Chris Dave & The Drumhedz
SEED Ensemble
Emma-Jean Thackray’s Walrus
The Lesson GK
Fabian Almazan & Alcanza
Miguel Zenón Quartet
Camila Meza & The Nectar Orchestra



Opening concert on October 11th
co-hosted by ProJazz

Mondriaan Jazz Festival

12th October 2019

Mondriaan Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday the 12th of October 2019 in its residence city The Hague. As for the past editions, the festival will again take place at PAARD & In Het Koorenhuis. For the third edition we will bring you artists from all over the world to The Hague. Progressive jazz & hiphop from New York, the sweet sounds of the new wave of the hip UK Jazz  movement and the modern and contemporary jazz from Latin-America, are all represented during this one-day festival. On Friday the 11th of October you can already get yourself going with the opening concert held In Het Koorenhuis.

We aim to bring the best live acts of this moment together in the shadow of Mondriaans love for contemporary jazz music. The line-up is innovative, contemporary and closely monitors the developments of (jazz) music. Mondriaan Jazz is an explorers trip where you can see and discover unique international collaborations, international debuts, new scenes and curated projects.

The festival is an initiative and collaboration between PAARD and Good Music Company. Mondriaan Jazz is supported by The Hague City, funding and collaboration partners.

Chris Dave & The Drumhedz (USA)

Line up: Chris Dave (drums, percussion) - rest of line-up tba.

Grammy Award winner, drummer/composer Chris Dave is seen by many critics, like Rolling Stone Magazine, as one of the most influential drummers from our time, able to bring together and develop the discourses of jazz, gospel and hip hop. Dave works with artists like Beyoncé, D’Angelo, Adele, Anderson Paak and more. He is also known for his work with Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu and Meshell Ndegeocello. Chris Dave has a distinct style in which elements of hip hop (J Dilla), but also jazz (Tony Willams) come together in intense beats, grooves, virtuosic technique and syncopation. In 2017 he released his debut album with his cult-group The Drumhedz, featuring long time collaborators Bilal, Anderson Paak, Goapele and more. Chris Dave rarely tours this group and we are very happy welcome him and The Drumhedz for their only Dutch concert in 2019.


Line up: Jean Atohoun (vox) – Willem Ardui (vox) – Jarno Verheyen (keys) – Bram Vanhove (drums) – David Idrisov (bass) – Dries Henderickx (guitar) – Egor Doubay (saxophone) – Luuk Hof (trumpet)

Blackwave (Willem Ardui & Jaywalker) is a hip-hop duo from Antwerp. They distinguish themselves with oldskool hip hop, which in terms of sound refer to the large hip-hop groups from the nineties, such as Arrested Development, Outkast and De La Soul. In 2018 they decided to tour with a live band consisting mainly of jazz musicians. This summer they will be present at North Sea Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival. Not your usual suspect at Mondriaan, but an absolute must-see!

SEED Ensemble (UK)

Line up: Cassie Kinoshi (alto saxophone & composer) – Miguel Gorodi (trumpet) – Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet) – Chelsea Carmichael (tenor saxophone & flute) – Joe Bristow (trombone) – Theon Cross (tuba) – Deschanel Gordon (piano / Rhodes) – Shirley Tetteh (guitar) – Rio Kai (double bass) – Patrick Boyle (drums) – XANA (poetry & spoken word) – Mr. Ekow (poetry & spoken word) – Cherise Adams-Burnett (vox)

SEED Ensemble is  13-piece London-based group led by the young and extremely talented composer Cassie Kinoshi. Kinoshi is an award-winning, composer, arranger and alto-saxophonist who is best known for her work with the London Symphony Orchestra, but also more contemporary jazz groups like Kokoroko and Nerija. Kinoshi also explores and works in theatre, film and contemporary dance movements.

