Frank van der Kooij (saxofoon)
Peter Broekhuizen (baritonsaxofoon)
Niels Brouwers (gitaar)
Jasper de Beer (bas)
Arno van Nieuwenhuize (drums)
Nicolas Chientaroli (piano / synths)
This year sees a fresh new start by NDIO, led by Van der Kooij. The all-new NDIO band (see line-up below) rides a wave of momentum into 2022: British author/journalist Phil Howitt (founding editor of Facelift) is going to release a Hugh Hopper biography called ‘Dedicated To You But You Weren’t Listening.’ Published by Jazz In Britain, also featuring interview bits with Van der Kooij. Next to that, Van der Kooij recently released a 2LP vinyl record called Zenith with previously unheard live material by the original NDIO band, recorded in 2003 at Breda’s Opmaat Festival. “The live material is even more special because it’s some of the best live recordings featuring Hugh Hopper out there,” Van der Kooij wrote for the successful crowdfunding campaign to fund the vinyl release.
The release of Zenith (also featuring two previously unreleased songs) marks a kick-off of new concerts by the renewed NDIO band, playing original compositions by Hopper, Jarvis & Van der Kooij as well as completely new works. Van der Kooij enlisted a new line-up for upcoming concerts by NDIO: Jasper de Beer (Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Naked Ears) on bass, Argentinian pianist/composer Nico Chientaroli on piano and synths, Peter Broekhuizen (Artvark Saxophone Quartet) on baritone sax—a newly added instrument to the sound of NDIO—, Arno van Nieuwenhuize (formerly of the Metropole Orchestra) on drums, and original NDIO members Niels Brouwer (Boi Akih) on guitar and Frank van der Kooij himself on saxophone.