Mervyn Groot - brief report of his stay with Stan Verberkt at Oerol Festival

Thanks to the contribution of the Jan Pustjens Foundation, composer Stan Verberkt and percussionist Mervyn Groot were able to enter their residency at Oerol 2017 in full concentration and inspiration. 

The purpose of this residence was to do research into making music theater, in this specific case around percussion, in interaction with the public and the natural environment. Stan and Mervyn prepared the outline of their concept in the run-up to Oerol under the guidance of Peter Zegveldt and further explored their concept on the spot, inspired by the environment. Mervyn turned out to be a true performer. In every performance he took the audience on a journey through the nature reserve and guided them in a joint percussion ritual. 

Mervyn: "We are very grateful to the Jan Pustjens Foundation for the financial support of this project. As a result of this we were able to work with the materials for the composition of the ritual and stay and rehearse on the island for the five days preceding the performances. All performances were sold out." 

Since May 9 the Jan Pustjens Foundation has been located at:
Plantage Parklaan 12
1018 ST Amsterdam

Jan Pustjens

Jan Pustjens was gifted percussionist and a national and international music educator. He was also solo percussionist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

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During the tropical month of June, with its heavy rainfall and the first severe summer storms, we sent you the ‘save the date’ for the 5th Jan Pustjens Focus Day on Sunday 26 January 2020 in the Bernard Haitinkzaal of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

We have already had tropical days, heavy rainfall and the first severe storms: harbingers of the coming summer time. This newsletter is a harbinger of the 5th Jan Pustjens Focus Day.

In 2018, The Jan Pustjens Foundation visited the TROMP percussion competition to hand out a special prize to further support a young talent.
The prize was given to Elliott Gaston-Ross! We would like to wish him all the best in his promising career and musical journey!

Impressions of the 3th. Jan Pustjens Focus Day on 28th. January 2018 in the Bernard Haitink Zaal of the Conservatorium Amsterdam.

Thanks to the contribution of the Jan Pustjens Foundation, composer Stan Verberkt and percussionist Mervyn Groot were able to enter their residency at Oerol 2017 in full concentration and inspiration. 

Showcase artist at Zeltsman Marimba Festival 2017 at Rutgers University (New Jersey/USA).