Dutch adventurous keyboardist Stormvogel plays acoustic piano, rhodes piano and (analoge) synthesizers. Besides being an allround, skilled and versatile, modern jazz pianist, he is known for his energetic, innovative and rhythmically adhanced contributions to jazzbarock, jazzrock, progjazz, worldfusion and funk. As a composer, Stormvogel stands out by an eclectic ability, combining elements of medieval music and modal jazz, with odd meter folklore and progressive attitude. Besides keyboards, Stormvogel plays cajón, hurdy-gurdy and occasionally performs as a jazzbarock poet and atonal vocalist.
In his early years, Stormvogel studied classical piano with Peter Besseling, but soon discovered his passion for improvised music. After attending a jazz workshop), he started studying with Carwin Geising. Later on, he studied at the conservatory (Hilversum) with Karel Boehlee. Influences – As a pianist Stormvogel, is inspired by Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Bobo Stenson, Keith Jarrett, Rob van den Broeck, Joachim Kuhn, Karel Boehlee, Mike Nock and Lyle Mays.
Back in 1987 Stormvogel bought his first synthesizer: Korg Poly 800. Soon he got hold on a Korg MS10, (thanks Vinnie Baborino!) and later on a Korg Trident, Arp 2600 and several machines from the Roland series (SH, Juno and Jupiter), also Moog Voyager and other stuff.Influences – As a synthesizer player, Stormvogel admires Jan Hammer, Chick Corea, David Sancious, Mickey Graillier, Benoit Widemann, Tom Coster, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Joe Zawinul, Jim Beard and Stu Golberg. On the subject of Vintage Electronical Music, he is inspired by Edgar Varese, Karl Heinz Stockhausen, Raymond Scott and Robert Moog.
(as a leader) Alter Ego Jazzbarock Consort (ft. Chander Sardjoe, Tineke Postma, Onno Witte, Thijs van Otterloo, Arjen de Graaf), Bohemian Groove Orchestra, Global Alternative Energy Attack (ft. Ruud Breuls, Leo Janssen, Peter Tiehuis, Arno van Nieuwenhuize), Persona Non Grata, Festival de Muzen (ft. Tommy Smith, Alyn Cosker, Niladri Kumar, Roman Stolyar and David Aguiar (a.o.).
• Progjazz & World Fusion
(as as sideman) Leo Janssen Group, Nabil Khemir Group. Tommy Smith KARMA, Lucas van Merwijk & Theodossii Spassov, Wieke Garcia Group (Barditus), Wildcard (Onno Witte), PitchWhiteStorm (Jeroen Pek), Phaedra,
(leader/ sideman) Stormvogel Trio & guests, High Society Jazz, Marc Scholten Group (Blindfold Test), Tribute to John Coltrane, Ottomania Jazz Quartet (ft. Semmy Prinsen),Alexander Beets Quartet (ft. SaraLee Vos), Stormvogel’s Ladybirds, Liberales *ft. Peter Lieberom), Pitch Plot 4 (ft Kames Cammack).
• Jazzbarock Poetry
Persona Non Grata, duo with Rob van den Broeck (†),
(sideman) Amsterdelics, Naked Ears ft. Joe Bowie
• Vintage Electronic Music
Leonardo da Vintage, THUR
Songs from the Great Indo European Songbook (duo with Leo Janssen)