The music of saxophonist and composer Jorrit Dijkstra draws from the jazz tradition in spirit and sound, but has crossed stylistic and cultural borders in order to express a strong, evolving personal vision. He spent his formative years in Amsterdam’s vibrant improvisation community, playing jazz, free improvisation, contemporary opera, and African, Celtic and Balkan music. Since moving to the United States in 2002, Dijkstra has deepened his affinity with the experimental forces of American music, while staying in touch with his Dutch musical roots.
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“He takes his audiences on a quirky, energetic, captivating journey through a world of sound and
emotion… Jorrit Dijkstra has already distinguished himself as a man to watch. A highly accomplished
musician, he is a cerebral improviser who nevertheless plays with warmth and rhythmic excitement.”
Kevin Lowenthal, The Boston Globe
“The most compelling feature are the melodies… that allow for delicious textures that sound at once
modern and very nostalgic. Andrey Henkin, www.allaboutjazz.com
“Dijkstra hears the stylistic diversity within the networks that link his cohorts, and gives it space not
just to breathe, but also occasionally to snort, howl and laugh riotously
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