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René van Helsdingen

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SELECTED TOURS , perfomances and recordings

2012  

August: new release, Title: l’Eau  - group: mp3trio Format: CD + DVD, Catalogue nr: DIMI 234
Released by an Indonesian Label: demajors - demajors Independent Music Industry (DIMI), Jakarta
Arranged, improvised and free music for piano and piano trio. Modern jazz with a classical atmosphere. A new jazz release based on a simple concept: no names - no profiles - no bios - just a band/ A treeo where roots and minds intertwine / http://www.demajors.com  - http://www.mp3trio.com

2010

 

On may 12th 2010, in Ottawa, a printed version of the book: "Friendship" was offered to Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven in the spirit of peace and international friendship as a tribute to Canadian veterans on the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. This event was organized and supported by the Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa and The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Ottawa.

2010

 

Mp3trio - a new concept /Recording CD/DVD mp3trio production - Piano: Rene van Helsdingen, Essiet Okon Essiet: Bass, Marcello Pellitteri: drums; Camera: Martijn van Beenen; photography: Christophe Agou. Special guest on bass: Ted Trimble. - At the Bennett Studios - New Jersey. 24/25/26 April 2010 / mixing at the Farmsound Studio, The Netherlands May 16-21 & Jun 12, 13, 17 - 2010/. concept: no names no profiles no bios just a band - a treeo where roots and minds intertwine - nessun nome nessun profilo nessuna biografia solamente una band, un trio in cui le radici e le menti si intrecciano - un nuovo concetto - 2010

 http://www.mp3trio.com

2009   Festival Management/ program direction: JakArt @ 2009 , International Arts Cultural & Educational Festival/ 30 Oct - 8 Nov, JakArt Special Project: Young in 60 Cities, the embodiment of 2 disciplines: Photography and fashion. Exhibition, fashion shows, photo shoots, Italian Art rock, workshops (including a FORUM and DISCUSSION, 7 Nov/ Organized in collaboration with UNESCO Jakarta (Highlighting the role of youth in establishing peace) and several performances of the mp3trio at the Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, Jakarta, Indonesia, featuring Benny Mustafa van Diest, Yance Manusama
 “Young in 60 Cities” was the result of the photo competition, ITFPC.

2009

 

Organization and coordination of the ITFPC (International Teen Fashion Photo Competition) April 1 - Oct 27.
A competition of Teenage fashion photography open to amateur and professional photographers of all nationalities. The jury consisted of a panel of well-known photographers, fashion Designers, Artists, producers, directors including: Peter Paul Huf, Lisa Sotilis, Alice Smeets, Paul Verhoeven, Gian Paolo Barbieri, Simon Xavier Guerrand-Hermès, Robert Polet, Kenji Terada, Piero Guidi, Christophe Agou, Stephen Hurst, Raúl de Chapeaurouge, John Moore, Andreas Darwis Triadi, Goh Ching Lee.

2009

 

Production of 2 video clips: Il Giro, and Nobios: Jazz trio featuring: Donald Dean, drums; Henry (the Skipper) Franklin, bass. Life recording, Flower studio, Ojai California Friday May 8th, 2009. Mixed at the Farmsound Studio, Heelsum, The Netherlands. Engineer: Wil Hesen. May 25th 2009. Video created for mp3trio.com website/

2008

 

Festival Management and program direction: JakArt @ 2008 , International Arts Cultural & Educational Festival/ 1 - 30 Aug; forbidden forgotten forsaken - Reality begins where Fantasy ends/ IF Imaginary Festival

2008

 

ASAH Indonesian Tour II/ March 25 - May 19, Ideas and concept by Mikhail Neocles David
Supported and co-organized by the JakArt Foundation (Jakarta, Indonesia) - Solo piano performances in Larantuka - Kabupaten Flores Timur/ Ledalero – Maumere, Flores (NTT)/ Bajawa Flores NTT/ Kupang, Timor NTT/ Waingapu, Sumba Timur NTT/ Waikabubak, Sumba Barat, NTT/ Padang Panjang, Sumatra Barat/ Ambon, Ambon Island/ Sorong, Irian Jaya/ Ternate,Ternate Island

2007

 

Recordings and Production of Aysha the Double CD: Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio featuring: Marcello Pellitteri and Essiet Okon Essiet/ recorded and mixed at the Farmsound Studio, Heelsum, The Netherlands / Released by Munich Records BMECD501 - dedicated to our Mothers and to the Mothers of all the children in the world.

