Dancing on Water

Dancing on Water – Ineke Vandoorn meets Jasper van ‘t Hof

‘The adventurer among jazz singers’ (De Volkskrant). Dutch Grammy winner Ineke Vandoorn still lives up to this description. This time in an exciting duo with pianist and multiple award-winner Jasper van ‘t Hof. Both are known for their longstanding careers wherein they each developed their own inimitable styles. An unlikely but unique duo that offers a new perspective on the traditional ‘singer and pianist’ combination.

Together they surprise us with a delicate dance of an expressive voice, with seemingly unlimited potential and warmth, and ten virtuosic, sometimes ferocious, fingers. They deliver an original and varied repertoire that combines intricately intertwined melodies with an Indian raga, a Paul Simon song, and dazzling improvisations. Musical conversations that evoke artists as disparate as Betty Carter, Joni Mitchell, Norma Winstone and Flora Purim.

Ineke: ‘I like a challenge. A close friend recently remarked that if something seems easy, it usually doesn’t interest me. And indeed, a duo with a piano virtuoso like Jasper van ‘t Hof is not the most likely choice for a singer. I have known Jasper for a long time and admire him for his enthusiasm and his attitude towards music. His playing is always recognizable; after four notes you know: this is Jasper van ‘t Hof. Whether in a beautiful ballad or when he goes completely wild with bursts of energy, Jasper always has a story to tell, it always makes sense. I was very curious to hear where our collaboration would lead. Playing with this duo feels like walking on a very thin line, like a beautiful and exciting balancing act, or like a dance on water, in which we both give and take, inviting each other to give the best of ourselves to the music.

Jasper: ‘Ineke’s invitation to make a duorecording certainly hit my musical sweet spot. I was able to reveal the soul of my playing within the freedom of Ineke’s concept. The content of the music became a kind of spinning top, where our interaction was intensely and creatively captured in the moment. A studio recording can too often be experienced as a constraint on your creative freedom. With Ineke, however, it was like a very profound conversation! Westood right across from each other and… just went for it!! A great recording experience! Enjoy.’

Ineke Vandoorn – voice, effects
Jasper van ‘t Hof – piano, synthesizers

  1. Quiet Dancing on Water – Ineke Vandoorn Meets Jasper van 't Hof 5:39
  2. Quiet American Dancing on Water – Ineke Vandoorn Meets Jasper van 't Hof 6:07
  3. Marsch für Oelze Dancing on Water – Ineke Vandoorn Meets Jasper van 't Hof 6:17
  4. The Way She Looks Dancing on Water – Ineke Vandoorn Meets Jasper van 't Hof 5:27
  5. Dance on the Water Dancing on Water – Ineke Vandoorn Meets Jasper van 't Hof 5:56
  6. Yagapriya Dancing on Water – Ineke Vandoorn Meets Jasper van 't Hof 10:43


Recording and mastering by Frans de Rond
Artistic mixing by Frans de Rond and Ineke Vandoorn
Produced by Ineke Vandoorn and Marc van Vugt
Recorded at MCO, Studio 2, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Graphic design by Studio Derk Reneman
Photos (in booklet) by Jiri Büller
6 tracks, total length 40″11

Ineke Vandoorn

Dutch Edison winner, jazz singer Ineke Vandoorn is a highly respected authority as a jazz singer and improvisor. She has been praised for her personal style and her seemingly unlimited vocal capacities. The Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant called her ‘the adventurer among the Dutch jazz vocalists.’ Ineke specialises in performing original music that is thoughtful and multi-layered and combines lyrical songs with expressive improvisations. As a (co-)leader Ineke released 13 CD’s with line-ups ranging from a jazz trio to the Metropole Orchestra (conducted by Vince Mendoza) and the Dutch Chamber Choir.

Ineke played in clubs and festivals in Canada, New York, Japan, France, Germany, Indonesia and others and played with Marc van Vugt (NL), Robin Eubanks (USA), Kenny Wheeler (UK), Norma Winstone (UK), Andy Sheppard (UK), Don Thompson (CA), Thomas Chapin (USA), Sylvain Beuf (F) and Jasper van ’t Hof (NL). Both in 2016 and 2018 she toured for 5 weeks in Canada. In 2019 she toured in South Asia.

photo by Ruud Gosse

Jasper van ‘t Hof

Boy Edgar prize winner Jasper van ‘t Hof (pi /synth) hardly needs introduction after an international career of over 50 years. He is a true musical omnivore and has played in hundreds of combinations and in large and small formations. From solo to Big Band, with Philip Catherine, Charlie Mariano, Archie Shepp, Ernie Watts, Bob Malach and many others. For fifty years he has toured European, Asian and African countries. Always looking for new adventures.

Photo by Jiri Büller

Van Vugt/Vandoorn management
phone +31654906457

Special thanks to
Marc van Vugt for your ongoing love, inspiration and support
Frans de Rond for the many enjoyable hours in the studio and the quality of your work
Marianne, Jolande, Herman for always offering a sympathetic ear
Jiri Büller, Derk Reneman, Paul Berner, Hella Koffeman, Nachtfort -Fort Honswijk

Realized with the kind support of the Sena Music Production Fund and the Performing Arts Fund NL