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Exposition

Act I Releases

Act II Management

Act III Discography

Act IV History

Act V: Services

Act VI Quote

Act VII Press

Act VIII Info

Act IX Links

Act X Finale

Photos

©Photography: Arnaud Nilwik

The man, his life, his music...

EMIEL VAN EGDOM Musician with major worldwide releases... A highly talented guitarist who has demonstrated the highest levels of musical achievementÓ Alma Berk, Jim Hall Jazz Award, USA Equally at home in high energy electric jazz or fusion as in his romantic classical and contemporary acoustic solo guitar arrangements... His albums and concerts read like a who's who in contemporary music and jazzÉBob MIlitello, Bob Sheppard, Eric Gale, Bob Berg, John Patitucci, Brian Bromberg, Tom Brigandi, Steve Curry, Joel Taylor, Alex Acuna, Peter Gordon, Michael Pedicin Jr., Jan Knooren, Ron van Stratum, Bart Rademakers, Consuelo Candelaria, Demetrios Papas, Corey Allen, Cheryl Bentyne, Tony Galla, Bob Leatherbarrow, Bob Jones etcetc With the projects already released, the upcoming releases and the international presscoverage, it seems that this composer/arranger/guitarist and producer is on his way to a great international career. His challenging way with form and harmony, his melodies and grooves in the popular styles, and his jazz and classical compositions, arrangements and orchestrations put him in the circle of contemporary musicians who are clearly with two feet in their own era, with respect for tradition, their masters and heroes. While at the same time combine a healthy business sense with versatility. As a very rhythmical and melancholic composer, he pushes his music to energy and "feel", with a lot of emotion and momentum. His concerts are "high energy" and powerful, his radiation to his audience convincing and open. He is in total control of the music and the band and knows how to bring them to creative and inspired performances. Born in the Netherlands, he started his musical career at the age of 18, after an intense and interesting youth, to say the least. The urge to become a musician was there but life demanded other priorities. The influences, besides local musicians who took him on, were Jimi Hendrix, Manitas de Plata, Andres Segovia etc., etc., in short; anybody holding a guitar: "Looking back, I consider myself lucky not being fixated on one particular style or kind of music. And that attitude, I think, also kept me from wanting to play "just" 15 different versions of the same standard in one groove at different tempo's..."

