A project of 2 musicians, Floor Tuk and Jan van Rijn, who make music with influences from all over the world..
They call it "World Fusion"..
PAPPAJAN AND THE MUSICDOCTOR started in 2005 under the name T’OPAZ as a cooperative studio project of two Dutch musicians, who knew each other since a very long time before they actually started working together.
Floor Tuk started as a guitarplayer about 47 years ago in a local blues and r&b band (TOUCH).
After a few years he had his experiences in a soulband (NEW INSPIRATION).
That all was before he was 20 years old.He still was searching for his "thing" while he was playing rock,new wave and even African funk.
Later on he had a long musical career as a guitarplayer in several Fusionbands, while he developed a very distinguished style of playing, in which the influence of keyboardplayer Joe Zawinul (Weather Report),jazz violin player Jean-Luc Ponty,Frank Zappa, and guitar player Mike Stern became a very important one.
Later on he focussed more and more on composing and producing his own music in his homestudio, using sophisticated Midi and Sampling techniques.
Jan van Rijn was for about 45 years a bass player in several Experimental, New Wave, Blues and Rockbands, before he became a passionate collector of all kinds of ethnic instruments, which he also repaired and tried playing on.
His main influences are Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and Miles Davis.
In spite of the fact that the two knew each other already since almost the beginning of their musical careers, they never played together until some time in 2005, when they decided to do “something” together, which miraculously worked out perfectly from the very start.
YETI was the first album of this project, released in 2007 and can be regarded as an example of what they like to call WORLD FUSION in which modern western musical elements are being mixed with authentically ethnic sounds and instruments.
Since then they composed and produced an enormous amount of songs and more ambient musical pieces, in which also several guest musicians took part, like keyboard player Hans Kalberg (on pieces like “Nature”, “Dounceland” and “Minors”), tabla and udu drum player and Flamenco guitarist Patrick Cremers (on “Koekie de bij”, “Estoy perdido mi Sombrero”) and flutist Frans van Geffen (on “Tingklik Song”).
Since 2008 they worked very intensively together with Kora player Jalikebba Kuyateh (www.freewebs.com/jalikebba) from The Gambia, who, while he is a kind of adopted son of Jan van Rijn, who he calls “Pappajan”, invented the name PAPPAJAN AND THE MUSICDOCTOR (“against musical malaria”).
With Jalikebba they recorded in 2009 an album with original West African Mandinka songs, partly traditional and partly written by Jalikebba, and arranged in a more world fusion way by PAPPAJAN AND THE MUSICDOCTOR.
Until now the duo worked exclusively in the studio but they are thinking about maybe going to do live performances in the near future, which will be a very complicated operation, because of the mostly very complex structure of the songs with a great variety of modern and ethnic instruments, they use, not even to speak about the use of Sample and Midi techniques.
But, who knows… Perhaps people who are interested can soon witness an unique experience with PAPPAJAN AND THE MUSICDOCTOR on stage with theatrical and colorful tribal aspects and elements, at least, that should be the plan.