ABOUT
FRANK VAN BOMMEL Frank van Bommel has diversity at his fingertips, with a particular affinity for melodic figures. He's an attacking pianist, turning corners with a vitality that pulsates a song.
THROUHGOUT
THE YEARS
Started with classical piano lessons at an early age. Got free composition lessons from Misha Mengelberg. Misha had one caveat: 'All the music you write, I want to hear executed'; the best composition lesson one can hope for! Listening to Misha's Instant Composers Pool was also a lesson for life.

Was invited to play on North Sea Jazz Festival in 1985. Did this gig with Tim Zwemmer and Walter Maioli.

Formed a trio with Carl G. Beukman and Tim Zwemmer. One concert was recorded, and later resulted in the cd Harmoniak, on which the harmonium had a major role.

Formed with Beukman the Frank van Bommel Ensemble during the nineties, in which my compositions, linked to contemporary music-influences and improvisations were incorporated. Mary Oliver, Ann La Berge, and Elise Lorraine brought the contemporary aspect of this ensemble to great heights.

Had my first jazztrio with Wim Janssen, and we still work together today.

Was invited to Nedly Elstak's project Paradise Regained Orchestra, where I met Arjen Gorter and Martin van Duynhoven. With whom I later formed the Frank van Bommel Quartet, by adding Tobias Delius.
We got quite a lot of attention with our performances of the music of Richard Twardzik. Later on Michael Moore was invited, and completed this quartet to a Quintet.

In 2000 participated in The Dolphy 2000 project, with Willem Breuker, Eric Vloeimans and others. We did a large tour in the Netherlands.

Was invited by Raoul van der Weide to form a trio with Wim Janssen: As If 3. Our approach of instant composition led to the cd Klinkklaar. Had also a lot of ad-hoc cooperation's with van der Weide, to investigate instant composition in different combinations.

Did two theater performances with De Appel, with Beukman as his musical companion.

Joined the band Bite The Gnatze of guitarist and composer Paul Pallesen, joined on two cds.

Collaborated in theater performances with Felix Strategier, the play Victoria, performed at Dutch farms, and Poëzie is mijn Adem.
Briefly had a new quintet with Han Bennink, Joris Roelofs, Tobias Delius, and Paul Berner. Did a Eric Dolphy Tribute with Bennink and Roelofs.

At this moment I have two Classical jazz piano trios, with which I strive to put this archetypal combination in a contemporary context and provide this compound with up to date commentary.

Formed the duo Tandem in Timing with drummer Martin van Leusden, with whom I perform mostly in nursing homes, and where we combine music with story telling.

The duo Van Bommel en Vos resulted from our mutual performances with Strategier. Our love for the comic, the absurd and the serious led to an eclectic program in the field of 'cabaret performances'.

Last years I have taken up a great love for African instruments, such as the kora and the thump piano. Concert's with these instruments will follow soon.
1962
2000
2018
1999
2010
2021
RECORDINGS
A Crutch for the Crab
Frank van Bommel / Tobias Delius /
Arjen Gorter / Martin van Duynhoven
©1999
ORE
Frank van Bommel / Tobias Delius / Michael Moore /
Arjen Gorter / Martin van Duynhoven
©2002 & 2004
Harmoniak
Trio Van Bommel / Zwemmer / Beukman
©2010
Klinkklaar / As If 3
Frank van Bommel / Raoul van der Weide / Wim Janssen
©2008
Nedly Elstak/Paradise Lost and Regained Orchestra
Marlies Helder / Jet van der Meij / Pien Stades / Berendine Teipe / Chris Abelen / Larry Fishkind / Charles Green / Stanley van Wel / Willem Breuker / Alex Coke / Frank van Bommel / Arjen Gorter / Martin van Duynhoven / Michiel Commandeur / Erik Kromhout / Sabeth Pieterson / Jan Eric van Regteren Altena / Lorre Lynn Trytten / Rena Scholtens / Eduard van Regteren Altena / Werner herders
©1995
The Compositions of Eric Dolphy
Frank van Bommel / Willem Breuker / Eric Vloeimans /
Alex Coke / Arjen Gorter / John Engels
©2000

Peeling of Slowly / Bite the Gnatze
Joost Buis / Michel Duijves / Frank van Bommel / Paul Pallesen / Meinrad Kneer / Alan Purves / Jorrit Dijkstra
©2011
Good Bike, Fair Wheel /Bite the Gnatze
Joost Buis / Michel Duijves / Frank van Bommel / Paul Pallesen / Steven Kamperman / Meinrad Kneer / Alan Purves
©2019
REVIEWS
"Het mooist is als alles duidelijk een kop en een staart krijgt"
LEIDSCH DAGBLAD / PLOTS
"De meest interessante nieuwe improband van Nederland"
JAZZISM / Harmoniak
"Een heerlijke voorstelling"
STADSKRANT / Victoria
"Beknopte schoonheid voor ontspannen estheten'
DRAAI OM JE OREN / Klinkklaar
"Welluidende free jazz'
VOLKSKRANT / Klinkklaar
"This trio turns the conventional piano trio inside-out"
POINT OF DEPARTURE / Klinkklaar
"Twardzik is onvoorspelbaar"
"Ik geef geen cues, dat is me te gekunsteld"
VOLKSKRANT / Ore
"Echte improvisatoren kunnen baldmuziek tot een propje papier reduceren"
VOLKSKRANT / Frank van Bommel Quartet
"Grrr, krrr, sksss, ahhh, ohhh"
TROUW / Frank van Bommel Ensemble
"Pionniers du jazz européen"
LES CHRONIQUES / As If 3
"Hommage aan de vrije improvisaties'
JAZZFLITS / As If 3
"Fluisterzacht en orkaankracht"
"Duidelijk eigen, indrukwekkend geluid"
"Een genre- overschrijdend gezelschap"
Eric Dolphy 2000
"Hommage aan multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy"
NRC / Eric Dolphy 2000
"Met overdonderende kennis van zaken samengesteld eerbetoon"
Eric Dolphy 2000
"Razendmoeilijke sprongen en kwikzilverige ideeën"
Eric Dolphy 2000
"Wie is Frank van Bommel?"
COLLABORATIONS
2021
Podcast Radio Danspaleis
De podcast voor ouderen & iedereen die van swingen houdt!
2020
Theatergroep Flint - Poëzie is mijn Adem
Felix Strategier: spel, zang, accordeon / Wim Meuwissen: spel, zang / Mark Niewenhuis: trompet, composities, samples, beats /
Frank van Bommel: composities, piano, vibrafoon, glockenspiel

