Stormvogel photo credits Nico Brons 2022

Stormvogel is an uomo universalis: musician, writer, publisher, teacher, communicator and graphic designer. In the field of music, he is an adventurous keyboardist, leader and composer, known for his medieval world fusion & jazzbarock, based on odd meter ostinati and ancient tonai. He combines modal jazz improv with vintage synthesizing; producing modular compositions and mystery-plays with historical context, featuring prominent artists from all disciplines. Read some interesting quotes on Stormvogel.

Among his collaborators he proudly ranks Eef Albers, Rob van den Broeck, Leo Janssen, Ruud Breuls, David de Marez Oyens, Oene van Geel, Twan van Gerven, Tineke Postma and Wieke Garcia. He played with internationals like Tommy Smith, Lucas van Merwijk & Theodosii Spassov, Joseph Bowie, Niladri Kumar, Chander Sardjoe, Nabil Khemir and Roman Stolyar. As a music director/composer, he worked with dancers Vraja Sundari and Rasarani Keilman, Dagmar Holsträter and Sri Mintarti Soetardjo (Germany). Take a look at the complete list.

In 2000 he was nominated for the first JNM prize in Amsterdam, invited to compose for the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw by conductor Henk Meutgeert and granted the last MTN/SJU Carte Blanche. In 2005 he received the first Amer Award, followed by a tour supported by SJU Vijfde Verdieping. Between 2004 and 2014 he worked with Onno Witte and Jeroen Pek, releasing several albums, performing in The Netherlands and abroad (France and Spain). Between 2009-2011 he worked closely with Dutch ladybirds like Phaedra, Wieke Garcia and Saralee Vos, resulting in albums and concerts. In 2011 he released his own album The Last Decade – Rise and Fall of the Drakenburg, in 2023 followed by Atuatuca – Trilogy First Movement. Click here for more info on his latest release.

Over the years, Storm Bakker has developed into a high profile author of fiction and non-fiction, but also a radio presenter with a growing following. Since 2010, Storm is working as a cultural educator at an academic level. He gives lectures on a variety of topics, such as analoge synthesizer and jazz, music theory and history, patronage and cultural entrepeneurship, creative design, improvisation in management and so on. His polyrhythmic layers method ‘Matter of Time’ is featured in the book about Applying Karnatic Rhythmical Techniques to Western Music by Professor Rafael Reina (2015) and applied at conservatories from Amsterdam to Oslo and Paris. For more information on Storm as a teacher (piano lessons in Baarn and Utrecht)