19•20•21 May 2017

The Basses of the Rotterdam Philharmonic

The Rotterdam Philharmonic is seen as one of the best orchestras in the world and in their own words are a modern orchestra strongly rooted in the tradition of classical music with the temperament of their home harbour city: Rotterdam.
Renowned for their intensity of performance, rich sound world and their daring manner of engaging the public, the Rotterdam Philharmonic regularly receives critical acclaim for their tours of the worlds best concert halls.

The bass section of the orchestra will be appearing exclusively for the Dutch Double Bass Festival with star bassist, Edicson Ruiz.

The Basses of The Rotterdam Philharmonic Invite Edicson Ruiz will be performing at the Dutch Double Bass Festival on Saturday 20 May at 19:30 at Electriciteitsfabriek 1.

Ying Lai Green

The British born bassist Ying Lai Green is assistant principal double bassist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and principal bassist of Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Ying Lai is a regular guest principal of several orchestras in Europe and Asia and also a regularly invited to chamber music festivals throughout Europe.

Ying Lai plays at the Dutch Double Bass Festival on Saturday 20 May at 19:30 with the ‘Basses of the Rotterdam Philharmonic invite Edicson Ruiz’ at Electriciteitsfabriek 1 and on Sunday 21st at 12:00 with Gary Karr and the Matangi Quartet at Electriciteitsfabriek 1.

James Oesi

Double bass player and artistic director of the Dutch Double Bass Festival James Oesi (1988) has established himself as a well know face within the classical and contemporary music world since his arrival in the Netherlands in 2009. As one of the few people focusing on the bass as a solo instrument he has performed, as a soloist, at (among others) the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival, Bach Festival (Dordrecht), Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Oosterpoort in Groningen, Wonderfeel festival and soon at CrossLinx. James has made several appearances on NPO Radio 4, NPO Radio 1, and been a guest on Podium Witteman and Vrije Geluiden. James is also active as a performer of contemporary music and has been a guest member of Insomnio, Oerknal, Ives Ensemble and Ensemble Modern, James also performs regularly with Asko|Schönberg. In May 2012 James graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, receiving a 10 with distinction and the Fock Meddaille for best final exam of the year. James was also the only double bassist to complete a masters in solo performance at the Royal Conservatoire.

At the Dutch Double Bass Festival James Oesi plays his own transcriptions of the music of Bach on double bass.

James Oesi plays at the Dutch Double Bass Festival at Sunday 21 May 10:00 at Electriciteitsfabriek 1.

Quirijn van Regteren Altena

Double bassist Quirijn van Regteren Altena is a highly sought after soloist, chamber music player and orchestral musician. As a soloist, Quirijn has commissioned various compositions for his instrument, which have been featured on his critically acclaimed CD’s Characters (Olympia-Records, London) and Pantomime (Aristo).

As a longtime member of the world-renowned Schönberg Ensemble Quirijn has worked closely with composers such as John Adams, Louis Andriessen and Sofia Gubaidulina, Mauricio Kagel, and Steve Reich.
Noted for his versatility, Quirijn performed SEQ, a new work for electronic (Zeta) bass, as a commission for The Schoenberg Ensemble by composer Ernst Oosterveld.

In 2009 Quirijn van Regteren Altena was invited to perform in the Carte-Blanche Series at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. At this special film-concert event Quirijn performed the music for the Chekov film Romance with Double Bass in which he also appeared in the title role in the film. Romance with Double Bass was featured at the 2009 Netherlands Film Festival.

In June 2011 Quirijn van Regteren Altena performed Conversations with Cachao with the notable jazz
musician, composer and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera with the Metropole Orchestra at the world famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Quirijn was principal double bass of the Residentie Orkest the Hague for 15 years and is presently principal study teacher of double bass at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague and the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. He studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Anthony Woodrow and with Gary Karr at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut.

Along with pianist Peter Beijersbergen van Henegouwen, Quirijn enjoys a diverse musical life and concertizes extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States.

Quirijn plays a 1720 G.B. Grancino double bass, a Gasparo da Salò from 1581 and a Torajirõ Sakamoto build in 1981.

At Dutch Double Bass Festival Quirijn for the first time premieres his Hybrid bass project. A newly selfbuild acoustic bass with the ability to connect to the unlimited world of digital sound.

Quirijn van Regteren Altena is playing at the Dutch Double Bass Festival on Saturday 20 May 16:30 at Electriciteitsfabriek 1.

