is an incredibly versatile music artist based in The Netherlands performing between 120 and 160 concerts annually. The combination of his classical and jazz studies gave him an incredibly open and wide view on music which made him always curious for all sorts of music collaborations and styles. Vincent Houdijk is without doubt a very open and even so spiritually minded music artist and teacher.
In 2007 Vincent formed his band VinnieVibes; an intense, dynamic and irresistible band which is highly appreciated by their fans and many music programmers. In 2018 Vincent Houdijk & VinnieVibes performed at the world famous North Sea Jazz Festival and they recorded their third album there during this live performance. The album received wonderful reviews by critics in the jazz field.
Houdijk has worked with, among others:
STYLE = STRAIGHt AHEAD JAZZ – MODERN CREATIVE
In 2016, vibraphonist Vincent Houdijk was awarded the ‘Young VIP jazz award’ and was therefor declared ‘most promising jazz talent in the netherlands’. this award won him a nationwide tour performing at all the top dutch jazz venues such as the bimhuis in amsterdam, lantarenvenster in rotterdam and the paradox in tilburg. Houdijk has worked with, among others; Ravi Coltrane, Sean Jones, Eric Vloeimans, Remy van Kesteren, Maria Mendes, Bart Wirtz, Wouter Hamel, the Residentie Orkest and the Metropole Orkest.
Vincent Houdijk & VinnieVibes is intense, dynamic and irresistible. In 2018, they performed at the world renowned North Sea Jazz festival and recorded their third album there. Bandleader Houdijk draws inspiration from everywhere – from pop to minimal music, and from jazz to world music. This allows him to create a personal, contemporary musical story, with a fine sense for harmony, melody and swing. The other members of the band are: Floris van der Vlugt (saxophone), Gerson Raams (guitar), Sven Happel (bass), and Haye Jellema (drums), and they are all given plenty of space. Together they create a warm, deep and highly adventurous sound that entrances audiences, time and again.
WHAT DO The JAZZ CRITICS SAY ABOUT VINNIEVIBES:
“… Vincent Houdijk is a vibraphonist for the 21st century. At times sedate, at others wildly inventive, it seems as if he's attempting to redefine the instrument's place in contemporary jazz. Further commendable is that he manages to do so without the benefit of modern sound-manipulating computer software, instead opting to utilize VinnieVibes' unique European flair both in studio and on stage. While comparisons to vibe greats such as Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson are unfair today, there is little doubt that the talented young vibraphonist deserves and aspires to one day have the kind of recognition they enjoyed…” — Peter Hoetjes for All About Jazz Magazine
".... Hun beheersing blijkt eerder uit de visie waarmee ze lange melodische lijnen weten te trekken, en overzicht houden op de structuur van de composities..." René van Peer (Brabants Dagblad)
"... Zur Belohnung versetzen VinnieVibes einen Sternenhimmel ins Ohr des Hörers, statt ihm bloß mit einem Feuerwerk singulärer Brillanz einzuheizen..." Tom Semmler
“…Houdijk’s vibraphone playing is incredibly nuanced and melodic, and it locks in perfectly well with the rest of the musical backdrop. However, this release is also excellent because of the sheer energy and attitude this group managed to bring to the table…” Stacy Zering (INK19 Magazine)
“…Vincent Houdijk and VinnieVibes are quickly growing their following and reputation as one of the most exciting and engaging live acts in the contemporary jazz fusion scene. Their studio releases are absolutely praiseworthy, but there is something even more electrifying about their live shows...” Jazzcorner Magazine
The Trifid nebula, a region in our Milky Way, is an unusual combination of three spacial events. The young energy field is constantly in motion and can be seen from Earth as a colourful and bright phenomenon. The music of TRIFID came into existence because three musicians felt the urge to explore and discover the unique fusion of accordion, vibraphone and double bass. The result is an exciting and intense perspective of something which can be described best as a spirited, yet serene and intimate, energy field full of lyricism and mystery.
Although many scientists have contributed vast knowledge, the universe remains hard to understand. Therefor it is inspirational to try to capture an essence of the cosmos in music. In the search for freedom and unity we try not to limit ourselves as we float in the endless and elusive interstellar space of the cosmos to create our Dreamscape.A fascinating trio consisting of virtuous and curious musicians on accordion, vibraphone and double bass that has its own unique, radiant and in some moments timeless sound. The music of TRIFID implements and fuses different styles such as; classical, tango, world music, jazz and more. They stand out in their sound concepts and add different soloists like Teus Nobel (trumpet) and Oene van Geel (viola) to their timbre.
Rik Cornelissen, Vincent Houdijk en Maciej Domaradzki started their group TRIFID in 2017 after performing at the RABO Jazz Festival with guest soloist Teus Nobel. This collaboration was an instant, deep connection from the first note that they played! Since that concert the trio has been developing themselves by creating compositions for this specific ensemble. In 2018 they released their first album ‘Dreamscape’ which was recorded during their live concert in the Beauforthuis in Austerlitz.
In 2019 TRIFID is collaborating with several universities throughout the country, presenting their music accompanied by lectures of professors specializing in the Universe.