Hendrike Scharmann is a multi instrumentalist, violinist, composer based in Brussels who is active in different genres in music. With a musical background that diverges from jazz-, classical-, pop and world music the main inspiration in her compositions is nature, movement and improvisation. Bands: BAUM, Pablo’s Eye, Botanical Bodies,...
Born in Düsseldorf (Germany) in 1990 Hendrike grew up in Antwerp (Belgium) in a musical family where she started the violin at the age of eight. Discovering the joy of music she attended classical violin lessons at a music-orientated high school.
This is also where she received the first taste of jazz. Intrigued by improvisation she decided to study jazz at conservatory in Leuven and Antwerp where she had lessons from masters such as Alexandre Cavalière (violin), Kurt van Herck (saxophone), Frank Vaganée, Bart Defoort, Bart van Caeneghem and many more.
During this period she also toured numerous times in Senegal with Issa Sow, Youssou N'dour, Bao Sissoko, Malick Pathé Sow, Wouter Vandenabeele and others and recorded an album.
After receiving her Bachelor degree Hendrike left for India for a period of eight months where she discovered the indian classical music on violin and studied this with Guru Swarna Kunthia. Besides studying Indian classical music in Brussels with Asad Qizilbash she has also travelled to Palestine and Algeria to discover their local musical traditions.
These different influences are coming together in her solo project called 'BAUM' where she composes using different instruments; violin, alto, guitar, synths, oud etc. She's a member of 'Pablo's Eye' (live duo electronics, violin, voice), Picea Orientalis (string orchestra), Botanical Bodies, and active as a freelance musician collaborating with Zach Phillips (Fievel is Glauque), Daniel Dzidzonu, Zwangere Guy, played on two records from 'Stikstof', composing music for films, documentaries, theatre and other projects.