Amersfoort World Jazz Festival

Efe Erdem proves that 18th and 19th century composed music and 21st century grooves go together!
Who says 18th- and 19th-century composed music and 21st-century grooves don’t mix? The trombonist and composer Efe Erdem proved that these musical worlds are evenly matched. He wrote music for string quartet, inspired by the era between Romanticism and Neo-Classicalism. Russian bassist Anton Davidyants and drummer Tuur Moens added a solid layer of progressive funk and fusion grooves to the strings, while Erdem’s trombone moved fluently throughout. The audience that attended a sold-out, magical concert at Festival Jazz International Rotterdam 2019 knows how that sounded. For those who couldn’t be there that first time, or for those who want to experience this musical trip again, Efe presents his project again in Rotterdam.
Including the album release of Three4! Trombonist Efe Erdem was born in Ankara (Turkey) as the son of traditional dancers. During his classical trombone studies, he already attended workshops in Jazz and Latin. His love for this brought him to Codarts, Rotterdam, at the age of nineteen in 2008.
Nowadays versatile musician Efe Erdem is active in the Rotterdam and international jazz/urban/classical scene as a trombonist, arranger, composer and creative producer. He has already performed on stage with Kool & The Gang, Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper, but also Dutch music heroes such as Doe Maar, Trijntje Oosterhuis and Anouk. In Rotterdam he is part of the re:freshed Orchestra and for many years led various jazz sessions in Grounds and BIRD.
In 2019 Efe was selected for The Pack Project. The Pack Project is a talent development program of Jazz International Rotterdam. Every year a young Rotterdam top talent puts together a new band and uses it to create new compositions. With the Pack Project he performed at Festival Jazz International Rotterdam and at its sister festival in Nijmegen. Immediately afterwards, Efe and his musicians went into the studio to immortalize The Pack Project on record, which has been renamed Three4.