Bass player Jeroen Vierdag (the Netherlands, 1976) graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatoire with honours in 2000. He plays both the bass guitar and the upright bass. Jeroen moves between many styles of music, such as pop, jazz, Brazilian, and Latin. Ten years ago, he, drummer Lucas van Merwijk, and guitarist Leonardo Amuedo stirred the scene with the CD Live in Amsterdam. Since then, he has played with many big names in the Dutch music scene, such as Trijntje Oosterhuis, Alain Clark, and Ilse de Lange, both on a long-term and freelance. At the moment, he is part of The Ploctones (with Anton Goudsmit), he plays with Francien van Tuinen, Amina Figarova, Bart Wirtz, Nueva Manteca, and Caro Emerald. He also teaches bass guitar at the Jazz and Latin department at Codarts and at the Jazz department of the Amsterdam Conservatoire. His versatility and flexibility make him a sought-after bass player.
Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?
“Codarts offers a large number of music cultures, and cross-pollination is the ideal basis for the contemporary musician. This can be seen in the projects the students do, out of the box and completely of this time.”
What are you going to teach them?
“I will try to make the student his or her own teacher. Music is a life-long study, so it is vital to develop a vision for your own development.”
How are you going to do this?
“I will do so by continuously stimulating the student to search for answers themselves and to build a healthy self-critical attitude – aside from offering large amounts of material and assignments to go with that, of course.”