BIOGRAFIE / CV

Frank is saxophonist and composer, has a multicultural background with an English/Irish mother and Dutch father. He was born and raised in Rotterdam, The Haque and London. Works and lives since the 80’s in Breda where he further developed his skills in the saxophone. Through the Breda jazz scene he became in contact with the Breda- Canterbury project in 1985, which later resulted in the Hugh Hopper band. Hugh Hopper was the Soft Machine bass player during the early 70th. Frank and Hugh recorded several albums and between 1985 and 2006 they toured through Europe. During this period Frank developed his typical powerful sound and direct playing style which led to involvement in many other projects with musicians like Mark Hewins (Bob Geldof), Richard Sinclair, Patrice Meyer, Rembrandt Frerichs and many more.

Frank is specialized on the tenor- and soprano sax and plays these instruments normally on all the concerts. Also the alt and baritone are regularly used during productions and recordings as well as the bass clarinet. The bass clarinet which can be enjoyed on several live recordings and the album ‘Four by Hugh by Four’ van Hugh Hopper.

After Hugh Hopper deceased 2009 a long and fruitful collaboration came to an end. Frank changed to a completely new music genre and worked on a series of modern classical productions of which the first one went live in 2010 and the second one in 2015. Currently he is working on his third production in this genre. He also composed productions for the saxophone trio Airkraft. He traveled together with them to Asia and as a result of this he recorded the album ‘Pyong Yang Express’.

At the moment Frank is involved in the restart of the NDIO band ( 2001 – 2009) with many band members who played in the band in 2003. Medio 2021 an album (cd/lp) will be released with the old recordings from 2003. Frank continues to work from the South of the Netherlands and still works from his house in the Abby Road of Breda.

