I started playing guitar at the age of 11. After hearing the intro chord of "a hard days night" from the Beatles, I just knew: this is what I want to be doing the rest of my life.

a painter of sound "Guitarist Marc van Vugt takes you along an eclectic blend of wide spread influences of jazz- and brazilian music and rock- and free improvised music."
"Whether it is a full acoustic, an electric semi acoustic or a big jazz box: if it has strings for me it sings".

When I play the guitar I am always looking for things to surprise me. Or maybe I should say that things are always surprising me as they happen. Each time they are new. It could be anything that starts this movement, a sound on the guitar, an effect I am using or something else in the room. Once it starts it takes of by itself. Do I play or am I played??? There is only this moment and only this sound now.
Playing the guitar is very similar to how I approach my composing: I feel like getting that big box of coloured pencils again that I got when I was 7 years old and I am allowed to use them all. A bit of sound here, and a bit of rhythm there...... I feel like I have this pallette and a big canvas to fill. When I play or compose I always feel like a painter. Painting not only with the instrumental possibilties but even more with the individual possibilties of the specific players I am playing with and what they might contribute.

He performed with some of the most influential international jazz musicians of the moment: trumpetist Kenny Wheeler(UK/CDN), saxofonist Thomas Chapin(USA), trombonist Robin Eubanks(USA) and conductor/arranger Vince Mendoza(USA) and John Clayton(USA). He played with a.o. Ineke van Doorn(NL), Andy Sheppard(UK), Sylvain Beuf, David Linx(FR), Eriwn Vann, Dre Pallemaerts (B) Paul van Kemenade, Nico Langenhuizen, Eric Vloeimans, Fernando and Tony Lameirinhas, Gijs Hendriks, Peter Niewerf, Michael Vatcher, Wilbert de Joode and Michiel Braam(NL).
With singer/pianist Ineke van Doorn he collaborated in many projects as Vandoorn and his own jazz chamber Orchestra Marc van Vugt's Big Bizar Habit. Appearances on many international Jazzfestivals, clubs and concerts halls in a.o. New York, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Paris (Fr). Concert tours in Canada, Japan, Indonesia, France, USA, Macedonia and of course his homeland the Netherlands.
Featured guest soloist with the dutch Metropole Orkest conducted by Vince Mendoza. Guest solist and conductor with the Netherlands Chamber Choir.

Pictures at the right side by Luc Vekemans, R. de Rooij and G. Verhagen.


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

An extended curriculum vitae can be found here:

curriculum vitae Marc van Vugt

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