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.: Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, 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, Jacek Kochan and vocalists: Humphrey Campbell, Fay Claassen, Rita Reys, Nancy Marano and Lori Lieberman.
In 2015 the Enrico Pieranunzi Trio live album: "Tales From The Unexpected" was recorded and released, with the French drummer André Ceccarelli. Jasper recorded two albums with the Jasper Somsen Group: "Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry" (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi - 2010) and “Sardegna” (2013). He can be heard at more than 25 CD and DVD productions. Jasper performed all over Europe. He is frequently invited as a guest teacher at the conservatories in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Arnhem. He is the programmer of the foundation Jazz in Wageningen, at his hometown Wageningen (NL) and teaches at his hometown Wageningen.
Ocean of Wisdom (J. Somsen) - From the Jasper Somsen Group album: "Sardegna" (2013)
Photo: Marcel van den Broek, New Arts International