2006

 

Luluk Purwanto & the New Generation. Jazz Competition - Concert series, Aug 24 - Sep 11
16 concerts in and around Jakarta ( Jabotabek.) with the STAGE BUS I featuring Marcello Pellitteri and Essiet Okon Essiet. A non-profit tour to promote Jazz in Indonesia, presenting the New Generation MEZZO Jazz Award to identify talented young Indonesian jazz musicians.

2006

 

Publication online of the internet book: "Friendship" The Story, their stories - 4 jazz musicians playing tribute to Canadian WWII Veterans, a 500 page book written and published by Rene van Helsdingen. A written impression of 100 concerts in 76 communities, driving 50.000 km with the stage bus and handing out 57.000 tulips. This book has the pictures of beautiful Canada and their beautiful people. Hundreds of veterans attended these concerts and their images and stories were published in this book making it a valuable historical document. In 76 communities the mayor received a tulip friendship Garden in honour of the WWII Veterans, the 60th Anniversary of the liberation of Holland and the Friendship between Canadians and the Dutch. During this tour it became so clear: the Dutch love the Canadians and the Canadians love the Dutch.

2006

 

Performance at the Java Jazz Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia - March 4th /
featuring Benny Mustafa van Diest, Benny Likumahuwa and special guest Praful (sax)

2005

 

Celebrations of the Birthday of Henry Franklin / Oct 1 - 8
4 concerts in California, USA, featuring Henry Franklin, Donald Dean and Trevor Ware.

2005

 

May 1 - Sept 25: “TULIPS 2005” …. 60TH ANNIVERSARY FRIENDSHIP TOUR -100 performances in 76 cities throughout 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada, offered in the spirit of peace and international friendship as a tribute to Canadian veterans on the sixtieth anniversary of the Netherlands’ liberation. Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio featuring Rene van Helsdingen (NL), Luluk Purwanto (Ind) Essiet Okon Essiet (USA), Marcello Pellitteri (USA) and Sylvia Cuenca (USA). Organized in cooperation with the Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa, The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Ottawa and JakArt @ 2005 International Arts Cultural and Educational Festival. The tour was officially launched on May 13th, 2005 by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet by the release of 60 doves from the roof of the Stage Bus. Sponsored and supported by: 35 cities in the Netherlands, Canadian Ministry of Veteran Affairs, Petro Canada, Netherlands Flower Bulb Centre Ottawa (the Tulip Bulbs were donated by the Netherlands Bulb Growers), Canadian Embassy, the Netherlands, Munich records, Greenmont Systems and many other NGO organizations.
SOCAN  - unpaid performance royalties

2004

 

March 19:  Performances at the Pattaya Music Festival, Thailand: Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio featuring, Benny Mustafa van Diest and Benny Likumahuwa

2004

 

Production (editing / mixing/ production) of DVD 'Impressions of a Tour' / Mahabharata Jazz & Wayang
 
A 150 Minutes documentary film and DVD, was released by Munich Records, Netherlands: MRDVD6002 and broadcasted by Indonesian Television sponsored by Djarum Super. Camera: Martijn van Beenen, editing: Rene van Helsdingen

2004

 

Festival à la Carte / May 20 – June 20, 2004  (150 events throughout 14 cities in Java and Bali – Indonesia) Management, coordination of The Stage Bus I, and performances. Organized by JakArt @ 2004 International Arts Cultural and Educational Festival

2004

 

Aug 14 - 25 Jazz from Holland / The Stage Bus at the OlympicsLuluk Purwanto _ the Helsdingen Trio featuring Rene van Helsdingen (NL), Luluk Purwanto (Ind) Essiet Okon Essiet (USA), Marcello Pellitteri (USA) and Jesse van Ruller (NL) . 14 concerts during the Olympic games in Athens, Greece. Supported by The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Athens, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  the Dutch EU presidency, Fund for Amateur Art and Performing Arts, The Netherlands, JakArt@ 2004 and the Mayor of Athens.

