Bram Stadhouders (Netherlands, 1987), multi-awarded guitarist, improviser, composer, is known for his adventurous attitude in music. He collaborated with internationally respected improvisers like Sidsel Endresen, Jim Black, Terje Isungset, Joost Lijbaart, Grzech Piotrowski, and classical ensembles like the Netherlands Chamber Choir, Aart Strootman, voices from Bulgaria, tenor singer Sebastian Brouwer.
He also created innovative technical projects like triggering the worlds largest transportable barrel organ using midi-guitar, triggering church organs, playing ice-guitar, or composing for a great “surround sound” guitar system. His playing is influenced by ambient, jazz, and contemporary composed music, seeking the borderline between improvisation and composition. He received a Masters degree in composing from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He released over 10 self-initiated albums, 5 of which are released on Challenge Records. His projects received critical acclaim and awards like the North Sea Jazz Composition Assignment. He’s on a mission to continuously look for new challenges, unusual combinations and forward-looking concepts, while keeping a highly personal emotional expression as the main starting point.
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)
Bram Stadhouders' projects have been funded by the following institutes:
Sponsors / Endorsements
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