Introducing new community Stepping Stone

Stepping Stone is a new community aimed at empowering musicians towards sustainable international careers. The current music system has gradually lost its connection to the value of music and its creation. Stepping Stone enables an open dialogue with musicians and professionals: bottom-up, aimed at long-term relationships and committed to contribute and share.

During inJazz, Stepping Stone will be officially launched and opens a dialogue on a creator-centered approach. You are invited to step up and actively participate in this conversation together with Stepping Stone ’20 participants Berlinde Deman and Bram Stadhouders.
Stepping Stone is financially made possible by among others Grensverleggers – funding to support cultural collaborations between parties in Flanders, the province of Noord-Brabant, the province of Limburg and the province of Zeeland – and by Sabam for Culture. More information: Stepping Stone

Berlinde Deman, artist-composer (BE)
Bram Stadhouders, artist-composer (NL)
Svenja Doeinck, project manager NICA, Stadgarten (DE)
Martel Ollerenshaw, Arts broker & creative producer, Sound Out (GB)
Sophie Blussé, Director, Jazz International Rotterdam (NL)

Sandra Gevaert, participatory leadership expert, coach, host, Morosoph (NL)
Lobke Aelbrecht, production manager, JazzLab (BE)
Rogier Telderman, artist, creative Powered by TINC (NL)

Berlinde Deman obtained her Master’s Degree in tuba in classical music at the Antwerp Conservatory and has been a highly sought musician in all genres. She has been playing in numerous bands/projects/soundtracks, such as Flat Earth Society, MikMâäk, Razen, Kleptomatics, Vvolk, Dick Van der Harst, Fa Fan Fahre, Lieven Tavernier, Jef Neve, De Kift and others.
Furthermore, she plays the serpent, with which she is a fixed member of B.O.X.. She has worked with Richard Reed Parry, Spinvis, Brihang, Tsar B, The Colorist Orchestra, DezMona, Eefje De Visser, Machinefabriek, among others and has her own serpent/electronics duo with Mirko Banovic.

Bram Stadhouders (Netherlands, 1987) is an improviser and composer, best known for creating highly unusual projects using guitar and technology, blending different genres together. He has received important awards, is active touring globally and collaborates with established artists in the international music scene.

Svenja Doeinck is the project manager of NICA artistic development, a newly installed artist support programme at Stadtgarten, which supports individual musicians from the region of North Rhine-Westphalia in the further development of their professional careers. As a musician involved in production, she tries to give NICA artists a better understanding of this side of the jazz world in order to encourage them to work creatively with it.

Working internationally, Martel Ollerenshaw is an arts broker and creative producer. With a wide portfolio of skills and interests, she leads her own company, Arts & Parts and works actively with artists, organisations and festivals to create and produce work that is pioneering and often genre blurring. A specialist in the development of musical talent at all stages of professional careers, Martel has managed significant UK jazz artists (conductor/arranger Jules Buckley and composer/saxophonists John Surman and Andy Sheppard) and has also identified and nurtured this generation of British, European and Australian jazz and art musicians via formal talent development schemes (e.g., Sound Out and Serious’ Seriously Talented Suite of programmes including, Air Time and Take Five: UK, Switzerland & Europe) and informal mentoring. She is the vice president of the Europe Jazz Network (EU funded, 160-member strong), and an active board member of the Australian Music Centre (the national organisation for Australian art music) and hcmf// Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival). Career highlights include work with: Punkt Festival & Jan Bang (Nor), Opera Nord (Denmark), Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, Serious International Music Producers/London Jazz Festival (UK), Genevieve Lacey, City of Melbourne and the Sydney Opera House (Aus).

As of 2017 Sophie Blussé is the director of Jazz International Rotterdam. Prior to JIR she worked for organisations such as Dutch Performing Arts and Music Center the Netherlands (project management & (inter)national promotion) and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam (fundraising). She also worked as a freelance artist & project manager and booked The Ploctones, Estafest, Tineke Postma, Jonathan Scales, New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra and others. In the field of project coördination and/or fundraising she has had the pleasure to work with organisations such as North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz Promotion Network UK, Codarts Conservatory, London Jazz Festival and The Boy Edgarprijs Foundation. She started working in jazz as a product manager at Challenge Records, at the beginning of the century.

Sandra Gevaert is the wise fool of MOROSOPH. As a musician in the business world and as a consultant in the music world, she performs the part of the wise fool who brings new insights with lightness and humour. In the capacity of social entrepreneur Sandra engages in bottom-up initiatives which have sustainable impact on transforming society and business. She is co-founder of Stepping Stone, together with Lobke and Rogier.

Lobke Aelbrecht works for JazzLab, where she takes care of the production side of concert tours and the international projects. She loves setting up collaborations with others and working out new ideas to help forward the music sector as a whole. Together with Rogier and Sandra, she is the initiator of Stepping Stone.

The online inJazz conference is English spoken.

This session takes place online via the platform NetworkTables. Please note that seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Save your seat now.

photo: inJazz 2019, by Maarten van Haaff