Frank van Velthoven

Musician / composer

Frank van Velthoven is a Dutch composer, double bass player and saxophonist. Interested in all music that promotes improvisation, he likes to groove as much as to search for spiritual meaning; Heaven and Earth.

Although rooted in the jazz tradition with the great legends of modern jazz as his hero’s, Frank has branched out into ‘World Music’ with adventures in Latin, Arab, and African music and songwriting. Like many of his hero jazz innovators he has had a close ear to classical and contemporary composers and as a result has composed several ‘chamber’ pieces.

Was this song really born in me
or was it just there, for me to see
did my mind create something new
or plug into a flow?

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Discography

Frank van Velthoven
Hotel Pema

Sahara Ripple
Caravan’s Journal

Frank van Velthoven
The Four Thoughts

Jackson & van Velthoven
Colored Tongues

Frank van Velthoven
Eight Meditations

Jazz is not a what, it is a how.

Bill Evans

Samsara is mind turned outwardly, lost in its projections. Nirvana is mind turned inwardly, recognizing its nature.

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is, there is no ground.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

Malcolm X

I sought my father in the world of the black musician, because it contained wisdom, experience, sadness and loneliness. I was not interested in the music of boys. From my youngest years, I was interested in the music of men.

Eric Clapton
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