Trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, one of the stars of the vibrant and highly creative Dutch jazz scene, has been described as having ".... a melodic style evocative of late-period Miles Davis." (Nate Chinen, New York Times). He returns to the US with his new project Oliver's Cinema, a trio featuring Belgian accordionist Tuur Florizoone and German cellist Jörg Brinkmann. The trio formed when Vloeimans "decided to tackle his aversion to the accordion" and found his way to Florizoone. After a series of duo concerts in 2012, Vloeimans added cellist Brinkmann. They did their first trio gig after only two hours of rehearsal and it was such a success that the new group was formed. Oliver's Cinema (an anagram of Vloeimans' name) released a self-titled debut CD in 2013, music written for film as well as music with a cinematic quality, ranging from Ennio Morricone soundtracks to new compositions for imaginary films.
He's colorful, versatile, engaging, friendlyŠ.and one hell of a trumpet player. Eric Vloeimans (Huizen, b. 1963) is is regarded as one of Europe's best performers with an extraordinary talent for playing original music with outstanding quality. Not bound by one particular style, he has managed to create an evocative, harmonic language of his own. His writing is fresh and creative, with feeling and respect for tradition, having mastered the complete range of the trumpet, from the energy laden high notes to the soft, velvety, almost wooden sounds. Is that a siren? A clarinet? A flute? A shakuhache? No, it's Eric Vloeimans.
His talent and expressive power have won him many awards, among which four Edisons, the Elly Ameling Prize of the City of Rotterdam, the Boy Edgar Prize and the prestigious Bird Award of the North Sea Jazz Festival. Eric has been active in a wide variety of ensembles all over the years. His current bands are "Oliver's Cinema" with accordeonist Tuur Florizoone and cellist Jörg Brinkmann. The music is cinematic and evocative, leading listeners into a voyage of active imagination and reminiscence. Plus, it's fun.
Vloeimans turns on the heat with electronic special effects in his electric band "Gatecrash." Featuring Jeroen van Vliet on Fender Rhodes and keyboards, Gulli Gudmundsson on bass, and Jasper van Hulten on drums, Gatecrash is a darling of many jazz and pop festivals worldwide.
Vloeimans also performs and has recorded with the Holland Baroque Society, the reed quintetCalefax, and in duo with classical pianist Florian Weber, with clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, with flamenco guitarist Eric Vaarzon Morel, with the Dutch Royal Marine Band, with the Matangi String Quartet, and many others - he is a complete musical animal. Lately he's been a popular soloist with symphony orchestras such as the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He performed and recorded his own trumpet concerto "Evensong" with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in 2012. In 2013 he was named musical director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He has also ventured into film music, writing (with Fons Merkies) and performing the music for the feature film "Majesteit" (premiered in September 2010), as well as for the award-winning animation "Audition" (with Martin Fondse), and for the documentary "Enkeltje Hemel" (2014).
Eric has released some 23 albums on the Challenge label, and has performed all over Europe, Indonesia, China, the Middle East, North America, South Africa and Japan. He's always been influenced by his travels and encounters, and one can hear this in many of his compositions.
Eric Vloeimans plays from the heart - his warmth and easygoing nature has endeared him to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. His music needs no translation, it comes from beyond and goes straight to the heart.
Vloeimans is returning to the U.S.or a 13-city tour, October 10 - 25, with Oliver's Cinema featuring Vloeimans with accordionist Tuur Florizoone and cellist Jörg Brinkmann.
October 10 @ Moody's Bistro, Truckee, CA
October 11 @ House Concert at Chez Robert, Soquel, CA
October 13 @ Duende, Oakland, CA
October 14 @ Calvary Presbyterian Church, Portland, OR
October 15 @ Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle, WA
October 16 @ Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque, NM
October 17 @ UCCS Centennial Hall, Colorado Springs, CO
October 19 @ The Promontory, Chicago, IL
October 20 @ Blue Note, NewYork, NY
October 21 @ Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
October 23 @ Caspe Terrace, Waukee, IA
October 24 @ Brooks Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
October 25 @ Miami Dade County Auditorium, Miami, FL