Brechtje (1993) is a composer and singer, based in Amsterdam. With her contagious fantasy, Brechtje ends boundaries of genres, disciplines, and cultures. Next to this colorful mix of worlds, her work consists of an effective balance between complexity and accessibility – bot inviting and challenging the listener and musician.
Brechtje’s recent repertoire includes chamber music, songs, a ballet and electronic tracks. Distinctive influences can be found in South Indian rhythms, alternative pop, and Zappaesque rock. Also, Brechtje regularly initiates projects like the concert series CTRL+N that formed a platform for young composers, the interactive installation named the Facechord Factory that transforms facial scans into music chords and the post-pop band Jerboah. This group, consisting of six musicians with the instrumentation of voice, recorders, EWI, electric guitar and drums, is preparing its debut album, a tour in America and an interdisciplinary performance for the Oerol Festival.
In 2017, Brechtje will complete her studies as an undergraduate student in composition at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Here she studies with Joël Bons and Richard Ayres. Additional programs Brechtje attended include the World Music Residency ’15 in Banff Centre (CA), the Young Composers Meeting ’16 (NL) and the Bang on a Can Summer Festival ’16 (USA).