I’m honoured to be part of a great faculty at my alma mater: the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Read more here.
SMASH HITS with Ben van Gelder and the Metropole Orkest is about to be released on Basta Music (!!). This record is a live registration of our 2016 show in Amsterdam and our 2017 show in Utrecht, with the orchestra conducted by Christian Elsässer. Our collaboration with the multiple Grammy Award-winning orchestra is, without a doubt, probably the highlight of my career. Hearing the orchestra play with no holds barred feels like someone is screaming “I love you” in your face. Someone who means it. Ben van Gelder sounds extra extra, and arrangers Gerd Hermann Ortler, Rob Horsting, Daniel Jamieson and Christian Elsässer have magnified our compositions in ways that go beyond our wildest imaginings. Subscribe to the newsletter to get notified.
Saxophone colossus Benjamin Herman has started a band with legendary punk drummer Olav van den Berg, and Yours Truly is proud to be one fourth of the line-up. BUGHOUSE is due for release on October 5th. Five out of five stars according to Jazzism (!!!). Find the Dutch tour dates here. Listen to the single on Spotify:
A series of SOLO GUITAR VIDEOS will be released on YouTube in the coming months.
A duo record with Ben van Gelder is in the making and due for release in the spring of 2019. We’re currently booking a March 2019 duo tour of New Zealand and Australia. Kit Downes will be involved in a number of release shows in Holland and the UK in May and June. More news soon!
A registration of the highlights of the GIGANTIC CHAMBER MUSIC MINI FESTIVAL including my first String Quartet will be released in the form of an EP in 2019.
I’ve started uploading brand new ONE MINUTE COMPOSITIONS, sketches and improvisations to Instagram on a weekly basis. I will record 40 of these compositions for an upcoming record entitled ‘Minute Music’. You can support the project by pre-ordering the CD or LP (due for release in early 2020).
A series of EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS is in the making, of which the first episode will be available for purchase soonish.
Additionally, I’m writing a method for composition based on the 7 parameters of music, with the ominous title BOOK OF BAAS. I will start putting out one chapter at a time through Patreon, starting early 2019. See Education for more information. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates.
CHARTS for Discombobulatrix, Smooth Jazz Apocalypse and Mostly Improvised Instrumental Indie Music will be available for purchase shortly, and will include scores and parts.