My story goes back to 1980

Martijn Vanbuel (born 1980, Neerpelt, Belgium) is a jazz acoustic and electric bass player, composer/producer and educator who is active in a wide range of styles of music. Martijn has a keen interest in all sorts of folk and world music (of which jazz is one) and often fuses these styles into his own whimsical compositions. Being educated as a decent jazz standard and bebop player, Martijn uses these skills to a much wider range of settings, such as his own Orbit Folks, the Taiwanese world jazz group Sizhukong, or with the Amber Haddad Trio.

Martijn Vanbuel studied jazz double bass at the Lemmensinstituut conservatory of Leuven, Belgium (now LUCA School of Arts) and at the Superieur Conservatory of Paris, France. After a brief show-up in the scene of Shanghai, China, Martijn lives in Taipei, Taiwan, from 2016 till 2014, to become an essential part of a new thriving scene, working in all fields, from jazz tot pop, from world music to improvised and free. He was also a member of the fusion group Sizhukong, which fuses Chinese music and jazz, with whom he traveled to a dozen of countries throughout the world.

With his own group Orbit Folks he has produced 2 full length albums, and one live DVD, being nominated for the Golden Melody Award 6 times and winning it twice. In Taiwan he was lecturer at National Tainan University of the Arts and guest lecturer in Zhong Shan University in Kaohsuing.

Martijn has an impressive CV of national and internationals collaborations, such as with Ari Hoenig, Tony Lakatos, James Carter, Joel Holmes, Tyler Blanton, Alex Sipiagin, Monday Michiru, Bert Joris, Frank Vaganee, Dre Pallemaerts, Jos Moons, Robin Verheyen, Jef Neve, Peter Hertmans, Erik Vermeulen, Jean-Paul Estievenart, Steven Delannoye, Toine Thys, Tutu Puane, Ewout Pierreux, Tim Finoulst, Reinier Baas, Rik Mol, Sebastiaan Kaptein, Lionel Beuvens, Bram Weijters, Hendrik Lasure, Matthias De Waele, Carlo Nardozza, Thomas De Cock, etc…

Martijn is regular member of Tim Finoulst Trio, Thomas De Cock Light Travellers, Amber Haddad Trio, Jos Moons Quintet and Little Big Band etc…



Orbit Folks - Not The Mongoose Blues

Orbit Folks - Kaleidoscope Africaine

Chega De Saudade (Antionia Carlos Jobim) - Katrien Coppens Trio

Blackbird (John Lennon/Paul McCartney) - Paige Su / Martijn Vanbuel

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The Missing Link - Orbit Folks
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Kaleidoscope Africaine - Orbit Folks "6"
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Sulukule - Orbit Folks
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Orbit Folks "6"

With Orbit Folks bassist-composer Martijn Vanbuel brings out his own brainchild and at the same time introduces his first album published in Belgium. This ‘global citizen’ lived o.a. in Paris, Shanghai and Taipei, and worked at high levels with notables in jazz, pop and world music. In the project Orbit Folks Martijn combines all of these influences into his own whimsical universe, for which he borrows sounds, rhythms and colors from every corner of the musical world. At the same time he brings together a dream-team of musicians consisting of collegue Tim Finoulst on guitar, keys-wizard Mike Roelofs, trumpet-superhero Carlo Nardozza, upcoming sax-talent Lennert Baerts and rhythmical genius Daniel Jonkers on drums.

Met Orbit Folks komt bassist-componist Martijn Vanbuel met zijn eigen muzikale geesteskind naar voren, en introduceert tegelijkertijd zijn eerste album gepubliceerd in Belgie. Deze ‘global citizen’ woonde o.m. in Parijs, Shanghai en Taipei, en werkte op hoog niveau met schoon volk uit de jazz, pop en wereld muziek. In Orbit Folks combineert Martijn al deze invloeden tot een eigenzinnig universum, waarvoor hij klanken, ritmes en kleuren leent uit alle hoeken van de muzikale wereld. Tevens roept hij een dreamteam aan muzikanten samen met vaste collega gitarist Tim Finoulst, toetsen-wizard Mike Roelofs, trompet-superheld Carlo Nardozza, aanstormend sax-talent Lennert Baerts en ritmisch genie Daniel Jonkers op drums.


Martijn Vanbuel – bass/compositions

Carlo Nardozza - trumpet

Lennert Baerts - sax

Tim Finoulst - guitar

Mike Roelofs - keys

Daniel Jonkers - drums

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