In this talk Bram Stadhouders shares his insight into making his music really his own and how he prepares to be unprepared.

Bram Stadhouders (1987, Netherlands) has continued to refine and deepen his musical signature over the years. He is being considered as one of the leading young improvisers and composers in Europe. Stadhouders’ music is navigating on the edges between ambient jazz, artrock, free improvisation, worldly sounds and contemporary composed music. With a special focus on merging classical musicians with improvisers, he has worked with some of the leading names in both fields. His passion for vocals, both improvised and composed, have led him to work with singers like Sidsel Endresen (ECM), Mongolian singer Urna Chahar-Tugchi and the Netherlands Chamber Choir. But also leading instrumentalists like Terje Isungset, Arve Henriksen, Wolfert Brederode, Marcin Wasilewski, Arild Andersen, the Bulgarian Choir Angelite have crossed his journey into new sonic explorations.

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