Born on a boat called
‘Freedom’ near Amsterdam
on Valentines day, 1964
Raised in the woods at the German border,
fed on Miles, CSN&Y, Curtis M, Joni & 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 POEMS & LYRICS 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 ARTS MANAGEMENT
at the Amsterdam/Maastricht Summer University
Felix Meritis – Amsterdam.
Spent many years working for renowned AMSTERDAM
music stage BIMHUIS where I was happy to perform
my lyrics Left Shoe/Right Shoe with Ernst Glerum,
Ack van Rooyen & the Jazz Orchestra of the
Concertgebouw. 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 & Bill Frisell, to name a few.
Moving back to the NL after 4 years continuing
BOOKING & TOURING with Peter Erskine,
Nguyên Lê & Michel Benita.
WRITING 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.
SPOKEN WORD project
INTIMATUM with Wilbrand Meischke
& Tim Langedijk & Mike Roelofs.
for various MUSIC FESTIVALS: Jazz op het Dak,
Flamenco Biënnale, Concertgebouw/India Festival,
Wild Wild East, Concert at Sea, Turks/Nederlands
Festival, Vrienden van Amstel Live.
WRITING and TRANSLATING (D/E) text for websites
Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz Festival, National Geographic
ROAD MANAGING (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.
Writing lyrics for SOUNDTRACK french feature FILM:
Un Soir au Club, composed by Michel Benita &
directed by Jean Achache.
Winner BEST SONG – ‘Waiting’ –
Les Victoires de la Musique 2010.
Staff writer (since 2006) for BRAVO
Montecarlo Music Publishing.
WORKSHOPS Lyric Writing.
& vocal students at Music Conservatory ArtEZ /
POPACADEMIE – ArtEZ – Enschede
ROCKACADEMIE – Fontys – Tilburg
LYRICS & POETRY & SPOKEN WORD
Founder of 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
Mini Docu FlatFest – 2017
PROJECT MANAGER So What’s Next?
Jazz & Beyond festival in Eindhoven/NL
2017 – 2018 – 2019 – Next edition November 1-2-3
So What’s Jazz – Open Call – Professionals Program