8 & 9 June 2019

Richard Bona Group

The Cameroon born bassist Richard Bona (1967) is known worldwide and has collaborated with artists such as Harry Belefonte, Pat Metheny and John Legend. Of the eight albums released under his own name, ‘Tiki’ achieved a GRAMMY® Award nomination and reached the charts in several countries, including The Netherlands. Bona is a virtuoso on both bass guitar and double bass, writes his own music and sings.

Rick Stotijn with Matangi Quartet feat. Marijn van Prooijen

Double Bassist Rick Stotijn (1982) will be joining forces with the Matangi Quartet featuring Marijn van Prooijen for his performance at this year’s Dutch Double Bass Festival.
Stotijn is considered one of the most leading bass players in the
world. Rick won several first prizes at competitions such as the Princess Christina competition, the Young Musical Talent Foundation and in 2013 the highest accolade awarded to a musician in the Netherlands, the Dutch Music Prize. As soloist he has performed with, among others, the Residentie Orkest, Gelders Orkest and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2016 he premiered Reports from the Low Country written for him and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic by Martijn Padding.
Together with the critically acclaimed Matangi Quartet (Kersjes van de Groenekan Award, International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition) and bassist and arranger Marijn van Prooijen, Stotijn will be performing a tour de force programme featuring works by among others, Piazzolla, masterfully arranged by Marijn van Prooijen.

Omer Avital Qantar

Qantar is the new name of the quintet of composer and double bassist Omer Avital (1971). Avital is known to lead his bands with such fervor that Downbeat has already compared him to his legendary colleague Charles Mingus. Omer Avital is part of a close-knit group of Israeli jazz musicians making waves in the clubs of New York, such as trumpeter Avishai Cohen and pianist Aaron Goldberg. In his music Omer Avital refers to his half Jewish and half Arabic heritage. The result is an urban mixture of cultural influences, from eastern melodies to intoxicating North African desert blues.

Tony Overwater

Tony Overwater is an award winning bass player whose sound and unique way of playing have established him as a key player in the European music world. He is a remarkable solo performer and leader of his own projects but plays also in groups like the Rembrandt Frerichs trio and the Madar Ensemble. He is well known for his pioneering work in Arab music. He started a salon of Arab music in the Netherlands, Salon Joussour, creating a bridge between musicians from the Middle East and Europe. Tony Overwater has created the music for many documentaries, among which the Berlin Award winning documentary Justice For Sergei and Om de Oude Wereldzee about Dutch politician Abraham Kuyper. At Dutch Double Bass Festival he plays a soloshow on double bass and violone.

Thomas Pol

Rotterdam bassist Thomas Pol (1989) is seen as one of the best jazz bassists of the new generation. Having studied with Hein van de Geyn he travelled to the US on a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to further his studies in both Jazz and Classical double bass. Whilst there and together with musicians from the US, he recorded his debut album “Made in America” and is currently a teacher at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam. Thomas Pol is also the regular bassist of Benjamin Herman. Especially for the Dutch Double Bass Festival Thomas has put together a trio with Tony Roe on keys and Jamie Peet on drums.

Renaud Garcia-Fons “Revoir Paris” Trio

The Catalan-French Renaud Garcia-Fons (1962) has been referred to as the “Paganini of the Double Bass”. He possesses an extraordinary technique: by means of bowing and plucking Garcia-Fons conjures up a fascinating sound out of his double bass. By adding a fifth string to his instrument Garcia-Fons has opened up his improvisation possibilities even more. Taking deep inspiration from his mentor Francois Rabbath with whom he studied in Paris as a young man, Garcia-Fons’ music is a rich gypsy mix of global jazz flavored with Indian, Greek, African, flamenco, Latin American, tango, and new musette. At DDBF Garcia-Fons performs with his ‘Revoir Paris’ trio.

Tribute to Jaco Pastorius feat. Jimmy Haslip, Scott Kinsey, Jeroen de Rijk

The Netherlands’ most well known percussionst, Jeroen de Rijk (collaborator with Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars and the Metropole Orkest, among others) invites former bassist of the jazz fusion group The Yellowjackets Jimmy Haslip (1951) for a tribute to Jaco Pastorius. One of the most influential bass guitarists of our time, Haslip turned the bass guitar into a solo instrument and gained notoriety for his work with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell and bands such as Weather Report. Also featuring Scott Kinsey (keys) and Yoran Vroom (drums).

Eric van der Westen 'EW5'

With more than twenty years of experience as bassist, band leader, composer and organiser, Eric van der Westen’s (1963) career can so far be divided into three streams. He moved from free jazz to South African jazz and from there to music influenced strongly by electronics and hip-hop. Van der Westen is also known from his collaborations with Paul van Kemenade, Jeroen van Vliet and Louis Mhlanga. At the Dutch Double Bass Festival he will be presenting his new group ‘EW5’ with Jörg Brinkmann (cello), Joël Botma (trompet), Guido Nijs (tenor sax) and Aron Raams (gitaar).

Nicolas Crosse

Nicolas Crosse (1979) from France, is a specialst in the realm of 20th century and contemporary music. He is a permanent member of the internationally renowned Ensemble Intercontemporain and has performed with orchestras such as the Paris Orchestra and Paris Opera. Nicolas worked closely with the late composer and conductor Puerre Boulez and has made some of the most significant recordings of some of the most important works for solo bass from the 20th century, including the Sequenza XIVb by Luciano Berio. At the Dutch Double Bass Festival Nicolas will be performing a fully solo programme.

