Marike van DijkNetherlands Wijckel
Dutch saxophonist and composer Marike van Dijk has been calling Brisbane home since her move in September 2019. Being based in New York for several years led to collaborations with artists from different disciplines and genres, one of which is her large chamber jazz ensemble The Stereography Project (BJUR 2015). This 12-piece band was featured on her last album alongside two guests, singer-songwriters Jeff Taylor (USA) and Katell Keineg (UK). Her cinematic style of composing mixes influences from jazz, classical and indie rock music. Commissioned by the North Sea Jazz festival, Marike wrote Stranded, music for nonet with two drummers. This music was premiered at the North Sea Jazz festival 2022 and recorded for release at the Bimhuis (Amsterdam). Stranded is about being stranded in Australia during covid. Experiencing both freedom and loss, by being cut off from my roots.
Upcoming releases include Stranded and the Shapes Suite (string quartet, sax, piano). Additionally, FBTW, an Ambient electronic duo with Australian sound designer Madeleine Cocolas has recently released Taking Flight (4000 records).