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Mike Roelofs

Pianist, composer

About me:

Although my main focus is playing improvised music, I love to be involved in other projects as well. I like to be as open as I can towards other styles of music and the musicians who make that music happen. There is always something new to learn.

Being a sound freak, I have a great passion for the ‘old’ keyboard instruments such as the Hammond Organ, the Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer and Hohner Clavinet. I exclusively play the 'real thing’ because they inspire me. Maybe therefore, I’ve been fortunate to be part of a lot of recording studio projects. But whether it’s a live performance or a studio session, for me authenticity is the most important thing. I’m always searching for my own voice within the music, so to speak, as well as supporting the band. It could take me a lifetime to eventually find what I’m looking for If I find it at all, but that’s OK. For me it’s all about the journey.

I consider myself lucky I often have the pleasure to play with some great musicians. Always a challenging and thrilling learning experience. In my heart I know I will keep on playing and writing music as long as I’m able to. Because playing music truly is one of the joys in my life.

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Mike Roelofs has an extraordinary control over his instrument. Furthermore, he isn’t confined to just one style. And he composes, arranges, initiates, organizes, produces, improvises and is deployable both as frontman and as sideman. He gives solo performances on the most diversified musical traditions and still maintains a voice of his own. A wayward musician that should be given room to do his own thing.
- Jury of the Glenn Corneille Talent Award: Danny Sahupala, Bert van den Brink and Geert Roelofs.

‘I worked with him on four recording projects. He brings an abundance of musicality. In the studio, Mike hears a song only once and immediately weaves a fantastic counter melody through it. There is nothing better than a musician that plays what you want to hear at a registration.’
- Gé Reinders

‘The cd Catharsis (Prova Records) is filled with very skilled jazz without ponderous pretentions. The three men deliver music with the purifying effect that the titel promises. And (pardon me!), I just have to give some extra credit to the pianist: the elven pieces on this album are again proof of his huge talent for composing.’
- Paul van der Steen


Mike Roelofs beheerst zijn instrument buitengewoon goed. Daarnaast is hij niet stijl gebonden, componeert, arrangeert, initieert, organiseert, produceert, improviseert hij en is hij inzetbaar als zowel frontman als sideman. Hij soleert met gemak over de meest uiteenlopende muzikale tradities en weet toch zijn eigen stem te behouden. Een eigenheimer die de ruimte moet krijgen om zijn eigen ding te doen.
- Jury of the Glenn Corneille Talent Award: Danny Sahupala, Bert van den Brink en Geert Roelofs.

‘Ik heb bij vier opnameprojecten met hem samengewerkt. Hij brengt een weelde aan muzikaliteit mee. Mike hoort in de studio een lied één keer en weet daar dan meteen fantastische tegenmelodieën doorheen te weven. Er is niets mooiers dan een muzikant die bij een registratie speelt wat jij wilt horen.’
- Gé Reinders

‘De cd Catharsis (Prova Records) staat vol razend knappe jazz zonder gewichtige pretenties. De drie mannen maken muziek met het louterende effect dat de albumtitel belooft. En (excuses!) toch nog wat extra glorie voor de pianist: de elf stukken op de plaat bewijzen opnieuw het enorme compositorische talent van Mike Roelofs.’
- Paul van der Steen



Award winning song ‘Mijn Kind’ at Pauw en Witteman.
A piano improvisation in my own studio on my grand piano.
Guest appearance at a German crime television series ‘Kommisar Stolberg’, playing a part of the Köln concert by Keith Jarrett.
Playing in the Ryan Carniaux Quartet on the album ‘Reflections of a persevering spirit.’
Playing Jew’s Harp and loop station at a Dutch poem ‘Limburgs Dialect’
Absolutely cooking! Playing in the Sam Vloemans Band at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels.
Playing with Sam Vloemans at the Belgium Television TV Limburg BE.
Guest appearance in the short movie ’Sea of Tranquility’ by Hans op de Beeck.
For Sesame Street: playing organ at ‘Origami’ by Leo Petersen
Singing a traditional with Sjoerd van Bommel.
Playing with Arno Adams, (I also arranged this song), here in a music video by Rob Hodselmans. Mien Maas.

