We continue our daily profiles of the musicians involved in the making of the Brooklyn Babylon recording with a look at trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis -- @nadje on Twitter. (Like my friend @deanna says, having your first name as your Twitter handle is baller.)
Recognized for her cinematic compositions, Nadje's unique musical style has led to many innovative collaborations with musicians, artists and film-makers. She performed duo with New York based vibraphonist/percussionist James Shipp at the 2012 Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) and was also a FONT commissioned artist in 2009. Last year, Nadje premiered her original repertoire arranged for big band at several sold-out concerts in Toronto, and this June, her quartet will be appearing at the Toronto Jazz Festival. Her long-awaited debut album, with violinist Sara Caswell, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Obed Calvaire (plus special guests) will be released on Little Mystery Records in October.
Despite her ostentatiously Dutch name (pronounced "NA-dia NORD-house"), Nadje grew up in the rugged conurbation of Sydney, Australia. She had to rely on her wits to survive to adulthood, always staying one step ahead of the brutal and oppressive cane toads. Today, she puts those skills to use by running in the New York City Marathon, all the while plotting her eventual return Oz to rescue her three-year old niece from the clutches of the King of Toads.
As part of our fundraising efforts for our upcoming recording, Brooklyn Babylon, we are offering you the opportunity to sponsor a Secret Society musician — if you would like to sponsor Nadje's appearance on our new album, or lend your support at any level, please visit our Kickstarter page.
MUSICIANS AVAILABLE FOR SPONSORSHIP: Erica von Kleist • Rob Wilkerson • Sam Sadigursky • John Ellis • Josh Sinton • Seneca Black • Tom Goehring • Matt Holman • Nadje Noordhuis • Ryan Keberle• James Hirschfeld • Sebastian Noelle • Gordon Webster • Matt Clohesy • Jon Wikan