While still in high school Onno Govaert (1987, Kaatsheuvel, NL) was already playing with such well-known Dutch jazz musicians as Eric Vloeimans and Harmen Fraanje. He moved to Amsterdam to study jazz drums and graduated cum laude from the Conservatorium of Amsterdam in 2009.
His playing has variously been described as ‘innovative’, ‘spectacular’, ‘relentless’, ‘possessed by the devil’ and ‘post Jim Black’. ‘Onno Govaert stokes the band’s fires with spazzy rumbles and unflagging motion’, commented Chicago Reader, and Volkskrant described his style as ‘full of initiative and uninhibited.’
Beside his regular ensembles – Cactus Truck, Stadhouders/Goavert/deJoode, Feecho – Onno plays with a broad spectrum of creative musicians, including Ab Baars, Terrie Ex, Andy Moor, Ken Vandermark, Theo Loevendie, Dave Rempis, Peter Jacquemyn, Joost Buis and Ig Henneman.