Minje Sung

Minje Sung (1990) is seen as the bassist of Korea’s new generation of musicians. He begun studying the bass at the age of 11 with his father, bassist of the Seoul Philharmonic and in 2005 won a prestigious Korean music competition. In 2006, aged 16, he took the first prize at the prestigious Matthias Sperger competition in Germany and followed that up with first prize at the International Koussevitzky competition in St. Petersburg in 2007 and the Kuhmo prize for musician of the year in Korea in 2008.

Minje Sung Trio plays at the Dutch Double Bass Festival at Saturday 20 May 17:00 at Electriciteitsfabriek 1.

Adam Ben Ezra

The self taught Israeli bassist Adam Ben Ezra (1982) is a true YouTube sensation thanks not only to his solo double bass versions of the Seinfeld theme tune and Michael Jackson’s Bille Jean but also to his original compositions for solo double bass. He has amassed more than seven million hits on his YouTube channel with more than a million belonging to his own composition ‘Can’t Stop Running’. With his trio he performs fusion music with the bass taking the lead role.

The Dutch Double Bass Festival is Adam Ben Ezra’s first performance in The Netherlands. He will not only be giving a performance with his trio but also a solo concert.

At the Dutch Double Bass Festival Adam Ben Ezra Trio plays Saturday 20 May 22.00 uur at Electriciteitsfabriek 1 and Sunday 21 May 14.00 uur solo at Electriciteitsfabriek 2.

Wilbert de Joode

As winner of the Buma Boy Edgar prize Wilbert de Joode (1955) has been touring through the Netherlands. De Joode is renown as one of the great specialists of collective improvisation and “instant composing”. He is also the bassist of well-known Dutch improvisation groups such as, the Ab Baars Trio, Eric Boeren Quartet, Bik Bent Braam, trio BraamDeJoodeVatche and the ensembles of Ig Henneman. De Joode also regularly collaborates with prominent international musicians such as, Hamid Drake, Charles Gayle, William Parker, Ken Vandermark and Alexander von Schlippenbach.
At the Dutch Double Bass Festival Wilbert de Joode gives a unique solo concert.

Wilbert de Joode performs at the Dutch Double Bass Festival on Saturday 20 May at 19.00 on the 1A First Alternative Stage and at 23.30 at Electriciteitsfabriek 2.

John Patitucci

John Patitucci was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1959 and began playing the electric bass at age ten. He began performing and composing at age 12, at age 15 began to play the acoustic bass, and then started the piano at age 16. He quickly moved from playing soul and rock to blues, jazz and classical music. His eclectic tastes caused him to explore all types of music as a player and a composer.

John studied classical bass at San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University. In 1980, he continued his career in Los Angeles as a studio musician and a jazz artist. As a studio musician, John has played on countless albums with artists such as B. B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Was Not Was, Dave Grusin, Natalie Cole, Bon Jovi, Sting, Queen Latifah and Carly Simon. In 1986, John was voted by his peers in the studios as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences MVP on Acoustic Bass.

As a performer, John has played throughout the world with his own band and with jazz luminaries Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, McCoy Tyner, Nancy Wilson, Randy Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Hubert Laws, Hank Jones, Mulgrew Miller, James Williams, Kenny Werner and scores of others. Some of the many pop and Brazilian artists he has played with include Sting, Aaron Neville, Natalie Cole, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Milton Nascimiento, Astrud and Joao Gilberto, Airto and Flora Purim, Ivan Lins, Joao Bosco and Dori Caymmi.

John has also worked with film composers Jerry Goldsmith, Ry Cooder, James Newton Howard, Dave Grusin, Henry Mancini, John Williams, Mark Isham, Michel Colombier, Carter Burwell and Howard Shore and many others.

Since 1985, his association with Chick Corea has brought him worldwide acclaim and put him at the forefront of the jazz world. His many recordings with Chick Corea’s Elektric Band and Akoustic Band, his six solo recordings for GRP Records and his subsequent recordings have brought him two Grammy Awards (one for playing and one for composing) and over fifteen Grammy nominations. In addition, his first solo recording, John Patitucci, went to number one on the Billboard Jazz charts. John arranged and produced all of his own records as well as those of other artists. In 1996, he signed with Concord Jazz and released seven records on their label: One More Angel; Now; Imprint; Communion; Songs, Stories and Spirituals; Line by Line; and Remembrance. Two of those releases were nominated for Grammy Awards in the composition category.

