Dutch jazz saxophonist/composer/arranger Marike van Dijk has divided her time working and living between Brooklyn and Amsterdam over the past years.
Her most recent project features a collaboration between herself and 2 singer-songwriters; Jeff Taylor from New Jersey (USA) and Katell Keineg from Cardiff (UK). Marike wrote arrangements of their songs to be performed and recorded with her large group The Stereography Project. This ‘chamber jazz ensemble’ was also featured on her last album, called The Stereography Project (BJU records, 2015).
“Marike van Dijk’s writing has an organic quality; balanced and seems to find ratios and combinations that are based in nature. I find her music very intuitive and feel that she has great honesty. This record will be just another step in a long career of composing.”
– Pianist/arranger Gil Goldstein
With this recording, she made her debut as a composer, moving away from purely focusing on being a soloist.
Marike graduated from the Rotterdam Conservatory (cum laude) in 2006. She continued her studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory, obtaining her master’s degree in jazz performance (cum laude). In May 2013 she obtained her second masters degree, this time from New York University, for which she was awarded a full scholarship by the Fulbright Foundation.
During her studies in New York, she started working on several interdisciplinary projects as a musician and a composer. She worked with an improvisational dance company called The Lovelies and composed for Andy Cavatorta’s instruments.
Her latest endeavours include a new trio called Laika Into Orbit (piano/cello/sax) performing live music with film and composing a score for a Frisian children’s movie.
Spending a lot of time in orchestras and bigbands growing up taught her a love for large ensembles. This translated to her starting her own large ensemble The Stereography Project and joining the BMI jazz composer’s workshop in New York for a year.
A versatile musician, she has performed and toured with several bigbands; European Jazz Orchestra, Jazzmania Bigband, Jazzorchestra of the Concertgebouw, Dual City Concert Bigband, Konrad Koselleck Bigband, New Cool Collective Bigband, Amsterdam Jazz Orchestra, New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, Holland Bigband as well as many smaller jazz groups.
She is currently part of faculty at Hochschüle Osnabruck, Institut Für Musik (DE) and has worked at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (BE) as part of a research project about Belgian saxophonist and composer Jack Sels.
Marike has arranged and composed for The Stereography project and the Metropole Orchestra.
NYC jazz record
All About Jazz
2018 THE STEREOGRAPHY PROJECT feat.
JEFF TAYLOR & KATELL KEINEG
2015 THE STEREOGRAPHY PROJECT
BROOKLYN JAZZ UNDERGROUND RECORDS
2010 PATCHES OF BLUE