Age Kat’s musical career starts in the 80′s, as guitar player and songwriter of funk-rock formation ‘the Frog’. Three albums were released and there were several tours through Europe. The Frog were support act with artists like Tina Turner, Millie Jackson and Kool & the Gang.
At the end of the 80′s Age joins the TV live band ‘The Veronica Broadcast Orchestra’ and he becomes a member of the well known Dutch band ‘Earth & Fire’. Because of the success a new album is recorded and the band keeps on touring for several years. The 90′s were the period of the Rick deVito Band. Three albums were released and they supported a.o. Joe Cocker, the Golden Earring, James Brown and the Rolling Stones.
In the mean time Age had several appearances with the Metropole Orchestra, doing live TV and radio shows. Furthermore there were tours with Valensia in Japan and for one year Age was the lead guitar player of the Philip Kroonenberg Band. In 1994 Age is invited to join the Jan Rietman Band, doing live performances in TV shows, playing with lots of artists a.o. Leo Sayer and Billy Preston.
From 2000 till now there were tours with Rob de Nijs, Rene Froger, Jan Vayne & Petra Berger, Willeke Alberti and many more. In 2010 Age released his solo- album ‘Age’ , instrumental music with lots of guitar: Fusion, jazzdance, blues, funk, ballads, all original compositions. Nowadays Age is a freelance musician, studio- owner and teacher at Codarts Rotterdam.
Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?
We offer education in the best profession in the world, we have top teachers of different nationalities and different departments under one roof, allowing a lot of cross-over projects with different music types. The organization is good and everything you need is present.
What will you teach them?
With me as a guitar teacher you learn how to deal with the various techniques used in pop music. You learn all scales and chords and improvise in different modes. Reading notes is also included in the package. The lessons are often supported by backing tracks. Furthermore, we pay a lot of attention to tone formation and sound.
How will you do this?
My teaching material is partly written by myself and partly collected from everywhere, as long as it is interesting for the guitarist of today. Music makes me excited every time so you will find a highly motivated supervisor.