Acquaphonica is a project led by the Italian pianist and composer Federica Colangelo.

Federica Colangelo


After her studies at the Royal School of Music of London, Federica worked for Fandango Productions (Precious, Videocrazy, Gomorra) in Rome. In 2004 she moved to the Netherlands to study jazz with Bert van den Brink, Karel Boehlee, Randal Corsen and Cor Bakker. She had master classes from Brad Mehldau, John Taylor, Barry Harris. After her Bachelor degree in Jazz piano, she was invited on exceptional terms to take part of the Master Program in Classical Composition at the Conservatory of Utrecht. Here, thanks also to the close collaborations with Jeroen d’Hoe, Otto Ketting, Ned McGowan and Amina Figarova, Federica could push even further her inner boundaries between jazz and classical music, between improvised and notated  music.

Next to the pianist and composer Federica Colangelo, Acquaphonica is formed by:
The Dutch saxophonist Joao Driessen

Joao Driessen


Joao Driessen has been part of the Dutch music scene since 2003. Born in Amsterdam, and growing up in London, Joao has lived the majority of his life in London (England) where he has had the opportunity to develop as a young musician playing the Violin, Piano and later his principal instrument the Saxophone. At age 18 he moved to Amsterdam to study Jazz at the Conservatory van Amsterdam (Bmus). It is during this time that he has gained experience and a reputation as a formidable saxophonist. Extensive touring across Europe, and countries including, Japan – Blue Note Tokyo, China – Changzhen Jazz Festival 2012, Thailand – Bangkok and Samui Jazz Festival 2011, UK – Manchester Jazz 2013, Brazil – Sao Paolo SESC 2011, and of course North Sea Jazz Festival in 2010, 2011 & 2012 the Netherlands.

The Dutch guitarist Matthijs Tuijn (winner of the 1st prize at the ‘Rob Acda Award 2009’, collaborated with Corrie van Binsbergen, Anton Goudsmit in the project Brokkenfabriek);

Matthijs Tuijn


Na op vroege leeftijd begonnen te zijn op keyboard heeft Matthijs op 17-jarige leeftijd de overstap naar gitaar gemaakt. In de daarop volgende jaren is hij een diversiteit aan stijlen gaan leren, van metal en rock via blues naar jazz. Hij nam veel ervaring op in het bandjescircuit en startte de jazzrock formatie ‘Satisfaction Injection’ op, waarvoor hij ook muziek begon te schrijven.
In 2006 begon Matthijs met een studie ‘jazz & pop’ aan het Utrechts Conservatorium. Hier heeft hij gitaar gestudeerd bij Marcel Karreman, Wim Bronnenberg en Eef Albers. Verder heeft hij lessen gekregen van o.a. Bert van den Brink, Anton Goudsmit, Marc van Vugt, Hans Mantel, Oene van Geel, Hans Hasebos, Theo de Jong, Ge Bijvoet en workshops en masterclasses gevolgd van o.a. Jonathan Kreisberg en Jesse van Ruller. Ook heeft hij methodiek- en muziekdidactische lessen gekregen en stages geloopt, om in 2010 af te studeren als uitvoerend en docerend musicus.
Door zijn vroege popachtergrond gecombineerd met de jazzstudie aan het conservatorium heeft Matthijs zich ontpopt tot een zeer veelzijdig en kleurrijk musicus. In de laatste jaren was hij actief in coverbands, musicals, een opera, instrumentale rock- en jazzbands, vrije geimproviseerde muziek en meer.

The Bulgarian double bass player Mihail Ivanov (winner of the ‘Norma prize’ for best soloist at Dutch Jazz Competition 2008 with ‘The Blazin’ Quartet; bassist of Bodurov Trio).

