Inspired by Jazz, music of the 50s and 60s , as well as the modal subversions of 90s alternative rock, Jan explores American popular music with his guitar. After several years of performing, sheet music publishing and teaching in Europe, Jan made his way to the US.
He studied for his Master’s degree in Jazz and Improvised Music with the Helen A. Reynolds Endowed Scholarship in Music and worked as Teaching Assistant at the University of Washington, Seattle.
He performs and records frequently on the West Coast, solo and with various jazz and pop groups.
With Chord Yoga, he works on an online library featuring transcriptions of seminal guitar performances, guitar lessons and music theory methods. He is also responsible for transcribing music and writing sheet music for the thriving online music community PickUp Music : it offers masterclasses, lessons and transcriptions covering different styles of popular music from jazz to neo soul.
Based on his accomplishments as instrumentalist and his published work, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services granted him permanent residency, addressing extraordinary abilities in the arts.
“A few years ago, we filmed Bill Frisell performing a gorgeous solo version of “Embraceable You.” A young and very promising guitarist decided to transcribe it. Note: This was done with Bill’s permission and through all the correct song licensing channels. This is just a PSA on our part in case you want to channel your inner Frisell. And don’t we all?”
– Jason Verlinde, The Fretboard Journal