Date: 2007

Marc van Vugt

A short biography

Marc van Vugt studied guitar (jazz and improvised music) and composition at Utrecht Conservatory. He received a Master of Music in composition summa cum laude. Scholarships gave him the opportunity to study abroad, including the USA (Boston) and Canada (Banff).
The composer

In his compositional work Van Vugt combines his experience in jazz and improvised music and contemporary composed music. He has written for a variety of ensembles and soloists - mostly commissioned by the Dutch Creative Arts Fund - a.o. Circle Percussion, the Basho ensemble, Audible Lifestream, the Zapp! string quartet and the Tamam jazz choir. Additionally, he composed a radiophony for the Dutch broadcasting foundation NPS and was asked by the Dutch Film Museum to write the scores to some of their silent movies. In 1996 he composed Het Fantastische Luchtschip (The Fantastic Airship), a multimedia project, with the silent movies of the famous French cineast George Méliès in co-production with the Dutch Film Museum and video artist Pieter Baan Muller. It was on this occasion that Marc Van Vugt extended his Bizar Habit- a quartet featuring drummer Dre Pallemaerts and altosaxofonist Paul van Kemenade- to jazz chamber orchestra Big Bizar Habit with, among others, drummer/percussionist Michael Vatcher. With Big Bizar Habit and Vandoorn he released several double cd's. The Vandoesburgsuite was inspired by his residency at the (founder of the Style Movement) Vandoesburghouse in Paris. In 2007 he composed the impro/jazz opera "Alice in Space" to be released on DVD in 2011. Recently his focus is more towards collaborations with large ensembles (choir, big band, orchestra) in both jazz and classical music. In 2007 he did Inventing Jazz with the Dutch Chamberchoir, featuring jazz singer Ineke van Doorn and the composer himself on guitar.

The guitarist

Since 1994 Van Vugt has been composing work for his own groups (Big) Bizar Habit and for Vandoorn (, featuring vocalist Ineke van Doorn. In both ensembles he is also active as a guitar player - for the last couple of years mainly on acoustic guitar, which is a notability on the jazz circuit. With Vandoorn he released 5 CD's, toured at home and abroad (including Canada, Japan, New York, Paris, Vienna and Hungary), and worked with Robin Eubanks, Kenny Wheeler and Thomas Chapin. In 2001 he won the prestigious Dutch Edison Jazz Award with Vandoorn. In 2002 Vandoorn was again nominated for both the Edison Jazz Award and the Edison Jazz Public Prize. In October 2002 he tours Indonesia with Vandoorn, together with British sax player Andy Sheppard. In the early part of 2002 Ineke van Doorn and Marc van Vugt guest soloed with the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Vince Mendoza and John Clayton, when pieces composed by Van Vugt were performed in arrangements by Jeff Beal, Jim Mcneely and Van Vugt himself.

The teacher

In addition to his performing and composing career, Marc van Vugt teached for 25 years composition and guitar at the Utrecht School of Arts.


2003 Nexus Guitar Composition Award
2002 Double nomination Edison Jazz Award
2002 Hounourable Mention at the Julius Hemphill Jazz Composition Awards
2001 Edison Jazz Award
1986 Winner Start 1986 Centraal Beheer Art Promotion Award
1986 finalist Pall Mall Swing Award

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