CV

PERIODEConcertsWith…  
1977Afro-jazz formation Toemoekhoemak  Doelen Rotterdam, Poetry InternationalPaul Middelijn – performer (SUR) Eric van der Kooij – piano Henk Jugwels – drums    
1982 – 1984Spot the Loony  – Ska, Concerts in Netherlands and Belgium  Peter Broekhuizen – Tenorsax
1983 – 1985Boy Bradman Big Band  Milan Bonger – altosax Chris Strik – drums
1985 – 1989Hugh Hopper Band Goes Dutch.  België, Nederland en Frankrijk  Hugh Hopper – bas (GB) Pieter Bast – drums Dionys Breukers – keyboards  
1987 – 1988Big Beat RotterdamNico de Vos – bass
1988Funky Charly  John Anisimov – bass (RUS)
1988Conservatorium examinators Rotterdam / Utrecht  Sylvia Toeancotta – altsax John Anisimov – ( RUS )
1989 – 2009Hugh Hopper Band Bimhuis, Londen, Gent, Lyon, Parijs, Luik, Lille, Strassbourg, Nancy, Brussel, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Augsburg, Frankfurt etc…  Hugh Hopper – bass (GB) Patrice Meyer – gitaar (FR) Dionys Breukers – keyboards & samplers Pieter Bast – drums Kim Weemhof – drums Chris Strik – drums
1990Elton Dean Quintet  Tilburg en Londen    Harry Becket-trumpet (GB) Marcia Matos-bass (BRA) Mark Sanders (GB)
1991 – 199250 concerts with blues-rock formation The Anton Geesink Band  Rinie van Willigen – voice
1991 – 1994Sessions in Parijs, Londen, Brussel, Noord-IerlandHugh Hopper-bass (GB) Dan Mauer-drums (USA) Jim June-guitar (USA) Mark Hewins- guitar (GB) Shamal Maïtra-percussion (IND) Didier Malherbe-sax (FR) Pip Pyle-drums (GB/FR) Elton Dean-sax (GB) John Trotter-accordeon (IER) Alan Niblock-bass (IER) Tom Thomas-drums (IER)  
1998 – 1999Trio Sabina  experimentalMartin Peulen-voice/poëtry/clarinet Fons Mommers-piano
1999 Hugh Hopper Band, Annecy FrankrijkFrancois Merville – drums, ( F )
1999 – 2000Sessies Jazz-cafe Het Hijgend Hert BredaHerman Voight – bass Sharl Schouten – drums Sjef Peeters – guitar ( B ) Roel Bischop – drums Tony Yseling – drums ( Bel )
2000Boy Bradman BigbandKwint van Dijk – sax Mark van Rooy – MD
2000Bahia El Idrissi Band  Bahia E l Idrissi – zang (Marocco) Michel Banabila – keyboards Hans Greeve – drums Piet Legerstee – guitar Joke Hamminga – percussion
2000Hugh Hopper Band o.a. Bim Huis Amsterdam.Robert Jarvis – trombone ( GB ) Oscar Schulze – drums
2000Dans Noord-IerlandRobert Jarvis – trombone ( GB ) John Trotter – Accordeon ( IERL )
2003Concert NDIO op het OPMAAT FESTIVAL te BredaPaul Maassen – keyboards Niels Brouwer – gitaar Hugh Hopper – bas ( GB ) Kim Weemhoff – drums Robert jarvis – trombone
2003His Masters Noise Project – DJS DordtJoost Lijbaart – drums Robert Jarvis – Tombone David Leahy – bas ( NZL )
2004NDIO Horizon, Boulevard BredaTed de Jong – tabla Yahar Saka – Oud ( Turk )
2004  NDIO Horizon – Lokaal 01 BredaFrans Jan van de Hoeven – bas
2005NDIO Express – Chasse Theater BredaErnst Glerum – bas Frank Antens – piano
2005The Cortex Unplugged – Boijmans van Beuningen RotterdamMark Hewins – Guitar ( GB ), Hugh Hopper ( GB ).
2006Elton Dean Memorial Concert – Le Triton ParisJim Dvorjak ( GB ), Simon Goubert ( FR ), Hugh Hopper ( GB ), Alex Maguire ( GB ), Michel Delville ( B ). Laurent Delchambre ( B ). Pip Pile ( GB )
2006Lavalu – Jazzfestival BredaMarielle Woltering – zang / piano, Yonga Sun ( D ), Oene van Geel – violin
2006NDIO – Jazzfestival BredaJohan Datema – altsax Pascal Vermeer – drums Guus Bakker – bass  
2006THE CORTEX – KOP BredaJulian Edwardes – piano, Hugh Hopper – bass and window, Marc Hewins – guitar ( GB )
2006The Wrong Object – Mechelen ( B )Annie Whitehead – trombone ( GB ), Harry Becket – Bugel ( GB ),
