Martin Fondse’s warm, dynamic and highly communicative music has been influenced by many sources and inspirations. Always searching for new and open ways of creating music, he establishes a remarkable balance between composition, improvisation, dialogue and personal expression. Martin’s works range from solo pieces to compositions for symphonic orchestras.
He has been awarded several international prizes, ranging from orchestral work to film music.
As a composer/arranger Martin collaborated with artists like Pat Metheny, Terry Bozzio, Peter Erskine, Doudou N'Diaye Rose, Vernon Reid, George Duke, Christina Branco, Eric Vloeimans, Ernst Reijseger, Mariza, Sezen Aksu, Nils Wogram, Basement Jaxx, Matthew Herbert.
Furthermore Martin recieved composition commission from orchestras like The Concertgebouw Orkest, Holland Symfonia, Limburgs Symfonisch Orkest, HR Big Band Frankfurt, Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, The Meridian Arts Ensemble, Metropole Orchestra.
Currently he is working with his own pan-european-flex-orchestra Starvinsky Orkestar, the piano duo Key Figures with Wolfert Brederode, a group around Flamenco guitarist Eric Vaarzon Morel and jazz player Jesse van Ruller, as well as performing as a solo player and duo with clarinettist Claudio Puntin.
Martin Fondse Oktemble - 8 x g! (Rollercoaster Records 1995) Martin Fondse Oktemble - Upperground (BV Haast 1998) Martin Fondse Oktemble - Ere Ibeji (BV Haast 2001) Groove Troopers - Zoom Zoo (JJ-Tracks 2004)
HR Big Band - Two Suites (HR 2004) Martin Fondse & Starvinsky Orkestar (Basta 2008) XL Jazz - Martian Art (BK Disk 2009) XL Jazz - Martian Club (BK Disk 2010) Martin Fondse & Wolfert Brederode - Key Figures (release 2011)