Welcome to this fresh update.
For those of you who might be interested in following my daily musical adventures, please find me on instagram as @jvanduikeren . I’ll try to post daily footage there, but please be informed: I don’t like to post pictures of mouthpieces only, I have many more things that I’m interested in to share on Instagram.
So, the title says it all…HOME!
Finally, after 15x Ahoy, 7 weeks Germany with the Peter Maffay MTV Unplugged tour, Ziggo dome with Bløf, and tours with Di-rect and Marco Borsato I’m finally back home after 6 months. It was the longest period of successive touring ever for me, but I’m extremely thankful for the many many great concerts, the stadium experiences I gained and the new friends for life I made during the tours.
But now I’m happy to be home again, reunited with my family, friends and finally able to take some time to think about future plans. It has been a while since my latest release and I actually can’t wait to lock myself up for weeks with just a piano and a trumpet to actually start writing again!
But despite not being able to write as much as I intended to do during the tours, I did many things I usually don’t do, like : Sporting, learning to speak Italian and finally watch Das Boot, in a luxury hotel room with a good bottle of champagne and good company. I visited Museums, Wrote a few tracks and played my ass off, so life has been very good to me after all!
The next couple of weeks I will spend mostly writing, playing with Di-rect, the New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Orchestra of the concertgebouw, and in between: Sipping some bello vino bianco and enjoy my life to the max. You can find a more detailed touring schedule in the agenda section.
Have a wonderful summer, I hope to meet you somewhere at one of the many festivals where we play.