After exploring many different writing styles on his own records and those of Chick Corea’s, John continued to compose for many mediums. In 1994 he was commissioned to write a piece for six-string electric bass and string orchestra for the Italian chamber orchestra Suono e Oltre in Pescara, Italy. With John as soloist, the piece was performed in March 1995 in Italy and in August 1995 with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo. John has also been commissioned to write pieces for the Turtle Island String Quartet, violist Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, classical piano virtuoso Ann Schein, and the string quartet Elements, among others. John has had several premieres of his other chamber music compositions, including at the Chelsea Music Festival in New York in July 2011 and BargeMusic in Brooklyn, also in 2011. In April 2012, John’s piece Fantasy on a River Theme was premiered at Jordan Hall in Boston with John as soloist with the Berklee College of Music Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. John continues to be commissioned as a composer and is a featured performer on many recordings.

In 2000, John began touring again with the legendary Wayne Shorter, and the Wayne Shorter Quartet, featuring Danilo Perez on piano and Brian Blade on drums, has received worldwide acclaim for its performances and recordings. Their live recording Footprints Live was nominated for a Grammy in 2001 and a studio recording, Alegria, won a Grammy in 2003. Another CD, Beyond the Sound Barrier, won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Album in 2005. In 2006, the Quartet won the 2006 Jazz Journalists Award for Best Small Ensemble. The quartet continues to tour extensively around the world to rave reviews.

When John is not touring with his own band or the Wayne Shorter Quartet, he has found time to perform in other ensembles, such as the an all-star quintet Directions in Music, in 2001, which was led by Herbie Hancock and featured the late Michael Brecker on saxophone with Roy Hargrove on trumpet and Brian Blade on drums. They released a subsequent live CD entitled Live at Massey Hall, which also won a Grammy award.

British composer Mark Anthony Turnage and John collaborated on three large projects in 2007 and subsequently. The first is a piece entitled About Water, which featured John as one of several soloists with the London Sinfonietta in celebration of the reopening of the Southbank Centre in London. Mark wrote a composition for John as soloist on both acoustic and electric basses with string orchestra entitled A Prayer Out of Stillness. John performed this piece with the London Symphony Orchestra, orchestras in Scotland, Estonia and Norway and with the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of David Robertson. John has also performed on a Turnage piece entitled Scorched with guitarist John Scofield and drummer Peter Erskine, which features the music of John Scofield.

In 2009, John released his recording Remembrance, which features saxophone genius Joe Lovano and drum virtuoso Brian Blade and received rousing reviews. Remembrance was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album of 2009. The trio enjoyed highly acclaimed and well-received performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and the Monterey Jazz Festival in California, among others.

In 2015, John released his fourteenth solo recording, Brooklyn, on his own label, Three Faces Records. The recording features his latest band, “The John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet”, with Adam Rogers and Steve Cardenas on electric guitars, Brian Blade on bass and John playing electric basses exclusively. A documentary filmed by August Sky Films was just released in early 2016 and combines performance footage, behind the scenes footage of rehearsals and the recording of Brooklyn. The film also takes a look at John’s early years in Brooklyn, his music career and his home life through candid interviews with family and musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter.

Last year, John, Danilo Perez and Brian Blade released their first recording, Children of the Light, which is also the name of their new trio. Children of the Light toured extensively in 2015 and will continue to do so in 2016 and beyond.

John has always felt a call to mentor and teach young musicians and to help further and sustain the art of jazz and bass playing around the world. In 2002, following the retirement of Ron Carter, John began teaching at The City College of New York and was a Professor of Jazz Studies there for ten years. He has also been involved with the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in Washington, D.C. and the The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. John is a frequent clinician and guest lecturer at schools around the world and a regular featured performer at the International Society of Bassists conventions. In 2010, John began his involvement with the Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute, spearheaded by pianist Danilo Perez. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Berklee, teaching in both the Global Jazz Institute and the Bass Department.

John currently resides in New York with his wife Sachi, a cellist, and their two daughters.

John Patitucci will be giving a solo concert exclusively for the Dutch Double Bass Festival.

John Patitucci plays at the Dutch Double Bass Festival at Saturday 20 May 21:00 at Electriciteitsfabriek 2.

Edicson Ruiz

Born in Caracas in 1985, Edicson Ruiz decided to play the bass when he was just eleven years old. His first teacher and mentor Felix Petit guided him through his studies in “El Sistema”, the Venezuelan national youth orchestra foundation founded by José Antonio Abreu.

