The music of saxophonist and composer Jorrit Dijkstra (Eindhoven, Netherlands, 1966) draws from the jazz tradition in spirit and sound, but has crossed stylistic and cultural borders in order to express a strong, evolving personal vision. He spent his formative years in Amsterdam’s vibrant improvisation community playing jazz, free improvisation, and world music. Since moving to the United States in 2002, Dijkstra has deepened his affinity with the experimental forces of American music, while staying in touch with his Dutch musical roots. Jorrit works as a composer and is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and a faculty member of the New England Conservatory in Boston.

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Dijkstra’s recent projects include The Whammies play the Music of Steve Lacy, with leading Chicago, Boston, and Amsterdam improvisers, and duos with drummer/composer John Hollenbeck and trombonist Jeb Bishop. In Boston he leads the free improvisation quartet BOLT.  In his solo project, he incorporates an array of electronic effect devices to process his saxophone improvisations live on stage. Dijkstra’s use of analog electronics – including the Lyricon, a vintage electronic wind instrument from the seventies – extends his already flexible saxophone style into an idiosyncratic mix of cool jazz, free improvisation, and electronic minimalism.

Jorrit’s work as a composer balances between similar stylistic boundaries. Commissioned by the North Sea Jazz Festival 2009, Pillow Circles brings together eight top improvisers in a mesmerizing sound world filled with indie guitar-rock and free jazz influences. His ongoing project Music for Reeds and Electronics explores the sonic possibilities of reed and electronics players in different improvisation communities in North America and Europe. Dijkstra has received other commissions from the David Kweksilber Big Band, Tetzepi Big Band, Amstel Saxophone Quartet, Kaida Duo, Duo X, The Harvard Jazz Band, electric guitarist Wiek Hijmans, saxophonist Ties Mellema, and bass clarinetist Fie Schouten. His commissioned works often incorporate electronic soundtracks and various forms of improvisation. Dijkstra’s work has won him a Fulbright grant and the prestigious Podium Prize for jazz musicians in the Netherlands.

Jorrit has released eighteen CDs as a leader, and has participated in projects ranging from Anthony Braxton’s Ghost Trance and Guus Janssen’s opera Noach to a rare live performance of Texas outsider musician Jandek. He studied improvisation and composition with Misha Mengelberg, Steve Coleman, Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer and Lee Hyla. He is co-founder of the artist-run label Driff Records. Jorrit is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and a faculty member of the New England Conservatory in Boston.

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Upcoming events

Apr
5
Sun
Cutout + Jaap Blonk @ Outpost, Cambridge MA
Apr 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Cutout + Jaap Blonk

Jaap Blonk – voice

Jorrit Dijkstra – saxophones

Jeb Bishop – trombone

Pandelis Karayorgis – piano

Nate McBride – bass

Luther Gray – drums

Apr
21
Tue
Ab Baars solo, Trio Baars/Dijkstra/Bishop @ Museum School, Boston MA
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Ab Baars Solo

Trio Ab Baars, Jorrit Dijkstra, Jeb Bishop

 

May
2
Sat
Cutout + Jef Platz @ Tea in the Sahara, Providence RI
May 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Cutout + Jef Platz

Jorrit Dijkstra – saxophones

Jef Platz – guitar

Pandelis Karayorgis – piano

Nate McBride – acoustic bass

Luther Gray – drums

Jul
12
Sun
Driff Festival @ Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm
Driff Festival @ Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA

5th Annual Driff Festival 2020

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Jorrit Dijkstra – saxophones, electronics

John Hollenbeck – drums

TBA – piano, electronics

 

Pandelis Karayorgis Quartet

Pandelis Karayorgis – piano

Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello

Guillermo Gregorio – clarinet

Jeb Bishop – trombone

 

Cutout

 

Duo TBA

 

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