Bram Stadhouders (born 23 January 1987) is a Dutch improviser and composer, perhaps best known as the guitarist that triggers the largest transportable fairground-organ in the world. He discovered the possibility to send midi signals to barrel organs and also triggered a church organ. He is the first musician in the world to tour as a musician triggering a traditional fairground-organ.
He received his first guitar when he was six years old. His guitarist father and pianist mother were the first figures in his life to educate him with classical and jazz sounds. In 1998 when he was 11 years old he had his first rockband that performed on TV and big festivals.
Later he studied electronic music at the Utrecht School of the Arts and then got a masters degree in composition at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. His first album as a leader "Tonelist" was released in 2007, followed by 9 more albums, of which 5 are released on Challenge Records. Combining new technology and classical musicians with free improvised jazz and ambient sounds, makes him one of the most impressive figures on the contemporary music scene.

Bram has been selected for several important highlights such as the Dutch Young VIP tour, North Sea Jazz Composition Assignment, "Take Five Europe", BIMhuis Carte Blanche and more. His endless energy has brought his performances to mayor festivals and stages all over the world, playing with important figures on the international scene, such as Sidsel Endresen and Jim Black, or his longterm collaboration with Poland's most well-known saxophone player Grzech Piotrowski, his experiments on a guitar made of ice with ice-percussionist Terje Isungset, or his 17 performances of "Henosis" with the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir and the Netherlands Chamber Choir. The name of another work is Cantata which is performed by a trio of tenor vocalist Sebastian Brouwer, and elektronica-wizard David Hoogerheide and himself. Some other musicians that he has performed with are Arve Henriksen, Ana Maria Jopek, Wolfert Brederode, Marcin Wasilewski, Bulgarian Choir Angelite, Onno Govaert, Harmen Fraanje, Aart Strootman, Joost Lijbaart, Urna.

Apart from Holland's neighboring countries, Bram has performed in Mali, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Bolivia, Peru, Tadzjikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Egypt, India, China, South-Korea, North America, Canada, Norway, Poland, Germany, Russia, Israel, Spain, Turkey, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria. He has collaborated with artists like: Onno Govaert, Eric Vloeimans, Jim Black, Sidsel Endresen, Terje Isungset, Arve Henriksen, Wolfert Brederode, Karl Seglem, Thomas Strønen, Grzech Piotrowski, Sainkho Namtchylak, Sinikka Langeland, Per Oddvar Johansen, Ruth Wilhelime Meyer, Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Koenraad Ecker, Gulli Gudmundsson, Skuli Sverisson, Theodossi Spassov, Marcin Wasilewski, Bulgarian choir Angelite, Harmen Fraanje, Jeroen van Vliet, Eric van der Westen, Sanne van Hek, Haytham Safia, Wouter Jaspers, Laïs, Noel Redding (bassist from Jim Hendrix), Nelson Veras, Hein van de Geyn, Matthieu Chazarenc, Staplerfahrer, Spinvis, the Netherlands Chamber Choir, and much more.

Albums (co)-initiated by Bram Stadhouders:

"Tonelist" (2007) (self-released)
"Enderra" (2008) (self-released)
"The Ship Comes" (2009) (self-released)
"Halt" (2010) (self-released)
"Bell Time" (2011) (IDGR records)
"Henosis" (2013) (Buzz Records / Challenge)
"Monasteria" (2015) (Challenge Records)
"Cantata" (2015) (tba)

As a sideman Bram appears on the following albums:
Jeroen van Vliet's OGU (2013) (self released)
Rutger Zuydervelt - Stay Tuned (2014)
Grzech Piotrowski Quartet - Archipelago (2011) - Challenge Jazz Records
Grzech Piotrowski - World Orchestra (2011)
Haytham Safia - No Complication (2010)
Eric van der Westen - The Devine Cockeyed Glimpse (2012)
Joris Voorn (producer/DJ) - Nobody Knows (2014)

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  • 1997 Brabants Gitaarconcours
    Classical guitar competition

  • 1998 Brabants Gitaar Ensemble Concours
    Classical ensemble competition

  • 1999 National Guitar Awards
    Rock guitar competition, playing with Noel Redding, Jimi Hendrix bassist

  • 2002 Prinses Christina Concours
    Jazz ensemble Solar won the 1st prize

  • 2007 Young VIP tour
    12 concerts on the most famous stages for jazz in the Netherlands, together with Onno Govaert.

