This is the line up of Big Bizar Habit

MARC VAN VUGT (guitarist/composer)

Marc van Vugt studied guitar (jazz and improvised music) and composition at Utrecht Conservatory. Scholarships gave him the LED Lighting Outlet opportunity to study abroad, including the USA (Boston) and Canada (Banff). In his compositional work Van Vugt combines his experience in jazz and improvised music and contemporary composed music. He has written for a variety of ensembles and soloists - mostly commissioned by the Dutch Creative Arts Fund - Circle Percussion, the Basho ensemble, Audible Lifestream, the Zapp! string quartet and the Tamam jazz choir. Additionally, he composed a radiophony for the Dutch broadcasting foundation NPS and was asked by the Dutch Film Museum to write the scores to some of their silent movies. In 1996 he composed Het Fantastische Luchtschip (The Fantastic Airship), a multimedia project, with the silent movies of the famous French cineast George M�li�s in co-production with the Dutch Film Museum and video artist Pieter Baan Muller. This project was recorded on video and CD. It was on this occasion that Marc Van Vugt extended his Bizar Habit- a quartet featuring drummer Dre Pallemaerts and altosaxofonist Paul van Kemenade- to jazz chamber orchestra Big Bizar Habit with, among others, drummer/percussionist Michael Vatcher. Since 1994 Van Vugt has been composing work for his own groups (Big) Bizar Habit and for Vandoorn (, featuring vocalist Ineke van Doorn. In both ensembles he is also active as a guitar player - for the last couple of years mainly on acoustic guitar, which is a notability on the jazz circuit. With Vandoorn he released 5 CD�s, toured at home and abroad (including Canada, Japan, New York, Paris, Vienna and Hungary), and worked with Robin Eubanks, Kenny Wheeler and Thomas Chapin. In 2001 he won the prestigious Dutch Edison Jazz Award with Vandoorn. In 2002 Vandoorn was again nominated for both the Edison Jazz Award and the Edison Jazz Public Prize. In October 2002 he tours Indonesia with Vandoorn, together with British sax player Andy Sheppard. In the early part of 2002 Ineke van Doorn and Marc van Vugt guest soloed with the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Vince Mendoza and John Clayton, when pieces composed by Van Vugt were performed in arrangements by Jeff Beal, Jim Mcneely and Van Vugt himself. In addition to his performing and composing career, Marc van Vugt teaches composition and guitar at the Utrecht School of Arts.
Awards: 2003 Nexus Guitar Composition Award, 2002 Double nomination Edison Jazz Award, 2002 Hounourable Mention at the Julius Hemphill Jazz Composition Awards, 2001 Edison Jazz Award, 1986 Winner Start 1986 Centraal Beheer Art Promotion Award, 1986 finalist Pall Mall Swing Award

INEKE VAN DOORN (voice/piano)

Since 1993 she sings in her own group 'Vandoorn' in which she works together with Marc van Vugt. The music of �Vandoorn� can best be described as �singer/songwriters in jazz�. 'Vandoorn' released 6 cd's, toured in Canada, Japan, Indonesia, France, Hungary, Macedonia and played at major jazzfestivals in New York, Vienna and The Hague. She recorded and/or performed with Kenny Wheeler, Robin Eubanks, Thomas Chapin, Andy Sheppard, Don Thompson, David Linx and Norma Winstone. In 2002 Vandoorn did a project with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra, playing their original compositions conducted by Vince Mendoza and John Clayton. A cd of this project was released in 2006. In 2001 she received an Edison Jazz Award (Dutch Grammy) at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague for her album �Love is a golden glue�. She started her career in the Brazil-jazz group Baixim, with whom she won various prizes among which as finalist for the Pall Mall Swing Award. As a member of the vocal improvisation trio Voicelab, she often performed for radio and television. As a soloist she sung with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra. She did a number of projects with Marc van Vugt�s Big Bizar Habit, in which she also plays the piano, with the jazz choir Tamam and sung at several jazz-cd's (a.o.Nedley Elstak Project, Erwin Vann, Sid Hille). She sang in theaterproductions, in which she performed a.o. the poems of Paul van Ostaijen, Garcia Lorca and Fernando Pessoa, and did a couple of duo-concerts with the British singer Norma Winstone. With the Basho-ensemble she sang contemporary works. She has a duo with pianist Jeroen van Vliet, performing contemporary jazz-standards and original compositions. Their first cd 'Low Tide' was released in 2007. With Jasper Blom she took part in a project combining electronics and improvisation. Since 2004 she is member of the German �United Woman�s Orchestra�.