2004

 

Aug 11 - Sept 11: The Stage Bus from Indonesia - Festival à la Carte - 40 artists, 110 performances, touring 13 cities in the Peloponese in the framework of the Cultural Olympiad / Greece 2004, Supported and endorsed by The Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, The Ministry of Culture of the Hellenic Republic, The Cultural Olympiad Organization, The Indonesian National Committee for the Cultural Olympiad, JakArt @ 2004, The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Athens, The Embassy of the Hellenic Republic, Jakarta, The Royal Embassy of the Netherlands, Athens and the The Danish World Music Association

2004

 

Sep 19-26 Jazz from Holland / The Stage Bus in Greenwich.  /4 performances at the Riverfront Jazz Festival with the Stage Bus: Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio  featuring Rene van Helsdingen (NL), Luluk Purwanto (Ind) Essiet Okon Essiet (USA), Marcello Pellitteri (USA). a Dutch Cultural Presentation supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy, London, The Greenwich Tourist Information Centre and The Riverfront Jazz Festival.

2003

 

February 1: the spirit of peace / Performance at the Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta with the Indonesian Art Orchestra, conducted by Dwiki Dharmawan and Singgih Sanjaya featuring vocalists Anggun, Trie Utami, Edo Kondolit, Luluk Purwanto, the Paduan Suara Mahasiswa Universitas Gajahmada choire, ISI Ethnic Ensemble -gamelan orchestra.

2003

 

Festival Management, JakArt @ 2003, International Arts Cultural & Educational Festival in commemoration of the birthday of Jakarta. 600 events at over 200 locations in Jakarta, Indonesia.

2003

 

Production and Editing of a 150 minutes documentary Film and DVD, Mahabharata Jazz and Wayang. Camera: Martijn van Beenen. Editing by Rene van Helsdingen. Broadcasted by Indonesian Television sponsored by Djarum Super.

2003

 

MAHABHARATA JAZZ AND WAYANG tour 2003, Indonesian American Dutch Cross cultural promotion tour, 'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio' and the Stage Bus, 20 Not for profit Performances at universities, town squares and cultural heritage sites and Village centers throughout JAWA and BALI, INDONESIA in combination with Indonesian Shadow Puppets and gamelan music featuring: Rene van Helsdingen (NL), Marcello Pellitteri (USA), Essiet Okon Essiet (USA) and Luluk Purwanto (Ind), Nanang HaPe (Ind), Kiki Dunung (Ind), Soled Saryanto (Ind), I ketut Budiyasa (Ind), Aart Marcus(NL), Martijn van Beenen(NL).  Sponsored by Djarum Super and Supported by The Indonesian Ministry of Culture
and Tourism, The Embassy of the United States of America, Jakarta, Indonesia, The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, The Hague, Eramus Huis, Jakarta and JakArt @2003 Festival.

2002/ 2003

 

Recordings for new release and production of a CD and Video Clip: 'Brushes' (CD/ and CD- Brushes The Clip, Munich Records BMECD368) featuring: Luluk Purwanto, Essiet Okon Essiet, Marcello Pellitteri. Recorded in New York and the Netherlands. The recording includes an 6 minute music video (CDRom, Brushes the Clip)

2002

 

BORN FREE USA tour 2002, Indonesian American Dutch Cross cultural promotion tour with 'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio' and the Stage Bus. Featuring: Rene van Helsdingen (NL), Luluk Purwanto (Ind), Marcello Pellitteri (USA), Essiet Okon Essiet (USA). 70 Not for profit Performances at 45 Universities and Colleges in 24 States of America (35000 km). Supported by JakArt @2002; UNESCO; The Royal Netherlands Embassy , Washington, Consulate General of the Netherlands, Los Angeles; The Embassy of the United States of America, Jakarta, Indonesia; The Embassy of the United States of America, The Hague, The Netherlands; The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to the Holy See, Rome, Italy.

