Dutch double bassist & composer Jasper Somsen (1973) studied Jazz and Classical double bass at the conservatories of Utrecht and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. During his career Jasper has performed with some of the very best musicians at the (inter)national jazz scene, a.o.: Joey Calderazzo, Enrico Pieranunzi, Bob Sheppard, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gabriele Mirabassi, Bert van den Brink, Ramón Valle, Toon Roos, Karel Boehlee, John Engels, Ferdinand Povel, Yuri Honing, Eric Vloeimans and vocalists: Humphrey Campbell, Fay Claassen, Rita Reys, Nancy Marano and Lori Lieberman.
The Jasper Somsen Group released two internationally highly acclaimed albums: "Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry" (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi - 2010) and “Sardegna” (2013). Jasper can be heard at more than 20 CD and DVD productions. He performed in a.o. Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy & Sardinia, Poland and Finland. Besides his career as a performer Jasper was appointed as a (guest) teacher at the conservatories in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht. He is the programmer of the foundation Jazz in Wageningen, at his hometown Wageningen (NL) and founder of the Wageningen Bass Academy.
Ocean of Wisdom (J. Somsen) - From the Jasper Somsen Group album: "Sardegna" (2013)
Photo: Marcel van den Broek, New Arts International