Welcome to my site! I am an improvising musician living in Amsterdam. I am a trumpeter and vocalist performing with various ensembles internationally. This last season has been a full and inspiring time with a variety of projects:
In June I was on tour in Canada with Naked Wolf performing 4 concerts as part of jazz festivals in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Apart from the music a highlight was definitely eating sushi in Vancouver!
The Present is Present festival took place in May in various Amsterdam venues. It was a week of feasting on Improvised music. I was so thrilled to present my 5tet in the Bimhuis as part of the festival. I reworked some older compositions as well as writing new ones plus new text.
In the same week I also performed with a quartet of strings and brass and on the closing ‘all nighter’ which involved loads of different bands and combinations: I performed a duo with colleague cornettist Eric Boeren.
The David Kweksilber Big Band spent a weekend in Cologne giving workshops and performing in de ‘Funkhaus’ and we recently took part in a night of filming in Amsterdams Vondelpark for the feature film ‘Het leven is verrukkelijk’ The original sound track will be recorded this coming September.
For the art event ‘Fête de la Nature‘ in the Amstelpark I created a duo piece with pencil artist Leisje van den Berk inspired by the direct environment, and, the trio we have with lighting designer Ellen Knops gave a set of family performances, Lichtlijnen in the 2 Turven Hoog festival in April.
Other recent performances include The Mulligan Baker Project in Baarle Nassau in the south of Holland, David Kweksilber Big Band in the Bimhuis, Qubit Philharmonic, a nonet performing pieces by Joost Buis, Eric Boeren and Natalio Sued. This group has been performing once a month in Amsterdams ‘De Ruimte’. I also performed in a duo with Lily Kiara as well as in her group The River , in the smallest and very atmospheric theatre in the heart of Amsterdam, the ‘Torpedotheater’.
My teaching has also continued into July with presentations of the ‘Kinderband’ in Amersfoort, my groups at the Muziekpakhuis and a children’s workshop at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
I will keep steadily adding information to this page, keep in touch. Here you can view my CV.