“Right there, in the space of a new tune, there’s a grasping for a vital connection with life”

It’s about navigating faith and reason, thought and instinct, sound and silence. Trying to hold a clear tune while departing from the written note.

Basically, it involves toying around with chord changes, looking for a melodic phrase here, a pattern there, and a pulse to give it life.

As jazz musicians we are not here to do what has already been done.

There is music here and a Blog Tour.

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A blog tour

Mon 14 Jul 2014

On heartbreak

“It is not the danger I love. It is life.”    (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)  Listen To A Stranger by Karen Vrijburg

Thu 26 Jun 2014

A walk on the wild side

“We were all brought up to want things and maybe the world isn’t big enough for all that wanting. I don’t know. I don’t know anything” (John Updike, Rabbit Redux)  […]

Sat 24 May 2014

The power of Thelonious Monk

It’s early morning and there is some unexpected unstructured time. I’m exploring ‘Round Midnight“ at the piano. A work of stunning beauty, written around 1940 by pianist-composer Thelonious Monk. One the […]


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  • t.b.a.
"A very special voice, with a slightly smoky scratchiness, a warm quality,
without commercial posturing or entertainer gimmicks. A intimate, near personal statement. One of the most promising debuts in Jazz in recent times"
JazzPodium 014
" lightly roughened and yet soft like velvet, with excellent intonation her voice nestles against her fellow musicians. She sings poetically on the essence of proximity and distance in love, shaping her melodic phrases with the freedom of an experienced jazz-vocalist and story-teller ..a pleasure throughout the entire album"BR-Klassik
"If you take this invitation you will discover a lot: A catchy, versatile voice , profound lyrics and first class arrangements. A journey that flashes by"
U. Kerkau NDR
"For long this vocalist has been a kept secret among us. With this album this should change rapidly . Karen Vrijburg is definitely one of our discoveries in recent years"
U. Meyer, Tongebiet
" With this album the Dutch jazz vocalist and composer, Karen Vrijburg, should no longer be a stranger to the listener"
Mannheimer Morgen