Flin van Hemmen was exposed to music at an early age. The song ‘Blackbird’ by the Beatles made him want to play the guitar but after a year he decided to settle on the drums. While in high school, he started gigging around town playing with the likes of Thijs van Leer and Eric Vloeimans. In that period, he was featured in two television broadcastings.
It became clear that music would be his main focus so he decided to attend the Amsterdam School of Music, where he graduated recently with honors, receiving his bachelor of arts in music.
When Flin moved to Amsterdam, he was quickly noticed by some of the best musicians in the Dutch jazz scene. He started playing with people like Jesse van Ruller, Karel Boehlee and Jasper Blom. With the Benjamin Herman Quartet, he toured through Hungary, the Czech Republic and Austria. Flin also started co leading the Trio Blom/ Dooyeweerd/ van Hemmen. This made him take an interest for composing which quickly grew out to be an important component in his musical activities. This trio did clinics at several conservatories in Holland.
Flin also played with many international stars such as Dick Oatts, Scott Tinkler and Rick Margitza. Saxophone giant Michael Brecker invited him to play on the first concert of his European tour 2003, subbing for Jeff Tain Watts.
In 2004 Flin was awarded the Best New Talent award (Dutch Jazz Competition) and won the John Engels award handed out by the man himself, former drummer of Chet Baker.
Currently Flin is extensively touring and recording with ‘Narcissus Quartet’. It was initially formed by Robin Verheyen and has Harmen Fraanje on piano and Clemens van der Feen on bass.
Flin also takes part in the Young All Stars Quintet with whom he did a release tour in April 2006.
With Franz von Chossy he explores piano trio music. This trio won the 2006 edition of the Dutch jazz competition and will release their first CD the 29th of November at the Bimhuis. Release tour will be in March 2007.
With Jasper Blom’s ‘Ars Subtilior’ mediaeval music is being explored. Music of the past is being exposed to new approaches and sounds which is a concept Flin feels closely related to.
Flin will continue collaborating and performing with a wide range of musicians, while continuously developing and broadening his horizon.