Best of 2020 lists

Posted on 25 January 2021 in News

Kaja Draksler, and her Octet release Out For Stars, has been all over best of lists for 2020. But she’s not the only Doek artist receiving accolades. Here is an abbreviated list of Doek mentions for last year.

Kaja Draksler: 20 women who caused waves in jazz
Kaja Draksler/Kaja Draksler Octet: Out For Stars;
Vicente, Dikeman, Parker, Drake: Goes Without Saying, But it’s got to be Said Best of 2020
Kaja Draksler Octet: Out For Stars Free Jazz Blog’s Top 10s
Kaja Draksler Octet: Out For Stars A Kind of Best Of 2020
Kaja Draksler; Kaja Draksler Octet; Jasper Stadhouders; John Dikeman; Gratkowski, de Joode, Kaufmann, Buck; Hupata!

Happy New Year! Doek Guest Compilation

Posted on 3 January 2021 in Audio, Media

Happy New Year everyone!
Let’s celebrate with a new album in the Doek Composes series. This is the first of a series of guest compilations where we invite musicians from all over the world to perform the pieces from previous editions. Compositions of Eric Boeren, Kaja Draksler and John Dikeman are performed by Michael Foster, Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, Gianluca Elia, Alexander Hawkins, Marta Arpini, Jodi Gilbert, Frans Petter Eldh, Ava Mendoza, Jaap Blonk, Greg Ward, John Hughes, Jeb Bishop, Martin Küchen.

The Impro Train: Blood Cloud & Oscar Jan Hoogland, Han Bennink Duo CD presentation

Posted on 11 December 2020 in Concerts, News

December 11 – Bimhuis
Blood Cloud
Oscar Jan Hoogland, Han Bennink Duo


For the second edition of the Impro Train (which has actually become the first), we have a stellar line-up of Blood Cloud, a quintet led by Jasper Stadhouders that performed at this years Doek LIVE! festival, as well as the CD presentation of Goede Reis! by Oscar Jan Hoogland and Han Bennink.

Oscar Jan Hoogland, Han Bennink Duo
Goede Reis!

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Although the incredible duo of Oscar Jan Hoogland and Han Bennink has existed for about a decade, Goede Reis!

A Doek December – real live music

Posted on 2 December 2020 in Concerts

We have a number of shows happening in December. Things have changed recently, again, in the Netherlands, but it is still possible to perform live music in a safe and responsible way. Bear in mind, all these shows have audience limits so if you want to make it out, be sure to reserve in advance.


05 Sexy Planet IV w Meral Polat Trio, Wolter Wierbos solo, Michael Moore / Onno Govaert, Sanem Kalfa / George Dumitriu, Sexyland, Amsterdam
06 Dikeman, Glerum duo, Juniper Fields, The Church, Amsterdam
06 Bacchanalia, De Ruimte, Amsterdam
11 Impro Train w Blood Cloud and Han Bennink & Oscar Jan Hoogland, Bimhuis, Amsterdam
14 Onno Govaert Solo, Dikeman, Glerum duo, Huis de Pinto, Amsterdam
16 Blood Cloud, Paviljoen Ongehoorde Muziek, Eindhoven
17 Sexy Planet V w Jasper Stadhouders/Tristan Renfrow, ZivTaubenfeld/Nico Chientaroli/Wilbert de Joode/Sun-Mi Hong, Harmen Fraanje solo.

Doek Workshop – Wolter Wierbos

Posted on 2 December 2020 in Concerts, News

Photo Peter Fey
December 19
Workshop 12.00 -14.30 and 15.30 – 18.00
“What We Did Today” performance 19:30

Doek is organizing a series of workshops in Splendor in Amsterdam. Doek musicians are renowned for their skills and experience in the field of improvised music. They are keen to share their knowledge with you!

Wolter Wierbos is world renowned as a trombonist but also as one of the greatest group improvisers/instant composers in the field. A longstanding member of the seminal ensemble ICP, his large ensemble experience also includes Bik Bent Braam, Sean Bergin’s M.O.B.,