after John Scofield, John Zorn, Joyce Moreno,
Dave Holland, Carla Bley and Bill Frisell, to name a few.
Moving back to the NL after 4 years continuing
B o o k i n g & T o u r i n g with Peter Erskine,
Nguyên Lê & Michel Benita.
W r i t i n g for pianist/vocalist/composer Maria Markesini
with Bert vd Brink/Richard Bona/Ennio Morricone.
Collaborating with composer/pianist Michiel Borstlap
& the Metropole Orchestra for singers
Napoleon Murphy Brock (Frank Zappa) &
Edsilia Rombley & Trijntje Oosterhuis with Pat Metheny,
Fay Victor, Rigmor Gustafsson, Berenice van Leer (Kraak & Smaak),
Ernst Glerum, Marcel de Groot, Ilonka Ory, Michel Benita, Tino Derado
L o g i s t i c M a n a g e m e n t & P r o d u c t i o n
for various music festivals:
Jazz op het Dak
Flamenco Biennale, Concertgebouw/India Festival,
Wild Wild East, Concert at Sea, Turks/Nederlands
Festival, Vrienden van Amstel Live
W r i t i n g & T r a n s l a t i n g (D/E) text for websites
Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz Festival, National Geographic
and many others…
R o a d M a n a g e m e n t
(Europe) with Benny Wallace,
Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, Mark Feldman, Von Freeman,
Baramgot, Alessandra Leao, Svetlana Spajic,
Gjermund Larsen, Shiyani Ncobo, Frank London
& many others for RASA (world), Saudades (jazz),
Flamenco Biennale, ECM and Bimhuis.
Lyrics for soundtrack french feature film
Un Soir au Club, composed by Michel Benita &
directed by Jean Achache.
Winner B e s t S o n g – ‘Waiting’ –
Les Victoires de la Musique 2010.
Staff writer for
Bravo Montecarlo Music Publishing.
W o r k s h o p s L y r i c W r i t i n g
C o a c h i n g / M a s t e r c l a s s e s
songwriter & vocal students at Music Conservatory ArtEZ
Pop Academy & MediaMusic – ArtEZ – Enschede
Guest coach Rock Academy – Fontys – Tilburg
L y r i c s & M u s i c a l P o e t r y & S p o k e n W o r d
F o u n d e r o f FlatFest
1 building – 1 lobby – 15 floors – 12 apartments – 50 performances
pop – sing-song – jazz – theater – americana – soul – world – poetry
classical – Japanese tea ceremony – art rock – spoken word
chamber – choir – electronic – sing/song jam room
1st edition September 25th – 2 0 1 6
2nd edition September 24th – 2 0 1 7
P r o j e c t M a n a g e r So What’s Next?
3-day Jazz & Beyond festival in Eindhoven/NL
2017 – 2018 – 2019 – 2020
Next edition October 29 – 30 – 31 / 2021
So What’s Jazz? – Open Call – Professionals Program
Teacher / Mentor / Workshops / Masterclasses – SOUND OUT 2019
WORKING WITH WORDS in Sołowosko Poland
Sound Out is a professional development & mentoring platform
for creative musicians by Arts & Parts Ltd – London
P u b l i c a t i o n b o o k ‘Alfons Alsema Draaft Door‘
(Dutch) with co-author Johan Foliant – 2019 –
‘A bittersweet story about hope, humour and matters
of the heart in the harsh reality of living with an incurable illness’
J u r y m e m b e r
International Lyceum Club Switzerland – 2021 –
2020 – 2022
F o u n d e r / p r o j e c t m a n a g e r music-theater production with fellow producer Johan Foliant (ALS) & singer/songwriter Silke Veld (SMA)
& band in the context of ‘Performing with a disability’, why the hell not? ‘
Working title: ‘Timeless’
In a theatre near you in 2022 . . . .
2021 – M e m b e r o f t h e B o a r d
‘Jazz: the art of connecting’ Foundation Jazz Maastricht translates the core characteristics of jazz within its activities.
Innovation, communication and improvisation.
January – 2021 –
A d v i s o r P e r f o r m i n g A r t s F u n d N L – FPK
The Performing Arts Fund NL is the most important culture fund for music, music theatre, dance and theatre and provides support on behalf of
the government to all forms of the professional performing arts.
J u r y m e m b e r Maastricht Jazz Awards – May 2021 –
The Maastricht Jazz Awards offers young and up-and-coming talent
a platform to present themselves to a larger audience, an expert jury,
press and organisations from the field.
C o a c h / M e n t o r Pro Helvetia – 2021 –
Pro Helvetia fosters selected young Swiss jazz bands that have already gained transregional acclaim, have undertaken international concert tours, and whose goal it is to enhance their presence in the international scene.