Stef Joosten is deeply captivated by the concept of freedom in music, which led him to explore the realms of improvised music. The spontaneity and creativity inherent in the genre keep his musical journey fresh, dynamic, and authentic.

His pursuit of musical exploration took him to the Fontys Academy of Music & Performing Arts in Tilburg and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

In recent years, Stef has been active as the bandleader of TISOI, collaborating with notable musicians such as British pianist Ivo Neame (known for his work with Marius Neset and Phronesis), Morris Kliphuis, and Kika Sprangers. In February 2024, Stef recorded his debut album, set for release in October 2024.

Stef is also a composer, contributing to the collective works of Ezthetic and Nyala. While Ezthetic released their first album in March 2022, Nyala is set to release their album ‘A Way of Life’ in May 2024.

In addition to his leadership roles, Stef participates as a sideman in various musical projects, including the Fabio Almeida Group, Trio dos Anciões, the Rik van der Made Group, and Koen Smits 4.

Since January 2020, Stef has been sharing his expertise as a faculty member at the Fontys Academy of Music and Performing Arts, part of the Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, Tilburg Conservatory. For more info: FAA Jazz 

As of July 2023, Stef is part of Music Hub Brabant, a program initiated by Talent Hub Brabant aiming to systematically integrate talent development in music within the cultural landscape of Brabant.

For more information and Stef’s artist profile, please visit: Music Hub Brabant 2023/24 



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