Bohemian Groove Orchestra

Stormvogel presents: Bohemian Groove Orchestra first line up

Stormvogel presents: Bohemian Groove Orchestra first line up (2009): Stormvogel / Remko Smid Stahlhosen / Wiro Mahieu / Jeroen Pek / Wieke Garcia / Arjen de Graaf / David de Marez Oyens / Mark Thur / Onno Witte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bohemian Groove Orchestra is an adventurous progjazz group, performing in differing line-ups. BGO started as a joint venture of leading members from previous progjazz projects like Alter Ego Jazzbarock Consort, Onno Witte’s Wildcard, Jeroen Pek’s Pitch White Storm. Between 2009 and 2014, BGO performed at the yearly Festival de Muzen (Amersfoort Jazz) with special guests and internationally reknowned soloists like Tommy Smith, Niladri Kumar, Roman Stolyar, Joe Bowie next to Dutch cats like Rob van den Broeck, Bert Lochs, Ruud Breuls, Leo Janssen and Peter Tiehuis.

Band history
Bohemian Groove Orchestra is founded in 2009 by Dutch adventurous jazzbarock keyboardist Stormvogel, joining forces with some of the most adventurous musicians and artists from the Dutch progjazz & worldfusion scene, mainly members, guests and friends of previous projects like Stormvogel’s Alter Ego Jazzbarock Consort, Onno Witte’s Wildcard and Jeroen Pek’s PitchWhiteStorm.

• Stormvogel (piano, synthesizer, voice)
• Onno Witte (drums, percussion, voice)
• David de Marez Oyens (bass/percussion)
• Wieke Garcia (celtic instruments, giata bagpipes, percussion, vocals)
• Jeroen Pek (flutes)
• Mark Thur (soundscapes).
• Wiro Mahieu (bass guitar / double bass)
• Arjen de Graaf (violin)
• Remko Smid Stlenhoef (sax/EWI/samplers)

BGO Music
With its exceptional line up (including several electroacoustic multi-instrumentalists, two bass players, a realtime sample- and soundartist and a bagpiping vocalist), BGO immediately rose to the occasion at Festival de Muzen (Amersfoort Jazzfestival), performing new works composed by its leading members and guest soloists. A distinguishing characteristic is the “ecclectic method” used by its composers, processing musical elements from genres like jazz, jazzrock, avantgarde, vaudeville, worldfusion, indo-european traditional, medieval, barok, classical, a-tonal, concrete, vintage electronical and contemporary music.

Guest Soloists
Being the final act at Festival de Muzen, (at the yearly Amersfoort Jazz Festival), internationally renowned guest soloists were invited to perform with BGO, like Rob van den Broeck (piano) and Bert Lochs (trumpet) in 2010; Niladri Kumar (sitar) and Niti Ranjan Biswas (tabla), also Roman Stolyar (piano, flute) and David Aguiar (sax) in 2011, In 2012 international artists from the Gateway to Global Jazz Event (©JazzNL) were invited: Tommy Smith and Alyn Cosker (from KARMA, Scotland), Luca Aquino (Italy), Nikolai Ivanov (Bulgary), Alvaro Bello (France), combined with members of the Global Alternative Energy Attack: Arno van Nieuwenhuize, Leo Janssen, Ruud Breuls, Peter Tiehuis (all leading members of the Metropole Orkest). In 2013 Festival de Muzen presented a Dutch Progjazz Marathon, seven hours of non stop jamming, featuring members of Onno Witte’s Wildcard and Leonardo da Vintage – like Volker Winck (sax) and Thomas Martens (guitar), as well as Alter Ego – like Angelo Boltini (guitar), Marco van Os (bass) and Karsten van Straten. In 2014 the legendary Joe Bowie (Defunkt) was special guest, with afro funk and jazzrock inspired Naked Ears (Jasper de Beer and Gil Lopez).

Line Up
The vast members over the years are Stormvogel (keyboards), Wieke Aurora Garcia (percussion, vocals, bagpipes), Jeroen Pek (flute), Onno Witte (drums) and David de Marez Oyens (bass). This major line up is enriched by several guest players and artists.