Solo concerten
Pintotonics Huis de Pinto, Amsterdam
Laurens Intermezzo, Rotterdam

Tandem in Timing
Cultureel Onthaal
Laurens Antonius, Rotterdam

Radio Danspaleis Podcast

Duo Van Bommel en Vos
De nieuwe KHL, Amsterdam

Bite the Gnatze
Jazz(f)ietstour Groningen

Moedig Voorwaarts
Reeks concerten ter nagedachtenis van Felix Strategier
Theater de Roode Bioscoop
Verschillende samenstellingen
2019
Bite the Gnatze
De Pletterij, Haarlem
Zaal 100 Amsterdam

Tandem in Timing
Verschillende zorghuizen in Rotterdam, Utrecht en Amsterdam

Plots
Het Plofhuis, Weesp

Soloconcerten
Laurens Intermezzo, Rotterdam

Jazzbites
Wouter Roos / Martin van Leusden / Van Bommel
De Nieuwe Meer, Amsterdam

2018
Theatergroep Flint - Victoria
Felix Strategier: idee, spel / David Vos: spel / Susan Malaika Bailey: spel, zang / Frank van Bommel: harmonium, celesta, glockenspiel, duimpiano's, vibrafoon, slagwerk
2017
BIMHUIS
Soloconcerten in het café van het Bimhuis

Theatergroep Flint - Victoria
Felix Strategier: idee, spel / David Vos: spel / Belinda van der Stoep: spel, zang / Frank van Bommel: harmonium, celesta, glockenspiel, duimpiano's, vibrafoon, slagwerk

HOT HOUSE LEIDEN - PLOTS
Ziv Taubenfeld: basklarinet / Joost Buis: trombone / Wim Janssen: drums / Frank van Bommel: piano, glockenspiel
(Aankondiging door Ken Vos in dagblad).

Tandem in Timing
Duo met Martin van Leusden.
2016
BIMHUIS - Frank van Bommel Quintet
Joris Roelofs: basklarinet, klarinet / Tobias Delius: tenorsaxofoon, klarinet / Paul Berner: contrabas / Han Bennink: drums / Frank van Bommel: piano, glockenspiel

BIMHUIS - PLOTS

Het Danspaleis
Vanaf 2016 danser bij het Danspaleis
2014
MUZIEKCENTRUM VAN DE OMROEP - A Tribute to Eric Dolphy
The Last Date 50 years.
Joris Roelofs: basklarinet / Matt Penman: contrabas / Han Bennink: drums / Frank van Bommel: piano

Toneelgroep De Appel - Bagdad Cafe
Aus Greidanus jr / Judith Linssen / Naomi van der Linden / Trudy Klever / etc.
2010-2014
AD HOC
Uncountable ad hoc collaborations with Raoul van der Weide.
2000-2010
Dolphy 2000
Willem Breuker: rieten / Alex Coke: tenorsaxofoon, dwarsfluit / Eric Vloeimans: trompet / Arjen Gorter: contrabas / John Engels: drums / Frank van Bommel: piano, arrangementen

BIMHUIS - Frank van Bommel Quintet
Tobias Delius: tenorsaxofoon, klarinet / Arjen Gorter: contrabas / Martin van Duynhoven, drums / Frank van Bommel: piano, glockenspiel.

As If Trio
Raoul van der Weide: contrabas / Wim Janssen: drums / Frank van Bommel: piano, glockenspiel

AD HOC
Several ad hoc collaborations.
1990-1999
Trio van Bommel/Zwemmer/Beukman
Tim Zwemmer: drums, marimba, harmonium / Carl Beukman: contrabas / Frank van Bommel: piano, harmonium

Van Bommel Ensemble
Elise Lorraine: zang / Mary Oliver: violen / Ann LaBerge: fluiten / Carl Beukman: contrabas / Frank van Bommel: piano, harmonium, glockenspiel / gast Phil Minton: zang

Paradise Lost and Regained Orchestra
Werner Herbers: dirigent / Willem Breuker: rieten / zeer uitgebreid orkest

Toneelgroep De Appel - De Lady Macbeth uit het district Mtsensk
Frank van Bommel: piano, harmonium, glockenspiel, slagwerk / Carl Beukman: contrabas, accordeon

Frank van Bommel Quartet
Tobias Delius: tenorsaxofoon, klarinet / Arjen Gorter: contrabas / Martin van Duynhoven: drums / Frank van Bommel: piano, glockenspiel

AD HOC
Several ad hoc collaborations.
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