Dutch Double Bass Festival 2021, Oct 29 – 30 in Rotterdam’s brand new Theater Zuidplein…
Dutch Double Bass Festival 2021 – Only in The Netherlands!
Dutch Double Bass Festival programmes a substantial number of acts exclusively for The Netherlands and organises unique collaborations. Derrick Hodge, known as the bassist of among others, Anthony Hamilton, Robert Glasper and Kanye West has released three albums under his own name and will be performing exclusively at Dutch Double Bass Festival with his new band. This is also the case for American bassist Ben Williams, well known for his work with Pat Metheny and Stefon Harris, among others. Williams’ latest album I Am A Man received glowing reviews. Williams will be performing numbers from the album with an all-star band including among others, saxophonist Marcus Strickland.
John Scofield & Dave Holland, two of the very biggest jazz greats will be performing for the first time in the Netherlands as a duo (and exclusively at Dutch Double Bass Festival). Bassist Dave Holland started his career as bassist to Miles Davis and then played with almost all the greats, such as Chick Corea, Stan Getz and Pat Metheny. His own work earned him three Grammy Awards. Guitarist John Scofield also worked with Miles Davis, and with greats such as Charles Mingus, Herbie Hancock and Joe Lovano. Sco also earned three Grammys under his own name. This living legend is an example to guitarists worldwide.
Anyone who has ever been to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw or National Opera is familiar with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra! One of Europe’s best orchestras, with a broad repertoire from Bach to Wagner. In a first, this top orchestra’s bass section will be giving a concert on their own! And with none other than international star soloist Božo Paradžik, who not only has performed with the world’s best orchestras but has also racked up millions of hits on YouTube with his solo work. Special guest during this concert is trumpetist Eric Vloeimans.
23-year-old Polish bass guitarist Kinga G?yk became well known through YouTube and Instagram racking up millions of hits for her videos. At her young age, she has already become a household name within the jazz and funk scenes.
The face of TV’s Maestro and principal bassist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dominic Seldis, young talent Sasha Witteveen with comedian and pianist Mike Boddé, got to know each other through the prominent Dutch classical music TV programme Podium Witteman. The three of them share not only a love of music but particularly a love of the double bass and this is why they will be presenting a programme together centred especially around the instrument for DDBF.
Bass guitarist Hadrien Feraud and trumpeter Philip Lassiter join forces for DDBF. Lassiter was Prince’s trumpeter and arranger and for DDBF he will be playing with bassist to Lee Ritenour and Gino Vanelli – Hadrien Feraud – in a super funky band! From Prince classics to super groovy originals!
Festival founder James Oesi will be sharing the stage with the well known and widely acclaimed Dudok Quartet. They have put a programme together especially for the occasion featuring work by among others, Caroline Shaw, Bach and Dvorak.
Classical, jazz and funk at one festival
The bass is indispensable to all music styles, which is why Dutch Double Bass Festival programmes straight through different music styles. Apart from the above-mentioned acts, you will also hear:
- Danish bass player Jasper Høiby rose to prominence with his trio Phronesis but was in search of something new. With his new band Planet B, he explores adventurous acoustic jazz with a message about our planet and the climate.
- Englishman Robert Smith will be performing on the viola da gamba, one of the forefathers of the double bass. Smith doesn’t limit himself to early music and is known for playing Metallica as compellingly as Bach in the same concert. He won the Bach-Abel Viola da Gamba competition and plays with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
- Florentin Ginot is known for his incredible performance of Bach’s Chaconne on double bass. An important and active player of contemporary music, this French musician is the bassist of the well known Ensemble Musikfabriek in Cologne.
- Fuensanta Méndez from Mexico is a rising name in the Dutch music world. The Amsterdam-based bassist, composer and singer creates her own music worlds with influences of Jazz and Mexican folk music.
- The band Madlife whose front-woman is bassist and singer Madelief van Vlijmen brings you alternative pop with shoulder pads: a large dose of the ’80s with edges of Jazz.
- An incredibly versatile artist from Rotterdam’s improvisation scene, Gonçalo Almeida with some of the biggest improvisers out there including Chris Speed and Jorrit Dijkstra. Almeida also collaborates with dancers, video artists and poets.
- DDBF also gives a platform to young talent: three different ensembles, made up of the best students from Rotterdam’s Codarts Conservatory and the Conservatory of Amsterdam, will be performing.
Third edition of DDBF at a new location: Rotterdam’s Theatre Zuidplein
Dutch Double Bass Festival is the festival that lets you hear just how beautiful the bass is. The only festival worldwide programmed around the bass, from jazz to classical, world to pop. With bands, orchestras and soloists; featuring the double bass, bass guitar and viola da gamba. The artistic leader is bassist James Oesi, well known from, among others, Dutch TV programmes Podium Witteman and Op1: “Most people don’t realise just how versatile the bass is: the fundament of the orchestra, a compelling solo and chamber instrument and of course essential in a jazz formation. I want the world to experience just how beautiful the instrument is and its appeal to all kinds of music lovers whose hearts we want to touch with this festival.”
Dominic Seldis (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), the bassists of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, world star bassist Richard Bona and well-known jazz bassist John Patitucci have been some of the artists at the previous two editions. On the 29th and 30th of October, we will be welcoming 18 acts in Theatre Zuidplein in Rotterdam. The theatre has just been reopened in a completely new building that was nominated for the Rotterdam Architecture Prize 2021.
Dutch Double Bass Festival is organised by the Dutch Double Bass Festival Foundation and is made possible by contributions from among others: SENA Performers, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Fonds21, de Gemeente Rotterdam, Stichting Dioraphte, het Kersjesfonds, de Eramusstichting, de Gravin van Bylandt Stichting, de Stichting ter Bevordering van Volkskracht, Stichting Elise Mathilde, de Janivo Stichting, het Hendrik Mullerfonds, de Haella Stichting, de Van der Mandele Stichting, de Van den Berch Van Heemstede Stichting, De Lancey Foundation, de Suzanne Hovinga Stichting, Stichting Item, Fonds 1999, Admiraal van Kinsbergen Fonds, Stimulering Kunst & Cultuur, Stichting Verzameling van Wijngaarden-Boot and 1A First Alternative.
For more information, visit online at www.ddbf.nl