Bart Fermie

Bart Fermie

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Bart Fermie Cajon Brush

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Love percussion, play it, teach it, create it and dream about it!

Bart Fermie -percussionist- began his versatile musical career by founding Small Talk, a Dutch Latin Jazz band. He has studied Cuban and Brazilian percussion in New York, Havana, and Amsterdam. His sound is eclectic and reflects his ongoing exploration of a wide range of percussion styles.  He has toured and recorded or appeared on television with well over 120 artists and bands, playing Pop, Brazilian, Cuban, Jazz, Flamenco, Portuguese, World Music, Jazz-rock,and Latin Jazz.
Bart Fermie has collaborated with Denise Jannah, Julia Loko, Alexandra van Marken, Margriet Eshuys, Van Dyke Parks, Rob de Nijs, Jan Akkerman, René Froger, Spargo, Astrid Seriese, Batida with Josee Koning and Nippy Noya, Jann, Lydia van Dam, Dee Daniels, Bert van der Brink, Cor Bakker, Bobby Durham, Bruno Castellucci, Jesse van Ruller, Richard Galliano, Leonardo Amuedo & Antonio Serrano, Francien van Tuinen, Amina Figarova, Eef Albers, Toon Roos, Tineke Postma, Ronald Snijders, Eric Vaarzon Morel, Fernando Lameirinhas, Circle Percussion, Chris Hinze, Pili Pili with Jasper van ‘t Hof and Angelique Kidjo, White House with Michiel Borstlap and Yuri Honing, Ray Obiedo, George Duke, Randy Crawford, Horacio ‘El Negro’Hernandez, Richie Flores, Jesús Diaz. Fermie toured Europe with Metropole Orchestra, Brussels Jazz Orchestra and The Danish Radio Orchestra conducted by Maria Schneider featuring Ivan Lins and Toots Thielemans. Bart performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2008 with Frank McComb and with Gino Vannelli in a Dutch TV show. Performed with Frank McComb and Branford Marsalis in May 2009. Bart recently recorded all percussion for an Ivan Lins CD that features artists like Jane Monheit, Trijntje Oosterhuis Take Six, Till Bronner ao. Fermie has toured throughout Europe, The United States and the Dutch Antilles.
The Press:
Bart Fermie created sensitive sounds (Village Voice)
Fermie excels in inventiveness ( De Noordoostpolder)
Convincing percussion music, with depth, wisdom and humor ( Music Maker)
Incredible rich sounds (New York Times)
Designs & Inventions:
Bart Fermie invented the following instruments for Pearl Percussion: The Mini-Ganzeiro ( this small percussion instrument won the 2001 MIPA Award), (mini) Shakerine, Ago-Sha(s), Agogo-Pop, Patum and Flat-Timb. In 2006 the Pandanza came on the market and in 2007 his Shakelets. Fermie makes instructional dvd’s and developes techniques for percussion instruments.
Regal Tip recently recently added Bart’s CajonBrush to their productionline. Bart teaches percussion and ensembles at the Amsterdam Conservatory and The Rotterdam Conservatory.
He taught as a guest teacher at the Conservatoria of Utrecht, Maastricht, Enschede, Zwolle. Bart taught percussion workshops in Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, USA, UK, Belgium and The Dutch Antilles.
Bart Fermie produced albums for Timeless (Sticks & Strings), Blue Note ( Denise Jannah), and his own label Amaranchi. He co-produced an album for Ernest Ranglin in Dakar, with Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck. Bart composed and/or (co-)arranged for Eric Vaarzon Morel, Circle Percussion, Batida, Denise Jannah, Astrid Seriese, Chris Hinze and Babar ( a French comics-personage) and his own albums ‘Windy Days’ and ‘Beyond Words & Dreams’ **( an album with Marc and Paul van Wageningen, Leonardo Amuedo, Russell ‘Konkie’ Halmeyer’, Lucas van Merwijk, Peter Tiehuis and others).
‘I had the extreme pleasure of working with Bart Fermie on an Ivan Lins project.
What a joy! Not only is he a fabulous percussionist but he so enthousiastically contributed incredible knowledge, ideas and direction. And, I totally fell in love with all the instruments he’s created. He’s a sound innovator- and simply a great musician’Two time Grammy Award winner Maria Schneider, conductor, arranger, composer *