Zappanian Fusion Jazz

Twan van Gerven

Guitarist/composer Twan van Gerven (1969) began his career as a band leader, composer and guitar virtuoso of the cross-over funk band 'The Tree Funk Concept'. The by van Gerven written pieces for this formation was the starting point for his first work for chamber orchestra 'The King of Sushi'.

Van Gerven earned fame as a guitarist in the band 'BEEF!', awarded with a Silver Harp in 2002 and named 'Best Guitarist of the Netherlands' by winning 'het Duiveltje' in 2004. The compositions of van Gerven covers a vast musical area; from classical work for two instruments to composed jazz fusion for small and large bands, from chamber music to symphony.

On 19 June 2005, the symphony 'The Woensel West Side Story' premiered at the TU Eindhoven, conducted by the Helikon Orchestra under the direction of Kian Pin Hiu.

On August 8, 2006, the first concert of 'Smokey the Bandit and his one night stand band' took place in 'Theater aan de Parade' in 's Hertogenbosch. This concert, performed by several artists (Special Request Horns, U-Gene, Sven Happel and Maarten Poirters), continued in 2009, when the concert hall 'Pul' in Uden offered a stage for a live registration of a dozen performances.

Later that year van Gerven plays the support of Scott Henderson's blues band twice with his trio at the SJU stage in Utrecht and in the Boerderij in Zoetermeer.
The 'VOF Nederland' and 'While You Were Havin'Fun' shows had their first play on March 12, 2011, when an amateur company, on the occasion led by conductor Ed Spanjaard, gave a living room concert somewhere on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam.

In that same year, van Gerven produces JAH6's hitsingle, 'Zij Gelooft In Mij', which gives the band a record deal offered by Kees de Koning of TopNotch. Van Gerven's experience of producing has now been gained through own production, album production of pEp 'Broek Uit!' and working with Bitty Mclean (UB40), Michel Schoots (Racoon), Dave Robinson (Stiff Label & Virgin Records) and Joost Jellema (a.o. Kenny B.) but also by the many studio work for other artists.

Since 2012, van Gerven is back on tour with BEEF, after a sabbatical in 2009, and plays now as guitarist in various theater productions of, amongst others, Tigre Blanco, Denvis and several projects of the Parktheater Eindhoven. He is also a popular session-musician and has been incorporated since 2013 in the session collective of Jam De La Creme from The Hague for festivals (Oerol, Sziget) and club tours in The Netherlands.

As from 2014, Twan van Gerven releases his own work through Home Made Records. The albums Junk Dilemma (2014) and Dutch X-Ing (2015) receives promising reviews in Music Maker and Gitarist and nominates van Gerven in the category of best pop/rock guitarist Benelux and best jazz/fusion/world guitarist Benelux in the polls of the monthly magazine Gitarist. Since 2015, van Gerven is lead guitarist in the Kenny B. live band and teaches at various music schools.

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Members

Twan van Gerven: guitar
Sven Happel: bass
Eugene Latumeten: electric piano, moog & samples
Wim Cooijmans: keys & piano
Louk Boudesteijn: trombone
Ray Bruinsma: trumpet & flugelhorn
Guido Nijs: tenorsax
Maarten Poirters: drums

Links

www.facebook.com/homemaderecords.nl
twanvangerven.bandcamp.com
www.youtube.com/user/twanvangerven
itunes.apple.com/nl/album/dutch-x-ing/id1064085328
itunes.apple.com/nl/album/junk-dilemma/id937775137

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Gitarist Magazine
Review Dutch X-ing

"Dat levert een spannende reis op langs jazz, rock, funk en fanfare (!) met Van Gerven als kleurrijke reisleider die vrij met maatsoorten, harmonieën en soundbites goochelt en knap gebruik maakt van de extra klankkleuren die zijn uitgebreide ensemble hem biedt."

Music Maker
Review Dutch X-ing

"Hij bewees het al eerder met Junk Dilemma, en ook op het live opgenomen Dutch X-ing laat Twan Van Gerven (Beef en Jah6) horen dat hij een veelzijdig gitarist is. Deze keer slaat een Frank Zappa-iaans jazz-fusionstijltje de klok. Vreemde maatsoorten en diverse gitaartechnieken gaan dan ook hand-in-hand met humor, die Zappa ook altijd zo goed in zijn muziek wist te verwerken (Hintham Zoo)."

Music Maker
Review Junk Dilemma

"Met zijn fusion-achtige manier van spelen kan Twan zich op technisch gebied zelfs meten met types als Frank Zappa, Scott Henderson, Greg Howe en Guthrie Govan. Wereldwijd worden deze mannen gezien als de crème de la crème van de onmogelijke gitaarlick. Diverse toonladders, legato licks vlug als water en plotselinge maat-en tempowisselingen: Twan schudt het allemaal even moeiteloos uit zijn vingers."

Jazzzine
Review Junk Dilemma

"Geniaal à la Frank Zappa."

Gitarist Magazine
Review Junk Dilemma

"Twan verrast nu vriend en vijand met het intense, soms chaotische maar steeds ijzersterke gitaaralbum 'Junk Dilemma'."

Paradox
Tilburg

"Op zijn vorige album 'Junk Dilemma' ging de muziek vooral richting fusion en liet Van Gerven zich liet horen als een gitaarvirtuoos die zich kon meten met gitaristen als Scott Henderson, Greg Howe en Guthrie Govan. Maar het nieuwste, door Zappa geïnspireerde album mag er ook zijn; het album Dutch X-ing ontving 4 sterren recensies in bladen als Musicmaker en Gitarist."

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