Saxophones  Clarinets

Solo  Duo  DASH!

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About me

Maarten Ornstein plays tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. On occasion he plays tarogato, electric saxophone, MPC and laptop computers. He is also a composer and arranger. He leads the free funk ensemble DASH! and performs as a soloist.  Additionally, he plays with lutist Mike Fentross, pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs and performance poet and singer Jeannine Valeriano. Maarten Ornstein is a member of Splendor Amsterdam.

Maarten Ornstein has composed for the Calefax Reed Quintet, the North Sea Jazz Festival, Ties Mellema, Koor Nieuwe Muziek Amsterdam, Xenia Meijer, the Metropole Orchestra, New Cool Collective Big Band, Orkater Theatre Company, Anouk van Dijk DC, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Helena Rasker, the Ricciotti Ensemble, Gerard Bouwhuis, Daria van den Bercken, Dudok Kwartet and many more. He was co-leader of the modern jazz trio Jungle Boldie (with Tony Overwater and Wim Kegel) and has played with the likes of Pat Metheny, The Ebony Band, Sunna Gunnlaugs, Caoimhin O Raghallaigh, Ilse de Lange, Ayman Tayseer, David Liebman, Arturas Bumsteinas, Claron McFadden, Red Mitchell, Rima Khcheich, the Schoenberg Ensemble etc etc.


News and stuff

  • News for May 2016
    Oblivion Soave is the first release by the Mike Fentross - Maarten Ornstein duo. This CD features compositions by Sayed Darwish, Arvo Pärt, Monteverdi, Huygens…
  • March 2016, three special dates
    Pleased to announce three very special concerts for this month. First up is edition #19 of Spoken Beat Night, this time with special guests David…
  • Winter 2016 news
       "all we can say about music is best left unspoken". I'm very excited to announce the release of this new album with brilliant Icelandic pianist…
  • DASH! releases new album DASH! Off, marking their 10th anniversary
    DASH! Off is the fourth album of DASH!, the amsterdam based free-funk trio led by saxophonist-clarinettist-composer Maarten Ornstein. This new album was recorded live in…
  • Creator | Destroyer
    The Amerfortissimo Chamber Music Festival has invited me to compose a piece for the anniversary edition of the festival on September 5th. I have been…
  • May 2015: good things come in pairs
    And so this month I'm playing two concerts with the great Mike Fentross, two with pianist Jeroen van Vliet, and two with project Spoken Beat…