Deep roots, a powerful pilar and a crown reaching for the heavens. Every tree sprouts in simplicity. A small seed is enough. Time and space allow trees to grow into mighty giants. It is no different in music. Through purity and patience mastery is revealed. With his ensemble OAK, the Dutch jazz pianist and composer Sjoerd van Eijck (1992, Breda) touches the core of his music. As a fully grown oak exuberantly exploring the space around it and intensifying the colours of the sky.

Now, with OAK he steps into the spotlight as composer and band leader. Trumpet player Koen Smits, bass player Alessandro Fongaro and percussionist Willem Romers add richness and steering rhythms to his distinct signature. In the sound of OAK, influences from free improvisation, classical music (Bach to Ravel), minimalism and the Scandinavian melodic jazz come together. Debut album Aurora will be presented on August 9 at De Observant!

Koen Smits – Trompet
Sjoerd Van Eijck – Piano
Alessandro Fongaro – Contrabas
Willem Romers – Drums


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