2006HORIZON – Hert BredaJeroen van Vliet – piano, Frans Jan van der Hoeven – bas, Kim Weemhoff – drums.
2007HORIZON –  Stadsgallerij BredaMonica Akihari – voice, Niels Brouwer – guitar
2007HORIZON – En Plein Publiek FestivalVictor de Boo – drums, Frans Jan van der Hoeven – bass. Niels Brouwer – guitar.
2007THE WRONG OBJECT– Mechelen ( B ) the  Frank Zappa festival project NijmegenAlex Mcquire – key’s ( GB ), Michel Delville – guitar ( B ).
2008THE VISHNU BAND – Liege ( B ) / BredaIvo Sans – drums ( E ), and Guy Segers – bass ( B )
2008DICHTERBIJ poetry – Bloos / BredaYvonne Né – voice
2008DICHTERBIJ poetry – Gallerie Ecker / Breda                       “
2008DICHTERBIJ poetry – Gedicht Geopend / Breda                       “
2008NDIO – DUO – Opening Grafic Design Museum / BredaRobert Jarvis – trombone ( GB )
2008NDIO – Mooi / Breda / Pre opening GDMMichel Banabila – key’s ( NL / Yem ), Robert Jarvis – Trombone ( GB )
2008NDIO – HORIZON – Mooi / pre opening Grafic Design Museum BredaMonica Akihari ( voice ), Kim Weemhof – drums, Niels Brouwer – guitar.
2008NDIO – HORIZON – Chasse Theater / BredaJeroen van Vliet – piano, Frans Jan van der Hoeven- bass, Kim Weemhof – drums.
2008THE MOVING TONES – Liege / Kortrijk / Paris / BredaBenoit Moerlen – marimba  ( F ), Guy Segers – bass ( B ), Michel Delville – guitar ( B ), Ivo Sans – drums ( E )
2008BENEFIT CONCERTS ENGLAND FOR HUGH HOOPER – with the Alex Maguire quintet London ( 100 club )Anny Whitehead – trombone ( GB ), The Happy Accidents with Brian Hopper – bariton sax ( GB), Alex Maguire- piano ( GB )
2009AirKraft Trio – China / KoreaChris Caldwell – Baritone Sax ( GB ) and Pete Whyman – soprano sax ( GB ),
2010AirKraft Trio – Breda / London ( studio’s )Pete Whyman – sopraansax ( GB ), Chris Caldwell – baritonesax GB ).                          
2010The New NDIO Orchestra – with ‘’ Schaduwen Kruisen ‘’ Symphony no 1 , Grote Kerk BredaFranz von Chossy – piano ( D ), Peter Broekhuizen – sax, Desiree van Warmerdam – fluit, marc van Rooy – bas, Chris Caldwell baritonesax ( GB ), Robert Jarvis – trombone ( GB ), Naomi Adriaanz – altosax, Ralph Adriaanse – marimba, Otto de Jong – dirigent, Astrid Schijns – cello, Yvonne Né – poetry, Danielle Sluimers – voice .
2012Airkraft –  Avenue Breda – Stranger Than Paranoia festivalChris Caldwell – Bariton sax, Pete Whyman ( GB )
2013The New NDIO Orchestra – Breda with ‘’ Ouverture 2018 ‘’ Symphony no 2 – Podium Bloos BredaFranz von Chossy – piano ( D ), Daniëlle Sluijmers – voice, John Winfield – voice ( GB ), Pete Whyman – clarinet, sopraansax ( GB ), Chris Caldwell – baritonesax, bassclarinet, flute, Graham Roberts – guitar ( GB ), Jörg Brinkman – cello ( D ), Jeffrey Bruinsma – violin, Fran Schreuder – director.
2013Horizon – Bloos BredaYunga Sun – Drums, Peter Broekhuizen – bariton sax
2013The Cortex – with Kepler 62 – Podium Bloos BredaKim Weemhoff – drums, Rembrandt Frerich – Fender Rhodes, Jasper de Beer – bass
2013      Julian Edwardes quartet – Worm Rotterdam   Julian Edwards fender Rhodes ( GB, NL ), electronics, Frank van der Kooij – EWI, sopraansax, electronics.
2014Julian Edwardes Quartet – Cultuurfabriek RoermondJulian Edwards – Nord piano, Frank van der Kooij –  altosax.
2016      The new NDIO Orchestra – Garage project ‘Switching Colors’   Franz von Chossy, Peter Broekhuizen, Robert Jarvis. Many car owners. Bram Schouw. Julian Edwardes. Idefix Breda.  
2020Synphonie 3 ‘’ La Conquista Breda ‘’Grote Kerk Breda ( la Vuelta )Cancelled due to Covit 19 pandemic
2020By the New NDIO Orchestra
AirKraft
 Cancelled due to Covit 19 pandemic

