Curtain Calls: Arlette Hovinga meets the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw.

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Arlette Hovinga’s Curtain Calls series live from the Szczecin Jazz Festival in Poland in February of this year proved hugely popular gaining well over 27k views on this platform alone. Arlette is now back with another series and this time direct from Amsterdam.

In this new series of Curtain Calls, Arlette goes behind the scenes at the Bimhuis with Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. She speaks with the Orchestra members about their first-ever Virtual Composer in Residence project with the American pianist and composer Jim McNeely.

At the Bimhuis, perhaps Amsterdam’s most beloved jazz club, the Orchestra prepares to play pieces by McNeely for a streamed concert, to be broadcast on International Jazz Day. The ever curious Arlette looks to find out why one of Europe’s leading big bands choose this composer and how a Composer in Residence project works when they cannot even be in the same room?

Episode 1

In this first episode, Arlette talks to artistic director and baritone player Juan Martinez about the Orchestra’s McNeely project and to drummer and arranger Martijn Vink about his longstanding relationship with the celebrated composer. Enjoy.


Episode 2

In the second episode of Curtain Calls: Behind the Scenes at Bimhuis with Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, we’re meeting the band!

In three interviews, co-founder and bassist Frans van Geest, pianist extraordinaire Peter Beets and saxophone powerhouse Simon Rigter talk about what it means to be part of one of Europe’s leading big bands. When and how was the orchestra founded and how does this band of friends feel about working with their first-ever Virtual Composer in Residence? Join us behind the scenes at Bimhuis and find out.

Editors Note: If you want a taste of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw live, we recently published a video feature of the band performing tracks from their current album “The Jazz Influencers”. You can view this here.

Last modified: April 14, 2021