PAUL VAN KEMENADE Rotterdam / Netherlands 1957; altosax- composer- programmer- organiser Stranger than Paranoia festival (since 1993)
Recorded 30 CD's under own name at his record label KEMO, wrote 250 compositions in different settings,5* Downbeat 2011, in 1999 Boy Edgar Dutch lifetime achievement award for jazzmusicians, in 2007 Royal decoration.
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.