Educated by various international artists including the Countertenor Oliver May, she was taught Jazz singing by Diethra Bishop (Hilversum, NL) and Fay Victor (NY,USA). The New York based vocalist said about Marijke’s skills: “You’re a great jazz singer, great affinity, very musical”. Additionally she worked with, among others, bassists Jürgen Wuchner, Norbert Dömling (Darmstadt, Germany), Jon Sass (Vienna/New York) and Oliver Steidle (Berlin, Germany), as well as with New York based pianist Marco di Gennaro. His said her singing was: “Outstanding! It was a pleasure for me”.
In 2011 she appeared as a vocalist on the CD Lunch Love Live (Sound&More), produced by composer/guitarist André Cézanne. For that CD she wrote most of the lyrics and performed in a wide stylistic range: from Blues to delicate Bossa, French chanson to classical interpretations of Fernando Pessoa-poems. From 2012 until 2016 she embodied Billie Holiday in the play Billie’s Blues which she wrote. It was highly acclaimed and ran at the West Side Theatre (Darmstadt/Germany). The CD Portrait of a Lady was released in April 2013 (Sound &More) as an homage to Billie. Also in 2015 she toured successfully as a leader of her own band, NOLA.
In 2016 she wrote the play Mensch, Kurt! about German journalist and author Kurt Tucholsky (1890–1935). She wrote the music to some of his poetry. Again her singing and acting were acclaimed by press and public. She also performed Stummvogelschreie, which is an avant-garde program based on her own poetry. Here she improvised with the saxophonist Eric Plandé, using all sound possibilities, including that of the bodies of their instruments as percusion. “An astonishing evening, crossing all borders” according to Johannes Breckner (Darmstädter Echo).
2017 she released Spheres of Monk at DOT TIME RECORDS.
Actually she works on new arrangements of Kurt Weill music in cooperation with SCHOTT Verlag und WEILL FOUNDATION and writes music to the poetry of Kurt Tucholsky. Because o the passion of the both for Paris she translated the text in French. The release (Laika RECORDS) is in September at international KURT-WEILL-FEST in Dessau and anniversary of Tucholsky-Bühne in Minden.