Inspired by 'The High Priestess of Soul' Nina Simone, Job Hubatka studied jazz vocals at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and then went on to study classical vocals at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. After his studies, Hubatka started interpreting operas, such as Purcell (The Tempest), Salieri, Donizetti (l’Elisir d’Amore), Rossini en Strauss (Die Fledermaus). He also performed in successful national and international shows (singing and acting) produced by big names such as Chiel Meijering (Alzheimer), Edward Top, Maria de Alvear (Colourful Penis), Huba de Graaff (Diepvlees), and Kris Defoort (Daral Shaga). When it comes to Dutch opera he contributed to the production of A Dog’s Heart (Alexander Raskalov).
Violinist Tanya Schaap studied classical violin at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. With a great interest in tango music, she left off for Buenos Aires, Argentina to study with Fernando Suarez Paz, the violinist of Astor Piazzolla’s ‘Quinteto Tango Nuevo’ and Pablo Agri. Since 2008 she is violinist in the Argentinean all star orchestra ‘Cafe de los Maestros’. With this orchestra she has been touring in France, Greece and the UK.
Ben van den Dungen
Saxophonist Ben van den Dungen has been one of Europe’s top jazz- and latin musicians in the last 25 years. Van den Dungen has musically always had a broad range, having played in several Latino orchestras. He studied Indian music with several teachers in Mumbai. Saxophonist Ben van den Dungen teaches saxophone at the Jazz department of the Conservatory of Rotterdam and has been giving masterclasses at universities all over the world.
Rob van Kreeveld
Pianist Rob van Kreeveld can easily be seen as Holland’s number one jazz pianist. He is what one calls a real ‘musician musician’. Rob has been travelling all over the globe with his music and played with jazz legends like Stan Getz. He is professor at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and guest lecturer at the conservatories of a.o. Boston and Helsinki.
Hans van der Maas
Thomas Pol is one of the new acquisitions of Musica Extrema and plays the bass and tuba in the program Club Vaudeville. After his studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory, he moved to New Orleans to return after a few years as a ‘swinger’ pur sang on the doublebass. A great talent and a promise for the future.
Hans van der Maas plays the accordion and the bandoneon in Musica Extrema. Van der Maas is one of the most sought after accordion players in the Netherlands - for good reason, has he takes on any musical challenge coming his way. He also writes and arranges much of the music for the group. Apart from musician, Van der Maas is musicologist and orchestra director.
Joris Lutz, what didn’t he do? As an actor, host, and producer of sketches, songs, and shows, he has a lot of experience. He gained publicity through the famous Dutch TV-show Ha, die pa!, where he played alongside with his dad, Luc Lutz. Next to that, he is also known for his work in GTST, Dancing With The Stars, and Bestemming Nederland.