2002

 

Organisation and performance: Life TV Production for JakArt @2002 Festival on June 22nd - from the Brooklyn Bridge in New York: concert and Birthday wishes to the city of Jakarta filmed live in cooperation with the Voice of America and broadcasted by TVRI National Indonesian Television.

2002

 

World release by ZEBRA ACOUSTIC RECORDS, 'Luluk' - Born Free
Distributed by Warner/ Elektra/ Atlantic Corporation,
an AOL-Time Warner Company

2001

 

LULUK.COM tour 2001, 'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', 24 concerts- Europe featuring: Luluk Purwanto, Marcello Pellitteri, Essiet Okon Essiet, Billy Cobham and Luluk Purwanto, including Germany, Holland, Suisse, Poland.

2001

 

Festival Management, JakArt @ 2001 , International Arts Cultural & Educational Festival in commemoration of the birthday of Jakarta.

2000

 

Building of the New Stage Bus by visual artist Aart Marcus.

2000

 

For the promotion of the CD, Born Free, and the new Stage Bus, a music video was produced on CD-Rom ( Film 2000 - 4 Musicians in Paris, Spring 2000 and Lir-ilir video-clip, Munich Records BMWCD296) featuring: Marcello Pellitteri, Essiet Okon Essiet. Camera: Martijn van Beenen.

1999

 

Official release of the CD: Born Free. (Munich records, BMMCD296)

1999

 

BORN FREE' 99 'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', ( Donald Dean, Henry Franklin) 120 Concerts tour - Europe : including Jazz à Ramatuelle (France) Montreux Jazz Fest. (Suisse), Copenhagen Jazz Fest. (Denmark), Arhus Jazz Fest. (Denmark), Ålandia Jazz Fest. (Finland), Edinburg Jazz Fest. (Scotland), Sandviken Jazz Fest. (Sweden), Rotweil Jazz Fest. (Germany), and Django Reindhardt Jazz Fest. (France), Jazz a Mulhouse (France), A-Trane Jazz Club in Berlin, Domicil Jazz Club in Dortmund.

1999

 

'BORN FREE' Australia 'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio', featuring: Luluk Purwanto, Victor de Boo, Belinda Moody. 20 Concerts tour - Australia: including The Basement in Sydney, Adelaide Jazz Fest., Darwin, Katherine, Port Hedland, Perth, Albany, Melbourne, Euroa, Canberra, Kiama, Tamworth, Toowoomba. (Australia tour organized by Australia Northern Europe Liaisons, Henk van Leeuwen) Supported by the Dutch Fonds voor Podiumkunsten and The Royal Netherlands Embassy Canberra.

1998

 

Recording for new release: 'Born Free' (CD/ with CD-Rom Bonus track, Munich Records BMMCD296) featuring Essiet Okon Essiet, Marcello Pellitteri. Recorded in New York and Holland. The recording includes an 8 minutes music video.

1997

 

1997 'THE STAGE BUS' Indonesia, (LA Lights Tour) 35 Concert tour Java and Bali, Indonesia, with The Stage Bus: Australian - Dutch - Indonesian Cultural Promotion tour sponsored by PT. Djarum, Co- sponsored by National TV and Radio and Press (Jakarta-Jakarta).'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio' featuring: Luluk Purwanto, Victor de Boo, Belinda Moody. Including Concerts at Universities, Art Centers,a performance at the Borobudur Temple, The Sultan's - Palace in Yogyakarta, Denpasar Art Centre, Solo Art Centre, Bandung,Cirebon, Bogor, Jakarta, Surabaya, Malang, Purwokerto, Salatiga, Semarang, Nusa Dua etc. Supported by Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Jakarta and the Australian Embassy Jakarta.

