Paul van Kemenade (altosaxophonist, composer, organizer, producer).
1957 Rotterdam, Netherlands.
He studied at the conservatories in Tilburg and Amsterdam and started in cabarets and nightclubs. Did play in a lot of national- and international bands such as Podium Trio, Contraband, Vaalbleek,
the Berlin Contemporary Jazz orchestra (Ed Thigpen, Kenny Wheeler, Benny Bailey),the Surinam Music Ensemble, his Dutch quintet and many other bands.
Van Kemenade performed with dancers, poets, painters and international big bands. Tought hundreds of workshops and played and recorded with Jamaaladeen Tacums, Cornell Rochester, David Murray, Sean Bergin, Markus Stockhausen, Niko Langenhuijsen, the Metropole Orchestra (Vince Mendoza),South African Zim Ngqawana, Feya Faku, Sydney Mnisi, West African Les Frères Guissé, David Linx, Eric Vloeimans, Han Bennink, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Pierre Blanchard, Aki Takase, Ernst Reijseger, Ray Anderson, and many others. He worked on projects with symphony orchestras, brassbands, flamenco musicians, string orchestras and renaissance vocalists.
• Leader of his international quartet with American trombonist Ray Anderson, drumlegend Han Bennink and bassist Ernst Glerum.
• Leader of his trio ‘Kaisei’ with Japanese pianist Aki Takase and Han Bennink.
• Duo with German pianist Stevko Busch (Russian songs).
• ‘Fugara’ with Tom Arthurs/Markus Stockhausen and Finnish ECM drummer Markku Ounaskari.
• Leader of his Dutch hornquartet ‘Three Horns and a Bass’ and participates in different
ad hoc ensembles.
• Artistic director of the Stranger than Paranoia Festival (since 1993)
He has been presented with several awards such as the Dutch ouvre award the ‘Boy Edgar Prijs’ and received in 2007 a Royal decoration.
Van Kemenade recorded over 55 cd’s and lp’s. His cd ‘Close enough’ has been rewarded as one of best cd’s 2011 in the category ‘masterpieces’ (five stars) by the American magazine Downbeat.