ABOUT DION

dion-homeI studied double bass at ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem with Henk Haverhoek and at Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Frans van der Hoeven. I graduated in 1999.

At the moment I am part of HOT (Het Orgel Trio), Dimami, VanBinsbergen Playstation, The Chronometer’s Orchestra and De Bende van Drie.

For almost 10 years I was part of Talking Cows, a famous Dutch jazz quartet. In 2006 Dimami took part in The Young VIPs Tour with, among others, Anton Goudsmit on guitar. I’ve played with a wide variety of groups in France, Germany, Chile, Bolivia, Iraq, Turkey, India, Portugal and the USA. In 2006 I took part in the Oostpool Theatre Group production of Brel, featuring Jeroen Willems in the title role. In 2009 I joined The RO Theater group in the theater play Woyzeck and shortly after did a large tour with the dance company Station Zuid in a piece called Ghost Note: a danced tribute to jazz. I was chooses as musician in residence in my hometown Utrecht in 2009, as well as in Nijmegen in 2011.

A little overview of a few projects then I am working on or have been working on:

  • De Bende van Drie is working on a performance called Tightrope. Onno van Swigchem composed music and Miranda van der Spek made video’s. Putting them together is a kind of magic.
  • In 2012, Talking Cows released their critically acclaimed CD Almost Human.
  • 2011 Dimami released their collabaration-cd Shadows of a Cloud with trombone player Joost Buis and played at 12 jazz venues in The Netherlands.
  • In 2011 I was Musician in Recidence at JIN in Nijmegen. I did 4 concerts with carefully organized trio’s and wrote an improvisation suite.
  • With Spinifex I toured through India in 2011 & 2012.
  • Maanschaduw was a musical theater performance that I performed in together with violin player Jeffrey Bruinsma.
  • In 2009 I participated in the dance performance Ghost Note by Station Zuid.
  • In 2009 I played in the Jazz Opera Miles and Tram 7 (music by Esmée Olthuis, libretto by denise Schreuder). Together with a nice group of musicians we did more than 100 concerts.
  • In 2008 I joined the RO Theater for more than 6 month to rehearse and perform Woyzeck, directed by Gerard Jan Reinders
  • In 2007 I was Artist in Residence at SJU in Utrecht and was invited to organize 4 concerts
  • In 2007 I played in the musical theatre production Pushkin Paradise, also by Oostpool
  • In 2006, Dimami took part in The Young VIPs Tour with, among others, guitarist Anton Goudsmit  and in 2015 the band had been celebrating it’s 15th anniversary!
  • In 2006 I took part in the Oostpool Theatre Group production of Brel, featuring Jeroen Willems in the title role.
  • I was partly musically raised by playing for several years together with bayan player Oleg Fateev, Trio East of the Sun, The Dutch/Portuges singer Monica Triga, Dutch singer Gé Reinders and singer and composer Lilian Hak

As a teacher I’m coaching and conducting a jazz group called Jazzmée. I give workshops in several cities in The Netherlands. At ArtEZ I teach double bass since March 2014. Visit EDUCATION if you want to know more.

The best introduction I can give you is by showing myself in a short free improvisation.