1996-1997

 

1996 THE STAGE BUS' Australia, 25 Concerts tour - with the Stage Bus, 'Luluk Purwanto & The Helsdingen Trio' featuring: Luluk Purwanto, Victor de Boo, Belinda Moody: Australian - Dutch - Indonesian Cultural- Promotion tour incl. Melbourne Art Festival, Adelaide, Albury, Canberra, The Rocks - Sydney Brisbane, Kuranda, Mount Isa, Tunarama Art Fest. - Port Lincoln, Darwin. This tour was organized in Co-operation with Australia Northern Europe Liaisons, Henk van Leeuwen. Supported and sponsored by; the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, The Embassy of the  Republic of Indonesia, The Royal Netherlands Embassy Canberra and Consulates General Sydney and Melbourne and Wallenius Lines, Stockholm, Sweden.

1996

 

'THE STAGE BUS' 96, 100 Concerts tour - Europe featuring: Donald Dean, Marcello Pellitteri, Henry Franklin, Kent Brinkley, including: Jazz Fest. Vienna, Impuls Fest. Bregenz (Austria), 400 Days of Gorzow (Poland), Kristianstad Jazz Fest., Falkenberg Jazz Dahar (Sweden), Jazz Fest.Antibes Juan-les-pins, Jazz à Nice (France), Jazz no Jazz Zürich, Wintherthurermusikwochen (Suisse), Natt Jazz Fest. Bergen (Norway), Voices Kassel, Worms Jazz Fest. (Germany), Chard Fest. Of Women in Music (UK), Aalborg Jazz & Blues Fest. (Denmark) etc. Including a performance for His Majesty King Harald the Vth of Norway (for the opening of the Bergen International Fest.). These performances also included Life-Action Painting. (In Oktober 96 the Stage Bus was shipped from Rotterdam to Melbourne. )

1995

 

1995 THE STAGE BUS 95, 60 concerts- Europe feat: Donald Dean, Henry Franklin, Kent Brinkley, Henk Zomer, including: Nice Jazz fest., Jazz à Vienne, Warsaw Jazz Days, Marlborough Int. Jazz Fest., JVC Jazz Fest. Torino, Festival des Cropettes/Geneva. Local visual artists were invited to perform Life-Action painting on the roof Stage of the Stage Bus.

1995

 

Performance at the Jakarta Int. Jazz festival, featuring Luluk Purwanto, Henk Zomer, Jos Machtel.

1994

 

In co-operation with The Stage, Jakarta, a bus was purchased and rebuild by visual artist: Aart Marcus. The side of the Stage Bus can be lowered to form a stage. (equiped with grand piano, sound system etc.) for outdoor performances.
During the rebuilding of the bus a CD was recorded : 'The Stage' (CD, Helsdingen Music HM 002) featuring: Donald Dean, Kent Brinkley, Erik Visser. 

1994

 

THE STAGE BUS 94', 100 concerts- Europe featuring: Donald Dean, Kent Brinkley, Wiro Mahieu, including: Estival Jazz Lugano, North Sea jazz Fest., Kristianstad Jazz - fest., Århus Int. Jazz Fest., Couleur Café Brussels, Festival de Musique du Touquet.

1993

 

1993 Release of CD/Cassette : 'Ojongono' , South East Asia, WEA Hong Kong

1993

 

contracted by Yayasan Pro Seni to Set up a cultural program at a restaurant in Jakarta: 'The Stage'
Combinations of different art-forms in a daily program.

1993

 

10 concerts- Los Angeles area. featuring: Henry Franklin, Donald Dean

1992

 

25 concerts- Scandinavië, Benelux. featuring: Marcello Pellitteri, Wiro Mahieu, Agenda tour, 40 concerts- Europe.feat: Belinda Moody, Donald Dean.