Curriculum Vitae 2016

CV 2017 in het Nederlands
CV 2017 in English

  • Born March 24, 1980, Tegelen, The Netherlands.
  • Studies jazz piano with Frank Giebels and Irv Rochlin at the Maastricht conservatory from 1997 to 2002. Graduated cum laude.
  • Wins the Concours Chambre Ceramique with the ‘Mike Roelofs Trio’ in 2001
  • Wins the Frisian Crossover Competition with the ‘Mike Roelofs Quartet’ in 2002
  • Plays the North Sea Jazz Festival with ‘Mo' Jones’ in 2003
  • Plays the Curaçao jazzfestival with 'Down South' in 2004
  • Germany tour with Iain Matthews 2004
  • Semi finalist 'Dutch Jazz Competition' with ‘Fat Time’ 2005
  • Dutch tour Mike Roelofs Band in the Netherlands and Belgium 2006
  • Semi finalist 'International Songwriting Competition' with the composition 'Quantum Leap' 2006
  • Tour Iain Matthews in England and Scotland. A.o. Cropredy Festival (Fairport Convention) 2007
  • Wins the Jerry van Rooyen Award 2007
  • 'Nachtmuziek' (Sam Vloemans) Flemish tour winter 2007/2008
  • Wins the Glenn Corneille Talent Award 2008
  • Award for best composition 'From Babel To Bethel' during the North Sea Jazz Festival 2008.
  • Composes music for Dutch television show (KRO) 'Hemelse Spijzen' and 'De Poezie Van Het Zuiden' (L1) 2008/2009
  • ‘Carte Noir’ monthly concert series with guests in cafe Thembi in Maastricht 2009
  • ‘Composer In Residence’ at the Jazz Promenade in Maastricht 2010
  • Portugal and Senegal tour with ‘Minyeshu’ 2010
  • Theatre tour ‘Lijflied’ Gerard van Maasakkers 2011-2012
  • Belgium tour with Sam Vloemans 2012 - 2013
  • Tour Serbia, Germany and Belgium with Ryan Carniaux Quartet 2012
  • Organiser monthly concertseries ‘Jazz in de Klep’ 2012 - 2016
  • Theatre tour ‘Allez’ Gerard van Maasakkers 2013-2015
  • Annie M.G. Schmidt price for best composition played in Dutch theaters 2013

Albums containing original music:

  • 'Viewmusic' Mike Roelofs Trio. 2001 Eigen beheer.
  • ‘Four Songs’ Mike Roelofs Quartet. 2002 Eigen beheer.
  • 'Dialogin' Ryan Carniaux en Mike Roelofs. Inbetweens Records 2003
  • 'No Surroundings' Mike Roelofs Quartet. Inbetweens Records 2004
  • 'Fat Time' Fat Time. Schoots Records 2004
  • 'One On One' Down South. MCP Records 2004
  • 'Cambrinus Sessions' Mike Roelofs Band. 2005 eigen beheer
  • 'Roepaen Sessions' Mike Roelofs Band. 2007 eigen beheer
  • 'Mind Made Up' Surfcake. Jazz 'N Pulz/Challenge 2007
  • 'Fox Farm Fusion' Fat Time. Inbetweens Records 2007
  • 'Catharsis' Mike Roelofs Trio. Prova Records 2009
  • ‘Piranha’ Noor & Mike Roelofs. eigen beheer 2010
  • ‘Deuk’ met Rik Kraak en Nicky Hustinx, Wahoe Records 2012
  • ‘Als Water’ Noor & Mike Roelofs, eigen beheer 2013
  • ‘Ins Blaue Hinein’, BJ Baartmans & Mike Roelofs, Continental 2016
  • ‘Analog Smog’ Analog Smog (limited edition) 2016

