Bram Stadhouders (born 23 January 1987) is a Dutch improviser and composer, best known as the guitarist that triggers the largest transportable fairground-organ in the world. He discovered the possibility to send midi signals to barrel organs and also triggered a church organ. He is the first musician in the world to tour as a musician triggering a traditional fairground-organ.He received his first guitar when he was six years old. His guitarist father and pianist mother were the first figures in his life to educate him with classical and jazz sounds. In 1998 when he was 11 years old he had his first rockband that performed on TV and big festivals.
Later he studied electronic music at the Utrecht School of the Arts and then got a masters degree in composition at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. His first album as a leader “Tonelist” was released in 2007, followed by 9 more albums, of which 5 are released on Challenge Records. Combining new technology and classical musicians with free improvised jazz and ambient sounds, makes him one of the most impressive figures on the contemporary music scene.Bram has been selected for several important highlights such as the Dutch Young VIP tour, North Sea Jazz Composition Assignment, “Take Five Europe“, BIMhuis Carte Blanche and more.
His endless energy has brought his performances to major festivals and stages all over the world, playing with important figures on the international scene, such as Sidsel Endresen and Jim Black, or his longterm collaboration with Poland’s most well-known saxophone player Grzech Piotrowski, his experiments on a guitar made of ice with ice-percussionist Terje Isungset, or his 17 performances of “Henosis” with the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir and the Netherlands Chamber Choir. The name of another work is Cantata which is performed by a trio of tenor vocalist Sebastian Brouwer, and elektronica-wizard David Hoogerheide and himself. Some other musicians that he has performed with are Arve Henriksen, Ana Maria Jopek, Wolfert Brederode, Marcin Wasilewski, Bulgarian Choir Angelite, Onno Govaert, Harmen Fraanje, Aart Strootman, Joost Lijbaart, Urna.
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