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Wolfgang Braun

Wolfgang Braun (born 1967) has studied a vast array of music genres. He holds a degree in Jazz Composition, Arrangement and Piano from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, where he was taught by Peter Herbolzheimer, Jerry van Rooyen, Joachim Ullrich, Francis Coppieters and Frank Chastenier. He has also participated in masterclasses by Bob Brookmeyer, Sergiu Celibidache, Bill Dobbins, Clare Fisher, Jim McNeely, Vince Mendoza, Wolfgang Mitterer, Matthias Rüegg, John Taylor and others. His current work includes compositions and arrangements for different styles of music such as classical, jazz, pop and theatrical productions. He has created works for the WDR Big Band, Metropole Orkest, German Jazz Orchestra, RTL Orchestra, RWE Orchestra, Schauspiel Köln, Singer Pur (ECHO Classic Award) and others. Wolfgang Braun develops creative concepts which interlink music with dance, film and art. His diversity as a composer/arranger, musical director and pianist/keyboardist has taken him to many European countries, Canada, and the US.From 2011-2012 he was a member of the Innovative Conservatoire (ICON) in Finland and the UK, an international collaboration of conservatoire teachers to stimulate knowledge exchange, innovation and reflective practice in conservatoires. He has taught Composing & Arranging in the Jazz department of Conservatorium Maastricht since 2006, regularly stage-managing interdisciplinary music projects designed and performed in collaboration with his composition students, such as: Layer by layer Arrangers Project 2018 Maastricht-Stuttgart-Graz Arrangers Project 2017 The Jazz Orchestra of the Concergebouw Amsterdam Arrangers Project 2017 CM Jazz Choir, 2015 Kristin Korb meets the CMJE (Conservatorium Maastricht Jazz Ensemble), 2015 Morpheus Dreams (CMJE & Strings – Music meets film, with MAD-faculty Genk, 2014), Conservatorium Maastricht Big Band, 2013, Mistura de Cores (Jazz Choir and Rhythm Section, 2012), Big Band Balcans (Big Band – with the conservatoires of Tilburg and Ghent, 2011), Extended Drawings (Music meets visual arts at Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht, 2011, Impressions Of A Blue Kind (Symphony Orchestra - with Tilburg and Ghent, 2010), Carnival des Animaux, FiboScope (CMJE - with ABKM, 2009), Ouverture (JazzBand - WorldFestival Parade Brunssum, 2008), Gino Vannelli meets the CMJE (live at aldJazz Bilzen, 2007), French Dressing (CMJE - with MAD-faculty Genk, 2007)

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Jesse Passenier

Jesse Roan Passenier (1985, Zutphen, Netherlands) is a composer / arranger / conductor and drummer / pianist / vibraphonist and winner of the Rogier van Otterloo Award 2017. In 2013 Jesse concluded his Composing and Arranging Master of Music degree with distinction at the Music Academy of Maastricht, studying with Wolfgang Braun (DE), Vince Mendoza (USA), Michael Abene (USA), Wieland Reißmann (DE) and Henk Meutgeert (NL). Now he teaches at the Music Academy of Maastricht himself, coaching both bachelor and master students, and leading orchestral crossover projects. Already in 2010, Jesse Passenier was 'Young Composer in Residence' at the MECC Jazz Festival in Maastricht, and in 2011 he was one of the four laureates of the International Composition Contest of the famous Brussels Jazz Orchestra (BJO ICC 2011). In the same year, he also founded his own Broad Music Orchestra (predecessor of his current Fluid Ochestra) and wrote his first own project for it, called "Nos Pères". In 2012, Jesse was accepted into the prestigious 'Metropole Orchestra Arrangers Workshop', for which he wrote arrangements for the world famous Metropole Orchestra and legendary jazz vocalist Kurt Elling. Ever since, Jesse Passenier has been writing a great deal. Frequently for the Metropole Orchestra (he did over 70 arrangements) and he composed, arranged or orchestrated for the Heritage Orchestra, the Dutch Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Band of the Dutch Navy, the Dutch Wind Ensemble, the South Netherlands Philharmonic, the Clazz Ensemble, the North Pole Orchestra, L'orchestra Particolare, the Ricciotti Ensemble, the Rosa Ensemble, the Lunar Orchestra, Ensemble 88 and for his own formations in a great variety of styles, from jazz, pop and rock to classical. He collaborated with international artists such as Kurt Elling, Vince Mendoza, Jacob Collier, Jörg Achim Keller, Jules Buckley, Felix Maginn, Tito Paris, Asha Bhosle, Roop Kumar Rathod, Charles Floyd and Dutch artists like Reinier Baas, Morris Kliphuis, VIncent van Amsterdam, Ruben Hein, Ellen ten Damme, Janne Schra, Hadewych Minis, Maaike Ouboter, Laura Jansen, Iris Kroes, Joy Wielkens, Waylon, Roel van Velzen, Karsu, Hans Dagelet, Paul de Leeuw en Bert Visscher. His compositions and arrangements have been heard in important venues, such as the Royal Concertgebouw, Carré, Paradiso and the Bimhuis. Jesse Passenier is the winner of the Rogier van Otterloo Award 2017, acknowledging his success in bringing together musical genres in cross-overs, leading his own orchestra and celebrating his skill in orchestral writing. Since 2016 three new projects by Jesse Passenier are funded by the New Makers Regulation of the Performing Art Fund NL (FPK). In that same year, Jesse founded his new orchestra called the Fluid Orchestra. The Fluid Orchestra is continuously in pursuit of new ways, fluid in style and formation. Passenier’s artistic guidance turns the orchestra into the outskirts of genres, custom fit for challenging collaborations, invariably setting out to create new chemistry from the fluid qualities of music. Re/invented Orchestra is the annual collaboration between the Fluid Orchestra and the Conservatory of Maastricht, composed by, led by and under the artistic direction of Passenier.

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