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Biography

Bram Stadhouders (b.1987, Tilburg, Netherlands), is considered to be one of the most interesting musicians based in The Netherlands. Guitarplaying was a natural consequence of being born into a musical family, and the vibrant open-mindedness of the Dutch music world inspired him to follow his own course and take his guitar to unexplored horizons of improvisation, composition, electronic ambient music and vocal-like melody. Even though he can't sing well, his love for the human voice has led him to work with extraordinary vocalists such as Sidsel Endresen, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, Urna, Sebastian Brouwer, Sinikka Langeland, and much more. For the way Stadhouders composes, there is no difference between "classical" musicians and "improvisers". The two worlds seem to blend effortlessly in his work.
Starting from an early age, Bram has been selected for several important highlights such as the Dutch Young VIP tour, North Sea Jazz Composition Assignment, "Take Five Europe", BIMhuis Carte Blanche and more. His endless energy has brought his performances to mayor festivals and stages all over the world, one example being his longterm collaboration with Poland's most famous saxophone player Grzech Piotrowski, or his experiments on an "Ice-guitar" with ice-percussionist Terje Isungset, or his work "Henosis" being performed by the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, apart from the Netherlands Chamber Choir, who performed 17 concerts with his trio. He has released 7 CD's, 4 of which are on Challenge Records. Some other musicians that he has performed with are Jim Black, Arve Henriksen, Wolfert Brederode, Marcin Wasilewski, Bulgarian Choir Angelite, Onno Govaert, Harmen Fraanje, Aart Strootman. The name of his latest work is Cantata and is performed with a trio of tenor vocalist Sebastian Brouwer, himself, and elektronica-wizard David Hoogerheide.

Bram has played in Netherlands, North America, Norway, Poland, Germany, Russia, Israel, Belgium, Spain, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, with artists like: Onno Govaert, Eric Vloeimans, Jim Black, Sidsel Endresen, Terje Isungset, Arve Henriksen, Wolfert Brederode, Karl Seglem, Thomas Strønen, Grzech Piotrowski, Sainkho Namtchylak, Sinikka Langeland, Per Oddvar Johansen, Ruth Wilhelime Meyer, Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Koenraad Ecker, Gulli Gudmundsson, Skuli Sverisson, Theodossi Spassov, Marcin Wasilewski, Bulgarian choir Angelite, Harmen Fraanje, Jeroen van Vliet, Eric van der Westen, Sanne van Hek, Haytham Safia, Wouter Jaspers, Laïs, Noel Redding (bassist from Jim Hendrix), Nelson Veras, Hein van de Geyn, Matthieu Chazarenc, Staplerfahrer, Spinvis, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, and much more.

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Awards

  • 1997 Brabants Gitaarconcours
    Classical guitar competition
  • 1998 Brabants Gitaar Ensemble Concours
    Classical ensemble competition
  • 1999 National Guitar Awards
    Rock guitar competition, playing with Noel Redding, Jimi Hendrix bassist
  • 2002 Prinses Christina Concours
    Jazz ensemble Solar won the 1st prize
  • 2007 Young VIP tour
    12 concerts on the most famous stages for jazz in the Netherlands, together with Onno Govaert.
  • 2011 Brabant TopTalent prize 20.000 euro.
    Stimulation prize of the province of Brabant
  • 2011 Chosen for Take Five Europe
    European Union artist development program led by Serious in the UK. 10 artists from Holland, France, Poland, Belgium and Norway are chosen and lead by John Surman and many more.
  • 2012 North Sea Jazz Composition Assignment
    Bram made a composition for the Netherlands Chamber Choir, drums, keyboard and himself, premiere at North Sea Jazz Festival 2012
  • 2012 Made for Talent Award
    Collaboration between Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, and Van Abbenmuseum in Eindhoven, awarded Bram with talentdevelopment opportunities in the business-world of Eindhoven.
  • 2013 / 2014 "Henosis" tour with Netherlands Chamber Choir
    "Henosis" tour with Netherlands Chamber Choir - 12 concerts
  • 2014 Bimhuis Carte Blanche
    Presenting the première of "Cantata", new compositions for tenor voice, guitar and electronics

Highlights

2012

  • Winner of North Sea Jazz Composition Assignment. 2 concerts with trio + Netherlands Chamber Choir
  • Got selected for European artist development program Take Five Europe, 1 week on a farm in the UK (organized by Serious)
  • Played on 5 major international jazz festivals with Take Five
  • Netherlands 3-concert-tour in duo with Terje Isungset. Played with Arve Henriksen on one of the gigs.
  • Performed a piece by Klas Torstensson, and played with Ben Frost
2014

  • BIMhuis "Carte Blanche". New compositions for guitar, tenor voice and electronics. Second project with African percussion
  • Concert with Urna, Mongolian singer.
  • Concert with "Henosis" at Jazzahead, Bremen, GER
2013

  • 23 august: CD-release "Henosis" with Netherlands Chamber Choir on Challenge Records.
  • "Henosis" Netherlands tour - 15 concerts on major stages and festivals
  • Performance with Grzech Piotrowski on a volcano in Cape Verde, Africa
  • Played with Grzech Piotrowski for Polish and Armenian president
2011

• Playing on Ice-guitar (guitar made of ice) with Terje Isungset at IceMusic Festival in Norway, and North Sea Jazz Festival 2011.
• Project in collaboration with SpringerParker artist-duo in Kirkenes, Norway
• Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra concerts with 90 people on stage, including: Bulgarian Choir Angelite, Azat Bikchurin, Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer, Vladiswar Nadishana, Sergei Starostin, Taisia Krasnopevtseva, Sinikka Langeland, Theodossii Spassov, Marcin Wasilewski, Alchemik String Ochestra
• 2nd time with Sidsel Endresen and Jim Black in Bimhuis, Amsterdam and November Music Festival
• CD-release "Bell Time" with Sidsel Endresen and Jim Black.
• CD-release on Challenge Records with Grzech Piotrowski Quartet.
• CD-release sideman for Eric van der Westen, and Haytham Safia
2008

• Young Vips tour as duo with Onno Govaert (12 concerts in the Netherlands)
• Concert at Vrije Geluiden national TV
• concert in Blå, Oslo, Norway
• Playing a song with Spinvis
• Concert series with Jeroen van Vliet
• Italy-tour with Onno Govaert
• CD-release "Enderra"


2007

• CD-release "Tonelist"
• Concerts with Tonelist Trio in Holland and Norway
• Stranger than Paranoia concert with Jasper Stadhouders and Onno Govaert
2010

• 1 month tour in USA with Wouter Jaspers and Bas Verbeek
• Invited to tour in Poland by Grzech Piotrowski
• 1 month solo-tour in Eastern Europe
• Korps Germany tour
• Moers festival with Skuli Sverisson
• 1st concerts with Sidsel Endresen and Jim Black
• Playing in Israel with Haytham Safia

2009

• CD-release "The Ship Comes" with Korps
• Korps concert at November Music
• Composition performance for saxophone and 8 speakers in chuch
• Graduation from Utrecht School of Music and Technology, composition and production
• Netherlands and East Germany tour with Onno Govaert

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