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Marike van Dijk: Blending Musical Languages

Tuesday 24th of February 2015 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Sorry! We're SOLD OUT for this event on Tuesday February 24th.  At The Netherland Club of New York we host for our Dutch Young Professional Marike van Dijk saxophonist and composer - her second concert.

Marike is bringing together 12 very talented and accomplished multi-national young musicians. Besides Marike, two other talented musicians are from the Netherlands:

Marike van Dijk - composer and saxophonist

Anna Webber -flute and tenor sax
Alan Ferber - trombone
Ben van Gelder - bassclarinet and alto sax
Lucas Pino -clarinet and tenor sax
Rick Rosato - bass
Manuel Schmiedel - piano
Mark Schilders - drums
Defne Sahin- vocal
Sita Chay - violin
Benjamin von Gutzeit - viola
Eric Lemmon - viola
Amanda Gookin - cello

On this very date Marike is celebrating the release of her crowd-funded CD ' The Stereography Project'

A Dutch native who studied music at the Rotterdam Conservatory and the Conservatory of Amsterdam, van Dijk, 32 years old, is part of an expanding group of young, international performers making their mark in New York’s jazz scene. Though she spent her twenties shuffling between the U.S. and Europe working and studying music composition, van Dijk has now settled in New York and about to release her second full length album, “The Stereography Project.” The new release, on Brooklyn Underground Jazz Records, features eleven tracks that cycle through a generous amalgam of richly complex compositions and collaborations. The album’s charm is found on tracks such as “The End” and “I Am Not a Robot” an opening salvo that uncorks a playful yet determined energy and sets the tone for the entire 8-track set.

Van Dijk: “The new record really brings together all things that I’ve learned and honed over the past five years,” van Dijk said recently at Threes Brewing, a bar and event space in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood that occasionally hosts Improvisational jazz performances.  ”It’s kind of a combination of the cultural and musical influences that have taken hold of my life the past few years.”

The concert at The Netherland Club of New York offers a selection from her CD. The backing band represents an array of young, award-winning touring musicians including Grammy nominee Alan Ferber on trombone and Ben van Gelder, a Monk Competition semi-finalist, on Bass clarinet and alto sax. It will include vocalist Defne Sahin who offers a rich and delicate voice on “She’s Leaving Home.” In all, more than ten musicians perform employing instruments from the flute, bass, and piano to drums, violin, and cello. They are graduates from New School, Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, NYU,  the Amsterdam and Rotterdam Conservatories. It is a truly international group of musicians: The Netherlands, Germany, Canada, USA, Greece and South Korea. 
It is a feat for us that Marike’s drive and vision managed to assemble this unique orchestra; there is nothing like it at this moment in time and extra-ordinary in the Jazz world.

“I seem to gravitate towards larger ensembles, because I love all the sounds and the chords and the different colors of the instruments,’ van Dijk says. “I love the challenge of putting together the right sounds and the right chords.”

Van Dijk began playing saxophone at age eleven and joined a classical orchestra a year later. An affinity for eclectic collaborations eventually drew her to big bands and away from classical music, she says. “I felt drawn to ‘that other music’, meaning other than classical.” She eventually landed at Rotterdam and Amsterdam conservatories to study jazz and took up the saxophone.
“I mainly focused on the sax, but slowly gravitated more towards composition,” she says. “I started my own quintet and started writing music.”
Those early collaborations produced “Patches of Blue,” her first full-length album in 2010. Inspired mostly by her love and life in New York, the record employed a curiosity and energy  that would eventually become her trademarks. “The months I spent in New York back then are still some of the most musically inspiring for me,” she says. “Every time I walked out the door onto Riverside Drive I could feel the tremendous energy that really served as incentive to write and compose music for that album.”

Everybody is welcome to join for this concert! The capacity is limited to 90 seats. Do RSVP:  

It's a free event for members of The Netherland Club and other guests pay $10 in cash at the door. Her brand new CD 'The Stereography Project' will be available to purchase for $10.

Doors open at 6:00 PM there will be a cash-bar available on the 4th floor. Concerts starts at 7pm.

Here's a link to Marike’s interview about her recent appearance in the ‘Blue Note’ which was included in ABC

More about Marike viste her website:   


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