Musician Camille Verhaak

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I am a classically trained clarinet player who decided to study the clarinet after discovering the free improvisation scene in Amsterdam at the beginning of my Philosophy studies. In June 2015 I finished my classical studies at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag. There I worked closely with composition students and I followed masterclasses with distinctive improvisers such as Butch Morris, Agustí Fernandez, Guus Janssen, Han Bennink, Wilbert de Joode, David Kweksilber and many more. An intensive workshop with Mary Oliver and Michael Schumacher (in 2011) led to the formation of the DaMu Collective, an interdisciplinary improvisation ensemble with James Hewitt and me as the current main members, now closely linked to the practice around Katie Duck.

During the year I perform improvised music with musicians from jazz- as well as classical backgrounds, dancers and storytellers, choosing my ensembles carefully; I teach music to small and bigger children and adults; I perform classical and improvised music for toddlers; and I whistle on my bike.