New Artistic Leader Dutch Youth Jazz Orchestra (NJJO)

29 December 2014
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Pianist, composer, bandleader and arranger Martin Fondse is the new artistic director of the Sena National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NJJO).

NJJO it is more than a bridge between school and practice. The experiences of the participants in the areas of musical collaboration, personal coaching, program level, prestige of the venues and festivals, offer a unique value and can be decisive for the rest of their musical, creative and social career.

The repertoire will consist of new and existing work of the versatile Fondse itself. For the 2015 edition Martin will compose new works to his ever-evolving Jazz Orchestra suite ‘City Lights’.












Photo: Thomas Huisman

Website NJJO



Martin Fondse Project ft. Morais

30 April 2014
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The natural beauty of his home town in Brazil, the hospitality of Brazilians and his personal life experiences are some of the themes that inspired Morais to create ‘Talism?’, a project featuring his original music that will be on tour in June 2014.

The singer-songwriter Morais, aka Wilson Matuoka, was born in the Brazilian city Atibaia, in the country side of S?o Paulo State. Since an early age music became his passion. With compositions such as “Naves Azuis” and “Fio D’água”, which contain lyrics by his wife Neusa Raphael de Toledo Matuoka, Morais has been awarded several prizes. These compositions are also part of the repertoire of Talism?. Besides being a natural gifted musician and the owner of a powerful voice, Morais is also an artist with a heart for culture and education. He founded the “Clube da Música Atibaia” in 2000, an organization that’s both a national and international platform for musicians from the region of Atibaia.

The project “Talism?” is a tribute to ‘Pedra Grande’ (Big Rock), the main symbol of the city of Atibaia. Based on the CD with the same name, which was launched in September 2013 in one of the main jazz houses in Europe, the BimHuis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

It was also through “Clube da Música Atibaia” that Morais met the Dutch pianist, composer and arranger Martin Fondse, with whom he shares the stage in the project Talism?. Fondse is one of Holland’s most cherished composers. His prowess as composer allows him to continually break new ground, and combine different styles in his work, establishing a remarkable balance between composition, improvisation, dialogue and personal expression. He has been awarded several international prizes (including Edison Award 2012). Martin worked with musicians like Basement Jaxx, Lenine, Terry Bozzio, Peter Erskine, Doudou N?Diaye Rose, Pat Metheny and George Duke.

The CD featured guest appearances by renowned musicians such as cellist Ernst Reijseger (composer of the soundtracks of the films of Werner Herzog) and Annie Tangberg (Metropole Orchestra), American opera singer Claron McFadden, plus the Martin Fondse Project orchestra.
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Martin Fondse (NL): piano, vibrandoneon
Bart Fermie (NL): drums, percussion
Hidde Roorda (NL): bass
Annie Tangberg (NO): cello
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“The songs on ‘Talism?’ are inviting you to listen to the CD many times. And the sambas are contagious”

Lex Lammen, Jazzflits Magazine

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Compositions Projects

4 Seasons in 1 Day

11 August 2013
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2009, Festival De Haagse Muziek Driedaagse, Lucent Theatre, Den Haag, The Netherlands

Premiere of my suite ‘4 Seasons in 1 day’

Part 1: Spring Rolls

Part 2: Summer Hummer

Part 3: Welcome to Automnia!

Part 4: Winter Silence


Martin Fondse: Compositions, Conductor

Peter Erskine: Drums

Doudou N’Diaye Rose: Percussion

Artvark Saxophone Quartet: Saxophones

Anumadutchi: Mallets and Percussion

Ali N’Diaye Rose: Sabar & Senegalese Sabar Ensemble

Dela Botri: Flute & Percussion

Eric van der Westen: Double Bass


Artvark Saxophone Quartet is: Rolf Delfos, Mete Erker, Bart Wirtz & Peter Broekhuizen


More Video’s from this concert:

Martin Fondse Orchestra Projects

Lenine & MF Orchestra

27 July 2013
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Also in 2015 there are plans to record and perform with our successful project The Bridge. It brought us to various countries, festivals and venues. Highlights were our Brazilian Tour in 2013, the European Tour in 2014 (with concert at the famous North Sea Jazz Festival) and last but not least our sold out performance at Summerstage New York in Central Park.