(Oss, Netherlands, December 22, 1961)
Studied Musicology at the Amsterdam University and trumpet at the Jazz Department of the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory.
Own bands: Sextet The Houdini�s: Toured Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia and did co-productions with string orchestra Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam conducted by Richard Dufallo; Sch�nberg Ensemble conducted by John Adams; Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw conducted by Henk Meutgeert; Trijntje Oosterhuis and Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam (Blue Note). CD�s on Timeless Records Challenge Records Channel Classics and Munich Records. Trio To�s: internationally released CDs on Via Records (An Angel�s Work Is Never Done) and Turtle Records (Forbidden Fruit). Amsterdam Jazz Trio (Verploegen, Verhoeff & van der Westen. CD�s The Night & The Day Dreamer and For The Time Being.. Executive Lounge: a semi-electric quartet witha.o. keyboardplayer Jeroen van Vliet, Recording released on EWM-Music in 2007.
Performed and/or recorded as free lance trumpeter with: Frank Grasso Big Band, Maiden Voyage Big Band, Corrie en de (Grote) Brokken, Bik Bent Braam, Martin Fondses The Groove Troopers, Jaap Blonk's Splinks, Denise Jannah, Ronald Douglas, Zut Alors! (with Jasper Blom and Michael Moore), Eric van der Westen's Quadrant Extended, Misha Mengelberg, Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura, Transatlantic Jazz Orchestra conducted by Gunter Schuller (with Philip Harper, Bobby Watson, Sean Blake, Kenny Drew Jr., John Hicks and others), Bob Brookmeyer�s New Art Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Soo Cho, Tony Overwater Quintet, De Dijk, Frank Boeijen, Candy Dulfer, Gino Vanelli a.o.
Produced most of the recordings of The Houdini�s and furthermore internationally released CDs of vocalists Denise Jannah, Ronald Douglas, Leny Andrade, Lisa Michel (with Sam Newsome, David Berkamn, Ugonna Okegwo and Brian Blade), Heleen van den Hombergh (with Bert van den Brink, Tony Overwater and Joshua Samson) and of instrumentalists Benjamin Herman (with Jesse van Ruller, Larry Goldings and Idris Muhammad), Maarten van der Grinten & Jesse van Ruller, Wolfert Brederode-Eric Ineke Quintet (with Jarmo Hoogendijk and Harry Sokal), Kenny Wheeler with the UMO Jazz Orchestra, Misha Mengelberg, Nimbus (with Dave Liebman), latin jazz quintet Bye-Ya! (with Jarmo Hoogendijk) amongst others.
Teaches trumpet at the Jazz departments of the School of the Arts Utrecht (HKU) and the School of the Arts Arnhem (ArteZ).
Since 2007 Artistic Director of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw.


(Rotterdam / the Netherlands 1957)
Paul is own of the most influential jazz musicians from the Netherlands. With his group the Paul van Kemenade quintet he has been touring for several years and has collaborated with many well known musicians. He has played throughout Europe,Canada, South- and West Africa, Indonesia and participates on more than 50 Lp�s and CD�s. He received the "Podium Prijs"(1984) of the S.J.I.N. the Dutch Jazz Foundation, the 'Jazz in Duketown Award 1998. The 1998 "Moderne Industriestad Prijs Tilburg�. The "VPRO/Boy Edgar Prijs"(1999), an oeuvre award for professional jazzmusicians in the Netherlands for their contribution to Dutch jazzmusic. 2007 the Royal decoration ( lid in de Orde van Oranje Nassau ) for his musical contribution and bridgebuilding work to society and in 2008 the Antony Kok Art award.
Played with a lot of national- and international musicians a.o.: The Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra by von Schlippenbach, van Rossum/van Kemenade, Palinckx & Palinckx, Gemeentereinigingsorkest Vaalbleek and Vaalbleek Vokaal by Niko Langenhuijsen, the Surinam Music Ensemble with Aki Takase, Bizar Habit, the Contraband, Ed Thigpen, Cecil Mcbee, Benny Bailey, Gerd Dudek, Rob van den Broek, Kenny Wheeler, Conny and Johannes Bauer, Joe Sachse, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker, Misha Mengelberg, Sean Bergin, Louis Moholo, Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Cornell Rochester, Theo J�rgensmann, Eckard Koltermann, Piet Noordijk, Hans Dulfer, David Murray,Matthias Nadolny, Jasper van't Hof, John Engels, Pierre Courbois, Dr� Pallemaerts, Philip Catherine, Franky Douglas, George Lewis, Louis Mhlanga, the Metropole Orchestra, Brabants Orkest, Les Fr�res Guiss�, David Linx, Ba Cissoko, Robin Eubanks, McCoy Mrubata, Mark Fransman, Bertil Strandberg a.o.
He still teaches guest workshops and is living in Tilburg since 1974. 7 years he was programmer of the jazzseries at the 'Theatre Festival Boulevard' in Den Bosch and . In 1993 he initiated the 'Stranger than Para..noia' festival at the 'Paradox' in Tilburg and is eversince the artistic director/programmer of this succesfull small festival.


