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Three virtuoso musicians have started a discourse with 400-year-old pop music. Erik Bosgraaf, who plays the recorder, laptop artist Jorrit Tamminga, and deejay Arjen de Vreede – aka DJ DNA – have taken a fresh look at the musical heritage left to us by the nobleman Jacob van Eyck. 

You could call Jacob van Eyck the DJ of the 17thcentury. Utrecht’s blind carillon player took popular hits of the day and making up his own versions, played them on the bells of the city’s Dom Tower, and also on his recorder on Utrecht’s main square, the Janskerkhof. Van Eyck’s repertoire entertained those taking a stroll around town after dinner, and it was passed down to us in his piece Der Fluyten Lust-hof, which today still inspires awe and fear in the hearts of recorder players attempting to play it.

The 17th century music that Jacob van Eyck composed has been seamlessly merged with modern-day sounds, with the aid of record decks and a laptop. Video artists Paul and Menno de Nooijer have interpreted Der Fluyten Lust-hof using magical imagery, surrounding the musicians in a visual dream where time and reality fade away. The narrator Thiemo Wind, musicologist and an expert on Jacob van Eyck, guides you into the fascinating life and times of this virtuoso musician.

Erik Bosgraaf is generally considered to be one of the world’s best recorder players. His repertoire extends from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to the music of tomorrow. His recording of Jacob van Eyck’s Der Fluyten Lust-hof set a new standard and led to Bosgraaf breaking through internationally. Approximately one hundred compositions have been written for him, some twelve or so of them concerto’s. Erik travels the world captivating one and all, from Japan to Dallas, from Groningen to Finland, either playing solo or with other musicians on one of the many recorders he owns.

He extended his fame by recording music for movie makers Werner Herzog and Paul and Menno de Nooijer.

Erik Bosgraaf is a professor at the Amsterdam Conservatory and visiting professor at the Krakau Music Academy.

‘I’m amazed that Van Eyck’s music still sounds so fresh that the notes immediately speak to you. The open formula of his variation art offers up exciting connections between the recorder as an instrument alongside the DJ, electronics and video imagery.’

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Arjen de Vreede‘s (aka DJ DNA) life covers 50 years of music history. After devouring all the information he could glean from his parents’ record collection, the punk movement kicked off and he fully immersed himself into this new musical phenomenon. When hip-hop and rap rose to the fore he decided to become a disc jockey. Now, 35 years on, he can look back to a time when as a DJ he pioneered styles like Hip-Hop, House, Jungle and Drum ‘n Bass – and he still deejays nowadays.

Over the years Arjen also developed his skills as a musician, becoming a guitarist, a bass player, and more notably a scratcher, which lead to him founding and then touring around the world with one of the Netherlands more famous bands, the Urban Dance Squad. In recent years Arjen has committed himself even more to international music projects, working with talent from the countries he travels to.

For the past 6 years he has been a permanent member of the artists/musicians enclave Kytopia in Utrecht and he has taught at the department of music technology (MT) at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht since 2008. He is currently working on his Master of Music degree based on research he did in South Africa.

‘You could say Van Eyck was the Stevie Wonder of the Golden Age. He would loop and remix the popular hits of his day just like a modern-day DJ would do now. True to the hip-hop tradition, just like my own background.’

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Jorrit Tamminga composes music for various instruments and ensembles, combining them with electronics. He also composes musical performances. Jorrit programmes live electronics for composers, theatrical performances, orchestra’s and ensembles. He also performs regularly with various musicians, improvising the electronics during live acts. 

Jorrit Tamminga is head teacher of the department of Sound Design for the Music & Technology course at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht, as well teaching electronic music composition at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

‘I myself am actually the son of a carillon player. Using my laptop I can transform the sounds played on a recorder into the sound of carillon bells. That’s actually one of my roles in Jacob 3.0.’

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Thiemo Wind has studied Music Studies, alongside the oboe and the recorder. Thiemo produced a new three part edition of the sheet music of Jacob van Eyck’s Der Fluyten Lust-hof. In 2006, after years of investigating Van Eyck’s life, he graduated on his dissertation ‘Jacob van Eyck and the Others – Dutch Solo Repertoire for Recorder in the Golden Age’.The English translation has been well-received world-wide. He has published numerous articles in international musicology publications and collaborated on ‘The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians’.He was music editor for the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaffrom 1995 to 2016.

Since then Thiemo has been freelancing, giving lectures and running courses, and on rare occasions has been known to take small groups of hikers around the city of Utrecht, showing them Van Eyck’s old stomping grounds.

 ‘What always strikes me, a Van Eyck specialist, is how much he speaks to people’s imagination. A 17thcentury nobleman, born blind, who became the city of Utrecht’s official carillon player; he was the world’s main expert on bell-playing, and on top of that he played the recorder like a maestro.’

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Paul and Menno de Nooijer (visual artists)

When digitalisation took off in the nineties, Paul and Menno de Nooijer (father and son), decided to focus their artistic efforts on merging photography and cinematography into the performing arts.

Inspired by the new multimedia possibilities that computers offer, this duo deliberately chooses to mix up traditional art disciplines based on the ideals of Oskar Schlemmer and the Bauhaus Theatre. Following these ideals, Paul and Menno are consistently investigating the visual possibilities of photography, both analogue and digital, in relation to film, theatre and the visual arts

‘The modern way these musicians play around with the centuries-old music of Jacob van Eyck has inspired us to create images, using our very own ‘de Nooijer formula.’

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Team

Concept: Arjen de Vreede, Erik Bosgraaf
Conceptual development: Arjen de Vreede, Wineke van Muiswinkel, Thiemo Wind
Musicians: Erik Bosgraaf (recorder), Jorrit Tamminga (laptop) and Arjen de Vreede (DJ DNA)
Visuals: Paul and Menno de Nooijer
Advice: Thiemo Wind
Communication: Thiemo Wind and Wineke van Muiswinkel
Production: EENPUNT6 I Kees Kaya, Lidy Ettema
Sound: Thomas Koopmans, Sam Jones
Bookings and information: Lidy Ettema, info@JACOB30.nl
Website: Tom Loois
Website texts: Thiemo Wind, Wineke van Muiswinkel
Logo: Loudmouth

With eternal gratitude to Wineke van Muiswinkel.

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