We certainly keep you updated!


Celebrating 30-year career in 2013 Lenine joins the Dutch maestro Martin Fondse and his Orchestra for a European tour.
A symbolic landmark for the historical relationship between Brazil and The Netherlands is the Maurício de Nassau Bridge in Recife, which is a perfect replica of the bridge crossing the Amstel river in Amsterdam. This landmark has been the source of inspiration to create ‘The Bridge’, joining the Brazilian musician Lenine and Martin Fondse Orchestra. In May they toured in The Netherlands, Germany and Portugal. In October 2013 ‘The Bridge’ comes to Brazil!
‘The Bridge’ celebrates Lenine’s 30-year career in 2013, bringing together memorable milestones of his career.

Both born on an island, Lenine and Martin Fondse cross the transatlantic bridge. ‘The bridge is neither to go nor to come, the bridge is the crossing…’ as in the song that inspired the show’s concept. The repertoire consists of highlights from Lenine’s career, such as Jack Soul Brasileiro, Paciência and A Ponte, as well as new work by Martin Fondse, winner of Edison Award – Jazz National 2012.
Martin Fondse Orchestra (previously Starvinsky Orchestra) is a big band and classical ensemble in one. It has its roots in jazz, complimented by elements from pop, film and classical music creating a contemporary world of music merging modern styles and influences in a distinctive, energetic and humoristic style.

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Line –up:
Lenine – vocal, guitar | Martin Fondse – piano, vibrandoneon |
Dirk Peter K?lsch – drums | Robert Landfermann – bass | Mete Erker – sax |
Irma Kort – Oboe | Søren Siegumfeldt – tenor sax | Vera van der Bie – violin | Herman van Haaren – violin | Annie Tangberg – cello



27 February 2013
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Rosefire will be in reprise in 2015-2016.  After a compact and wonderful tour in 2013-2014, we will take Rosefire one step further in the new year.

CD recordings will be made and new tour dates will be released soon! See our agenda here.


With the cast of Testimoni we will recieve now Mezzosoprano Tania Kross in new program, an ode to the woman, creativity, the muse.

Poetic reflections on vulnerable beauty and inner power. With lyrics of Pablo Neruda, Neusa Raphael de Toledo Matuoka and Tjitske Jansen.

Intimate and outragious. Velvet and crisp. From whispers to excitement.


Martin Fondse: compositions, vibrandoneon, piano

Tania Kross- vocal

Eric Vloeimans: trumpet

Matangi Quartet:

Maria-Paula Majoor – violin

Daniel Torrico Menacho – violin

Karsten Kleijer – viola

Arno van der Vuurst – cello



BEAM & M. Stockhausen

27 March 2012
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Since January 2011 I’m the artistic leader in BEAM?Orchestra, Tilburg. November 2011 we did a wonderful project with composer/trumpet player/inspirator Markus Stockhausen.










It is an initiative of Muzieklab Brabant, led by Eric van der Westen in Tilburg.

BEAM (also named BEAM ORCHESTRA) is a Dutch ensemble. Artistic leader is composer Martin Fondse with input from Andreas van Zoelen and (artistic leader until end of 2010) Bart van Dongen. BEAM toured in 2009 through Europe with the American singer/songwriter and artist Daniel Johnston. This cooperation lead to the album BEAM ME UP DANIEL! (Hazelwood Vinyl Plastics/ Rough Trade). Last November BEAM was involved in a collaboration with MARKUS STOCKHAUSEN.















During the opening of the TROMP Percussion Festival (2010) BEAM performed with Ethel and Elbtonal Percussion and with central guest artist Stewart Copeland (The Police).