It’s all about music with soul. Since I graduated from the academy of music in Rotterdam I’ve been developing myself more and more as a multi-instrumentalist. Whichever music style, genre or instrument is necessary for a project or song, I can adapt to anything.
The last few years I have been more and more active in different bands and projects. I’m not easily put off – the more diverse, the better. Verbraak/Van Bijnen and Streetbeat Empire take their inspiration from New Orleans, with Ralph de Jongh playing the blues, Point Quiet plays some mean country-noir and Sesgado takes its inspiration from world music. All music has soul and I love to play it all!
All music has soul and I love to play it all!
My musical partner Sanne Verborgt and I have been sharing ‘t Muziekhuis (The Music House) in Roosendaal since 2016. It’s a great place for rehearsing and recording in our own studio, whether it’s for ourselves or someone else’s project. I’ve done recording sessions there for blues guitarist Ralph de Jongh and singer-songwriter Andre van den Boogaart, and also the two albums of Verbraak/Van Bijnen were largely recorded there.
Together with singer Martine van de Kar and musician Hans Hest I’m a part of the musical theatrical company Flits. A trio with a smile! We perform for children at primary schools in the Netherlands and Belgium, but also run our project “Down Memory Lane” in which the elderly in care homes can participate. As a music teacher I teach music lessons, workshops (body-clap, djembé and improvisation) for individual students, companies and at primary and secondary schools.
With pianist Co Vergouwen I composed the music for the visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima to Roosendaal. One of the pieces was voted to be the new town song for Roosendaal; you can listen to it on the website of the town council.