Sena Performers Dutch Laureate Festival
Amersfoort Jazz presents two-day Laureates Festival in the Observant
On October 22 and 23, the Amersfoort World Jazz Festival will present its Laureates Festival with Dutch jazz. On Friday 22 October, the winners of the Dutch Jazz Competition will be the Aviv Noam Quartet and the Tijs Klaassen Quintet. The competition could not continue in 2020 but was ‘overtaken’ in 2021. Part of the prize was a concert at the Amersfoort World Jazz Festival.
The Dutch Jazz Competition is an initiative of, among others, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Ntb, Conamus (now BumaCulture) and the NTR. The Dutch Jazz Competition is made possible thanks to main sponsor Sena Performers, the support of the Hendrik Muller Fund and the Kunstenbond/Ntb.
On Saturday 23 October, the jazz guitar will be the focus. Laureates Olivier van Niekerk and Gijs Idema each play with their own formation. Olivier was winner of the Princess Christina Jazz Competition. Gijs won the Conservatory Talent Award in 2020. The Princess Christina Jazz Competition is intended for young talents who are still in secondary school, where the Conservatorium Talent Award is intended for studying musicians. Both Olivier and Gijs have now graduated and are making good progress.
The Sena Performers Jazz International Laureate Festival has been a regular feature of the Amersfoort World Jazz Festival for five years now. This year it has been decided to organize a physical edition with Dutch laureates, while international laureates are presented online. Both initiatives are supported by Sena Performers.
The concerts take place in the Observant, which has been the ‘Home of Jazz’ during the festival for more than 15 years. There are two concerts every evening. The first concert starts at 8.30 pm and the second concert starts at 10 pm.
Aviv Noam Quartet
Friday, October 22, 8:30 PM
Their music is a celebration of the different stages of life; meet the winner of the Dutch Jazz Competition 2020, Aviv Noam Quartet.
Talk to the members of the Aviv Noam Quartet about their compositions and they’ll likely bring up terms like “humour,” “intimacy,” and “organized chaos.” The focus of the band is to refine and deliver a raw palette of different emotions to the listener through their music.
The band states that their main musical ideas can be traced back to the giants of the avant-garde jazz of the 50s and 60s such as Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane. In addition to classical music, you will also hear modern jazz influences, Israeli and some Indian/Carnatic music & rhythm.
Aviv Noam – Saxofoon + composities
Hristo Goleminov – Basclarinet + Tenorsaxofoon
Omer Govreen – Contrabas + composities
Guy Salamon – Drums
Friday October 22 at 10:00 PM
Bassist Tijs Klaassen graduated magna cum laude in 2018, after having studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia. Since then he has played and toured with big names from the Dutch Jazz scene such as Theo Loevendie, Yuri Honing, Peter Beets, Henk Meutgeert and Jasper Blom.
In 2018 the band won the Keep An Eye The Records Award. This prize, consisting of € 10,000, enabled them to record their debut album ‘Clavius’, which was released in December 2019 at the Bimhuis. The album received rave reviews and was presented at festivals such as the Red Light Jazz Festival, Haarlem Jazz and the Make It Jazz Festival.
Mo van der Does – alto saxophone & clarinet
Matthias Van den Brande – tenor saxophone & whistle
Floris Kappeyne – Piano & synth
Robin van Rhijn – drums
Tijs Klaassen – double bass & compositions
Zaterdag 23 oktober 20:30
Olivier van Niekerk speelt sinds zijn zevende gitaar en zit op de School Voor Jong Talent, Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. In 2014 won hij samen met pianist Sergio Abdoelrahman de eerste prijs in hun categorie op het Prinses Christina Jazz Concours. Daarnaast heeft hij in 2017 met de groep genaamd ‘The Jazz Residence’ de eerste prijs gewonnen op een internationaal jazz concours in Roemenië en met het kwartet van Sergio de award op het Goois Jazz Festival. Olivier speelt als vaste gitarist in 7 formaties (waaronder het Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest) en hij heeft behalve in Nederland ook in België, Turkije, Roemenië, Zwitserland en IJsland opgetreden. Was te horen bij Radio2 NPO Soul & Jazz en te zien bij De Wereld Draait Door.
Guitarist and composer Gijs Idema grew up in The Hague and studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Manhattan School of Music. He plays with musical extremes and is always looking for the balance between improvisation and composition. His playing includes elements such as lyricism, rhythmic excesses, rich harmonies and meditative silences. Gijs is mainly active as leader of his own trio and with the Idema/ Serierse Quartet, in which he and singer Anna Serierse look for refreshing ways to let vocals and guitar flow together. In the past year Gijs released his first solo EP ‘Marking Time’ on the Dox Records label. The follow-up to this ‘Shaping Time’ will be released on October 22 and consists of the combination of the ADAM Quartet, Anna Serierse and solo guitar. In the past he won the Expression of Art Award (2018), Keep an Eye The Records (2020) and the Conservatorium Talent Award (2020).
Mo van der Does – saxophone
Gijs Idema – guitar
William Barrett – bass
Nitin Parree – drums