BJUR 051 Marike van Dijk - The Stereography Project (320k mp3 album download)


BJUR 051 Marike van Dijk - The Stereography Project (320k mp3 album download)

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"Marike van Dijk gives her chamber ensemble a lot of creative latitude within her beautifully crafted
compositions on "The Stereography Project." The compelling results are sure to strengthen her reputation as
a bandleader and, more importantly, brighten the lives of all those lucky enough to hear it."
- Trombonist/composer Alan Ferber

‘Marike Van Dijk has recorded lyrical and compelling tunes on her first outing. She plays with determination
and a beautiful sound on all her horns. This music has a nice feel and shape to it. Well worth the listen!’
- Saxophonist/composer/Yellowjackets Bob Mintzer

"Marike van Dijk's writing has an organic quality; balanced and seems to find ratios and combinations that are
based in nature. I find her music very intuitive and feel that she has great honesty. This record will be just
another step in a long career of composing."
- Pianist/producer/arranger Gil Goldstein

Dutch saxophonist/composer Marike van Dijk began playing jazz as a precocious 14 year old. She went on to
study at the Rotterdam Conservatory from which she graduated (cum laude) in 2006. She continued her
studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory, obtaining her master’s degree in jazz performance (cum laude). In
2009 Marike was nominated for the prestigious Dutch "Deloitte jazz award" and the "Amersfoort jazz talent
award". JazzNL, a foundation for promoting young Dutch jazz talent, selected her as an "artist deserving wider
recognition". Prior to moving to the Big Apple, van Dijk toured Europe extensively, performing at prestigious
festivals and venues with her quintet, and the European Jazz Orchestra, among others. In May 2013 she
obtained her second masters degree, this time from New York University, for which she was awarded a full
scholarship by the Dutch government. In 2014 van Dijk was awarded a sizeable (and quite competitive)
composition grant from the Dutch Performing Arts Fund for composing for large ensembles, and she is
currently a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, led by Jim McNeely. The Brooklyn-based artist's
debut album Patches of Blue was released in 2010, and she now offers the brilliant follow up, The
Stereography Project on BJURecords.

The Stereography Project is a twelve-piece jazz group with string quartet led by van Dijk. This New York based
group features young, creative, musically-powerfully individuals, all deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, and like
van Dijk, committed to furthering that tradition: Marike van Dijk (saxes/compositions), Ben van Gelder on bass
clarinet/alto sax (Monk Competition semi-finalist), Alan Ferber on trombone (Grammy Nominee), Anna Webber
on flute/tenor sax (Charlie parker award winner), Lucas Pino on clarinet/tenor sax (DownBeat Magazine award
winner), and Sita Chay/Eli Speirs (violin), Eric Lemmon (viola), Amanda Gookin (vocals), Manuel Schmiedel
(piano), Rick Rosato (bass), Mark Schilders (drums), Defne Sahin & Ruben Samama (vocals), Dan Pratt
(conductor), John Davis (recording and mixing), Scott Hull (mastering)

Van Dijk’s compositions mix contemporary classical music with jazz and improvisation. All compositions were
inspired by images and music van Dijk experienced throughout her childhood in The Netherlands as well as
her life in New York City; contrasting her experiences of spacious views of fields, forests and lakes with the
ever changing, but non-stop energy, of New York City. Van Dijk’s highly narrative, compelling style of
composing is best described as, "film music without the film".
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