One of Holland’s leading guitarplayers of the last decades is Peter Tiehuis, born in Almelo on June 15, 1956. At the age of nine he started to play classical guitar, which got succeeded some years later by the electric.

While playing in various rock- and soul-bands he finished a classical study at the Twents Conservatory in Enschede and a jazz study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

His versatility has enabled him to play almost any kind of music and has led to many recording dates, also in Belgium, Germany and England, for records and broadcasting.

Next to playing in the local jazz clubs he joined internationally well known groups, such as: The Skymasters, Peter Herbolzheimers Rhythm Combination and Brass, Batida, Till Brönner’s ‘Ballad Joint’, The Wolfgang Haffner Band, The Chris Hinze Combination, Het Metropole Orkest (which he’s joining since 1996 as a regular member).

The list of great artists he worked with is still expanding. Over the years he played with every big star in the Netherlands like Trijntje Oosterhuis, Lee Towers, Ilse DeLange, Rob de Nijs, Hans Vermeulen, Humphrey Campbell and many more. The list of international greats is also impressive, containing names like Toots Thielemans, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Tania Maria, Al Jarreau, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Constantin Wecker, Charlie Mariano, Vince Mendoza, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer, The Yellow Jackets, Jasper van ‘t Hof, Elvis Costello, Gino Vannelli, The Brecker Brothers, Pat Metheny, Randy Crawford, George Duke, John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Steve Vai, Ivan Linz, Laura Mvula, Lizz Wright, Gregory Porter, and many others.

Tiehuis has been a teacher for about 10 years at the conservatory of Amsterdam where he’s still connected as guest teacher giving workshops every year.

Presently he regularly performs with the Paul Berner Band, the Toon Roos Group, the Fay Claassen Band.

In 2007 he recorded with bassguitar player Theo de Jong and percussionist Bart Fermie the cd Shaman Dance.  It was the birth of the trio 3HandsClapping,  an ideal combination for intimate chamber music.

Tiehuis formed in 2008 the power-impro-trio Frapear – with contrabass player Frans van der Hoeven and drummer Arno van Nieuwenhuize. In this setup they are experimenting with totally improvised concerts based on electronics, effects and soundscapes.

In 2012 Tiehuis was collaborating with the dutch flugelhorn player Ack van Rooyen and the New York poet/writer Edward Field for an album called ‘Standing Up Together’,  a recording where poems and music are mixed.

Lately he’s working with his quintet T5 on own compositions towards the release of a new album. His fellow players in this challenging combination are Karel Boehlee on keys, Theo de Jong on bass, Jasper van Hulten on drums and Martin Verdonk playing percussion.



Peter Tiehuis, Theo de Jong, Karel Boehlee, Jasper van Hulten en Martin Verdonk

Theo de Jong is an allround bass guitar player living in both The Netherlands and Belgium. 

He works with/has worked with a lot of well-known national and international artists like Toots Thielemans, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Batida, Ekseption, Ilse DeLange and Gino Vannelli.

Presently Theo is involved in the following projects: Peter Hertmans Quartet, Anne Wolf Trio, Fay Claassen, Catharsis.

Theo is teaching bass guitar and ensemble at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht since 1985 and regularly travels around Europe to do workshops and masterclasses.


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From his youngest years Karel Boehlee (1960), pianist and composer, was a revelation in the Dutch jazz scene. His first records were an immediate success, especially in Japan.

He has been playing for over twenty years as a pianist with such great artists as Toots Thielemans and Philip Catherine. He also plays regularly with famous Dutch artists such as Toon Roos, Fay Claasen and Trijntje Oosterhuis.

Additionally, he is much in demand as a session musician with pop artists like Gino Vanelli and many others. His recognizable piano playing and compositions are increasingly popular in Japan and Korea, where Karel Boehlee increasingly performs as a solo artist. In addition to his career as a pianist Karel Boehlee is a principal subject teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.


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Jasper van Hulten (1981) graduates in 2002 as a bachelor in music at the Rotterdam Conservatory.

While studying drums and music, he starts building up his network on numerous jamsessions, and already plays frequently with Eric Vloeimans ‘Gatecrash’ and Wouter Hamel.

Jasper played with great musicians like Harmen Fraanje, Michiel Borstlap, Jeroen van Vliet, Gino Vannelli, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, amongst many others.



Martin Verdonk (1959)

studied percussion at the Rotterdam conservatory from 1982-1984.
Also studied at the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba in 1986, 1987 and 1988.
As an allround percussionist Martin worked with many of the leading bands and artists in the Netherlands such as: Ilse DeLange, Nick & Simon, OG3NE, Nueva Manteca, but also recorded or performed as guest with Steve Winwood, Incognito, Prince, George Benson, George Duke, WDR big band.

Verdonk teaches at the World Music Department of the Rotterdam Conservatory and at the ArtEZ Popacademy in Enschede.
Martin hosts his own popular internet music program ‘Martin Verdonk Master Sessions’, recorded live on YouTube.



– Peter Tiehuis, Frans van der Hoeven en Arno van Nieuwenhuize –

Avant-garde, scenic, free jazz, world and rock.. some keywords that could be used to describe the music of Frapear – the Peter Tiehuis Trio. Then again, since there are no rules or set parameters, another concert might ask for a different description of the music that originates.
The use of electronics and effects adds an extra dimension to the completely improvised music.


Frans van der Hoeven is one of the most tasteful bass players in the European jazz scene.

He can be heard on more than 30 albums: The Toon Roos Quartet, Jesse van Ruller, Rob Madna Trio & Bigband, the Diederik Wissels/David Linx Quartet , Art Farmer &the European Jazz Trio, Charlie Mariano, the Dutch Jazz Orchestra and others.

As a sideman he accompanied many people like Clark Terry, Ronnie Cuber, Lee Konitz , Dee Dee Bridgewater and Toots Thielemans.



The talented drummer Arno van Nieuwenhuize was discovered at a young age through a regional music competition.

He gained wider recognition as a member of several high profile pop groups in the eighties.

Being a member of the Metrople Orchestra since the very beginning required Arno to be able to express himself in virtually every music style imaginable.   He performs regularly in the middle-east with singer Fairouz and is working on different projects, for instance with vocalist/percussionist Mola Sylla from Senegal.



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