Jurriaan (b.1976) plays the piano. And the melodica, and a broad array of musical objects: megaphones, beer glasses, electronic devices from ages past, as well as more conventional instruments (saz, mandolin). As a youngster he took piano lessons, but liked to play on whatever instrument was around (drums in a punk band, bass in Dutch song based group Peter60 etc). After various musical adventures he enrolled in the Amsterdam Conservatorium, where he studied jazz piano and bass guitar, and attended workshops by jazz legends such as Kenny Werner, Richard Bona and Bobby McFerrin. Here he met Achim and Felix. In 2007 he graduated with a Master of Music degree.
Apart from playing in earswideopen, he concentrates on composing and arranging. For singer Maria Markesini, he wrote new versions of old Greek songs. And for the city of Zaanstad, he started various musical projects, mostly involving unusual combinations of different musical cultures. Even in larger ensembles, he nearly always allows for the unexpected in his compositions, staying true to the spirit of improvisation.

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