When Eric Vloeimans takes to the stage tonight at Blue Frog, expect the unexpected. The Dutch trumpeter may put you in a contemplative space with one number, only to surprise you with a heady mix of fast tracks next.
“I try to deliver the goods. We play music that should appeal to the entire audience — whether young or old. We run the gamut from soft and lyrical to really sweaty dance music. But it comes from the heart,” says Eric, who will be performing with his quartet, Gatecrash, at the gig.
With versatility as their USP, the crossover band will present a combination of Eric’s improvisations on the horn, layered with electronic special effects.
Known for his unique playing style — at times, reminiscent of Miles Davis — Eric is a four-time recipient of the Edison Award, the highest award for music in the Netherlands. He has also been honoured with a top Dutch jazz award, the VPRO/Boy Edgar Award. After his quartet’s last performance in India at the Jazz Utsav 2009, he looks forward to this visit.
“India is such a colourful country — it’s absolutely rivetting,” he says.
Not surprisingly, his love for India has also translated to musical collaborations with local artistes.
“Indian music is very intricate and I find it quite fascinating. I sometimes collaborate with Sandip Bhattacharya, a great tabla player who lives in Holland,” he says.
Having just wrapped up performances with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and the Holland Baroque Society, Eric is upbeat about going back to his roots.
“I am being invited more and more to perform with classical ensembles. So the next recordings, out in early 2013, will be ‘classical’ although I play in my own way,” he says.