Paul van der Feen
Paul van der Feen is regarded as one of Holland`s outstanding jazz saxophonists and is steadily becoming a voice within the Dutch musical landscape. Paul practically grew up playing with his brothers Mark, Matthew and Clemens later to become the Feenbrothers Quartet which initially featured the eleven year old on clarinet. Paul picked up the alto sax at age 14 soon whereafter he was accepted into the Amsterdam Conservatory and concluded his education in New York supported by a dutch scholarship. During the ensuing years Paul explored several musical styles like hiphop/funk, Classical and world music but was drawn (back) into Jazz by rediscovering John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter and eventually began learning to disgard all musical parochialism.
In 2005 Paul became an often featured member of the Metropole Orchestra, conducted by Vince Mendoza and played in this role alongside Al Jarreau, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Chaka Khan among many others resulting in several acclaimed recordings including a feature role in the Grammy Award winning John Scofield song “Carlos” from the album “54″. Paul also contributed to the “Ivan Lins and the Metropole Orchestra” album which won a Latin Grammy.
As a composer Paul developed his own unique style having been composing from an early age, his compositions ranging from nowadays regularly performed Jazz pieces, works for wind orchestras and pop inspired instrumental songs which betray a search for authenticity and in a deeper sense a quest for acceptable worship towards the Creator of everything as revealed in the Bible.