  • 2011 Brabant TopTalent prize 20.000 euro.
    Stimulation prize of the province of Brabant

  • 2011 Chosen for Take Five Europe
    European Union artist development program led by Serious in the UK. 10 artists from Holland, France, Poland, Belgium and Norway are chosen and lead by John Surman and many more.

  • 2012 North Sea Jazz Composition Assignment
    Bram made a composition for the Netherlands Chamber Choir, drums, keyboard and himself, premiere at North Sea Jazz Festival 2012

  • 2012 Made for Talent Award
    Collaboration between Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, and Van Abbenmuseum in Eindhoven, awarded Bram with talentdevelopment opportunities in the business-world of Eindhoven.

  • 2013 / 2014 "Henosis" tour with Netherlands Chamber Choir
    "Henosis" tour with Netherlands Chamber Choir - 12 concerts

  • 2014 Bimhuis Carte Blanche
    Presenting the première of "Cantata", new compositions for tenor voice, guitar and electronics



  • Winner of North Sea Jazz Composition Assignment. 2 concerts with trio + Netherlands Chamber Choir
  • Got selected for European artist development program Take Five Europe, 1 week on a farm in the UK (organized by Serious)
  • Played on 5 major international jazz festivals with Take Five
  • Netherlands 3-concert-tour in duo with Terje Isungset. Played with Arve Henriksen on one of the gigs.
  • Performed a piece by Klas Torstensson, and played with Ben Frost

-Henosis tour Netherlands
-Henosis performed with Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir (Poland)
-Concert with Urna, Mongolian singer
- Bimhuis Carte Blanche, new composition Cantata & tour

  • 23 august: CD-release "Henosis" with Netherlands Chamber Choir on Challenge Records.
  • "Henosis" Netherlands tour - 15 concerts on major stages and festivals
  • Performance with Grzech Piotrowski on a volcano in Cape Verde, Africa
  • Played with Grzech Piotrowski for Polish and Armenian president

• Playing on Ice-guitar (guitar made of ice) with Terje Isungset at IceMusic Festival in Norway, and North Sea Jazz Festival 2011.
• Project in collaboration with SpringerParker artist-duo in Kirkenes, Norway
• Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra concerts with 90 people on stage, including: Bulgarian Choir Angelite, Azat Bikchurin, Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer, Vladiswar Nadishana, Sergei Starostin, Taisia Krasnopevtseva, Sinikka Langeland, Theodossii Spassov, Marcin Wasilewski, Alchemik String Ochestra
• 2nd time with Sidsel Endresen and Jim Black in Bimhuis, Amsterdam and November Music Festival
• CD-release "Bell Time" with Sidsel Endresen and Jim Black.
• CD-release on Challenge Records with Grzech Piotrowski Quartet.
• CD-release sideman for Eric van der Westen, and Haytham Safia

• Young Vips tour as duo with Onno Govaert (12 concerts in the Netherlands)
• Concert at Vrije Geluiden national TV
• concert in Blå, Oslo, Norway
• Playing a song with Spinvis
• Concert series with Jeroen van Vliet
• Italy-tour with Onno Govaert
• CD-release "Enderra"


• CD-release "Tonelist"
• Concerts with Tonelist Trio in Holland and Norway
• Stranger than Paranoia concert with Jasper Stadhouders and Onno Govaert

• 1 month tour in USA with Wouter Jaspers and Bas Verbeek
• Invited to tour in Poland by Grzech Piotrowski
• 1 month solo-tour in Eastern Europe
• Korps Germany tour
• Moers festival with Skuli Sverisson
• 1st concerts with Sidsel Endresen and Jim Black
• Playing in Israel with Haytham Safia


• CD-release "The Ship Comes" with Korps
• Korps concert at November Music
• Composition performance for saxophone and 8 speakers in chuch
• Graduation from Utrecht School of Music and Technology, composition and production
• Netherlands and East Germany tour with Onno Govaert

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