Projects with other disciplines.

PERIODACTIVITYARTIST/MUSICIAN  
1987 – 88Straattheater Dogtroep, Duitsland, Tsjecho-Slowakije, Poland  Warner van Wely
1993 – 94Music written and payed for theaterplay Johan speelt Johan from Dave Schwab and Martin Schwab Lantaren/ Venster theater Rotterdam  Dave Schwab-regisseur Martin Schwab-actor Its van de Krieke-actor
1994Music for documentairy blind-instituut Theofaan    
1995Art instalation kunstencentrum Rosa, BredaBoetje Patirane – arts Feliks Buiks – arts Robert Jarvis – trombone (GB)
1996Une Suite Transfigurée-Film/music/proza Spiegelzaal, Breda. 100 years of the film  Dionys Breukers – keyboards & samplers Martin Koeman – text Ned. Film museum – first filmreals  
1996Start Faundation Beaux Jazz Breda   
1997Music for documentairy My Old Door     Jeroen Neus – films  
1997 – 1998Music for Graffiti (EO)Bob Entrop – Films Jeroen Goeijers – composer  
1999 – 2000Live film-music for Cultvideotheek ‘Next Page’. Bredaas Film Festival.Dionys Breukers – keyboards
2000Opening cltureel cntrum : Copacabana  Breda ( Keyboards en klassieke zang improvisatie )Frank van der Kooij – keyboards / altsax Jeroen Gouijers – accordeon
2001Exhibitionist Colin Peeters Oncle – Jean BredaJanine Bekker – cello
2002Opmaat festival BredaChasse Theater Breda
2003Filmusic – Il SoeniJeroen Goeijers Karin Goeijers
2005hIK artgroup till 2009Hedendaags Internationaal Kunstenpodium Breda
2005Member of the Board Tranzforma untill 2009 
2006Faunder Prado – Breda groupRon Dirven ( van Gogh Huis Zundert )
2007Initiator Travelling Light FestivalBeaux Jazz, Chasse Theater, MEZZ Breda
2008Art director Beaux Jazz Breda 
2009Artistiek leider – stichting WoodWind 
2010Producer film VocalVoid / Geert Mul Film festival BredaWoodwind production, Breda’s filmfestival
2010Producer Schaduwen Kruisen – Opera van Frank van der Kooij / Yvon NéWoodwind productions
2012 / 13                         Producer Ouverture 2018 Opera – Woodwind productions    
2018Frank van der Kooij Art Director Sound of Europe festival  Beaux Jazz Breda
2020Boombaday records ( II ) – NDIO ‘ Zenith ‘ vinylBoombaday productios

CD / Vinyl PRODUCTIONS

JAARTITELLABELMedium
1977Studio-recording with Toemoekhoemaktape
1982What a Fool I was – Spot the LoonyCNR/ Carrere RecordsVinyl single
1990Hugh Hopper Band Compilation FOT, USACD
1991Hugh Hopper Band – Meccano Pelorus Cuneiform, USACD
1992Hugh Hopper Band – Passed Normal. Volume 5, International Collection of new  music.FOT Records, USACD
1992Hugh Hopper Band – AliveVoiceprint, GBCD
1994Hugh Hopper Band – Hooligan RomanticsFOT, USACD
1995Hugh Hopper Band – CarouselCuneiform, USACD
1999F.vd Kooij / Solo – De RuimteEigen beheerCD
1999Ali Bahia El Idrissi – Arhil Boudisque, A’DamCD
2000Hopper / Klossner – CriptidsBlueprint, GBCD
2001Hugh  Hopper – Parabolic Versions Voiceprint, GBCD
2001Collin Peeters , Janine Bekker, Frank van der Kooij – AsgrijsColin PeetersCD sgl
2001Hugh Hopper Band – Four by Hugh by Four  Cuneiform, USACD
2001Robert Jarvis – Global VillageMusic Residency RJCD
2001The Celtic Connection – Robert Jarvis / Frank van der Kooij CD  
2001Robert Jarvis – Carving Up TimeSlam, GBCD
2003Eric Vloeimans – VoizNoiz III Javaanse JongensCD
2005NDIO – AirBackCuneiform Records, USACD
2006NDIO – EXPRESS – Ashes of TimeBoomBaDay Records, NLCD
2007The Cortex Unplugged – Pork Pie Hat Variations ( March 2007 )BoomBaDay Records, NLCD
2007HORIZON – Transparency ( March 2007 )BoomBaDay Records, NLCD
2007The Wrong Object – Platform 1 and other storiesVoiceprint Records, GBCD
2012AirKraft – Pyongyang Express NDIO – FMR Records, GB BoomBaDay RecordsCD
 2021Zenith NDIO – Zenith  BoomBaDay RecordsVinyl (2) CD