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sono- = sound (latin)
polús = many, much (ancient greek)

joris holtackers
• composer-pianist

In my early youth I fell in love with the piano. I had (classical) piano lessons since then and later studied (jazz) piano at the conservatory of Utrecht (with Jasper van ’t Hof & Bert van den Brink) where I graduated ‘cum laude’ for Bachelor and one year later for Master degree (after having lessons from John Taylor at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne). I also took lessons in composing while studying and I kept on writing music since then for various ensembles (classical & jazz/world) and for movie productions.
While composing & playing I become fascinated by the fusion of different styles of music and cultures. I compose and play both classical and modern
(jazz/world/pop-rock) music with equal enthusiasm and devotion.

listen: see audio & video below

• multi-instrumentalist

Next to the piano I also have been playing percussion, drums and (bass)guitar (acoustic/electric), both live in various ensembles as well as in the studio as a session player.

listen: see ‘jazz compositions’ & ‘adept’s ode’ audio players below

• audio recording & mastering engineer

Another course I was following during my studies at the conservatory was audio engineering. Since then I’ve been continuing my development within this craft. I have always had a passion for sound since my early youth.
While recording, mixing & mastering I use both my knowledge and experience as a musician/composer as well as my expertise as an audio engineer to get the desired sound.
My aim while recording/mixing is to make recordings that let the listener to enjoy and experience the music to the fullest while feeling the vibe. I always strive to give each instrument it's own, equally important place. Acoustic ensembles are dynamic and organic species, and they require an organic approach.
When mastering, i’m always searching for a spectral balance, tranquility and a spatiality that's very pleasing on any audio system. Mastering is precision- and patience work and I’m fond of it.
My keywords are: transparency, musicality, balance, dynamics & natural pleasant sound.

Just like when I’m composing & performing: I’m at home with recording/mixing/mastering in any music style, especially classical music, world music and jazz.

listen:
An Anthology of Tibetan Folk Songs: Musical Offerings I (2012) by Namgyal Lhamo on Spotify

• awarded with 15 indaba music awards
( prizes awarded by a.o. paul simon and steve reich )

amongst others…

REMIXES:
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“Love is Eternal Sacred Light” (Paul Simon)
3rd prize / runner-up
(awarded by
Paul Simon from 300+ international submissions)
(actually a reharmonisation instead of remix)

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“2x5” (Steve Reich)
honorable mention
(awarded by Steve Reich and Christian Carey from 250+ international submissions)

CLASSICAL / SOUNDTRACK COMPOSITIONS:
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“Schicksalsuite” for symphonic orchestra
one of the 10 winners of the ‘Dramatic Transitions’ contest
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“Ballade nr.1” for piano solo
one of the 10 winners of the ‘Less is More’ contest

JAZZ COMPOSITIONS:
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“Preludio y Humoresque”
top pick of the 10 winners of the ‘Cinco de Mayo’ contest
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“Seven Ate Nine”
top pick of the 10 winners of the ‘Rhythmic Experiments’ contest
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“Plenty Four Seven”
one of the 10 winners of the ‘Jazz’ contest
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“True Odd Blues”
one of the 10 winners of the ‘Blues’ contest
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“Jambalaya”
one of the 10 winners of the ‘New Orleans’ contest

SOUNDSCAPES:
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”Sonoscapes”
one of the 10 winners of the ‘Soundscape’ contest
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”blackbEARTHDAY”
with inclusion of certain given elements
one of the 10 winners of the ‘Earthday’ contest

• coach / teacher

As a piano/composition-, computer music- and ensemble teacher/coach, Joris loves to pass on his knowledge of and passion for music & sound to anyone who's interested.

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classical compositions:

jazz compositions:

classical performances:

some classical recordings performed by Joris
(Bach, Brahms, Schubert, Chopin and Glinka on piano and Couperin on harpsichord)

adept’s ode:

legendary (old-english, 17th century) poems meet brand new compositions

Philip Hölzenspies (lead vocal)
Bart Soeters (bass)
Joris Holtackers (all other instruments)

(composed, produced, recorded,
mixed & mastered by Joris.
The song ‘Loving & Beloved’ is
composed by Joris, Bart and Philip)

The album will soon be re-released
Stay tuned for more info

music for movies:

Watch the short movie “Zorgen” for the Tergooi Hospital in The Netherlands (movie producer: Maarten Corbijn),
for which I composed & performed the piano music

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