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Pelican Three

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Dirk Beets - trumpet, flugel horn
Iman Spaargaren - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Mark Tuinstra - guitar

Pelican Three on YouTube

The new trio of trumpet player Dirk Beets, saxophonist and bass clarinettist Iman Spaargaren and guitarist Mark Tuinstra deliberately wallows in idiosyncratic compositions by using a wide range of sounds and textures.

The music of the trio ranges from lyrical chamber music to raw punk and from sensitive free compositions to humorous escapades with respect for and knowledge of the jazz tradition.

Intense interplay of the three team players creates crystal clear storylines, passionate solos and makes use of space in this unusual line-up in an organic way.

Beets, Spaargaren and Tuinstra embark on a musical adventure and hope to come out alive!
Pelican Three on Bandcamp

Trumpet player Dirk Beets started his career in 1989 with the band De Dijk, with which he played on all prominent stages in the Netherlands. With the orchestra of Bob Brookmeyer he played in New York in the famous club "The Village Vanguard". Dirk has accompanied numerous prominent artists such as Trijntje Oosterhuis, Edsilia Rombley and Candy Dulfer. He also played with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, the New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra and recorded with Defunkt and Jazzinvaders, among others.

In recent years, Dirk has focused more on idiosyncratic projects and his own music. He played with Double Bill and Jan Wolkers, the Kindred Spirits Ensemble: "A tribute to John Coltrane" and "Strings of Life", Theater Aluin and Motion Unlimited (a project by Ben van den Dungen and Wiboud Burkens). In 2006 he played with the band Monsieur Dubois (with Bart Wirtz, among others) at the North Sea Jazz Festival (they were named "the surprise of the festival") and at the Jazz International Rotterdam (invited by Jesse van Ruller).

Iman Spaargaren plays tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. In 2012 he was Young VIP, which gave him the opportunity to go on tour with his own group in the Netherlands. Iman plays among others in the Undercurrent Trio with Guillermo Celano and Marcos Baggiani and in the StarkLinnemann Quartet that mixes classical masterpieces with world music and jazz.

"Melody and lyricism are strong features of saxophonist and composer Iman Spaargaren. With clear exhibitions he walks on paths leading to adventure" (Jan Jasper Tamboer, Het Parool).

Versatile guitarist Mark Tuinstra is self-taught. He grew up in a musical environment - his father was a drummer and his mother played the piano and guitar. Mark himself first learned to play the piano, drums and bass before he ended up with the guitar.

His focus is wide, from jazz and free improv to African and Indian music, and also pop. He wants to play together with others, without having to be bothered by any conventions. He toured in Brazil, Guatemala, Turkey, Japan, Ireland, Senegal, Egypt, Japan, France, Italy, Spain. Mark currently plays in the Nordanians; in an 8-piece mblax band with Senegalese singer Omar Ka and in Dr. Jordan Institute with Stefan Kruger and Nicole Jordan.

"Mark Tuinstra glides intuitively through the music with his guitar" (Rinus van der Heijden,