At the age of 15, Edicson Ruiz took first place at the International Solo Bass Competition in Indianapolis, USA. In 2001 became the youngest member of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, where he studied with Klaus Stoll. During this time, Edicson Ruiz won a job at the Berlin Philharmonic.

Edicson Ruiz is one of most successful bass soloists of the present time, and his virtuosity impresses audiences the world over. He is a regular guest at festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, and the Warsaw Chopin Festival, and has performed concerts in major metropolises such as New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Madrid, Zürich and Johannesburg.

He has premiered numerous works written for him by composers such as Heinz Holliger, Rudolf Kelterborn, Paul Desenne, Efrain Oscher, Arturo Pantaleon, Matthias Ockert, Luis Antunes Pena, Dai Fujikura, Rudolf Kelterborn and Roland Moser. His chamber music activities have led him to close relationships with Anner Bylsma, György Kurtág, Heinz Holliger, Elliot Carter, Maurice Bourgue, Klaus Thunemann, Sabine Meyer, Yuri Bashmet, Christian Tetzlaff, Thomas Zehetmair, Gidon Kremer, Lars Vogt and Jörg Widmann.

Edicson Ruiz has recorded numerous CDs with Phil.Harmonie, which emphasize his passion for the music of the 18th century. International television productions also bear witness to his versatile achievements. He was granted the José Felix Ribas Prize in 2002 for his service to art and culture.

Edicson Ruiz plays with The Basses of the Rotterdam Philharmonic at the Dutch Double Bass Festival at Saturday 20 May 19:30 at Electriciteitsfabriek 1.

Cody Takács

Cody Takács (1990) is a multifaceted double bassist active as a solo, chamber, orchestral, classical, contemporary, historically informed, experimental and occasional pop musician.

Originally from the United States, his main teachers include Bryan Hieronymous, Diana Gannett, Maggie Urquhart (baroque bass and violone), Quirijn van Regteren Altena, and Gary Karr. He has appeared in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Dag in de Branding Festival voor Nieuwe Muziek, The Venice Biennale, and the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. His awards include First Prize and Best Performer in the 2011 American Protégé International Music Talent Competition and the Robert Black Bass Scholarship. He has performed with orchestral and chamber ensembles including Sinfonia Rotterdam, Ensemble Klang, the New European Ensemble, Het Metropole Orkest, and the Orchestra of Lucerne Festival Academy as well as with the Marrowstone and Texas Music Festival Orchestras. He has performed under such conductors as Alan Gilbert, Brad Lubman, Susanna Malkki, Matthias Pintscher, David Robertson, and Clark Rundell. In 2013, he was accepted into the Lucerne Festival Academy under the artistic direction of Pierre Boulez.

As a soloist, he has given performances at the Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, Carnegie Hall, the International Society of Bassists conventions, and several universities and conservatories across the United States and Europe. As a collaborator, he commissioned new works for double bass by young composers including Benjamin Taylor, Ben Daniels, and Molly Joyce and also works extensively with composition students from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. As an educator, he served as double bass instructor for the Skyline High School Orchestras for three years and has also assisted teaching chamber music, composition, arranging, transcribing, and music theory with them. He has served as chamber music coach for the Michigan Bass Bash and International Society of Bassists convention Noontime Ensembles and has previously been involved in volunteer outreach programs with the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra and Michigan Performance Outreach Workshop. Aside from the double bass, Cody also engages in arranging, composing, and improvising.

Cody Takács is playing at the Dutch Double Bass Festival on Saturday 20 May 21:00 at 1A First Alternative Stage.

Ernst Glerum

Ernst Glerum (1955) studied classical double-bass at the Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam. During his studies he joined contemporary music ensembles (ASKO ensemble) as well as improvised music groups (Curtis Clark, Hans Dulfer, JC Tans, Theo Loevendie). With the Amsterdam String Trio and Instant Composers Pool he played many international stages. Frequently with Han Bennink he performed with such artists as Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Uri Caine, Teddy Edwards, Benny Maupin, Jimmy Knepper, Jamaladeen Tacuma, John Zorn, Bud Shank, Art Hodes, Don Byron and many others.

As a composer/arranger he initiated projects like New Klookabilities (NOS Radio Jazz Festival), Universal Metropolitan Music, Omnibus, Continuo Continued (string-project with a.o. Mark Feldman) and recently Jazz Sampler (Ebony String Quartet & Michiel Borstlap). In 1997 his cd `Elbow Room`was released. In 2004 he founded his own recording label “Favorite”.

