Annemarie Roelofs

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Annemarie Roelofs
Birth nameAnnemarie Roelofs
Amstelveen, Netherlands
GenresJazz, experimental
InstrumentsTrombone, violin, tuba
Associated actsHenry Cow,
The Waste Watchers,
Feminist Improvising Group,
United Women's Orchestra

Annemarie Roelofs (born 1955), also spelt Anne-Marie Roelofs and Anne Marie Roelofs, is a Dutch trombone player and violinist, and is a professor at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. She was a member of several musical groups, including Henry Cow and the Feminist Improvising Group, and has performed in the Netherlands and England.


Roelofs studied trombone and violin at the conservatorium in Amsterdam. In December 1977 she began playing with English avant-rock group Henry Cow and appeared on their last album Western Culture (1979).[1][nb 1] She also performed with Guus Janssen and Maggie Nicols, and began working in German theatre in 1979.

Roelofs has worked in the Feminist Improvising Group and the United Women's Orchestra. She has also worked in projects with Lindsay Cooper, Heiner Goebbels, Alfred Harth.

Roelofs is a member of the cabaret-duo Niemann and Roelofs with Cornelia Niemann, the duo Plenar/Roelofs with pianist Elvira Plenar, and the Triple A trombone trio with Annie Whitehead and Abbie Conant. She also has a band of her own, The Waste Watchers, with Johannes Krämer and Dirk Marwedel, which released Music From the Land of Milk & Honey in 1997.



  1. ^ According to Fred Frith, Roelofs attended a Henry Cow concert in Amsterdam in December 1977 and began playing trombone from the audience. She was invited to join them on stage, which led to her touring with the band the following year, and playing on their last album, Western Culture in July and August 1978.[2]


  1. ^ "Henry Cow chronology". Calyx: The Canterbury Website. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  2. ^ Cutler 2009, p. 43.

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