Born in Amsterdam, studied at the conservatory in Hilversum where he followed lessons from Cees Kranenburg, Marcel Serierse and Gerhard Jeltes. He graduated in 1991. Studied african drumming with the legendary DuDu and Ali un D'Aya Rose. Besides jazz, pop and improvised music he worked with modern classical music and dance. In 1990 he performed with students from the National Ballet Academy, played modern classical percussion music from Xenakis, Cage, Reich and worked in different projects with Theo Loevendie and Louis Andriessen. He formed with Yuri Honing the Yuri Honing Trio in 1989. With this group he did concerts and tours in more than 40 countries all over the world. During a tour in the Middle East in 1998 the trio was catched by the music of the Arab world. The result was a bigger group called Orient Express with a Libanese singer and two musicians from Iraq. This group did several tours in the Middle East and the Netherlands. In 1993 he won the 15th Europe Jazz Contest with the Nicolas Thys trio. For this performance he received the "best drummer award". In 1995 he joined the Michiel Borstlap sextet with Yuri Honing, Eric Vloeimans and Benjamin Herman. With Yuri Honing, Michiel Borstlap and Boudewijn Lucas he started in 1996 a jazzrock group called White House. From 1995 he works also with Agog a trio with guitar player Frank Wingold and bassguitar player Mark Haanstra. With this group Lijbaart won in 2002 the Dutch jazz competition and was awarded as best soloist from the contest by American drummer Elvin Jones. From 2002 Joost started his own quartet "group of friends" with Yuri Honing, Benjamin Herman and Mats Eilertsen. For this group he is also very active as a composer. He played on the North sea jazzfestival with this band in 2003. A DVD of this concert was released in 2005. In 2003 he also did a big project with Dutch choreographist Anouk van Dijk, a ballet for four dancers and four musicians live on stage. This year a new group was formed by Yuri Honing together with Joost Lijbaart, Tony Overwater and Frank Moebus, a guitar player from Berlin who is well known with his trio Der Rote Bereich. The double CD temptation of this band called Yuri Honing wired paradise was released in January 2006. Another new group is the duo with pianoplayer Wolfert Brederode. A CD of this group will come out in Autumn 2006. With the duo they did a project with dancer and choreographist Lonneke van Leth. Also they played music on the spoken book Shadowchild from Dutch writer Frans Thomese. The latest project of Joost is a co-orperation with 'The Jongens Driest' a brass trio with trombone, saxophone and sousaphone. They will perform on 11 May 2008 on the music meeting in Nijmegen.


Born and bred in America, bassist Paul Berner has done things that most people can only dream of doing. After finishing his classical conservatory training at the Indiana University School of Music in 1977 he moved to New York City. There he was soon accepted into the international jazz world and worked with a number of the greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Stan Getz, Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra, Peter Erskine, Les Paul, Joe Lovano. In this period he was a member of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra for two years and after that spent the next two years as a member of the Monty Alexander Trio. With these bands and others he has played extensive tours throughout the world. Since his arrival in the Netherlands in 1990 he has worked with many well-known Dutch artists such as Cees Slinger, Toon Roos, Eric Vloeimans, en Mathilde Santing. In addition he has had broad experience in pop music and has worked in theater and TV, in America as well as in Europe. He has recorded albums with Red Rodney, Monty Alexander, Michael Moore and Van Doorn, just to name a few, and has three CDs out under his own name. There is at this moment no other bass player in Holland that can call on so much experience at such a high level in so many different styles.


