The Marit van der Lei Nextet is founded in 2015. Intrigued by the horn sections she had heard during her school years and through years of bigband singing, she started writing for a jazz combo starring a small horn section, and decided that she wanted to fulfill one horn part herself. This resulted in her debut album ‘in Other Words’. Marit writes contemporary music for her ‘nextet’, inspired by the music of Kenny Wheeler and Cecile Mclorin Salvant.
Marit van der Lei Nextet sounds sober, subtle and somewhat unpolished, in attempt to avoid the big gesture. Without excessive frills, lyrical compositions sounds through without falling into melodrama or patheticity for a single moment. As a result, the music she writes for her own ‘Marit van der Lei Nextet’ sounds intense, sometimes low-key, in which the expressiveness seems to increase exponential.
In 2018, the Marit van der Lei Nextet debuted their first album 'In Other Words', which was received with enthusiasm.