Born: May 17, 1957 Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
PAUL VAN KEMENADE Rotterdam / Netherlands 1957; altosax- composer- programmer- organiser
At the age of 13 and started in 1974 to study music/saxophone at the Brabants Conservatory Tilburg and the last year in 1980 in Amsterdam.
PROFESSIONAL: 1976 he started to play in a cabaretshow and in dance/nightclubs untill 1980. In 1977 he started with improvisation music and initiates own bands and projects playing his own compositions. Played in different bands suc as: Duo van Ros¬sum/van Kemenade¬, Palinckx & Palinckx, the Podium Trio, Gemeentereinigingsorkest Vaalbleek and Vaalbleek Vokaal¬ by Niko Langenhuijsen¬, Brevis, diverse bands under own name, performed with dance-projects, big bands, played with writers / performers / poets and painters, with De Orkaan¬ (Han Bennink¬and Sean Bergin), the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra by Alex Von Schlippenbach¬ (Kenny Wheeler-Ed Thig¬pen-Benny Bailey-Gerd Dudek), played with the Surinam Music Ensemble, with Japanese Aki Takase, Bizar Habit, Eric van der Westen octet, with John Engels/Jasper van 't Hof/Eric Vloeimans.
End eighties and beginning nineties : guest co-leadership with Herman de Wit’s workshop-orchestra De Boven¬toon and he played in a lot of ad hoc ensembles. During 20 years (1979 - 1999) he tought hundreds of workshops throug¬hout the whole country and conducted his workshoporchestra Brabants Leerorkest for five years. From 1985-2005 he played leadalto in Willem van Manen’s modern big band Contraband and works 25 years in 2007 with his own quintet which have performed with brass bands, popgroups, symphonic orchestras, with South- and West African musicians and with guest musicians from all around the world.
Awards: • 1984 Podium Prijs of the SJIN, ¬the Dutch Jazz Foundation. • 1998 Jazz in Duketown Award 1998' • 1999 Moderne Industriestad Prijs Tilburg • 1999 VPRO / B¬oy Edgar Prijs,¬ oeuvre award for professional jazzmusicians in the Netherlands for their contribution to Dutch jazzmusic • 2007 a Royal decoration ( lid in de Orde van Oranje Nassau ) • 2008 Antony Kok Art Award ( award for the arts)
At the time he is playing in • Ray Anderson-Han Bennink-Frank Möbus-Ernst Glerum-Paul Van Kemenade ; (Paul’s international quintet (USA/BRD/ NL) • Paul van Kemenade Quintet; ( Paul’s Dutch quintet with guests like Rik Mol, Eric Vloeimans, Kenny Wheeler, David Murray, David Linx, Jeroen Zijlstra, Philip Catherine, South Africans Faku-Mnisi-Mndebele and West African Les Freres Guissé) • Duo Stevko Busch - Paul van Kemenade with pianist Stevko Busch (cd contemplation) • Borderhopping; German/Dutch quintet with a.o. Eckhard Koltermann/Achim Krämer • Two horns and a bass; (trio with Eric Vloeimans-Wiro Mahieu-Van Kemenade) • Three horns and a bass; (quartet with Verploegen-Boudesteijn-Mahieu-Van Kemenade) • Fantasy Colours; a musical mixture of four disciplines with renaissance vocals-jazz-african-flamenco music. • Duo with pianist Michiel Braam and duo with pianist Harmen Fraanje and occasionally with Podium Trio (Wierbos-Van Kemenade-Kuiper, three ‘Podium Prijs’ winners (in the nineties performances with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Cornell Rochester); and furthermore occasionally with Vandoorn trio (with vocalist Ineke van Doorn and guitarist Marc van Vugt); in trio with the Palinckx brothers; in‘Strings Get Wings’ (stringquartet/cajon/bass/alto with a.o.the French violinplayer Pierre Blanchard/Niko Langenhuijsen); with Peter Hofland (electronic music), in a duo with flamenco-guitarist Maurice Leenaars and as a soloist in several (inter)national groups/projects. He was for 7 years programmer of the jazzseries at the Theatre Festival Boulevard in Den Bosch and in 1993 he initiated the Stranger than Pa¬ranoia festival in Tilburg and is eversince artistic director/programmer of this succesfull small musicfestival. He has played all throughout Europa, Canada, South-Africa, West-Africa, Indonesia and participates on more than 50 lp’s and cd’s, a lot under own name. He has played with a.o. Ray Anderson, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Aki Takase, Ed Thigpen, Frank Möbus, Cecil Mcbee, Benny Bailey, Gerd Dudek, Rob van den Broek, Heinz Becker, Kenny Wheeler, Manfred Zepf, Tho¬mas Heberer, Christoph Haberer, Conny and Johannes Bauer, Joe Sachse, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker, Misha Mengelberg, Niko Langenhuijsen, Sean Bergin, Louis Moholo, Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Cornell Rochester, Theo Jörgensmann, Eric Vloeimans, Eckard Koltermann, Piet Noordijk, Hans Dulfer, Ernst Ludwig Petrovski, Kelvyn Bell, Rainer Winterschladen, Stefan Bauer, Michael Heupel, David Murray, Matthias Nadolny, Jasper van't Hof, Jo¬hn Engels, Pierre Courbois, Willem Kühne, Dré Pallemaerts, Erwin Vann, Philip Catherine, Buddy Wells, Pablo Nahar, Franky Douglas, Eddy Veldman, George Lewis, Louis Mhlanga, Toon de Gouw, Leo Cuijpers, Sydney Mnisi, played with the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Vince Mendoza and Jim McNeely, Brabants Orkest and the Brabants Jazz Orchestra, Les Frères Guissé, David Linx, Ba Cissoko, Robin Eubanks, Euregio Youth Orchestra, McCoy Mrubata, Mark Fransman, Bertil Strandberg, Achim Krämer, Bart van Lier, Ray Anderson, Frank Möbus, Ernst Glerum, Michael Sarin, Mario Pavone, Ramon Valle, El Periquin, Ernst Reijseger, renaissance vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis, Serigne Gueye and many others.
Awards:#1984 Podium Prijs (SJIN Foundation Jazz in Netherlands) #1999 Boy Edgar Prijs (ouvre award for prof. jazzmusians) #2007 Royal decoration
#Van Kemenade with his slightly raw, honey-and pepper sound which lends itself to both outside and more conventional repertory performance. An essential lyric player. Exquisite. (The Wire)
#Van Kemenade shows while he can play sweet, echoing even Saint Johnny Lily Pons Hodges himself, he can be tart and biting as well. On the closing In a Sentimental Mood (a video of the performance is included on the second CD), the saxophonist covers that entire range in a majestic performance.(Cadence)
Who is in charge? (KEMO 010, 2011)
Contemplation (DNL2010, 2010)
Two horns and a bass (KEMO 08, 2008)
No Way Station (KEMO 07, 2007)
Mexi Cosy (KEMO 06, 2006)
Fouta (KEMO 05, 2003)
Freeze! (TMD, 2001)
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