Residentie Jacob van Eyck

Jacob van Eyck may very well be Utrecht’s most important musician of all time. The blind nobleman was born ca. 1590 in Heusden, and moved to Utrecht (in the centre of the Netherlands) in 1625 where he worked as the city carillonneur, was a resident expert on bells, recorder player and composer. He died in 1657. You could call him a dj of the 17th century.

Van Eyck made all kinds of variations on the international top hits of his time, playing them on the Dom Tower bells as well as on his recorder on the Janskerk square. The brilliant repertoire with which he entertained summertime strollers on the church square after their evening supper has been preserved at the Der Fluyten Lust-hof and is both loved and feared around the world to this day. With his sensitive ear, Van Eyck was also the one who discovered how bells could be tuned. This played an influential role in the development of the carillon.

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The project JACOB 3.0 gives a completely new twist to Van Eyck’s musical legacy. Recorder player Erik Bosgraaf, dj Arjen de Vreede (dj DNA) and laptop artist Jorrit Tamminga form a musical project that not only gives new life to Van Eyck, but thanks to the use of six turn tables and a laptop computer also connects him to the music of today. In a contemporary style these three born musicians enter into a dialogue with four centuries of popular music.

Wineke van Muiswinkel, one of the initiators of JACOB 3.0, says: “An old master who fits in so many ways in this modern age, is the ideal candidate for an innovative project as JACOB 3.0. Van Eyck wrote famous and infamous compositions for recorder, he played an important role in the development of the carillon, he connected high and low culture and appealed to a very diverse audience. Jacob van Eyck needs to be rediscovered and with the project JACOB 3.0 we establish a logical connection between his early music and the music of today.”

JACOB 3.0 aims to grow into a project of years. In August and September 2016, Van Eyck’s spirit already returned for a residentie with concerts, city walking tours and a carillon concert.

-28 en 30 August: City walking tours
During the Early Music Festival, Van Eyck specialist Thiemo Wind held four sold-out tours of Utrecht along places where the blind nobleman lived and worked. Everywhere in the city centre, are sites that have a direct link with Jacob van Eyck:

Locations: Janskerkhof where Van Eyck played his recorder; Nicolaikerk which still has bells that are tuned according to Van Eyck; building on Oudkerkhof where Van Eyck used to live; bells of the Dom Tower that are tuned according to Van Eyck; the former Weeskerk (now Kytopia) where Van Eyck was buried; the actual site at the Weeskerk where Van Eyck would have been buried.

– 4 September: Concert TivoliVredenburg
Musicians Erik Bosgraaf (recorders), Arjen de Vreede (turntables) and Jorrit Tamminga (laptop) presented the music of Jacob van Eyck in their own way during a free concert at TivoliVredenburg’s Grote Zaal which was the opening of Cultural Sunday: Uitfeest.

© All photos: Jelmer de Haas

The performance in TivioliVredenburg’s Grote Zaal concert was also filmed:

Film produced by, published by VPRO

-4 September: Carillon concert
The Utrecht city carillonneur Malgosia Fiebig played music of her distant predecessor Jacob van Eyck at the Hemony bells of the Dom Tower. She also played works by Legrenzi, Vivaldi and Bach.


11 September: Concert Kytopia
Musicians Erik Bosgraaf, Arjen de Vreede and Jorrit Tamminga presented the music of Jacob van Eyck during the Gaudeamus Music Week in their own way during a full concert at Kytopia. In this formwer Weeskerk, Van Eyck was buried.

© Alle foto’s: Floris Verweij

This concert also was filmed:

Film produced by, published by VPRO

Rehearsal photos:

All photos © Wineke van Muiswinkel

Der Fluyten Lusthof 
In this clip, Erik Bosgraaf plays the complete Der Fluyten Lust-hof. Bosgraaf already released this bundle of music in 2007 on a triple album (released by Brilliant Classics).

JACOB 3.0 is a collaboration between the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Culturele Zondagen, Kytopia and Residenties in Utrecht.