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


History:
Wiro Mahieu studied at the ArtEZ School of Music in Arnhem under Henk Haverhoek (double bass) and Lenee Tevoortwis (basguitar), with whom he graduated in 1990. In addition, he received lessons from teachers as Eddie Gomez, Miroslav Vitous and Ray Brown. From 1988 till now Wiro is a welknow Dutch doublebassplayer and recorded and performed with numerous Dutch and international jazzartists as Michiel Borstlap, Tineke Postma, Eric Vloeimans, Gerd Dudek, Charlie Mariano, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Malach, Benny Bailey, Amina Figarova, Noa, Tony Levin, Luluk Purwanto and the Helsdingen Trio, Rob van den Broeck and many others. Wiro organised 7 editions of the East of Eastern Jazzfestival in Nijmegen, Holland. 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, Italy, Russia, Scandinavia, Greece, England, Ireland, South Africa, China, Indonesia, Switzerland, Austria and the US.


Current:
- Leader of his own Low Motion Trio, a doublebass feature trio (new demo video out in september 2015)
- Member of Three Horns and a Bass by Paul van Kemenade (new cd "In a certain mood" out in december 2014, tours to Russia, China, South Afrika, Switserland and Holland in 2015/2016)
- Member of the Paul van Kemenade Quintet
- Member of the Paul van Kemenade Quintet project "Soul Afrique" with guests Sydney Mnisi, Feya Faku, Louis Mhlanga (new cd out in december 2015, South Afrika tour in september 2016)
- Member of the Ad Colen Quartet.
- Member of the Colette Wickenhagen/Clous van Mechelen Quintet.
- Teacher at the house of arts De Lindenberg, Nijmegen, Holland.
- 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, together with pianist Rob van den Broeck.


Cd's:
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 magazine 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.


The Wiro Mahieu 'Low Motion Trio' (English)
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. New demo video will come out in september 2015 with a brand new repertoire.

Wiro Mahieu 'Low Motion Trio' (Nederlands)

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 nu uit Philipp Frenzel - piano, Yonga Sun - drums en Wiro Mahieu - contrabas. Het trio brengt een geheel nieuw repertoire.