Kees Krabben, born on the 22nd. of August 1988, and raised in Emmen, is a Dutch composer and saxophonist currently living in Amsterdam.
At a young age he started playing in a provincial classical orchestra ‘harmonie’ with tours in the Benelux and Israel. At the age of 16, Kees discovered and started playing jazz, blues and impro together with friends met on the local music school. Music became more fun and serious at the same time and a larger part of his interest. After finishing high school, at the age of 18, soon Kees was accepted at the conservatory.
This young artist is an alumnus of the Prince Claus Conservatory, Groningen, where he joined the ‘New York comes to Groningen’ curriculum from 2007 till 2011. Important tutors next to this unique program in the development of his music in that period were Miguel Martinez and Michael Moore.
In the fall of 2010, Krabben went to New York City, studying for 4 months at the Purchase College of Music, New York, with Eric Alexander.
Kees holds a Master in Music degree from the Conservatory of Rotterdam. The focus was on an artistic research project about ‘Improvisation with Sound’ while having lessons with Ab Baars.
Ever since August 2009, Kees Krabben is bandleader of his Quartet with original compositions. They performed on Noorderzon Groningen, The Hague Jazz Festival and mainly jazz ‘session’ clubs in the Netherlands. In March 2013, the Kees Krabben Quartet released their debut single ‘Pain Thing’. In March 2014 Kees also recorded the cd ‘Journey to the Heart’ with big band Stageband, Groningen. He was member of this prizewinning band during his study time in Groningen.