As sideman and/or producer:

  • ‘A Donkey Never Bump His Head On The Same Stone Twice’ Jackass 1998
  • ‘Greetings and Salutations’ Big Band Boesten. 2000
  • ‘Under Construction’ Monkeytale 2003
  • 'Where Lovers Go' BJ Baartmans. Inbetweens Records 2004
  • 'Ich Weit Desse D'r Bus' Arno Adams. Inbetweens Records 2004
  • ‘Kus much dan’ (single) Arno Adams. Inbetweens 2004
  • ‘Looking Forward’ Willem Janssen 2004
  • 'Veur Dees Nach' Ongenode Gaste. Inbetweens Records 2004
  • ‘Better Days’ (single) JW Roy. V2 2004
  • 'Speed, Traffic & Guitar Accidents' Joop Wolters. Lion Music 2004
  • 'Laagstraat 443' JW Roy. Munich Records 2005
  • ‘Maneschijn’ (musical) BJ Baartmans 2005
  • ‘Wie Ben Jij?’ De Basisschool Rockers’ 2005
  • 'b10' Nadine Nix. Chien Show Productions 2005
  • 'My World' Mo Jones. Inbetweens Records 2005
  • 'Grandson' Bart Oostindie. Inbetweens Records 2005
  • 'One Willing Heart' Billie Joyce. Inbetweens Records 2005
  • 'Verpand' BJ Baartmans. Inbetweens Records 2005
  • 'Palm Bridge Rd' Dreadlock Pussy. PIAS 2005
  • 'Pien' Verschillende Artiesten. Inbetweens Records 2006
  • 'Safe Inside' Shannon Lyon. Inbetweens Records 2006
  • ‘Fundamentalist’ (EP) BJ Baartmans. Inbetweens 2006
  • ‘Get Gedronke’ Frans Hermans. Marlstone 2006
  • 'Verwant' BJ Baartmans. Inbetweens Records 2007
  • ‘Boven Alles’ De Nieuwe Blijdschap. 2007
  • 'Three Sides Of A Coin' Virtual Dream. Schoots Records 2007
  • 'Ver Weg' John Theuws. Marlstone 2007
  • 'Contact' Iain Matthews. Blue Rose Records 2007
  • 'Nachtmuziek' Nachtmuziek 2007
  • ‘Kerstleed’ (single) Arno Adams. Inbetweens 2007
  • 'True To My Soul' Dewi. Mediatrack 2008
  • ‘Dichterbij dan je denkt’ poetry written by youngsters dealing with loss, put on music. Stichting Two Tone 2008
  • ‘Colours’ Carol Vanwelden 2008
  • 'Welcome To The Costume Ball' Bart Oostindie. Inbetweens Records 2008
  • 'Kharma Baby' Superfloor. Fab Records 2008
  • ‘My Heart Beats On The Moon’ Skinnie. Inbetweens Records 2008
  • 'Rosemary's Baby' Rosemary's Baby 2008
  • ‘Tussen de Maas en de rand van de Peel’ (single) BJ Baartmans 2008
  • ‘Asempa’ Nadine Nix 2009
  • ‘Vrouw’ Anja Bovendeaard 2009
  • ‘Cupboard Full Of Things’ Okieson. 2009
  • ‘Minsekinder & Co. Minsekinder. 2009
  • ‘Two Tears In A Bucket’ Johnny Clark & The Outlaws. 2009
  • ‘Swingin’ In The Swamp’ Ron van Stratum 2010
  • ‘Wetse Nog?’ Pollux. SILVOX 2010
  • ‘Jazz at Lexor’ different artists, LN records 2010
  • ‘Juliette Travis’ Juliette Travis 2010
  • ‘Onderhuids’ Jos Hol. SILVOX 2010
  • ‘Kind Of New’ Matthews Southern Comfort. Universal 2010
