Jesse Passenier is composer, arranger, conductor, pianist, vibraphonist, drummer, and winner of the Rogier van Otterloo Award 2017, a prestigeous Dutch national price, acknowledging his skillfulness in bringing genres together in composing, arranging and as an orchestral leader. In 2011 he was one of the four laureates of the international composition contest of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra (BJO ICC 2011). In 2012 he got in to the prestigious Metropole Orchestra Arrangers Workshop, for which he made arrangements with the Metropole Orchestra, led by Vince Mendoza, featuring the great jazz vocalist Kurt Elling. In 2013 he passed with distinction at the Music Arademy of Maastricht for his Masters degree in Composing/Arranging. Ever since, he's been composing and arranging for many organisations and in many contexts and in 2016 he founded his own orchestra, called THE FLUID ORCHESTRA. Jesse now also teaches at the conservatory of Maastricht. Read more about Jesse on the biography page!
THE FLUID ORCHESTRA
THE FLUID ORCHESTRA is continuously in pursuit of new ways, fluid in style and line up. From small to great, the orchestra is custom fit for challenging collaborations. Jesse's artistic guidance turns the orchestra into the outskirts of genres. At times looking for the clash, other times the mix, invariably setting out to trigger new chemistry from the fluid qualities of music.
NEW MAKERS FUNDING - FPK
Fantastic news, The Performing Art Fund NL (FPK) has granted me funding for three major projects:
The Fluid Orchestra production
HOW FLORA AND FAUNA BECAME FRIENDS
Big band project ft. Reinier Baas, collaboration with Codarts
Interdisciplinary improvisation research project
I'm very happy with this news, and even more happy I can now share these projects with you the upcoming 2 years!
THE FLUID ORCHESTRA LIT SCENES - ALBUM NEWS!
The album of Lit Scenes is coming out with the International
This will happen in March 2018
Under here, you'll find a compilation of the première of LIT SCENES by THE FLUID
ORCHESTRA at November Music Festival! Check the projects
page for more info about LIT SCENES.
Hoe Flora en Fauna Vrienden Werden
20 t/m 26 AUG 2017 - Children's Workshops 14:00 - Foyer, Parkstad Theater
27 AUG 2017 - Final Concert 15:30 - Spiegeltent, Festival Square
Here on the website of
And here on the website of Cultura Nova
25 until 27 AUG 2017 - Castle Stoutenburg, Leusden Opera experience with music by Purcell, Händel and Mendelssohn. Evening programs: every day, afternoon programs: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 AUG.
re-compositions by Jesse Passenier Directed by Joke Hoolboom.
Full concert video! Re-compositions and arrangements by Jesse Passenier of the
complete album Nevermind by Nirvana, which was published precisely 25 years before!
An insane collab between Storksky - a super creative Rock duo - and the LBM Youth
Orchestra - a gigantic and buzzing wind band.
THE FLUID ORCHESTRA ft. DJ VINDICTIV!
Monday, September 5, 2016 Theater aan 't Vrijthof
Challenging crossover collab between DJ Vindictiv and Jesse Passenier, with THE
FLUID ORCHESTRA. Here's a registration of Jesse's composition, with elements of the
European Anthem: Ode an die Freude!
Here's a new video with parts of Jesse's composition COMP LIKE MONK for the
MONK INSIDE OUT project by the Clazz Ensemble! You can read a great an article about
this from Jazzism in the
Ensemble 88 - New Year, New Music
Sunday, January 16, 2016
Passenier's new composition for Ensemble 88, the Radetzky Trilogy, for the
occasion of the New Year's concert, was a blast! Stand up comedy, combined with
Jesse had the great opportunity to showcase his 'Wanted' project at
November Music Festival in Den Bosch! This was together with musicians who were
already performing at the festival that day. This was great, especially because
usually this project only happens in Maastricht, so it was the first time it left
the charming city in the south of the country. Look on the
to see what 'Wanted' is about!
Song of the Maas
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Hundreds of singer and musicians performed the ‘Song of the Maas’ together; a
composition by Jesse Passenier for amatures, with lyrics by Frans Budé. What an
experience and what a joy! That was great fun!
Special Olympics 2014
The Opening Ceremony of the Eurasian Special Olympics 2014 was a
fabulous occasion to composee for, together with Michel Bisceglia. It was a
remarkable event, at the Sportpaleis, Antwerp, with very special choreographies and
a magnificent orchestra!
TWEETPHONY WINS GOLD
During the Cannes Lions 2013 the Tweetphony protest, executed by the Metropole
Orchestra, was honoured in the category PR, adding up to a total of eight awards.
Under here about Tweetphony: