Ineke Vandoorn

THE SINGER

“THE ADVENTURER AMONG THE DUTCH JAZZ VOCALISTS” (Erik van den Berg, Volkskrant) Winner of the EDISON JAZZ AWARD 2001 (Dutch Grammy)


“When jazz singer/lyricist Ineke van Doorn won the prestigous Edison Jazz Award for her album ‘Love is a Golden Glue’ the jury wrote:”Ineke van Doorn distinguishes herself as a singer with her adventurous way of singing. First of all because of her exceptional, striking voice with an extreme range with which she can do anything. Her voicecontrol enables her to cross her limits. Every note is placed at the right spot. Apart from that the singer has a huge amount of guts. She lets herself go completely in panting notes, growling howls and colourful improvisations. She follows the trumpet sounds of Vloeimans effortlessly, but she can also duel with the guitarplaying of Van Vugt. She is direct, knows how to swing and seems to tell her own story in every piece.”

Freedom

It’s hard to describe what singing means to me. I think that the word ‘freedom’ comes very close. The possibilities of what you can express through the human voice are just endless. In a way I feel that my singing has ‘a life of its own’. It shows a side of myself that I cannot express in another way. Through my singing and in the interaction with other musicians, I’ve thus discoverd many aspects of myself that I didn’t know about at all. This aspect of discovery and adventure is what I love.

Performing

I feel privileged to have had the chance to perform with some very influential and inspiring international jazz musicians: trumpettist Kenny Wheeler(UK/CDN), singer Norma Winstone (UK), saxophonist Thomas Chapin(USA), trombonist Robin Eubanks(USA), conductor/arranger Vince Mendoza(USA), pianist/bassplayer Don Thompson (CDN), Andy Sheppard(UK), guitarist Michael Occhipinti (CAN), pianist Jasper van ‘t Hof, pianist Jeroen van Vliet(NL), pianist Rob van den Broeck(NL), saxophonist Sylvain Beuf(FR), singer David Linx(FR), saxophonist Erwin Vann (B), Paul van Kemenade, Nico Langenhuizen, Eric Vloeimans, Robert Jan Vermeulen, Peter Niewerf, Michael Vatcher, Wilbert de Joode and Michiel Braam(NL).

With guitarist/composer Marc van Vugt I collaborate in a duo and quartet and in many projects like the jazz chamber Orchestra Marc van Vugt’s Big Bizar Habit. We played at international Jazzfestivals, clubs and concerts halls in a.o. New York, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Paris (Fr) and did concert tours in Canada, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, France, USA, Malta, Macedonia and of course the Netherlands.

Projects

In 2003 Marc and I were featured guest soloists with the Dutch Metropole Orkest conducted by Vince Mendoza and we recorded the album ‘Dawn’ with them with our original work. In 2007 we were guest soloists and conductors with the Netherlands Chamber Choir for which Marc and I wrote an original program.

I have been involved in several theatrical performances based on texts and poems by Lorca, Pessoa and Paul van Ostaijen. As a narrator I performed in A Symbiosis (2000), a music and dance production designed by choreographer Shusaku Takeuchi. Together with poet Ingmar Heytze Marc and I wrote and performed an improvised space opera called ‘Alice in Space’ (2007). Also with Marc van Vugt I wrote and performed ‘Ballroom dreams’ (2015), a choreographed piece in which we worked together with 10 classical singers (a.o. the German group Amarcord).

In January 2018 I premiered I Can See Myself Through Your Eyes, a critical duet with the acclaimed Finnish dancer Cecilia Moiso and got raving reviews. In 2009 the Utrecht Jazzfest invited me to do a solo concert. I’d never done a solo concert before, so it was a real challenge. The experiment turned into a succes and since then I’ve done some more (short) solo concerts combining voice, lyrics and live electronics.

Starting in 1999 I played 8 years in a duo with pianist Jeroen van Vliet. We share a similar background in playing the classical piano repertoire when we were young. In the beginning we concentrated on arranging songs, mostly original ones. Later we were much more into free improvisation. Those two things together create an interesting contrast! We released the intimate album Low Tide.

Awards

  • 2002 Double nomination Edison Jazz Award (Dutch Grammy Award
  • 2001 Edison Jazz Award (Dutch Grammy Award)
  • 1986 Winner Start
  • 1986 Centraal Beheer Art Promotion Award
  • 1986 Finalist Pall Mall Swing Award

THE TEACHER

Please check this page to read more on the books on singing that I wrote.

Inspiration

As a teacher and as a musician I find ‘inspiration’ of utmost importance.

  • Inspiration to search for a personal style and thus becoming a musical personality of ones own.
  • Inspiration to keep on investigating and exploring ones expressive and technical abilities.
  • In this search the matter of ‘style’ is not so important. More important is to strive for (also technical) freedom and an open mind towards fellow musicians, different musical styles and different opinions.
  • And….. in order to be able to be an inspiring teacher I suppose that my first responsibility is to be inspired myself!

EXPERIENCE

Post Graduate courses

2011- till present January 2011 colleague Jolande Geven and I started organising and teaching post-graduate courses for singing teachers. Subjects taught (e.g.): Improvisation as a teaching tool, Working towards a personal interpretation with students of all levels, Teaching breathing and much more. For more info you can read an article that I wrote about our work or go to www.vandoornengeven.nl (in Dutch)

teaching positions

  • 1993-present Teacher at the University of the Arts, Arnhem. Teaching main courses in singing: interpretation and technique, singing methods, physiology, improvisation, vocal group, duo classes, working with master students.
  • 1985 -2000 Singing teacher at de Lindenberg te Nijmegen working with amateur singers and ensembles.
  • 2018 Artist-in-residence in Canada at the universities of Toronto and Vancouver. Masterclasses in Ottawa and Selkirk College, Nelson.
  • 2016 Masterclasses in Canada o.a. at the universities of Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.
  • 2012 Guest teacher at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul (MN), workshop at Ganado (AZ, USA). During international tours I taught masterclasses on singing in Tokyo, Japan and in Toronto (CAN) with my group Vandoorn at the International Jazz Festival Vancouver, and as a duo with Marc van Vugt in Djakarta, Indonesia.
  • In The Netherlands I taught masterclasses for the Dutch Voice Teachers Association on working with groups, and at the Schools of Music in Amsterdam (workshop and masterclass), Groningen (lyric writing), Hilversum (improvisation), Rotterdam (interpretation, improvisation for school teachers), The Hague (duo/trio-playing with Andy Sheppard), Zwolle, Arnhem (duoplaying), Enschede (stage presentation, duo playing and ‘Interpretation and intensity’).
  • vocal coach: As a vocal coach I worked with dancers and actors in “Mum’s the word” (by choreographer Cecilia Moisio – 2015) L.O.V.E. (Cecilia Moisio – 2014) and the musical play ‘De Bende van de Korenwolf” (2011).

Lectures

  • 2018 Keynote Masterclass at Eurovox – The Hague
  • 2017 ICVT – Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2017 International Jazz Voice Conference IJVC – Helsinki, Finland
  • 2016 The annual meeting of the French Singing Teachers Association (AFPC) 2015 Eurovox – Riga, Latvia
  • 2015 International Jazz Voice Conference IJVC – Helsinki, Finland
  • 2014 Leo Sings – Aalborg, Denmark
  • 2013 The annual meeting of the Dutch Singing Teachers Association, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2013 Prins Claus Conservatory, Groningen, Netherlands
  • 2012 McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, USA.