Joke Kegel, or Jo was born in 1960 in Amsterdam, studied piano from six years old and started from her 15th seriously as an artist in painting, drawing and photographing portrets and abstract works. Later on she decided after studying at different art-academies,  to change her art-works also in music. Now she writes contemporary compositions for solos, duos, large and small ensembles. Instrumental and multimedia events, as well as theater and film. Over the years she has organized many concerts with her own compositions and works by other composers. Some of her works are published by Donemus.  More details : Joke Kegel’s CV Link

She curated, among other things, the multimedia project: ‘Alternative Faces’. Other productions were: ‘Incorporea’, featuring dance, live music, visual arts and video; ‘Bare feet, Breath and bare Hands’ for live bass clarinet solo and video; ‘Van een leien dak’, with the recording ensemble work:‘ Who is counting on a pure symmetric triad within a perfect fourth?’ 2004, for Flute, Sopranosaxophone, Trumpet, Bass-clarinet, Bassoon, Vibraphone and Timpani, all tuned in the 24 tone-system and a slide show with visual art made by Gerbrig Seidel.

In 2023 Jo was interviewed as one of the first year’s pupils of the high school interviewed for the documantary “The Kids of the OSB” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bijlmermeer Open School Community, but also to vonvey the great ideas of the founders to the new generation. The documentary will be shown Internally at theOSB School as well as at future Festivals.


Coming soon…

2024,  the Spicy Ensemble Kurkuma will play works for piano & soprano by Joke kegel and Ere Lievonen and new works for  flute & bass clarinet by Ned McGowan and Michel Marang in the Salon Ijzerstaven in Amsterdam.

In 2023 or 2024 will be a 90-minute musical portrait of Joke Kegel, shown on Dutch television by New Music NOW at TV-ONS.


  • June 17th 2023. Day of the Composer. Concert in the Ramses Shaffy huis with the conposers:  Jochem le Cointre, Heleen Verleur, Anders Jallén, Sinta Wullur, Rieteke Hölscher. Organized together with www.New Music Now.
    Joke Kegel is inspired by the rhythmic and melodic Carnatic music from south India and studied with great musicians as Manjunath BC, Dr, Manjunath Mysore and Dr. Suma Sudhindra
  • IRC International Rhythm Course in India 9-17 January -2023. Worked with Dr. Suma Sudhindra, Dr. Mysore Manjunath, BC Manjunath & Ned McGowan. Played in four concerts during study in Bangalore and the Ashram Muddenhalli with other professional musicians from over the whole world. See photos in the CV Link.
  • ‘Who is counting on a pure symmetric triad within a perfect fourth?’ is written for Ensemble Scala: Flute, Bass-clarinet, Viola, Electric Guitar, Carrillo piano, Fokker Organ and percussion with two cymbals, all tuned in the 31-tone system. Premièred december 11th in 2022, in the small hall of the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam,  in the program ‘Distorted Reality’, organized by  the Fokker Huygens Foundation. Live recording of the première: Mp3 recording Personal research: How perfect is a quarter interval in a 24-tone system compared to a 31-tone system? What are the similarities and differences in the arrangement for Ensemble Scala in 2022 compared to the older work from 2004?  

  • November 4rth 2022 was the worldpremière ‘Innenraum (W.P. live recording) for bass clarinet by Albrecht Schwarnweber and alto flute by Letizi Turini, musicians of the El Perro Andaluz Ensemble for the Xenakis project Revierwechsel II, Neue Musik und Bildende Kunst, 2022 in Leipzig, Germany. Eine Kooperation vom Musik Projekt Sachsen e.V und hochdruckpartner / Galerie+Werkstatt. See also my painting and poem  ‘Innenraum‘ at the links-page.  flyer.
  • On July 21, 2021, the world premiere was held in London of ‘Flow water’ for soprano, piano and stonework, an arrangement of the choral work ‘Stroomt water’ which was awarded the first prize by the IKF05. 2022 rewritten for Duo Kurkuma: Flow and Glow. 

New music of Duo Kurkuma are all written by Ere Lievonen, pianist & Joke Kegel soprano. We will keep you updated about our first CD in cooperation with the sound Ingeneer Andrea Friggi:

‘Flow and Glow’ For sopr. & piano and stonepercussion. Composed by Joke Kegel

‘Imagine we are sea weeds’ For sopr. & piano. Poetry and composition by Joke Kegel.

‘Different Perspectives’ For Sopr. & Piano. Composed by Joke Kegel. Poetry Love After Love by Derek Walcott.

‘We grow accustomed to the Dark’ For sopr.& piano. Composed by Joke Kegel. Poetry Emily Dickinson.

‘Im Nebel’ For Sopr. & piano. Composed by E. Lievonen. Poetry by Hermann Hesse.

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