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AND THIS IS ME

A love for sounds, colors, and shapes – for the sum that is greater than its parts- for the layers hidden beneath the obvious – for unconventional solutions to puzzles of everyday life.

These elements are at the core of my ever-growing list of job descriptions. I am a photographer, percussionist, music theater maker, music educator, and radio speaker. Whatever serves the purpose best becomes the medium. Most of the times, it means having to learn a new craft.

It all started with a fascination for the endless world of percussion. In the music world, I found like-minded people. I adored playing Bach on the marimba and timpani in the orchestra but soon realized that I couldn’t stop imaging music in visual terms. From the day I performed Stuart S. Smith’s ‘Songs I-IX,’ I knew that Music Theater was my thing. I love the tension between seeing and hearing. I love to think conceptually and convey ideas that make my audience reflect.

Having a strong visual sense of music, I also started to explore music through the lens. I am an autodidact photographer, which allows me to be continually searching for my own path. I love that photography provides a different angle to experience music. I am driven by the search for the key moment- the moment that captures the true personality of a musician, might it be while playing or in a portrait. I love to show the energy that drives musicians in a perspective that the bare eye doesn’t see.

Growing a bit older, I also started photographing weddings. Creating everlasting memories for families is a true blessing. The moments of blissful happiness and the personal colors in each wedding are what I am looking for.

Ever since I thought that music education is immensely rewarding. I believe that music education adds an enormous lot to a child’s everyday life and education. Seeing that children grow up to be more accomplished adults with skills that they have learned in music lessons is a truly heartwarming experience.

Last but not least, I recently got the opportunity to work as a journalist for the radio. Even though it was a jump into the deep water, I was excited about the counterbalance to the artistic life. Researching hard facts and turning them into a straight-ahead text, something, which is entirely different from the poetic writing I do.

And whenever I don’t do any of these things, I garden, create decorative items or renovate rooms.

●● RESIDENCIES ●●

International Percussion Competition Luxemb’g •• since 2009

Tromp Percussion Eindhoven •• since 2010

Zeltsman Marimba Festival •• 2009 | 2010 | 2016

Percussion Friends Chamber Music Academy •• 2012 – 2017

Storioni Festival Eindhoven •• 2011

Jan Pustjens Focus Day Amsterdam •• 2016

Adams International Percussion Festival •• 2016

●● REFERENCES ●●

Adams Musical Instruments | Concorde | Conservatorium van Amsterdam | Muziekgebouw Eindhoven | Percussions de Strasbourg | Theater Artemis | Trio SR9 | Veenfabriek | a.o.

●● PUBLISHED AT ●●

Bridge Records | Challenge Records | Naïve Records | Void Records | Slagwerkkrant | Klankwijzer | Klanglogo | Percussive Notes | Cover of the year Brochure of the Auditorium du Musée de Grenoble

●● AWARDS ●●

Kuopio Photo International 2018 – Honorable Mention

●● BOOKS ●●

Live and Let Die (2013)