I’ll be playing with the Brad Mehldau Quartet at the TRANSMISSION – TRANSITION FESTIVAL, featuring my long time friend Joris Roelofs and drum legend Jorge Rossy. This is a special one for me on many levels.
…plans are being made to record some genuine double bass music. First of all, I will do a duo recording with the inscrutable Harmen Fraanje. We will play around with original pieces, improvisations and a few better know melodies arranged for the double bass and piano. Second, slowly but surely, I’m getting ready to play some beautiful Giovanni Bottesini pieces with pianist Artem Belogurov, 19th century style…on three pure guts strings (see picture) and a historically appropriate piano.
The last year, I have been playing a ridicoulous amount of music in wondrous places, from Harelbeke to Vladiwostok and South-Africa with the likes of Tutu Puoane (SA/BE), Dré Pallemaerts(BE) with Pablo Held (DE) and Sebastian Gill (DE), Robin Verheyen (BE) with Marc Copland (US) and the legendary Billy Hart, Becca Stevens (US) & the Metropole Orchestra, Joris Roelofs (NL), Jesse van Ruller Trio, Tineke Postma Quartet (NL), Paul Lay (FR), Jason Seizer (DE) and many more.
And, the Feenbrothers are back! A very nice Dave Brubeck tribute cd is coming out, that my three brothers and I recorded in november 2018. And I’m playing some bassnotes (and singing!) on the 2018 Grammy winning cd “Crazy girl Crazy” by the incredible Barbara Hannigan & Ludwig Orchestra.
More music coming up: there wil be a new (live-) recording for the Michael Moore Quartet, cd presentations for Maartje Meijers album ‘Gedichten van de Torenkamer’ (16 feb, Bimhuis) and a new Franz von Chossy Trio record (16&17 march). Also coming up are some concerts with Medusa Beats feat. Jonas Burgwinkel (DE) and Benoit Delbecq (FR) and a tour featuring Christianne Stotijn, who will be singing ‘Das Lied von der Erde’ by Mahler with the Dutch Wind Ensemble (NBE).
Friday december 16th I will be recording some duo music with Karel Boehlee at the Beauforthuis in Austerlitz on a Italian bass from 1689! At night we will record the repertoir live with audience. We’ll be playing some incredible American melodies by George Gershwin, Richard Rogers, Duke Ellington, Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Paul Motian arranged for the bass as well as some own compositions. More information here!
I have been playing in projects such as Celano Baggiani Group, Mark Schilders Pack Project, Narcissus, het Nederlands Blazersensemble, Reinier Baas en the New Rotterdam Jazzorchestra, french pianist Paul Lay, Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht, Marc van Roon and german pianist Keno Harriehausen. I’m on a new album by drummer Roy Dackus, with trumpet player Alex Sipagin and my brother Paul van der Feen on the alto saxophone. Other recordings I participated in include a new album that is coming by singer Maria Mendez and an ‘all Joe Henderson’ trio album by guitarist Jesse van Ruller, which we ‘ll probably be promoting in Japan this summer. I also joined a group called Batik, which features Wolfert Brederode, Joost Lijbaart and Ed Verhoef. This group will be playing in Holland for sure and maybe in a big country called China. OK, you may forget al these names now.
I ‘ve had a great tour with Narcissus in january and I’ve just finished a tour in the USA with the Michael Moore Quartet. Up next is a recording session with drummer Roy Dackus, brother Paul van der Feen & trumpet player Alex Sipiagin in Amsterdam! Also coming up: concerts with french pianist Paul Lay in France.