Bram Stadhouders Henosis Trio

The Henosis Trio worked for the first time with the Nederlands Kamerkoor as a commission for the North Sea Jazz Festival 2012. Bram Stadhouders composed 70 minutes of music for this project. The members have had a long cooperation in different contexts, including the project Korps initiated by Bram. “Forget your hairdo, because your hair will stand stiff upward when the symbiosys forces cross the stage” wrote newspaper De Volkskrant after the premiere concert of Henosis. Stadhouders wrote his work for a special combination: eight members of one of the most admired choirs in the classical world, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, and his own trio: guitar, drums and electronics. The Henosis Trio is also performing these pieces as a trio without the choir. The music varies from silent soundscapes to heavy rhythms influenced by rock, African, and ambient electronic music.
Bram Stadhouders (1987) is considered to be one of the most interesting and emerging improvising musicians in Europe. He explores the borders between ambient, contemporary electronic music and free improvised jazz using guitar and technology. His cutting-edge way of approaching improvisation and composition has continued to impress the public.
Since he was eight years old, he has been on stage, starting with classical, rock, jazz and since 2007 he expresses his own unique musical universe. He released five albums on his own label, touring all over Europe and the USA. In 2008 he was chosen as a Young Vip by the Muziek Centrum Nederland, which allowed his name to quickly spread in his home country.
Soon after, he got invited by some of the world most interesting improvisers. Bram has had a long cooperation with one of the most interesting Polish musicians: Grzech Piotrowski. He is a soloist in his legendary World Orchestra, standing next to many international stars like Theodossi Spassov, Sinikka Langeland, the Bulgarian choir Angelite, and as a quartet they released a CD on Challenge Records. He also performed on a guitar made of ice with Terje Isungset in Norway and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Since 2010 he is supported by Muzieklab Brabant. At that time he started a trio with the extraordinary and influential Norwegian singer Sidsel Endresen and American drummer Jim Black, playing several concerts and releasing a CD called Bell Time.
In 2011 Bram got selected to take part in the Take Five: Europe program, led by the company Serious in the UK and by John Surman, playing on the most important jazz festivals in Norway, UK, France, the Netherlands and Poland. Then he became the youngest musician ever to win the prestigious North Sea Jazz Composition Assignment. He invited the world-famous Nederlands Kamerkoor for this project, and wrote a full album of music for them and his trio. The result is called Henosis and is released on Challenge Records. Henosis went on stage over eleven times in the Netherlands, together with Foss visual collective, and he also got invited by the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir to perform the same piece in Poland. He is on an everlasting journey of discovering new ways to develop his music, seeking different contexts, challenges, or technology.
Bram has played in the Netherlands, North America, Norway, Poland, Germany, Russia, Israel, Belgium, Spain, Macedonia, Greece, Serbia, Turkey, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, 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 of Jim Hendrix’s band), Nelson Veras, Hein van de Geyn, Matthieu Chazarenc, Staplerfahrer, Spinvis, the Nederlands Kamerkoor and many more.
Bram Stadhouders joint the Global Union of Young Artists together with his Henonis Trio, which includes Onno Govaert (drums and percussions) and Jan David Hoogerheide (keyboards and laptop).
Onno Govaert (1987) began his career when he was eleven years old in a punk band. During high school he was obsessed by jazz music and performed with Dutch jazz stars in jazz clubs. After high school Onno moved to Amsterdam where he developed a remarkable way of playing the drums described in reviews as unconventional, devouring, spectacular, threatening, and “as if the devil is chasing him”. He plays in many free jazz / impro related groups with which he has performed in prominent venues and festivals in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Norway, Iceland, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia and the USA. Musicians he played with include Ab Baars, Wilbert de Joode, Terrie Ex, Andy Moor, Arthur Doyle, Dave Rempis, Frank Rosaly, Michael Moore, Michael Vatcher, Theo Loevendie, Trevor Dunn, Shazad Ismaily, Benoit Delbecq, Audrey Chen, Joost Buis, Tobias Klein and Lori Freedman.
Jan David Hoogerheide (1985) studied music-technology, composition and performance at the Utrecht School of Arts. He has been active as a producer, as well as a synthesizer and electronics performer in both popular and improvised contemporary music. Playing with dancerock collective Krach for the last decade, he performed at sold out venues and festivals like Paradiso, Rotown, Eurosonic Noorderslag and Paaspop Schijndel.
Besides playing in several alternative pop groups, he played keys in impro-collective Bram Stadhouders Korps (2009-2011) with which he recorded the album The Ship Comes.
Besides composing for short movies, finishing a new Krach album and building his own customized controllers and effects, he is playing keys on Bram Stadhouders’ 75 minute piece Henosis, which is currently being performed in several venues in the Netherlands (North Sea Jazz, Paradiso, Tivoli Oudegracht) and around Europe.
Bram Stadhouders – guitar and guitarsynth, composer
Onno Govaert – drums and percussions
Jan David Hoogerheide – keyboards and laptop


“The Netherlands’ most interesting guitar talent makes technicolor cinema for the ears. Music as filmic panorama, full of exciting cliffhangers and warmblooded atmosphere changes.”
November Music

“Forget your hairdo, because your hair will stand stiff upward when the symbiosys forces cross the stage”
De Volkskrant