The Nadje Noordhuis Quintet will perform in concert Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall at Bucknell University. Noordhuis will be joined by violinist Sara Caswell, pianist Vitor Gonçalves, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Jared Schonig.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the ongoing Jazz@Bucknell Series.
"We're thrilled to welcome the fantastic trumpeter and composer Nadje Noordhuis to Bucknell for both a performance on our jazz series and a residency during which she'll work with our jazz and arts entrepreneurship students," said Barry Long, music professor and University Arts Coordinator. "Her creative work is beautiful, engaging, and sure to leave an impact on our community."
Australian-born trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis was one of 10 semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and selected as a Carnegie Hall Young Artist to undertake a weeklong residency with trumpet great Dave Douglas in 2010.
Noordhuis is a member of several big bands, including Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and Kyle Saulnier's Awakening Orchestra. She also performs regularly with bassist Josh Paris, percussionist James Shipp, and vocalists Amy Cervini and Melissa Stylianou. She was a featured soloist on the 2011 CD Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music, recorded at Lincoln Center and conducted by the legendary composer himself.
As a composer, Noordhuis has been commissioned by the Sydney-based Baroque ensemble ThoroughBass and the new music ensemble ExhAust, and was awarded a small ensemble commission at the 2009 Festival of New Trumpet Music. She arranged a suite of traditional Portuguese Fado songs for a large band and composed for Glass + Brass, which featured exploratory music performed on Australian glass instruments.
Her penchant for writing music that conjures vivid imagery makes Noordhuis ideally suited for composing in visual media. She composed a live score for the award-winning film The Projectionist, performed at the 2005 New York Foreign Exchange Film Festival, as well as a suite accompanying an animated slideshow of streetscape photography.
Born in Sydney, Noordhuis has had a lifelong although rocky relationship with music. She started playing classical piano at 2 and entered the Yamaha Music School at 3. Returning from a family vacation at the age of 7, she learned that her long-time piano teacher and her trumpet-player husband had been killed in a car accident. Asked to choose a band instrument in the third grade, she picked up the trumpet in his honor.
She attended a series of musically oriented schools, but briefly gave up playing altogether to earn a degree in sound engineering and multi-media. Finding little opportunity in either field after graduation, she was inspired by Miles Davis' landmark Kind of Blue to move to Melbourne and study jazz improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she graduated with Honors. While attending a summer jazz workshop at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, she was invited by a visiting faculty member to further her studies at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Noordhuis relocated to New York in 2003 and completed her Master's, studying trumpet with Laurie Frink and composition with Ludmilla Ulehla. Noordhuis is a Schagerl® Artist and plays their Penelope model trumpet.
The Jazz@Bucknell series presents international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz, from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition. Future Jazz@Bucknell concerts include the Linda Oh Quartet on April 8.