PWS was founded as a special project by Dutch jazz flutist Jeroen Pek in 2006. Inviting Stomvogel and Onno Witte (henche the name PitchWhite Storm), both versatile and highly inspired and energetic idiots savant, inspired by progressive jazz and rock from the seventies, including exorbitant concepts next to odd meter drumming and analog synthesizers. Pek organized a kick off in Bourgundy Style.
Between 2006 and 2009, this energetic triumvirate PWS did performances and recordings at the highest level of creativity. In search of a bassplayer, the likes of Wiro Mahieu, Johnny Tevreden, Thomas W. Andersen and David de Marez Oyens joined in, the latter becoming the main player on the albums and on stage.
After the first album was released and concerts in the Netherlands were done, the group left for France and Spain. After this, a new path was chosen: Free electro-acoustic madness, reflected by soundsculpturist Mark Thur, inspired by quantum physics. This new PWS (Exhange) also performed as part of Jeroen pek’s carte blache, with collaboration of modern jazz musicians Oene van Geel (violin) and Krystina Fuchs (vocals, han), next to Mark Thur (soundascapes) and Bert Lochs (trumpet). A special kind of progjazz, in which acoustic instruments as well as electronical find their way; it’s also about improvisation next to rigid arrangements; and LOL versus “are you serious”?
Jeroen Pek is one of the main voices in European jazz flute music. Jeroen Pek, playing all kind ofl flutes, inan exploring and ecclectialmanner, gigs the European scene with his own group (nowadays with James Gemack on bass). previous he worked with PitchWhiteSTorm and Bohemian Groove Orchestra, (Witte, Stormvogel) performing in the Netherlands and abroad (France and Spain).
Stormvogel is an adventurous keyboardist with an open mind towards all kinds of boundless efforts to grap the essence. He is mainly inspired by Magma, John Coltrane, Mahavishnu and Strawinsky. Stormvogel worked with Theodossii Spassov, Tommy Smith (KARMA), Roman Stolyar, Joe Bowie, Niladri Kumar, Chander Sardjoe, Thomas W. Andersen and a range of Dutch jazz & fusion masters like Lucas van Merwijk, Tineke Postma, Eef Albers, Ben van den Dungen, Rob van den Broeck, Jeroen Pek, Oene van Geel, Wieke Garcia, Arno van Nieuwenhuize and soloists from the Metropole Orchestra like Ruud Breuls, Leo Janssen, Marc Scholten and Bart van Lier. With his own groups ALTER EGO JAZZBAROCK CONSORT, GAEA and BOHEMIAN GROOVE ORCHESTRA and his Festival de Muzen (2006-2015), he earned a name in Dutch Prog Jazz, combining free improvisation with odd meters composition, integrating vintage analog synthesizers and other disciplines of art.
Onno Witte is one of the most adventurous drummers of Europe, is an internationally acclaimed drummer and percussionist, working with the finest artists in Dutch and international jazz, fusion, latin and rock, like Anton Goudsmit, Randal Corsen, Jasper Blom, Volker Winck, Rob van den Broeck, Jeroen Pek and many others. Son of progrock keyboardist Frank Witte and influenced by master drummers of Jazz, Strawinsky, Zappa and Magma, Onno combines adventurous drumming with odd meter and out of the box mentality. He released several albums in the realm of progjazz and jazzrock, besides with his own group WILDCARD, also with PitchWhiteStorm, Pitch Plot, Alter Ego Jazzbarock Consort, Wieke Garcia and Bohemian Groove.
David de Marez Oyens
David de Marez Oyens is a versatile, internationally acclaimed bassplayer, He worked with Richard Hallebeek, Jan Akkerman, Eef Albers, Kas Lux, Eric Vaarzon Morel, Oene van Geel, Denise Jannah, Thijs van Leer, Jeroen Pek, Rafael Reina, Niti Ranjan Biswas and shared stage with a broad range of acclaimed artists in the realm of jazz, rock and fusion, like Stéphane Galland, Didier Lockwood, Tommy Smith, Serge Lazarevic, Michel Petrucciani, Ennio Morricone, Louis Sclavis and many more. Son of Dutch reknowned and influential Electronical Vintage Music composer Tera de Marez Oyens, David studied all genres of jazz, next to african rhythms in Africa and Indian (Karnatic) techniques. He worked with Stormvogel and Witte in PitchWhiteStorm, Alter Ego Jazzbarock Consort, GAEA and Bohemian Groove.