(Steinheim 1977)
Conservatory in 2002. In 2001 he won the Erasmus jazzprize and played in Carnegie Hall, NY with his B&W Quintet. Together with his lifelong musical companion Rob van de Wouw Louk has been initiating all kinds of musical projects like the B&W quintet and since 2004 the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra. Together with fellow horn players Jan van Duikeren and Guido Nijs he forms The Special Request Horns, playing with all kinds of projects/studiorecordings and leading their own funk/jazz band. Besides this Louk is also a much sought after sideman playing /touring with amongst others: Paul van Kemenade Quintet, Panchito, Nueva Manteca, Paul Marcondes, Metropole Orchestra, Martin Fondse, Candy Dulfsoul, Anouk, Beef, NDR bigband and now BIG BIZAR HABIT.


As a violinist I do play in broad areas of performing music, such as; Jazz, Rock, Flamenco and World Music; I am a member of the "Metropole Orkest" (presently with Vince Mendoza as our artistic chief; go to a concert whenever you can & find our CD's; we shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Gino Vanelli, Steve Vai, Elvis Costello to name a few..). As a sideman and soloist I play for several artists; such as with saxophonist Paul van Kemenade (North Sea Jazzfestival 2006, hear also the album "Freeze" with the MO); in 2006 a project is formed called "Strings Get Wings" with string quartet members from 4 European nations; Pierre Blanchard (France), Benni von Gutzeit (Germany) & Annie Tangberg (Norway); with the guitarist/composer Mike Keneally (Paradiso Amsterdam 2005, Haarlem 2006, hear also the album "The Universe Will Provide" with the MO); with guitarist/composer Lex Bolderdijk ("East West" is the name of the group; our CD "Call on the Sun" came out in 2005); with composer/pianist Laetitia van Krieken in her "Big Bang" collective, a 13-member jazz group including a string quartet; with guitarist/composer Marc van Vugt's "Big Bizar Habit�with Martin Fondse "Starvinsky Orkestar�; with Flamenco guitarist Maurice Leenaars (concerts in Africa, several editions of the Festival Mundial); Incidentally I arrange and write music for others, and work out compositions for own present and future projects. Presently I have a CD in production featuring the jazzgroup "Iris" with some of my tunes, featuring also pianoplayer Jeroen van Vliet and drummer Pascal Vermeer, bassplayer Gerard Brohm and tenorsaxfonist Henk Koekkoek. IRIS won the international Jazz Competition of the NOS (Dutch radio broadcasting) As a studio musician I play for various artists's CD productions.


Merel Vercammen is a promising violinist, student at the Royal College of Music in London and a first prize winner of the Dutch National Competition for Young Talent. When Merel was 15 years old she was admitted to the Utrecht Conservatory, where she studied with prof. Eeva Koskinen. In 2012 she finished her Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Royal College of Music with prof. Jan Repko, and she is now continuing her violin studies at the same institution in the Master of Performance programme. She received scholarships and awards from the Royal College of Music, the Anton Kersjesfonds, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Huygens Scholarship Programme.

Merel won prizes at the Princess Christina Competition and the National Competition of the Foundation for Young Music Talent of the Netherlands, where she was awarded both first prize and a prize for the best performance of a freely chosen piece by a Dutch composer. With several ensembles, a.o. the Dutch Youth String Orchestra (NJSO), she gave concerts in Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden and Denmark. In 2010 she performed as a soloist with the orchestra of the Utrecht Conservatory.

In 2009 she was invited by the Dutch Embassy in Tunisia to play at the festival �Jeunes Virtuoses� in Tunis, and in 2012 she gave concerts in Rio de Janeiro on invitation from the Dutch Embassy in Brazil. In May 2012 she gave a performance for the Royal Family of Romania in the Royal Palace in Bucharest, Romania. Merel performed in many concert halls across Europe, her 2013 debut at the Wigmore Hall in London being one of the highlights.


Saartje studied the cello with Jaap Kruithof in Leuven (Belgium), with Jeroen Reuling in Zwolle (the Netherlands) and with France Springuel in Antwerp (Belgium). She is a member of the Spinvis band, with which she plays contemporary pop music. She loves the theatre and worked with Orkater, Tzara and the Rosa Ensemble. Regularly she performs in child performances, for instance with the Sch�nberg Ensemble. Saartje Van Camp plays chamber music and makes up a duo with organist Sebastiaan van Delft. With the Recopado string quartet she plays tango music. She also improvises in the string orchestra Jargon, in Gravitones and the string quartet Maartje ten Hoorn and was asked to play with the Bo�s Art Trio from Bo van de Graaf. With Spinvis, Jargon, Izaline Calister and Wende Snijders she recorded various cd�s. Together with Duo7090 she made the cd �B�ton arm� with music from Iannis Xenakis.

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