1991

 

25 concerts- Holland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Belgium, including live broadcast Denmark TV 1. featuring: Don Mumford, Wiro Mahieu

1991

 

Recording of 'Ojongono' (CD. Helsdingen Music, HM001) featuring Wiro Mahieu and Egbert van Gruythuyzen (released in 1992.)

1991

 

Performance at the Jakarta International Festival (JakJazz'91) featuring Benny Mustafa van Diest and Yance Manusama.

1990

 

'Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio', 15 concerts- Holland, Denmark, Sweden, featuring: Marcel Serierse, Wiro Mahieu.

1990

 

The TV Film production, -'Live' Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen trio- was purchased and broadcasted by TV2, Denmark

1990

 

'The Super Band', 7 concerts - Holland Indonesia. featuring: Billy Cobham, Wolfgang Schmid, Luluk Purwanto, Steven Kelly, Deborah Robinson, Nippy & Shana Noya. (compositions of all individual members were performed. )

1989   For promotion the quartet was engaged in a TV Film / CD production: -'Live' Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio'. (directed and produced by Theo Ordeman/ Frans Mijts) This production was financed by Helsdingen Music BV and released by Dureco (CD: 'The Walz' , Dureco 1151512)
1989   To celibrate their company's first year, a performance was organized with The Metropole Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Conductor: Rob Pronk. Featuring: Ira Coleman and Gene Jackson. (all songs for orchestra arranged by René and Luluk Purwanto)
1988   Formation of the goup: 'Luluk Purwanto & the Helsdingen Trio' featuring: Egbert Van Gruythuyzen, Trevor Ware, 10 concerts- Holland.  
1988   The founding of Helsdingen Music BV. Through the emission of certificate of shares the company presently has over 350 Share- holders.
1987   A new release in China on which Chinese national tunes were converted into New Age Music. " Spirit Of Spring" (LP/CD Pacific Music; Tao Label') featuring: Luluk Purwanto, Ben v/d Dungen, Evert Hekkema, Stefan Lievestro, E. van Gruythuyzen.
1987   2-months Fusion project : recording in Jakarta with mainly Indonesian musicians playing compositions of René and Luluk Purwanto featuring: Udin Zach, John Phillips, Margie Seegers, Happy Pretty, Embong Rahardjo, Kiboud Maulana, Ireng Maulana, and others. - the latter has never been completed.
1987   Arrangements and recordings for Asai Harum. A project at the Farmsound studio's featuring: Ben van den Dungen, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Collin Scott, Peter Guidi, Marcel Schimscheimer, Egbert van Gruythuyzen, Leen Barbier, Ernst Reiziger, Stefan Lievestro, Mark Mommaas, Eddie Conard, Joost Timp, Jacques Koopmanschap, Janice Lakers and others. The recordings where never released.
1986   Helsdingen Trio' , 15 concerts- Holland, featuring Brian Batie and Rodney Mecks.

1986

 

Indonesian and Indian tour of 'the Filtra Quartet' featuring: Luluk Purwanto, Brian Batie, Rodney Mecks. A cultural Exchange sponsored by the departement of Welfare, Health and Cultural Affairs, The Royal Netherlands Embassy Jakarta. 30 concerts- Indonesia, (sponsored by Filtra, Djarum Kretek) and India. (JazzYatra, Bombay, New Dehli - sponsored by Air India).

1986

 

Formation of private record label: Relekreul records. First release of this label: "Impressions of Indonesia" (LP: RLIxU000) featuring Brian Batie, Luluk Purwanto, Rodney Mecks. The latter ones were sold as business gifts to several companies.