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In 1983, after performing with numerous bands in Europe, receiving a classical conservatory degree in '81 with Hans Lutz Niessen, private studies American musicians living in Europe like Charles Green and Greg Badolato ,the help of the Fulbright Committee, awarding him a distinguished Fulbright sholarship, , winning the Jim Hall Award for outstanding musicianship and a maecenas(who wishes to remain unknown), he finally went to Boston (USA) where he studied at the famous BERKLEE College of Music, one of the finest institutions of it's kind, but also with f.i. John Scofield. After that his career really took off. The contacts made at Berklee, especially with his teacher Maestro Corey Allen and Peter Gordon lead to many concerttours with teachers and fellowstudents and created a lot of activity in his home country, something considered invaluable and influencial by many in that area. His first release "The Corey Allen Project" on "Da Capo Records" with his band CULEA (released in the Netherlands only), showed him as a skilled guitarist, arranger and bandleader under the guidance of producer/ pianist Corey Allen. In 1989, by now living in Los Angeles, this all lead to him signing his second recorddeal with "Optimism Inc." and "This is for You" is released. The first in a series of projects to come out internationally. On this CD some of the best players in the world were present; Bob Berg, Alex Acuna, John Patitucci, Cherryl Bentyne, Eric Gale, Brian Bromberg, Bob Militello, Joel Taylor, Peter Gordon, Corey Allen and engineer Tom McCauley. In the years that followed he toured a lot with among others Bob Militello (with Dave Brubeck), Bob Jones (Colleen WIlliams, Lenny White), Brian Bromberg, Eric Gale, Tony Guerrero, his US 5-tet with Bob Sheppard, Joel Taylor, but also with Michael Pedicin Jr., Peter Gordon, Kenny Goldberg, Eric Vloeimans, Demetrios Papas, Tony Galla (RAVEN), Glenn Corneille and Emiel's adventurous 4-tet with Bart Rademakers,Pno., Jan Knooren, Bs. and Ron van Stratum, Drs.. All these concerts were his original music and sometimes music from featured guest player(s) was added to the bill. Next to this intens touring-schedule he did many composing assignments, studio- and arranging work in many styles variying from Smooth Jazz to Frans Malschaert's and Anandi Teeuw's theaterplay "VLUCHTEN" for Theater SIRKEL for which he wrote the mostly á capella arrangements and original score that had the press raving. More touring took place in de US, South America and Europe, at for example the new JAZZMECCA from the late NORTHSEA JAZZ promoter Paul Acket, who after that, had him play at the NORTHSEA JAZZ FESTIVAL in The Hague where he did the beautiful REMBRANDT hall. He did the" CANCUN jazzfestival" in Mexico (with Bob Militello, Bob Leatherbarrow, Bob Jones and Jan Knooren), but also smaller ones like the "Middelburg Jazzfestival" and many others like that.1983 through 1992 were years with a lot of exposure, press/radio and TV coverage, an era with a strong ascending line, showing a musician with a future. But then in late '92 he suddenly quits the business for almost 4 years to return mid '96, stronger and more focused as ever. He did one thing though in his "break", he became a licensed swordmaster, studied with some of the best maitres d'escrimes he could find or that found him, like retired Olympic Coach Maitre Dick van Winden, fencingchampion Emiel Slijpen , both from the Netherlands and Polish Maitre Dr. Jerzy Wezowski, the three of them who are responsible for him getting his degree as Master, his license; " The fencing prevented me from going out of my mind in one of the hardest periods of my life". He records "Venys Maternon" for BTEA's Tom van Giesen, finishes "Hybrid Groove" and subsequently he signs with California based "NEFERTITI records". After finishing tracking "Hybrid Groove" he records "CLUES"with Bob Militello, Bob Jones, Steve Curry, Tom Brigandi and Consuelo Candelaria. Currently working on his new CD, beta named "VI"... This and many other projects brings us to the present. A life of touring, studiowork, his own music, teaching, projects to produce, commissions for compositions and arrangements, all mostly done in his own PROTOOLS HD3 Accel studio under the flag of his own production company CULEA Productions, founded in 2003 or in Los Angeles with engineer Tom McCauley. He now works with a production/management team headed by Jolanda Merkelbach. Some of the people I worked with/for over the years... John Patitucci, Bob Berg, Eric Gale, Bob Sheppard, Brian Bromberg, Alex Acuna, Chico Huff, Corey Allen, Cheryl Bentyne, John Beasley, Tony Galla, Mark Murphy, Peter Gordon, Charli Green, Kendrick Macey, Ron Wilson, Joel Taylor, Consuelo Candelaria, Bob Militello, Bill Cantos, Tom Brigandi, Bob Jones, Bob Leatherbarrow, Steve Curry, Tom McCauley, Michael Pedicin Jr., Demetrios Papas, Ted Greenberg, Al DeFino, Tony Romano, Hollis Gentry III, Kenny Goldberg, Colleen Williams, Yasutaka Yoshioka, Tom Schumann, Steve Navyac, Tony Guerrero, Gerald Cannon, Margie Pos, Zan Gardner,Kathy Roberts, Jan Knooren, Bart Rademakers, Jan Franssen, Ghian Prince, Leo Janssen, Hub Boesten, Loek Boesten, Larry Swist, Bo Didley, Marcel Graus, Michel Bisceglia, Eric Vloeimans, Toon Roos, Meta de Vries, Federico Schneider, Knooren Handcrafted Instruments, Yamaha, BOSE, Jan Bosschaert, Frans Malschaert, Henri SchYller, Teu Boermans, Emmanuelle Somer, Jon Erkens, Heribert Leuchter, Dennis Luxion, Manfred Rair, Rob Offerbeek, RenZ van Helsdingen, Joep Onderdelinden, Hank the Knife & the Jets, Geert Scheijgrond, Peter Joosten, Dorian Broekhuyse, Jules Deelder, Mimi Verderame, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, John Engels, Ben van den Dungen, Rachel Bowen(UK), Sergej Kreso

Verderame, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, John Engels, Ben van den Dungen, Rachel Bowen(UK), Sergej Kreso and many, many more...

For You: For the Searcher of Love, For the Finder of Love, For You, My Friend, who will, one day, With your love for yourself -and because of that also, automatically, with the love for the people around you, will be able to live happily, freed and with an open heart....

Dorothee Dahmen, 1992. Handwritten dedication in the inside sleeve of Love: The Psychology of a Phenomenon. by Peter Lauster

Thank you kindly for your interest and visit.

Exposition

Act I Releases

Act II Management

Act III Discography

Act IV History

Act V: Services

Act VI Quote

Act VII Press

Act VIII Info

Act IX Links

Act X Finale

Photos

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