Marike van Dijk
Dutch jazz saxophonist and composer Marike van Dijk divides her time working and living between Brooklyn and Amsterdam. Her most recent project (made possible through support from the Performing Arts Fund NL) features a collaboration between herself and 2 singer-songwriters; Jeff Taylor from New Jersey (USA) and Katell Keineg from Cardiff (UK).
Marike wrote arrangements of their songs to be performed and recorded with her large group The Stereography Project. This ‘chamber jazz ensemble’ was also featured on her previous album, called The Stereography Project (BJU records, 2015).
“Marike van Dijk’s writing has an organic quality; balanced and seems to find ratios and combinations that are based in nature. I find her music very intuitive and feel that she has great honesty. This record will be just another step in a long career of composing.”
– Pianist/arranger Gil Goldstein
With this recording, she made her debut as a composer, moving away from purely focusing on being a soloist.
During her studies in New York, she started working on several interdisciplinary projects as a musician and a composer. She worked with an improvisational dance company called the Lovelies and composed for Andy Cavatorta’s instruments.
Her latest endeavors include a new trio called Laika Into Orbit (piano/cello/sax) performing live music with film and composing a score for Bosk, a Frisian children’s movie.
A versatile musician and composer, she’s always working on her next project, always moving forward. She is currently part of faculty at Hochschüle Osnabrück, Institut Für Musik (DE) and works as a researcher at Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (BE).
NYC jazz record
All About Jazz
2015 THE STEREOGRAPHY PROJECT
BROOKLYN JAZZ UNDERGROUND RECORDS
2010 PATCHES OF BLUE