This project SEED Ensemble, presents a stellar all-star line-up featuring some of London’s most up-and-coming young jazz musicians, including tuba player Theon Cross, tenor saxophonist Chelsea Carmichael and guitarist Shirley Tetteh. Combining jazz with inner-city London, West-African and Caribbean influenced grooves, SEED explores a blend of genres in original compositions. Their debut release in 2019, Driftglass (jazz re:freshed), features a track which won a prestigious BASCA (British Composer Award) 2018.

Emma-Jean Thackray’s Walrus (UK)

Line up: TBA

Emma Jean-Thackray is a rising star in England and is seen as one of the most expressive artists from the current hip UK Jazz scene. She is embraced by people like Theo Parrish, Mr. Scruff, Makaya McCraven and Gilles Peterson and has recently performed at festivals such as Sonar Barcelona, ​​Into The Great Wide Open and Eurosonic. She composes, produces, arranges, is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and DJ. In addition, she has her own radio show on Worldwide FM by Gilles Peterson and she regularly works with the London Symphony Orchestra. Her sound is very specific to London, but brings a slightly more experimental contemporary-jazz sound, in which styles such as jazz, electronics, Afrohouse and improvisation merge seamlessly. One moment she leans on Ellington-like compositions, after which the music ends up in a Madlib-like beat via the free jazz of Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis Bitches Brew-like heavy grooves. You have to see it, hear it and experience it.

The Lesson GK (USA)

Line up: Lenny ‘The Ox’ Reece (drums, electronics) - Jonathan Hoard (vox) – Phaseone (MC) - Julian Pollack (keys) - Christian Almiron (keys) - Dave Cutler (bass)

Community. Magic. Church. These are just examples of words used by people who have experienced The Lesson GK live in the New York underground scene. The Lesson GK started in 2012 as a weekly jam session in the basement of Arlene’s Grocery that has become the cornerstone of the underground hip hop scene in NYC. The band has grown beyond the critically acclaimed weekly NYC show and is making its international debut at Mondriaan Jazz. Expect seamless elements of experimental hip hop, jazz, R&B, funk and progressive soul made by musicians who have all earned their stripes working with artists like Lauryn Hill, The Roots, DJ Premier, Joey Bada $$, Slum Village and Kimbra.

Camila Meza & The Nectar Orchestra (CL)

Featuring Mara Tieles StringLAB Project (Strings in Residence)Line up: Camila Meza (vocals, guitar) – rest of line-up tbaFeaturing: Mara Tieles (viola) – Abel Rodríguez (violin) – Natasa Grujic (violin) – Melina Montes (cello)

Camila Meza bursted into the scene in 2017 with her award-winning album ‘Traces’, which earned her two Independent Music Awards for Best Contemporary Jazz and Best Latin Jazz. The New York Times hails her as “a bright young singer and guitarist with an ear for music of both folkloric and pop intention”.

Born in Chile, Ms. Meza now resides in New York City from where she tours worldwide with her bands. Camila partnered with bassist Noam Wiesenberg and created an ensemble with classical strings and percussion, collectively named The Nectar Orchestra. Her guitar chops are far forward as well, switching between originals and favorites from Pat Metheny, Milton Nascimento and Jobim.

After being featured as a special guest soloist with the Metropole Orchestra (together with Lizz Wright and Becca Stevens) at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival last summer, it feels like a logical step to invite her again to The Netherlands. She will present her new album Amber that was recently released on Sony Masterworks.

Strings in Residence
For this concert the Mara Tieles StringLAB will join in as Strings in Residence. The string quartet led by alt violin player Mara Tieles (Cuba) works majorly with classical and contemporary classical musicians but loves to collaborate with groups such as Snarky Puppy and The Cinematic Orchestra. For Mondriaan Jazz, Tieles curated a string quartet that will collaborate with Camila Meza & The Nectar Orchestra as well as with Fabian Almazan & Alcanza.

