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“Jasper Stadhouders is one of the newest members of DOEK and belongs to the youngest generation of Dutch improvisers. Since arriving in Amsterdam, Jasper has exploded onto the international improvised music scene. His playing showcases a completely natural musicality. One has the sense that he is so connected with his instrument he can play whatever he imagines. His ability to perform difficult compositions, with an assured sense of rhythm and harmony, combined with his extremely physical and dynamic approach to improvising, has led him being one of the most sought after guitarists and electric bassists around.”

Jasper Stadhouders (Tilburg, NL, 1989) is a guitarist, bassist, improviser, composer, bandleader and concert organiser. He is an active member of the international improvised music circuit.
He is a member of Amsterdam-based musician’s collective DOEK. They organise the annual DOEK Festival in Amsterdam.

Jasper leads the PolyBand which he founded in 2015. The PolyBand consists of an ever expanding pool of musicians and performers in varying line-ups and sizes which focuses on polyrhythmic cycles, polytonality and trance-like long forms. In 2019, Jasper received a commission from the prestigious festival Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht, NL) to compose an entirely new work for a 16-piece version of the PolyBand which will premier in September 2019.

At the 2015 Incubate Festival (Tilburg, NL), during a 6-day residency he lead the Jasper Stadhouders’ International Improv Ensemble. He also formed the 5tet Oliver / Stadhouders / Vitols / Rosaly / ‘t Hart, which premiered at the 2018 DOEK Festival.
He is the co-founder of Cactus Truck, Trio Stadhouders / Govaert / De Joode + Delius, Trio Rempis / Stadhouders / Rosaly, Shelter, Bazooka, Practical Music, and plays in bands like Spinifex, Ken Vandermark’s groups Made To Break, Entr’Acte and Next International, Jaap Blonk’s Retirement Overdue, Bacchanalia, o k a p i, and Jeroen Kimman’s Orquesta del Tiempo Perdido. In 2014, The Ex invited Jasper to join them on the last tour of the late great Ethiopian saxophone legend Getatchew Mekuria in Addis Ababa. Next to this, Jasper has worked with theatre companies De Warme Winkel, Nieuw-West and Freek Vielen. He performed contemporary composed music by Steve Reich, Michael Gordon, Barbara Ellison and Genevieve Murphy.He’s played with Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Paal Nilssen-Love, Marshall Allen, Hamid Drake, C. Spencer Yeh, Akira Sakata, Noel Redding, Andrew D’Angelo, Roy Campbell (R.I.P.), Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Priya Purushothaman, Kaja Draksler, Johannes Bauer (R.I.P.), The Ex, Fendika, Getatchew Mekuria (R.I.P.), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Michael Vatcher, Marc Ducret, Jozef Dumoulin, Magda Mayas, Mette Rasmussen, Nate Wooley, Valerio Tricoli, Tom Rainey, Mark Sanders, Emilio Gordoa, Dirar Kalash, Christian Lillinger, Michiyo Yagi and many others.

Jasper toured extensively all throughout Europe, North America and Russia, and also performed in Ethiopia, India, Japan, Mexico, Argentina and Palestine. He lives in Amsterdam since 2006.



Set 1 – Rat-drifting 1 2018 from Arraymusic on Vimeo.


Cactus Truck
Trio Stadhouders / Govaert / De Joode + Tobias Delius
Ken Vandermark’s Made to Break
Trio Rempis / Stadhouders / Rosaly
5tet Oliver / Stadhouders / Vitols / Rosaly / ‘t Hart
Practical Music
o k a p i
Jaap Blonk’s Retirement Overdue
Jeroen Kimman’s Orquesta del Tiempo Perdido
Jasper Stadhouders’ International Improv Ensemble
Ken Vandermark’s Entr’acte
Ken Vandermark’s Next International


Cactus Truck:
Seizures Palace
Brand New For China!
Live in USA
Macho Sex With Terrie Ex
Cactus Truck
Scattered Ghosts

.MAN (2009, self released) Available on CD-R.