  • Festival de Muzen – 2009
    Stormvogel synthesizer, piano, vocal (AE/PWS)
    Jeroen Pek flutes, educci, sampler (PWS)
    Onno Witte drums, synthesizer, vocal (AE/PWS)
    Wiro Mahieu bass (AE/PWS)
    David de Marez Oyens bass, percussion (AE/PWS)
    Remko Smid Stalenhoef saxophones, ewi, sampler (AE)
    Arjen de Graaf violin, vocal (AE)
    Wieke Garcia gaita (bagpipes), percussion, vocal (AE)
    Mark Thur soundscapes, machines, vocal (AE/PWS)
  • Festival de Muzen – 2010
    Stormvogel synthesizer, piano, vocal (AE/PWS)
    Jeroen Pek flutes, educci, sampler (PWS)
    Onno Witte drums, synthesizer, vocal (AE/PWS)
    Wiro Mahieu bass (AE/PWS)
    David de Marez Oyens bass, percussion (AE/PWS)
    Remko Smid Stalenhoef saxophones, ewi, sampler (AE)
    Arjen de Graaf violin, vocal (AE)
    Wieke Garcia gaita (bagpipes), percussion, vocal (AE)
    Mark Thur soundscapes, machines, vocal (AE/PWS)
    Guests:
    Rob van den Broeck piano
    Bert Lochs trumpet
  • Festival de Muzen – 2011
    Stormvogel synthesizer, piano, vocal (AE/PWS)
    Onno Witte drums, synthesizer, vocal (AE/PWS)
    David de Marez Oyens bass, percussion (AE/PWS)
    Remko Smid Stalenhoef saxophones, ewi, sampler (AE)
    Mark Thur soundscapes, machines, vocal (AE/PWS)
    Guests:
    Niladri Kumar sitar
    Niti Ranjan Biswas tabla
    Roman Stolyar piano, flute
    David Aguiar sax
  • Festival de Muzen – 2012
    Stormvogel synthesizer, piano, vocal (AE/PWS)
    Onno Witte drums, synthesizer, vocal (AE/PWS)
    David de Marez Oyens bass, percussion (AE/PWS)
    Remko Smid Stalenhoef saxophones, ewi, sampler (AE)
    Mark Thur soundscapes, machines, vocal (AE/PWS)
    Guests:
    Arno van Nieuwenhuize drums
    Leo Janssen sax
    Ruud Breuls trumpet
    Peter Tiehuis guitar
    Luca Aquino trumpet
    Nikolai Ivanov guitar
    Tommy Smith sax
    Alyn Cosker drums
  • Festival de Muzen – 2013
    Stormvogel synthesizer, piano, vocal (AE/PWS)
    Onno Witte drums, synthesizer, vocal (AE/PWS)
    David de Marez Oyens bass, percussion (AE/PWS)
    Remko Smid Stalenhoef saxophones, ewi, sampler (AE)
    Mark Thur soundscapes, machines, vocal (AE/PWS)
    Guests:
    Angelo Boltini guitar
    Volker Winck sax
    Thomas Martens guitar
    Jeroen Pek flutes
    Marco van Os bass
    Arno van Nieuwenhuize drums
    Karsten van Straten drums
    Wieke Garcia percussion, vocals
    Arjen de Graaf violin
    Leonardo da Vintage:
    Frank Witte synthesizer
    Borïk Konfederaaht synthesizer
    Remko Kühne synthesizer
  • Festival de Muzen – 2015
    Stormvogel synthesizer, piano, vocal (AE/PWS)
    Onno Witte drums, synthesizer, vocal (AE/PWS)
    David de Marez Oyens bass, percussion (AE/PWS)
    Remko Smid Stalenhoef saxophones, ewi, sampler (AE)
    Guests:
    Arno van Nieuwenhuize drums
    Joe Bowie, vocals, trombone
    Jasper de Beer bass
    Gil Lopez guitar

Press
“Eindelijk, Bitches Brew revisited!”
Jeroen de Valk, Jazz journalist (2009)

“Een buikgevoel waarbij je hoofd soms van je romp
rechtstreeks naar de zevende hemel vliegt!”
(AD/AC 2009)

“Het hele concert was een spektakel van muzikale zeggingskracht,
met geestverruimende gevarieerdheid in verrassende tinten, tempi,
ritmes en melodieën”
Rene van Delft, MPodia (2010)