Fabian Almazan & Alcanza (CU)

Featuring Mara Tieles StringLAB Project (Strings in Residence)Line up: Fabian Almazan (piano) – Linda May Han Oh (bass) – Camila Meza (vocals, guitars) – Eric Doob (drums)Featuring: Mara Tieles (viola) – Abel Rodríguez (violin) – Natasa Grujic (violin) – Melina Montes (cello)

Cuban pianist-composer Fabian Almazan’s ambition and fearless approach to complexity, makes him one of the rising stars on piano today. On his multi-layered 9-piece suite album Rhizome, released in 2018 with his group Alcanza he seamlessly blends Shostakovich-like compositions with modern and contemporary Latin music and post-bop jazz. This has resulted in a startling and path-breaking album, which has been received as an absolute triumph. In keeping up with Almazan’s huge vision, it is a conceptual album, an hour-long, nine-movement suite that explores questions of self-discovery, identity, and human beings’ place in a complex and sometimes forbidding universe.

Meza’s pristine vocals give life to Almazan’s thought-provoking lyrics, and although she sings exclusively in Spanish, the beauty and grandeur of the music are more than enough to transcend linguistic boundaries—a feature that characterizes Almazan’s entire body of work, as his music so thoroughly defies categorization and classification. The two most striking qualities of the suite are its energy and it’s emotional potency. Almazan brings the striking bassist Linda May Han Oh (Pat Metheny) and drummer Eric Doob. Alcanza is joined by the String in Residence to bring you this suite, this journey, especially for MJAZZ19.

Strings in Residence
For this concert the Mara Tieles StringLAB will join in as Strings in Residence. The string quartet led by alt violin player Mara Tieles (Cuba) works majorly with classical and contemporary classical musicians but loves to collaborate with groups such as Snarky Puppy and The Cinamatic Orchestra. On behalf of Mondriaan Jazz, Tieles formed a string quartet that will collaborate with Camila Meza & The Nectar Orchestra as well as with Fabian Almazan & Alcanza.

Miguel Zenón Quartet (USA)

Lineup: Miguel Zenón (alto saxophone) – Luis Perdomo (piano) – Matt Pennman (bass) – Henry Cole (drums)

Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin America Folkloric Music and Jazz. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has built a distinguished career as a leader, releasing eleven albums under his own name. In addition, he has crafted his artistic identity by dividing his time equally between working with older jazz masters and the music’s younger innovators –irrespective of styles and genres. Zenón will be presenting his latest album ‘Sonero’ with his Quartet of multi-Grammy Award winning heavyweights.

Phronesis (UK/DK/SWE)

Openingsconcert vrijdag 11 oktober

Line up: Jasper Høiby – contrabass - Ivo Neame – piano - Anton Eger – drums

We have the honor to start Mondriaan Jazz with Phronesis during the opening concert on Friday the 11th of October in the Koorenhuis. Danish double bass player Jasper Høiby, British pianist Ivo Neame and the Swedish drummer Anton Eger created a band that crafts innovative acoustic music that sounds clear and simple. Nevertheless, it is very ingenious. The band was formed ten years ago in London out of the Loop Collective; a platform for equally minded young musicians.

Phronesis conquers the international music scene with catchy themes, powerful compositions and provocative grooves. The compositions contain lots of rhythmic layers and ostinato patterns. Høiby and Eger constantly make sure the music is tight and pulsating. Eger is a resourceful drummer who can improvise like no one else. Ivo Neame likes to surprise the audience with enigmatic passages and loves to show you his Herbie Hancock approach of playing.

’Their album Alive (2010) has been claimed to be the best jazz album of the year by renowned jazz magazines. The trio released their seventh album We Are All in September 2018 for Edition Records. This band is a wonderful addition to the Mondriaan Jazz Festival and cannot be missed!’’

One of the most exciting bands worldwide.” – Jazzwise

“Look out for Phronesis. They might change your life” – BBC Radio 3