About

Jesse Passenier

Jesse Passenier is a Dutch composer, unifying principles of jazz and classical in his work, exploring the peripheries of genres and the depth and possibilities of harmony. He is the winner of the Dutch 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. Three of his major projects were funded by the New Makers Regulation of the Performing Art Fund NL (FPK), which opened with the founding of his Fluid Orchestra and concluded with the launch of Fluid Festival. Passenier is co-founder of Fluid Foundation and encircling his activities as a composer he musically developed in a broader sense as arranger, conductor, drummer, pianist, and vibraphonist.

In season 2019/20 Passenier fulfilled a significant role at November Music Festival (NL), where he wrote the new composition Division for the opening concert of the festival. The piece for 23 wind players and 2 percussionists of the South Netherlands Philharmonic, choir, and singer Ruben Hein, was dedicated to 75 Years of Freedom in Den Bosch and put the poetry of soldiers of the 51st Welsh Infantry Division – the liberators of Den Bosch – in the spotlight. Within the same theme and festival, Passenier wrote the composition Alan for four choirs in square arrangement around the audience, with lyrics by the City Chronicler of Den Bosch Eric Alink. In addition to this highlight in the classical world, Jesse was present in the jazz scene sharing the stage with the famous WDR Big Band in collaboration with ESA (European Space Agency). As the composer of two commissioned works, arranger and bandleader he conducted the interactive performance in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, which gave extra attention to the target group of 12 to 17 year-olds.

With his own Fluid Orchestra, he published his debut album Lit Scenes in 2018, for which the orchestra was joined by the renowned Dutch string quartet Dudok Quartet Amsterdam. This album was released by the USA-based label Odradek Records. The fact that he is strongly on the lookout for special collaborations is confirmed by his work with international and Dutch artists such as Kurt Elling, Vince Mendoza, Quincy Jones, Jacob Collier, Jörg Achim Keller, Jules Buckley, Reinier Baas, Morris Kliphuis, Vincent van Amsterdam, Ruben Hein, Ellen ten Damme, Janne Schra, Hadewych Minis, Waylon, Roel van Velzen and Hans Dagelet. He also wrote for leading organizations such as the  Metropole Orchestra, The Heritage Orchestra, the Royal Band of the Dutch Navy, the Dutch Wind Ensemble, the South Netherlands Philharmonic, Holland Opera, and the WDR Big Band.

His compositions and arrangements have been performed on important stages such as the Royal Concertgebouw, Carré, Paradiso, De Doelen, the Bimhuis, TivoliVredenburg, the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, North Sea Jazz Festival, November Music Festival, Gaudeamus Music Week, and JazzInternational Rotterdam.

Previous highlights were his participation in the prestigious Metropole Orchestra Arrangers Workshop 2012, the nomination as a laureate of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra International Composition Contest (BJOICC) 2011, and as ‘Young Composer in Residence’ at the MECC Jazz Festival 2010 (NL).

Besides his active profile as a composer, he holds the position of main subject teacher Jazz Composing and Arranging and Jazz Master Coordinator at Conservatorium Maastricht.

Currently, he is writing two concertos for orchestra and soloist, which will be premiered in 2022 by pianist Kari Ikonen, vibraphonist Vincent Houdijk and orchestra ADDA·SIMFÒNICA under the baton of its founding chief conductor Josep Vicent. This programme will be recorded by PARMA Recordings and will be published on their label Navona Records.

Highlights

Media

PHOTOS

AUDIO

VIDEOS

Calendar

COMING UP SOON

Time & Date

Venue

Project

December 10, 2021
20:00

ADDA (Auditorium of Alicante)
Alicante, ES

Fight for Light – Pre première Concert
Feat. Kari Ikonen, Vincent Houdijk, ADDA·SIMFÒNICA, led by Josep Vicent – Composed by Jesse Passenier

Tour to be announced

Tour to be announced

Nederlands Studentenorkest led by Arjan Tien, ft. Rommert Groenhof
Ft. Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra “Life Cycles” by Jesse Passenier

FULL CALENDAR

Time & Date

Venue

Project

March 11, 2022
20:30

TivoliVredenburg, Club Fluxus
Utrecht, NL

Entrust & Inspire
Van Amsterdam Duo – Composition by Jesse Passenier

March 6, 2022
15:00

Sint-Vituskerk
Feinsum (Finkum), NL

Entrust & Inspire
Van Amsterdam Duo – Composition by Jesse Passenier

February 6, 2022
15:00

Chassé Theater & Cinema
Breda, NL

Het Verdriet van Carnaval
Docu film with live music – Soundtrack by Jesse Passenier

December 10, 2021
20:00

ADDA (Auditorium of Alicante)
Alicante, ES

Fight for Light – Pre première Concert
Feat. Kari Ikonen, Vincent Houdijk, ADDA·SIMFÒNICA, led by Josep Vicent – Composed by Jesse Passenier

November 18, 2021
20:00

HAL8 – Brabanthallen
Den Bosch, NL

Het Verdriet van Carnaval
Docu film with live music – Soundtrack by Jesse Passenier

November 17, 2021
20:00

HAL8 – Brabanthallen
Den Bosch, NL

Het Verdriet van Carnaval
Docu film with live music – Soundtrack by Jesse Passenier

October 9, 2021
19:30

Auditorio de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, ES

Big Band de Canarias plays the music of Jesse Passenier
Big Band de Canarias – Led by and ft. compositions of Jesse Passenier