  • ‘Wachten Op Verdronken Baas’ Zwerfhond (Elektrograph Records) 2011
  • ‘James’ Michael & Angelo 2011
  • ‘A Sense Of Home’ Edo Donkers. 2011
  • ‘Sea Of Tranquility’ Hans Op De Beeck (short film) 2011
  • ‘Helden’ Ge Reinders 2011
  • ‘Creole’ Caspar van Meel Quintet. 2011
  • ‘Kinky At The Root’ Dede Priest. 2011
  • ‘Sorrow And Solitude’ Townes Trio. 2011
  • ‘Voor/Achter’ BJ Baartmans. 2011
  • ‘Plunge’ Captain Hook 2011
  • ‘Serendipity’ Alex Akela 2011
  • ‘III’ Phantom Puercos 2011
  • ‘One For The Money, But Two For The Show’ (DVD) drumbassadors, Hudson 2011
  • ‘Reflections Of A Persevering Spirit’ Ryan Carniaux Quartet, 2011
  • ‘Otra Banda’ Sam Vloemans, 2011
  • ’Trilogie’ Sam Vloemans 2011
  • ‘Lost Track Of Time’ Suzy Dexter 2011
  • ‘Lijflied’ Gerard van Maasakkers, 2012
  • ‘Songs For My Father’ Jo Didderen 2012
  • ‘Broken Things’ Shannon Lyon 2012
  • ‘Pollux Duit Spingsteen’ Frans Pollux 2012
  • ‘Suus’ Suzanne Zegers 2012
  • ‘Works’ Ricards Smeets, Nard Reinders, BJ Baartmans 2012
  • ‘En Soms’ Ad van Meurs 2012
  • ‘Sterren Aan De Hemel’ Gerard Rinsma 2012
  • ‘Dark Water’ Walter Rootsie & his blue connection 2013
  • ‘Wait Another Year’ Marten De Paepe 2013
  • ‘Moandaagmorgezon’ Arno Adams 2013
  • ‘Taart’ Philip Kroonenberg 2013
  • ‘Lang gezwegen’ Pieter Simons. 2013
  • ‘Stanton’ Stanton 2013
  • ‘Short Stories’ Mister Inglish 2013
  • ‘New Light’ Sam Vloemans 2013
  • ‘Gerard van Maasakkers & Magogo kamerorkest 2013
  • ‘You Make My Day’ Aggieland 2014
  • ‘Light Shining Through’ The Father, The Son And The Holy Simon, 2014
  • ‘Allez’ Gerard van Maasakkers 2014
  • ‘The Lights Behind’ Shannon Lyon 2014
  • ‘Sixth Avenue Verses’ Micheal Coughlan 2014
  • ‘One Trick Pony’ Paul Simon Tribute 2014
  • ‘Never Leave Your Baggage Unattended’ Ryan Carniaux Quintet, hipjazz 2014
  • ‘Lost Creek’ Shannon Lyon 2015
  • ‘Bigger Things’ James Gray 2015
  • ‘After All This Time’ Douglas McLean 2015
  • ‘Mwanga De Brumes’ (EP) Nadine Nix Asempa, 2015
  • ‘The Moment You’re Airborne (After Diving Off A Cliff)’ Okieson, Elektrograph Records 2015
  • ‘Later’ BJ Baartmans’ Continental 2015
  • ‘Indigo Blues’, Black Bottle Riot 2015
  • ‘Windvogel’ Jos Hol 2015
  • ‘New Light - New Mixes’ remix album (Itunes) Sam Vloemans 2015
  • ‘Lights Out’, David Corley, Continental 2016
  • ‘Bitter Times, Sweet Dreams, single, Phil Karis 2016
  • ‘Imposters Game’ Jamie Oppenheimer (broken revolver records 2016
  • ‘Hold you close’ , Rinel van Venrooi 2016
  • ’To stay Alive’ - A Method (art film) 2016