Eric Vloeimans (1963) studied jazz- and classical trumpet at the Rotterdams Conservatorium and graduated with honours in 1988, leading him to the New School in New York. There he performed with a.o. the Frank Foster and Mercer Ellington bands. Since 1989 Eric has been active in a wide variety of ensembles.
His first CD's - "No Realistics"(1992), "First Floor" and "Bestiarium" - were praised for the music's expressive power, earning the Eric Vloeimans Quartet a reputation as one of Holland 's top bands. In addition Vloeimans' performances with a multitude of other formations had drawn international attention to his versatility. By now he played with the most reputable and established musicians on the scene.
On his CD 's Eric prefers to record original compositions and does not feel restricted to one particular style. His writing is fresh and creative, with feeling and respect for tradition but never pretentious.
In 1999 he received an Edison Award for "Bitches and Fairy Tales" and was nominated for the prestigious Bird Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2000.
In 2002 his whole oeuvre was awarded with the most important jazz prize in The Netherlands, The Boy Edgar Prize.
In early 2006 Eric together with Jeroen van Vliet accompanied dancer Connie Janssen for some 40 performances from Rotterdam to Moscow. During this project he decided to make the step into the world of electronic music, enabling him to develop new sounds and explore new possibilities. Thus he formed his new group “Gatecrash”. Of course with Jeroen on keyboards, with the wonderful Icelandic bassist Gudmundsson and inventive drummer van Hulten.
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Vloeimans performing in July, 2007
24 March 1963 |
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, record producer|
Vloeimans initially studied classical music at the Rotterdam Academy of Music. He got interested in jazz after meeting musicians from that department and switched - graduating with distinction in 1988 and continuing his studies in New York, studying with Donald Byrd on the trumpet gaining experience playing in the big bands of Frank Foster and Mercer Ellington.
He practices classical studies to keep his technique up to scratch; enabling him to shape his improvisational ideas; putting classical music at the service of jazz. Vloeimans has flavored his performance on the trumpet by using electronics special effects.
Besides being active with major Dutch jazz figures (including pianist Michiel Borstlap and cellist Ernst Reijseger) since 1989, Vloeimans has been involved in numerous international projects, most notably in his recording with US drummer Joey Baron, bassist Marc Johnson and pianist John Taylor, resulting in an Edison award for the album Bitches and Fairy Tales in 1999. Other collaborations include those with French/Vietnamese guitarist Nguyên Lê, German clarinetist Theo Jörgensmann, Swedish bassist/cellist Lars Danielsson and Finnish drummer/percussionist Markku Ounaskari, US bassist Jimmy Haslip, as well as projects with Norwegian composer Erik Lars Gudim and nu jazz pioneer Bugge Wesseltoft.
In 2003 he received the most prestigious Dutch jazz award, the VPRO/Boy Edgar Award. Two recent albums have won him the highest awards for music in the Netherlands; the Edison Award. These include Summersault, in 2006, and Gatecrashin' in 2007.
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