Mihail Ivanov


Mihail Ivanov was born on the 5th of November in Sofia, Bulgaria. He started taking piano lessons at the age of 8, studied classical guitar from the age of 11 and finally ended up playing bass when 17 under the guidance of his father, a proffesional doubble bass player.
He moved to study to Holland in 2002 and graduated at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2006. There he followed the lessons of Frans van der Hoeven, Arnold Dooyeweerd and Ernst Glerum.
Since then Mihail has been active on both dutch and bulgarian scene, playing with the Amsterdam based “Bodurov Trio” (important performances include the North Sea Jazz 2007 and 2 performances at the BIMhuis (Amsterdam), Concertgebouw and various venues and festivals in the Benelux, Germany, Bulgaria).
In 2008 together with the “Blazin’ Quartet” he won the Dutch Jazz Competition and was awarded with the “NORMA Best Soloist 2008” award already in the semifinals of the competition. The jury (Tineke Postma a.o.) said then: ‘The apparent freedom and the fabulous technique of Mihail Ivanov bring the sometimes complex sound of the band to a whole in a swinging and fresh way.’
In March 2009 as part of the Aleksandar Grujic Trio, Mihail won 1st prize at the Holland Casino Jazz & Pop award. Mihail has performed in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Israel.

The Slovenian drummer and percussionist Kristijan Krajnčan.

Kristijan Krajnčan


Kristijan Krajnčan, born 1986 in Slovenia, is an award winning drummer, composer, film composer and cellist. His ability to play various musical styles in groups that range from trio to big band gave him the opportunity to work with several internationally acclaimed artists and to perform around the world. Besides leading his own Kristijan Krajnčan Ensemble he is/has collaborated with Tarek Yamani Trio, Kaja Draksler Acropolis Quintet, Anton Goudsmit & The Ploctones, Big Band RTV Slovenia, Big Band Stageband, Anneguus Teerhuis Trio, Sri Hanuraga Trio, dumiTrio, Marzio Scholten Hologram Quintet, Mads Vinding to name a few. He started his musical path with playing cello before going on to jazz drumming and composing. He graduated “summa cum laude” at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen (The Netherlands) where his main teachers were Ralph Peterson jr. and Owen hart Jr. He spent half a year in New York as a part of exchange program, studying with John Riley, Richie Morales, Joey Baron and Tyshawn Sorrey. His debut album as a leader was released in June 2012 on Edict Records. It features Ambrose Akinmusire and Jimmy Greene. Besides music he also directed three short art movies. He is currently combining his two lifetime passions by obtaining his Masters degree in “Composing For Film” at the Amsterdam Conservatory. AWARDS and Participations Semi-finalist of Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition for Drums (Washington, 2012) Finalist of Keep an Eye Jazz Award (Netherlands, 2012) Participant in “Dave Douglas Worskshop: Creative Composition and Improvisation” at Carnegie Hall (New York, 2010) Finalist of the Dutch Jazz Competition (Netherlands, 2008) Nominated for Harten Aas Trophee (Netherlands, 2007) 1st Prize jury award “Jazzon” for best Slovenian jazz composition (Slovenia, 2006) Best Director Award – Festival of Slovenian Independent Film (Slovenia, 2006) Chairman of Slovenia, invited to Bergen (Norway, 2000) 2nd Prize in Tortone (Italy) 3rd Prize in Zagreb (Croatia) 1st Prize of National competition for young musicians of Slovenia (1997 and 2003) 1st Prize in Goriza (Italy, 1997) 1st Prize in Stressa (Italy, 1996 and 1997)

This international group of five young talented musicians met in Amsterdam at the beginning of 2010 and decided to gather together to arrange, develop and perform the music of the Italian composer.
The work of Federica has been often defined as ‘film music’ for the colourful quality of the music and its strong relation/association to images.
Her experience as musician goes from writing for string quintet and piano, small orchestras and duets, to performing jazz standards. Those two elements meet in the music of Acquaphonica creating an organic blend of improvisation and composed elements.
In June 2011 the creative search of Federica and of her fellow musicians concretized in the recording of Acquaphonica’s debut-album: ‘Private Enemy’.The album was recorded at the ‘Fattoria Musica’ studios in Ösnabruck, Germany; recorded by Stephan van Wilick and mixed by Chris Weeda at the Rapenburgerstraat Studio, in Amsterdam. Peter Brussee mastered ‘Private Enemy’at the Q Point studio in Hilversum. The artistic production is by Federica Colangelo and Dimitar Bodurov.