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 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 also a collaborative and attentive sideman for, among others, Yuri Honing. 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.
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 Yannick Hiwat (violin), Joël Botma (trumpet), Efe Erdem (trombone) en Aron Raams (guitar).
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.
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.
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.