Joost Lijbaart is a versatile drummer who uses a lot of different influences in his playing. Born in Amsterdam, he started drumming after his father when he was seven years old. After several years of classical percussion lessons he went to the conservatory in Hilversum, where he took lessons from Cees Kranenburg, Marcel Serierse and Gerhard Jeltes. He graduated in 1991. During his studies he went to Senegal (West Africa) to take lessons in African percussion with the legendary DuDu and Ali un D’Aya Rose.
Besides jazz, pop and improvised music he has worked with modern classical music and dance. In 1990 he performed with students from the National Ballet Academy, played modern classical percussion music by Xenakis, Cage, and Reich and worked in different projects with Theo Loevendie and Louis Andriessen.
With Yuri Honing, Joost Lijbaart formed the Yuri Honing Trio in 1989. With this group he did concerts and tours in more than 40 countries all over the world. During a tour to the Middle East in 1998 the trio was intrigued by the music of the Arab world. The result was a bigger group called Orient Express with a Libanese singer and two musicians from Iraq. This group did several tours in the Middle East and the Netherlands. In 1993 he won the 15th Europe Jazz Contest with the Nicolas Thys Trio. For this performance he received the ”best drummer award”. In 1995 he joined the Michiel Borstlap Sextet with Yuri Honing, Eric Vloeimans and Benjamin Herman. With this group they released the double CD the sextet live in 1996 and did several tours in the Netherlands. A tour in China in 1998 was filmed by Dutch documentary maker Jop Pannekoek. With Yuri Honing, Michiel Borstlap and Boudewijn Lucas he started a jazzrock group called White House in 1996. From 1995 he has worked also with Agog, a trio with guitar player Frank Wingold and bass guitar player Mark Haanstra. With this group Lijbaart won the Dutch jazz competition in 2002 and was honored as best soloist of the contest by American drummer Elvin Jones. From 2002 Joost started his own quartet, ”group of friends”, with Yuri Honing, Benjamin Herman and Mats Eilertsen. For this group he is also very active as a composer. He played at the North Sea Jazz Festival with this band in 2003. A DVD of this concert was released in 2005. In 2003 he also did a big project with Dutch choreographer Anouk van Dijk, a ballet for four dancers and four musicians live on stage. This year a new group was formed by Yuri Honing together with Joost Lijbaart, Tony Overwater and Frank Moebus, a guitarist from Berlin who is well known with his trio Der Rote Bereich. The double CD temptation of this band called Yuri Honing wired paradise was released in January 2006. Another new group is the duo with pianist Wolfert Brederode. With the duo they did a project with dancer and choreographist Lonneke van Leth. Also they played music for the audiobook Shadowchild by Dutch writer Frans Thomese.
From 2008 Joost Lijbaart performed more and more abroad especially at major festivals in Asia and South America with the Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet. In 2012 Joost Lijbaart started the group BATIK with Dutch piano player Wolfert Brederode.