Wiro Mahieu (doublebass, bassguitar, composer, teacher, organizer)
24-12-1964 Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Current:
-Member of Paul van Kemenade Duo, Paul van Kemenade Trio (with Stevko Busch), Paul van Kemenade Quartet: Three Horns and a Bass (THAAB) and Paul van Kemenade Quintet. Latest cd "Stranger than Paranoia" out december 2018. Tours in Russia, China, South Afrika, Botswana, Holland and Europe.
-New project/tour with Three Horns and a Bass with special guests Mandla Mlangeni, Louis Moholo and Andile Yenana (SA) in oktober 2019.
-Leader of his own Low Motion Trio, a doublebass feature trio (demo video out in september 2015).
-Member of '2 Horns and 2 Basses' with Niko Langenhuizen, Jeroen Doomernik and Toon de Gouw.
-Member of the Colette Wickenhagen/Clous van Mechelen Quintet.
-Session player in numerous jazzbands.

Awards:
Mahieu won the Soloist Prize at the 1988 NOS-Meervaart-Jazz Concours in Amsterdam, and in 1996 he won the prestigious Wessel Ilckenprijs accompanied by pianist Rob van den Broeck.

History:
Wiro Mahieu studied at the ArteZ School of Music Arnhem Holland under Henk Haverhoek (double bass) and Lenee Tevoortwis (bassguitar), with whom he graduated in 1990. In addition, he also received lessons from Eddie Gomez, Miroslav Vitous and Ray Brown. Wiro teached at Huis voor de Kunsten De Lindeneberg Nijmegen Holland (1988-2019) and at the ArteZ School of Music Arnhem Holland (2008-2015).

From 1988 till now Wiro is a welknow Dutch doublebassplayer and recorded and performed with numerous Dutch and international jazz artists as Paul van Kemenade, Alex Sipiagin, Michiel Borstlap, Tineke Postma, Eric Vloeimans, Gerd Dudek, Charlie Mariano, Kenny Wheeler, Harmen Fraanje, Feya Faku, Vinsent Planjer, Benny Baily, Bert van de Brink, Leo Bouwmeester, David de Marez Oyens, Herman van Haaren, Sydney Mnisi, Hans Eijkenaar, Mandla Mlangeni, Louis Moholo, Andile Yenana, Bernhard Reinke, Hein de Jong, Sebastiaan Captain, Jeroen van Helsdingen,Willen Hellbreker, Peter van Schadewijk, Rembrandt Frerichs, Henk Haverhoek, Erwin Hoorweg, Wolter Wierbos, Rob van Kreefeld, Wim Kegel, Hans Kwakkernaat, Henk Zomer, Tim Armacost, Marin Fondse, Hans Peter Salentin, Peter Lieberom, Sebastiaan Cornelisse, Thomas Ruckert, Wim de Vries, Jan Reinen, Jan Menu, Edgar van Asselt, Ruben Hein, Joop van Erven, Louis Mhlanga, Jean Louis van Dam, Bart Tarenskeen, Thomas Chapin, Gunnar Graafmans, Bob Malach, Bart van Lier, Thorsten Grau, Owen Hart, Rein Godefroy, Leo Jansen, Vincent Houdijk, Dick de Graaf, Ludo Doomernik, Hans Braber, Stefan Pfeiffer, Mike Del Ferro, Ibo van Leur, Dries en Mascha Bijlsma, Tony Lakatos, Wolfert Brederode, Joost Kesselaar, Cor bakker, Onno Witte, Ruud Breuls, Edwin Berg, Erik Kooger, David Linx, Geert Roelofs, Joeraj Stanik, Bert Boeren, Sonti Mnebele, Benny Bailey, Amina Figarova, Bart Platteau, Pieter Bast, Koen Schalkwijk, Jeroen van Vliet, Victor de Boo, Lucas van Merwijk, Noa, Gijs Dijkhuizen, Robert Rook, Jamie Peet, Chris Goessens, Nick van de Bos, Ton Scheepers, Joel Botma, Thomas Chapin, Kurt van Herck, Ernie Hammes, Guus Tangelder, Ben van Dungen, Robert Jan Vermeulen, Mark van Vught, Ineke van Doorn, Bob Wijnen, Lucienne Matheewse, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Fred Leeflang, Arno Krijger, Carlo de Wijs, Pascal Vermeer, Jeroen Pek, Bert Lochs, Leo van Oostrum, Jasper Soffers, Klaas van Donkersgoed, Frits Landesbergen, Michael Varenkamp, Miguel Boelens, Kenny Wheeler, Michael Gustorff, Hans van Oosterhout, Wiboud Burkens, Ack van Rooyen, Robert Jan Vermeulen, Nick van der Schoot, Martin van Duynhoven, Michiel Braam, Pieter Douma, Makki van Engelen, John Engels, Cees Kranenburg jr, Jasper van Hulten, Peter Guidi, Jesse van Ruller, Bas Rietmeijer, Flin van Hemmen, Frank Windemuller, Loek Dikker, Mike Roelofs, Glenn Cornielle, Rik Mol, Stefan Kruger, Jasper van 't Hoff, Angelo Verploegen, Ferhan Otay, Tony Levin (drums), Luluk Purwanto, Rene Creemers, Rene van Helsdingen, Bart van Helsdingen, Pierre Courbois, Martijn van Iterson, Joost van Schaik, Eva Baggerman, Louk Boudesteijn, Donald Dean, Marcello Pellitteri, Ben Schroder, Colette Wickenhagen, Pleun van Dieren, Marcel Serierse, Han Bennink, Egbert van Gruijthuijzen, Yonga Sun, Ge Bijvoet, Ad Colen, Rob van Bavel, Marc van Roon, Efraim Trujillo, Paul Sips, Nico Schepers, Bert Joris, Eddie Conard, Joost Lijbaart, Stormvogel, Jeroen Zijlstra, Ralph Peterson, Candy and Hans Dulfer, Chris Strik, Rob van den Broeck, Arno van Nieuwenhuize, Tom Beek, Denise Jannah, Ernst Reijseger, Benny Maupin, Rinus Groeneveld, Jan Verweij, Tilman Junius, Gijs Hendriks, Sara Lee Vos, Margriet Sjoerdsma, Les Freres Guisse, Volker Winck, Peter Weniger, Eef Albers, Jaap Berends, Maikel Thijssen, Berend van de Berg, Anne Chris, Pascal Vermeer, Anton Goudsmit, Benjamin Herman, Wolvert Brederode, Juri Honing, Joost Kroon, Dieter Greifenberg, Christoph Hillmann, Koos van der Sluis, Stefan Schmid, Fred Gaasbeek, Freddy Golden, Esmee Stotijn, Maria Portugal, Capella Pratensis, Juri Artamonov, Simone Sou, and many others.