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.

Having performed a successful concert at the previous edition of DDBF Cody is now coming back to play a number of pieces specially written for him, in collaboration with the composition department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Only world premieres!

François Rabbath with the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest feat. Sylvain Rabbath

Legendary bassist, François Rabbath (1931) was born in Aleppo, Syria into a musical family of six boys and three girls. It was here that he began to teach himself the double bass with the help of a method book by Edouard Nanny that the young François had found in a tailor’s shop.

Following a brief stint at the Paris Conservatoire, the young François began to earn his living as an accompanist for Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Becaud, Michel Legrand and others. In 1963 he made his first of many solo record albums. Although never advertised or promoted, the Philips album Bass Ball became one of the most sought after recordings of its time. From 1964, as well as composing music for movies and the theater, and performing with the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles and Moody Blues, Rabbath launched his career as a soloist, first in France, then throughout Europe. He played his Carnegie Hall debut in 1975 with Ornette Coleman. A dazzling virtuoso who accepts no limits or labels, François Rabbath crosses classical, jazz, and global traditions. He is credited with bringing more attention to the double bass as a serious solo instrument as well as evolving a revolutionary technique in the use of the left hand and bow arm.

Sylvain Rabbath (1984), son of François, is an accomplished musician in his own right, with a classical piano diploma from the National Conservatoire in Paris, among other achievements.

Father and son will be performing exclusively for the Dutch Double Bass Festival and for the first time with the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest.
Dedicated to the Arabo Andalusian music – the music that originated between the 9th and 15th centuries on the Iberian Peninsula, this orchestra represents the musical heritage of Andalusia, from traditional sefardi ladino to arabo andalus and from modern flamenco to jazz andalus and connects various Mediterranean countries. The Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest has been made up of the young Amsterdam and Moroccan musicians who founded the orchestra in 2011.

Dominic Seldis presents: The Basses of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Dominic Seldis (1971) presents: The Basses of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Principal bassist Dominic Seldis will be, for the first time, and exclusively for the Dutch Double Bass Festival giving a concert with members of the bass section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, named by Gramaphone magazine as the world’s best symphony orchestra. Well known as a jury member of the television programme Maestro, Dominic Seldis has performed as soloist with, among others; the Concertgebouw Orchestra (as the first bassist to do so in 125 years), London Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Philharmonia Orchestra.

Dominic will be bringing the following bassists from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra:

Théotime Voisin (FR) former principal bassist of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and since October 2016 assistant Principal of the RCO.

Olivier Thiery (FR) 3rd Prize at the 58th international ARD competition in Munich. Member of the RCO since 2008.

Rob Dirksen (NL) member of the RCO since August 2002 and professor at Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg.

Nicky Schwartz (USA) Prize winner at International Society of Bassists and the Stulberg International String Competition. Member of the RCO since August 2013.

Léo Genet (FR) Member of the RCO since August 2018. Former principal bassist of EUYO and member of Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Georgie Poad (GB) Prize winner at International Society of Bassists. Member of the RCO since August 2007.

Felix Lashmar (DE) Former member of Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Member of the RCO since August 2018.

James Oesi Group

Artistiek leider James Oesi (1988) van het festival stelde, speciaal voor de presentatie van de eerste festivaleditie, een groep samen met drie van zijn favoriete musici: violiste Diamanda Dramm (Kersjesfonds vioolbeurs 2015, Dutch Classical Talent), pianist Helena Basilova (oa. soliste in Concertgebouw en Caregie Hall) en klarinetist David Kweksilber (Asko|schönberg, David Kweksilber Big Band). De groep komt nu voor het eerst naar het reguliere festival met een programma met Bach, Berio, Beethoven en Bloch maar ook the Great American Songbook en Zuid Afrikaanse jazz van Louis Moholo.

Petter Eldh and Kit Downes' FIEND

The Swedish bassist Petter Eldh (1983) is one of the new kids on the block in the progressive jazz world. Collaborating with everyone who matters in modern jazz, such as saxophonist Marius Neset, Django Bates and Jameszoo. Eldh will be bringing another great of the progressive jazz scene with him especially for the Dutch Double Bass Festival: British pianist and organist and winner of the BBC Jazz Award, Kit Downes.

Håkon Thelin

Norwegian Håkon Thelin (1976) performs regularly with Ensemble Modern, Oslo Sinfonietta and Musikfabrik. He is well known for his beguiling combination of folk and contemporary music featuring a beautifully jaw-dropping and completely unique use of harmonics and multiphonics. Håkon has recorded three solo albums, one of which was nominated for a Spellemannprisen – The Grammy awards of Norway. Thelin gives lessons in modern music, composition and improvisation at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Codarts Double Bass Ensemble

From the studios of Luis Cabrera Martín and Peter Leerdam, 9 talented students from Rotterdam’s Codarts Conservatory will be forming the Codarts Double Bass Ensemble! The students will be forming and octet and a quartet to perform two works: Puerta al Abismo by Ariël Haberand and Sinfonia Piccola by Bertold Hummel in their concert ‘8vaBASSA! on Sunday the 9th at 11:00.
The students are:
Catharina Feyen
Kornel Koncos
Sophia Price
Geert Pfeiffer
Konstantinos Sifakis
Krystyna Kulisiewicz
Ivan Cruz
Nils Juijn
João Vargas
Mikel Fernandez (conductor)