Making music started at the age of fifteen and quickly grew into my greatest passion. As a bass player I always play in the service of the music and the group in which I play. I think that's the best thing: when we can make music together that touches people. And that arises when there is trust and willingness to give each other the space needed for the music to breathe and come to life. I play bass guitar and double bass in the following formations:
I have been playing in various bands and projects since 2000. I started playing electric guitar when I was fifteen. Two years later I started playing bass guitar. I played both instruments for about ten years. In 2007 double bass was added. I have a lot of experience reading music through the many musical projects and big bands. I took lessons from Frank Mommers and Ratko Zjaca on guitar, and from Berry Jansen on bass guitar. In addition, I went to the Warwick bass camp in 2014, where I followed masterclasses from Victor Wooten, Armand Sabal-Lecco and Victor Bailey, among others. I have played in:
- Soul/funk/pop bands
- Big bands
- Jazz combos
- Musical theater projects
- Theater productions
I have known Joris since 2006 as a very passionate and musical bass player. The word "No" is not in his vocabulary, he is up for anything. Whether it concerns a small background performance with double bass in a trio or quartet formation, or as a bassist in a theater performance (such as TOON: Liedjesman), as a co-composer/arranger in a singer-songwriter band (Me & the Martians), or to lay a solid foundation under an 11-piece cover band, he is at home in all markets. He has been my go-to bassist for years.
— Harrie Autumn, Musical director TOON: Liedjesman, composer / arranger / pianist.