February 28, 2021
20:00

TivoliVredenburg, Radio 4
Utrecht, NL

Pandora’s Late Night
Ft. The Gin for solo accordion – Composition by Jesse Passenier

August 21, 22, 23 2020
20:00

Openluchttheater Valkenburg
Valkenburg, NL

Der Freischütz (Opera)
Opera Compact & Openluchttheater Valkenburg – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

April 19, 2020
14:30

Stadsschouwburg Haarlem
Haarlem, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

April 17, 2020
19:30

Schouwburg Kunstmin
Dordrecht, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

April 10, 2020
19:15

Posthuis Theater
Heerenveen, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

April 5, 2020
15:00

Schouwburg & Filmtheater Agnietenhof
Tiel, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

April 4, 2020
15:00

Cultuurcentrum Hasselt
Hasselt, BE

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

March 28, 2020
16:00

Musis en Stadstheater Arnhem
Arnhem, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

March 22, 2020
15:00

AINSI
Maastricht, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

March 21, 2020
15:00

Theater Kerkrade
Kerkrade, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

March 16, 2020
13:30

Zuiderstrandtheater
Den Haag, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

March 15, 2020
14:30

Schouwburg Amstelveen
Amstelveen, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

March 13, 2020
19:00

Zaantheater
Zaandam, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

March 8, 2020
15:00

TivoliVredenburg
Utrecht, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

March 7, 2020
19:00

De Kom
Nieuwegein, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

March 1, 2020
15:00

Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie
Leeuwarden, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

February 26, 2020
15:00

Cultureel Centrum De Spil
Roeselare, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

November 28, 2019
19:00

Kölner Philharmonie
Köln, DE

Outta Space
WDR Big Band – Ft. compositions & led by Jesse Passenier

November 18, 2019
Time Unknown

Théatre de Liège
Liège, BE

Project Focus
Composed & Keynote by Jesse Passenier

November 1, 2019
20:00

Verkadefabriek
Den Bosch, NL

Opening Concert – November Music Festival (phil zuid, Ruben Hein)
Feat. Division for Voice Orchestra & Choir – Composed by Jesse Passenier

November 1, 2019
19:00-19:15

Grote Kerk
Den Bosch, NL

Opening Event – November Music Festival
Feat. Alan for Four Mixed Choirs – Composed by Jesse Passenier

October 26, 2019
Time Unknown

Parade
Den Bosch, NL

75 Years Liberation Celebration Concert
Feat. Alan for Four Mixed Choirs – Composed by Jesse Passenier

June 10, 2019
15:00

North Sea Jazz Festival – Ahoy
Rotterdam, NL

The Science of Groove
Fringe Orchestra – Composed, arranged and led by Jesse Passenier

May 25, 2019
15:20 – 16:00, 21:00 – 21:30

Cultuurgebouw
Hoofddorp, NL

How Flora and Fauna Became Friends | Corendon IBBC
Codarts Big Band ft. Yiwen Fang – Composed & led by Jesse Passenier

May 24, 25, 26, 2019
20:00

Merthal
Horst, NL

Tommy In Ut Plat
Rock Band, vocalists and the Royal Wind Band of Horst – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

April 14, 2019
15:00

Sint Janskerk
Maastricht, NL

Ludwig and Beyond
Fringe Orchestra – Composed and led by Jesse Passenier

April 6, 2019
20:30

Jazz-Schmiede
Düsseldorf, DE

Album Release Concert
CSM Big Band & Sabine Kühlich, feat. Sweet Slumber – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

Dec 22 – Jan 6,
2018

Veerensmederij
Amersfoort, NL

Zwanenmeer (Opera)
Holland Opera – Arranged by Jesse Passenier

Dec 14 – 16, 2018
11:00 – 23:00

Muziekgieterij & Lutherse Kerk
Maastricht, NL

Fluid Festival
Founded by, and with 5 projects by Jesse Passenier

November 15, 2018
14:00

IMPACT: EIDOLON
Hasselt, BE

Project Focus
Composed & Keynote by Jesse Passenier

November 14, 2018
14:30

IMPACT: EIDOLON
Hasselt, BE

The Infinity Games
iCollective ft. Jesse Passenier – Piano

October 28, 2018
15:00

MCO
Hilversum, NL

Arranging Workshop
Metropole Friends – Workshop by Jesse Passenier

October 11, 2018
20:30

Hauwert in Concert (church)
Hauwert, NL

String Quartet No. 1
Dudok Quartet Amsterdam – Composition by Jesse Passenier

October 11, 2018
20:30

TivoliVredenburg
Utrecht, NL

Lit Scenes
Fluid Orchestra – Composed and led by Jesse Passenier

October 4, 2018
20:30

Splendor – Uilenburgersjoel
Amsterdam, NL

Lit Scenes – ALBUM RELEASE
Fluid Orchestra – Composed and led by Jesse Passenier

August 12, 2018
Time unknown

Grachtenfestival
Amsterdam, NL

Young Metropole
feat. composition Certo by Jesse Passenier

August 11, 2018
Time unknown

Slot Zeist
Zeist, NL

Young Metropole
feat. composition Certo by Jesse Passenier

August 10, 2018
Time unknown

Radio Kootwijk
Kootwijk, NL

Young Metropole
feat. composition Certo by Jesse Passenier

June 26, 2018
20:30

Theater aan de Parade
Den Bosch, NL

Brabants Jeugd Project Orkest meets Philharmonie Zuidnederland
feat. composition Saturn by Jesse Passenier

Contact

Jesse Passenier
Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Educator
Pianist, Drummer, Vibraphonist
info@jessepassenier.com

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