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Pieter de Graaf

Pieter de Graaf is in motion. Constantly. If body language could be translated into words he would be telling elaborate stories on stage. Nevertheless, exclusively praising the young pianist for his energetic style would not do him justice. On the debut album of his own trio, Pieter de Graaf proves to be a gifted composer. The album features eleven almost autobiographical tracks such as Stress Chicken and You Know What I Mean.

De Graaf's compositions sound fresh, modern, but at the same time melancholy. A broad musical interest shimmers through the songs, which makes sense given Pieter de Graaf's diverse track record. He graduated from the Conservatory of Rotterdam where he was taught by Kris Goessens, Rob van Kreevelt and others. This solid jazz education did not prevent him from playing a prominent part within the hiphop formation Illicit for many years. Currently Pieter is the pianist of jazzpop sensation Wouter Hamel. “Pieter is a virtuoso, it's a must to see and hear him live, but his compositions are also really lovely songs. He's an extraordinarily talented guy,” says Wouter.

His numerous musical collaborations have taken Pieter de Graaf to Germany, Belgium and even Japan. In the Netherlands he climbed the stages of the North Sea Jazz Festival, Noorderslag, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Paradiso, Melkweg, and many many other small and large venues and festivals. In 2008 de Graaf decides to take his trio project to a higher level by releasing his first own album.


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