Wiro co-organised 7 editions of the East of Eastern Jazzfestival in Nijmegen, Holland (2004-2012).

Every year since 1988 he has made appearances on various radio and television programmes, on festivals and in jazz clubs both domestically and abroad with the above-mentioned bands and artists, visiting Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Poland, Italy, Russia, Scandinavia, Greece, England, Ireland, South Africa, China, Indonesia, Botswana, Switzerland, Austria, Canada and the US.

CDs:
Mahieu performed on over 30 cds with artists mentioned above. Best press results came with the cd 'Close enough' by Paul van Kemenade, has been rewarded as one of best cds 2011 in the category 'masterpieces' (five stars) by the American jazzmagazine Downbeat. The 2004 CD "September Suite" by Amina Figarova Sextet awarded rank 16 in American Cable Jazz Network and the 2005 CD "Come Escape With Me" by Amina Figarova awarded rank 7 American Cable jazz Network.

As a leader: The Wiro Mahieu 'Low Motion Trio'.
The 'Low Motion Trio' is a jazztrio by bassist and teacher Wiro Mahieu. The band performs jazz with a central role for the upright bass. It took the stage since 1997 both in the Netherlands and abroad, clubs and festivals, including a performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 1999. The band also made appearances in domestic and foreign jazz radio and television shows. In 2000 the trio toured together with alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano in a line up with Jeroen van Vliet and Pieter Bast. The new line up is with Philipp Frenzel - piano, Yonga Sun - drums en Wiro Mahieu - double bass. Demo video on this site out September 2015.

(Nederlands)
Als bandleider: The Wiro Mahieu 'Low Motion Trio'.
Het "Low Motion Trio" is een jazztrio van bassist en docent Wiro Mahieu. Een groep waarin hij de contrabas centraal stelt. Het trio bestaat sinds 1997 en speelde op nationale en internationale jazz-podia en festivals waaronder het North Sea Jazz Festival in 1999. Verder gaf het trio optredens in Nederlandse en buitenlandse radio en televisieprogramma's. Het trio tourde in 2000 samen met altsaxofonist Charlie Mariano in een bezetting met Jeroen van Vliet en Pieter Bast. De groep bestaat ook uit Philipp Frenzel - piano, Yonga Sun - drums en Wiro Mahieu - contrabas. Het trio brengt nu een nieuw repertoire (zie videos deze site).