Nadje Noordhuis Ensembles
NADJE NOORDHUIS & JAMES SHIPP
Nadje Noordhuis and James Shipp have been playing intimate duo concerts together since May of 2012. The blending of their warm and ringing sounds gives rise to a world of beauty, drama, exploration, and mystery. They play mostly original compositions, and the occasional well-loved rendition of a Finnish fiddle tune, an Egberto Gismonti gem, or song by a mutual friend. Australian-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter and composer Nadje Noordhuis brings a classical music background to her lyrical jazz, which is flavored by diverse influences – from Irish folk melodies to rhythmic tangos. She was one of ten semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and plays in numerous big bands including Darcy James Argue’s Grammy-nominated Secret Society. Originally from Columbia, Maryland, vibraphonist and composer James Shipp has played jazz both new and old, Brazilian music, and with many bands that blend genres and styles. He regularly performs with Jean Rohe and the End of the World Show, Kate McGarry, and works as a bandleader and workshop facilitator for Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program in the New York State Corrections and Juvenile Justice systems.
**Debut Album Indigo Coming Soon!**
NADJE NOORDHUIS QUINTET
With one critically acclaimed album to their name, the Nadje Noordhuis Quintet performs regularly at the 55 Bar, New York, as well as for university masterclasses, performances and jazz festivals. Violinist Sara Caswell shares Noordhuis’ ability to deftly meld jazz and classical influences and, like drummer Obed Calvaire was a classmate at the Manhattan School of Music. Noordhuis met Geoffrey Keezer at the 2007 Thelonious Monk Trumpet Institute Trumpet Competition, where she was one of ten semi-finalists. The line-up is completed by bassist Joe Martin.
Cablework weaves three distinct musical voices from Australia, New Orleans and Cuba, creating a unique musical fabric. They build atmospheres ranging from minimalism to all out funky, hinting at the traditions of jazz, but not afraid to blend genres and present their listeners with a joyous approach to music making. The element of the unexpected is always present – a quiet lullaby may suddenly launch into a rocking guitar solo, or they may depart from the tune entirely and improvise as a group over new energetic chord changes. Meeting at the Manhattan School of Music in 2004, Nadje Noordhuis (trumpet), Jesse Lewis (guitar) and Fabian Almazan (piano) played in a variety of bands led by former classmates over the last decade before forming their own trio.
**Debut Album Coming Soon!**
Thoroughbass is an early music ensemble whose members play period instruments, but who have trouble staying in the past. Established in 2009 by director and harpsichordist Diana Weston in Sydney Australia, they perform contemporary music as much as old – giving new sounds to music of the present and recent past, while staying true to their early music background. The result is varied, innovative and original programming that dares to step outside the expected square.
MAGPIE BABY: A CHILDHOOD SUITE
For soprano and alto recorders, harpsichord, voice and cello, with lyrics by Angus Ryan.
1. Baby Born
2. Wiggle Wobble
3. Building Blocks
4. Teeter Totter
5. Jiggle and Jostle
6. Li’l Lullaby
7. Running Rampant
8. Memory Mine
MAGPIE BABY BOOK & CD SET
Magpie Baby book emerged out of Nadje’s Noordhuis’ children’s suite of the same name. With line drawings and pastel wash by Kym Burrows and text by Diana Weston it is transformed into a musical story about the first year of childhood. For more info or to purchase, CLICK HERE.
FONT FESTIVAL (FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC)
Nadje Noordhuis was a commissioned artist in 2009.
FONT FESTIVAL (FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC)
Board of Directors 2015.
LAURIE FRINK CAREER GRANT
Honoring the legacy of Nadje’s late teacher through the Laurie Frink Career Grant – a $10,000 grant for a young US based brass player, awarded every two years. For more details, visit lauriefrink.com.
LAURIE FRINK BRASS SUMMIT
Three or four informal meetings a year for all brass players to discuss Laurie’s teaching methods as well as an open discussion with a special guest speaker in her UWS studio. Past guests include John McNeil, Dave Douglas, Dave Ballou, Augie Haas and Marvin Stamm. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook Page.
As a Sideman
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra
Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra
Rudy Royston 303
Anat Cohen Tentet