1986   This same year 2 more LP's where released: "Onix" (production for Witteveen Fashion - relation gifts) (LP: RLIxU002) feat: Egbert van Gruythuyzen, Stefan lievestro and " Protection" (pre-release of "Spirit of Spring" (production for Markgraaf - relation gifts for Chinese Business partners) (LP: RLIxU003) featuring: Luluk Purwanto, Ben van den Dungen, Evert Hekkema, Stefan Lievestro, E. van Gruythuyzen, Broer Giesing, Jan ten Brug.
1985   Helsdingen music' 20 concerts- Holland drums/piano duo featuring: Egbert Van Gruythuyzen.
1985   Contract with Timeless Records,: LP 'Helsdingen Jazz Trio' featuring: Egbert van Gruythuyzen, Brian Batie. Finance of this LP by the sale of advertising space on the record-cover. (LP: "Helsdingen Music" SJP222)
1984   World tour/ travels - in one year time, René visited 150 record companies in 40 different cities all over the world. In Hong Kong a contract was signed with pacific Music for the production of an LP with Chinese National Melodies converted into a western style (LP/ CD and singel: 'Impressions of China' Virgin Records, 1985 Pacific Music Hong Kong. Virgin 611327) featuring: Brian Batie, Egbert van Gruythuyzen.
1983   Smirnoff Quintet' feat: John Butler, Dale Barlow, Rick Hollander, Brian batie, Henk Zomer, Evert hekkema, 85 concerts- Benelux (sponsored by Smirnoff). - 45 concerts on the Smirnoff Stage Bus. Including a performance at the Grand- Prix, Zandvoort. (sponsored by le Coq Sportif)

1983

 

Contract with signed with Turning Point records. (LP:" Smirnoff Quintet" TPR010683)

1982

 

'Superlights quintet' feat: Obie Jessie, Peter Guidi, Essiet Okon Essiet, Don Mumford, - 85 Concerts- Holland, Belgium (sponsored by Phillip Morris). During this tour, 45 concerts where performed on René's first version of the Stage Bus (The Superlights Bus)

1981   'Italian Jazz tour'; Helsdingen Quartet featuring: Peter Guidi, Essiet Essiet, Don Mumford. -20 concerts - The Netherlands, including the Northsea Jazz festival.
1981   The recording for LP "Motivation" was financed by the sale of 400 spaces on the record-cover. (Munich Records BM150232) This was supported and first mentioned in a television programme of Mies Bouwman (Dutch TV Host)

1980

 

Performances with Obie Jessie featuring: Charles Owens, Donald Dean, Kent Brinkley. Recording as a guest artist with Obie Jessie, Billy Higgins, Brian Batie and others.
- During his 2-year stay in Hollywood, California, René shared a house with several Musicians including Steve Jacobs, Essiet Okon Essiet, Brian Batie, John Rigby, John Butler and others. All house members were involved in a recording at the Media Art Studio's in Hermosa beach. (LP: "After the third Window" Munich Records BM250241) featuring: John Bolivar, Obie Jessie, Felix Ramos, Steve Jacobs, Rick Hannah, Essiet Okon Essiet, Clifford Howard, Rodney Mecks, Brian Batie, Edmond Allmond, Wouter Büchner, Mark Wigman, Nicola Paron, Tequila Mockingbird, David Best, Dale Allmond.

1979

 

Departure to the United States for private Jazz studies. Introductions at several educational institutes for jazz.
Recording (LP: "One minute Willy " Munich Records, BM 150200.) featuring: Willie Owens, Essiet Okon Essiet, Jimmy Roberts, Kent Brinkley, Henk Zomer.
First professional appearances with the Charles Owens quartet featuring: Leroy Vinnegar, Douglas Sides.

1978

 

contract with Munich records. First recordings. ("Helsdingen Modern Jazz" Munich Records BM 150219) featuring: Wim Essed, Klaus Flenter, Börge Ring, Henk Zomer, Martijn Nesenberend, Dick Pluim and a student orchestra formed during his studies of mining engineering at the Technical University of Delft, Holland.

 

 

 

 

 

Born, 25th of February 1957, Jakarta, Indonesia. Dutch Nationality.
1962-72 Classical studies with Ms. Komter Loeber, Holland
1979 Jazz studies with Terry Trotter and Lazlo Cser, Los Angeles.
His earliest influences: Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans

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