Besides the Instant Composers Pool [with Misha Mengelberg] and Amsterdam String Trio he performs in the Guus Janssen Trio, Michiel Scheen Quartet, Trio Continuo, Trio Bennink/Borstlap/Glerum and Available Jelly. He doubles on piano in Glerum Omnibus with Clemens van der Feen and Owen Hart.

Ernst Glerum plays at the Dutch Double Bass Festival with his new trio Glerum Omnibus with the talented players Jamie Peet (drums) and Timothy Banchet (keys.)

At the Dutch Double Bass Festival Glerum Omnibus plays Sunday 21 at 11.00 at Electriciteitsfabriek 2.

Gary Karr

ary Karr, acclaimed as “the world’s leading solo bassist” (Time Magazine), is, in fact, the first solo doublebassist in history to make that pursuit a full-time career. It is a career that adds new lustre to his already lustrous 1611 Amati doublebass which was given to him by the widow of Serge Koussevitzky.

Since his debut with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in 1962, Karr has performed as soloist on six continents with orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Simon Bolivar Orchestra (Caracas, Venezuela), Jerusalem Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and with all the major orchestras of Australia.

On Italian cable, three Karr doublebass recitals reached 20 million classical music lovers. The numerous CDs that Gary Karr has recorded and released in Japan are “top of the recording charts” favorites in the Far East. The BBC has featured two video films of Karr, one an illumination of his life and music (Amazing Bass) and one a series for children. On his third recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, Karr performed the Concerto for Bass by John Downey. CBS Sunday Morning celebrated Gary Karr’s career and the University of Wisconsin has released a video demonstrating his instructional approach to the doublebass (BASSically Karr) in addition to a special video concert for children (Karrtunes).

One of Karr’s proudest achievements is the Bronze Medal he received from the Rosa Ponselle Foundation which recognizes him as an outstanding lyrical musician. Gary is the proud holder of the 1997 Artist/Teacher of the Year Award from the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA). He also holds the Distinguished Achievement Award (1995) from the International Society of Bassists (ISB). Gary Karr participated in the Bi-Annual Rainforest Concert in Carnegie Hall with fellow-bassist Sting, Stevie Wonder and others in 1997. In 1999 a new book by Claude Kenneson, entitled Musical Prodigies — Perilous Journeys, Remarkable Lives was released by Amadeus Press, which includes a passage describing Karr’s early love affair with the doublebass.

In June 2001, Gary Karr played his farewell public concert as part of the International Society of Bassists 2001 Convention in Indianapolis. A large audience that included eight hundred bassists from twenty-seven different countries attended this event. At the close of this recital with his pianist, Harmon Lewis, Karr was given the ISB’s Distinguished Teacher Award. He was also presented with a very special gift from more than two hundred of his colleagues and fans…a newly developed rose named in his honor to commemorate his forty years on the international concert stage.

Gary Karr will be appearing in the Netherlands exclusively for the Dutch Double Bass Festival and will be performing with the Matangi Quartet and fellow bassist Ying Lai Green.

Gary Karr with the Matangi Quartet and Ying Lai Green will be performing at the Dutch Double Bass Festival on Sunday 21 May at 12:30 at Electriciteitsfabriek 1.

Matangi Quartet

The Matangi Quartet was founded in 1999 by four young musicians then studying at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Conservatory of Rotterdam. In 2003 Matangi completed the two-year, full-time course at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy under the direction of Stefan Metz (cellist, Orlando Quartet). At the Academy, the Matangi Quartet had the opportunity to take lessons from international renowned musicians, including the members of the Amadeus Quartet. The quartet also received intensive mentoring from Henk Guittart (violist, Schönberg Quartet) for several years.

The Matangi Quartet has since developed into a regular performer in the Dutch chamber music scene and abroad. With their impassioned playing and smart presentation, Maria-Paula, Daniel, Karsten and Arno epitomize a new generation of classical musicians. They are often characterized by words such as communicative, provocative and refreshingly versatile. The Matangi Quartet has shared the stage with various top-class classical musicians such as Miranda van Kralingen, Tania Kross, Ivo Janssen, Paolo Giacometti and Severin von Eckardstein. The quartet has also been invited to perform in various festivals, including the Delft Chamber Music Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Carthage Festival in Tunisia, the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the International Conservatoire Festival in St Petersburg and the North Sea Jazz festival in the Netherlands.

