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Jorrit Dijkstra

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Dutch saxophonist and composer Jorrit Dijkstra (1966) has been an active member of Amsterdam’s vivid jazz and improvisation scene since 1985, before moving to Boston early 2002. His music shows strong influences from the American and European improvisation traditions, as well as from ethnic, contemporary classical and electronic music. The critical press compares his clear, flexible sound and lyrical improvisation to Ornette Coleman, Paul Desmond and John Zorn, showing the broad spectrum of his saxophone style. Besides the alto saxophone, he plays soprano saxophone, Lyricon, clarinet, and tin whistles, and uses electronics such as loop and delay machines, a pitch shifter and an analog modular synthesizer to process his saxophone sounds live on stage.

Jorrit Dijkstra studied improvisation and composition with Misha Mengelberg, Steve Coleman, Steve Lacy and Lee Hyla. He toured Europe with his own projects Trio Jorrit Dijkstra (3 CD's on BVHaast Records), Drones in the Bones and Tone Dialing. He has worked with Anthony Braxton, Gerry Hemingway, Marty Ehrlich, Herb Robertson, Jim Black, Barre Phillips and Marc Ducret, as well as Willem Breuker, Guus Janssen, Maurice Horsthuis, Jaap Blonk, John Butcher and Thomas Lehn, to name a few. His collaboration with Vancouver based Talking Pictures has led to two tours and the CD Humming (Songlines 1533-2). In 1995 he received the prestigious Podium Prize from the Dutch Jazz Foundation, and in 1998 he received a Fulbright grant to study and teach at the New England Conservatory in Boston. In Amsterdam Jorrit is currently co-leading the cool-jazz Quartet Sound-Lee! (with Guus Janssen, playing the music of Lee Konitz). In Boston he is active in the local improvisation and new music scene, with Curt Newton, Chris Allen, James Coleman, Charlie Kohlhase and Andrew Neumann.

Firehouse 12 Performances

The Flatlands Collective Friday, December 5, 2008, 10:00p
Jorrit Dijkstra Duo Saturday, November 5, 2005, 8:30p

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