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Wiboud Burkens(1966) is keyboardplayer/composer/arranger and producer in a wide field of musical activities, but best known as crossover musician. He produced and played over more then 100 CD’s, from jazz, world-music, to pop. Wiboud is known for his blend of vintage instruments with modern techniques and instruments. Is this fieldhe toured and performed with Miles Davis saxophonist Dave Liebman, Brazilian cult-hero Arthur Verocai and Dutch saxophinst Candy Dulfer. Wiboud performed, composed and produced for Motown legend Leon Ware (Marvin Gaye’s “I want you”) and Grammy award winner Lalah Hathaway.
In 2013 Wiboud was signed as a producer/session musician fro the prestigious Norwegian label Jazzland (Bugge Wesseltoft) and composed and directed for largeensemble like the prestigious Kindred Spirits Ensemble and Daughters of Soul.
Since 2004 he is teacher at the conservatory in Amsterdam (key’s and production).
Michael Varekamp has his roots in Trinidad & Tobago and was raised in Europa. When he is 12 he is deeply affected by a Louis Armstrong album which he finds among his father’s music collection. In his career he plays extensively around the world with several groups including the Surinam band Fra Fra Sound which was a pioneer in the field of fusing Jazz, Caribbean music and African Roots music.
During his career, Michael toured worldwide to places such as Australia, New Zeeland, South Africa, Great Britannia, Cuba, Tunisia, Malta, Israel, United States, Mali, Burkinafasso, Japan, The Baltics and extensively through Europe.
Michael received in Kobe Japan the Kobe Award for outstanding young talent and he won the prestigious Edison Award. He performed in venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Barbican Centre in London. He shared stages and studios with a lot of great musicians from various ‘spheres’ such as David Murray, Scot Hamilton and Toumani Diabate. He’s a member of the Sonny Fortune Quintet and he recently performed with Branford Marsalis.
‘Michael has an astonishing sound and beautiful phrasing…’
-Le Monde, Paris
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