In 2002 Matangi was awarded the prestigious Kersjes van de Groenekan Award, an annual prize awarded to exceptional chamber music talent in the Netherlands. In 2008 the quartet won third prize at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar. The Matangi Quartet released several CDs issued by Challenge Records International which all received great critical acclaim. The latest releases were the CDs ‘Mendelssohn’ (2009), ‘Candybox’ (2010) and ‘Haydn’s Nature’ (2013). Together with viola da gamba player Ralph Rousseau the quartet won the Edison Audience Award 2009, for their CD ‘Chansons d’amour’ (Challenge Records 2008). The CD ‘Testimoni’ with Martin Fondse (composition and vibrandoneon) and Eric Vloeimans (trumpet) was awarded the Edison Jazz prize 2012.

Matangi regularly participates in innovative crossover projects and has performed in collaboration with artists such as cabaretiers Herman van Veen and Youp van ’t Hek, bandoneon player Carel Kraayenhof, jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, jazz pianist Michiel Braam, DJ Kypski, jazz vocalists Mathilde Santing and Renske Taminiau, singer songwriters Lory Liebermann and Tom McRae. These pioneering excursions beyond the borders of classical music have resulted in Matangi winning an enthusiastic new public for the string quartet. No less important, this has provided a source of inspiration for infusing performances of the rich classical repertoire built up over the past 250 years – from Haydn to Adès – with new élan. For essentially, the Matangi are focused on just one thing: letting the audience palpably experience the energy, passion and excitement that is inherent in all good music.

At the Dutch Double Bass Festival Matangi Quartet plays with Gary Karr and Ying Lai Green at Sunday 21 May 12:0 at Electriciteitsfabriek 1.

Dominic Seldis

As principal bassist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dominic Seldis (1971) has also become a household name as jury member of ‘Maestro’. As a soloist he premiered Tan Dun’s concerto, ‘Wolf Totem’ for double bass and orchestra written for him and the RCO. He was the first bassist to appear as soloist with the RCO in 125 years. As soloist, Dominic has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Dominic will be premiering his arrangement of West Side Story at the Dutch Double Bass Festival.

At the Dutch Double Bass Festival Dominic Seldis’ ‘West side story’ plays Saturday 20 May at 18.30 at Electriciteitsfabriek 2.

Joris Vanvinckenroye

Joris Vanvinckenroye (1977), also known by his solo moniker BASta!, is a Flemish avant-rock and experimental double bass musician and composer. He is best known for Aranis, a neo-classical chamber rock group he founded and leads, and for his double bass solo project, BASta!. Vanvinckenroye has performed in Europe and the United States, and recorded five albums with Aranis. As BASta!, he released a solo album, Cycles, which a review at AllMusic described as “a fabulous showcase for the talents of Joris Vanvinckenroye”.

Joris Vanvinckenroye began studying contrabass when he was 16 at the Music Academy of Lier in Belgium. He won Belgium’s Axion Classics award in 2000, and continued his studies at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire in Antwerp, where he obtained a master’s degree in double bass in 2005. Vanvinckenroye also obtained a secondary school teacher diploma in 2000 in physics, geography and mathematics.
In 1994, while still studying, Vanvinckenroye co-founded Troissoeur, an electronic group, who toured Europe into the early 2000s, and released two CDs. In 2002 Vanvinckenroye founded and led Aranis, an acoustic avant-rock, experimental and neo-classical chamber music group. Between 2005 and 2014, Aranis recorded six albums and performed in Europe, Japan and the United States.
In 2009 Vanvinckenroye created a solo project called BASta! and recorded Cycles, an album featuring him on solo multi-tracked double bass. BASta! concerts feature Vanvinckenroye solo playing double bass with a loop sampler, creating a multi-layered sound. Vanvinckenroye said that Troissoeur’s guitarist used a loop station, and after trying loops himself to create a composition for his final double bass exam at the conservatory, he incorporated it into his concerts.
In addition to his group and solo activities, Vanvinckenroye also composes music for dance and theatre. Between 2003 and 2006 he supplied music for Lunfardo, a tango dance group. He has also collaborated with the Retina Dance Company, composing music and performing it live in two of their productions: as BASta! in Antipode in 2009, and with Aranis in Layers of Skin in 2012. Vanvinckenroye has worked with several musicians, including Sandy Dillon, playing double bass on her 2006 album, Pull the Strings. He also periodically teaches musical improvisation and creativity.

Joris Vanvinkenroye plays at the Dutch Double Bass Festival at Saturday 20 May 17:00 and 23:00 at 1A First Alternative Stage.