CONCERTS & MASTERCLASSES
Thu JAN 25 – MASTERCLASS Jean-Michel Pilc – ArtEZ Conservatory, ARNHEM (NL)
Fri JAN 26 – CD PRESENTATION “A New Episode In Life part II” – PARADOX, TILBURG (NL) | INFO
Tue JAN 30 – MASTERCLASS Jasper Somsen Trio, – Royal Conservatory, THE HAGUE (NL)
Wed JAN 31 – CONCERT – AZIJNFABRIEK, ‘s HERTOGENBOSCH (NL) | INFO
The poetic melodies seem to float over the soft breeze of Andre Ceccarelli ‘s drum sound, which gives the perfect texture for Jasper Somsen ‘s deep and dark bass sound. Jean-Michel Pilc ‘s imaginary musical realm and sense of dynamics is full of suprises. Even more impressive is the seemingly effortless interplay with Somsen and Ceccarelli.
**** – Mischa Andriessen (TROUW, NL)
Free anticipating interplay … a creative impulse leading to a chain reaction between these three improvising musicians. Their music descending to depths where there are no limits in time and space.
– Martin Laurentius (JAZZTHING, DE)
Concise interplay by a very interesting trio … ingeniously constructed compositions. An intriguing trio: intelligent, well balanced and often poetic.
**** ½ – Coen de Jonge (JAZZISM, NL)
This French-Dutch trio sounds like they have been performing together for many years. The consensus is so strong it seems like Jasper Somsen wrote this music especially for this trio. From the beginning the music emerges as a masterpiece, in which the three musicians perform with an equal intensity. – Hans-Jürgen Linke (JAZZTHETIK, DE)
The nine compositions are short stories about moments and experiences in life translated in music. This trio has the power to surprise you at any given moment. Although all three musicians have a lot of freedom the trio is very solid. The recordings sound very pure. A beautiful trio album.
– Hi Fi Stars (DE)
A powerful European trio at an international high class level. Jean-Michel Pilc’s excentric and almost provocative style is joyful, organic, agile and full of contrasts: just wonderful! Andre Ceccarelli’s very transparent playing adds the right accents at the right moments. Somsen’s compositions are appealing and well thought-out. His playing blends the overall energy perfectly. This carefully created album draws the attention of the listener as a magnet. The release of Part II next autumn is already very promissing!
– Peter J. Korten (JAZZFLITS, NL)
Underneath the very clear musical structures there’s a feeling of secretly made agreements between the musicians, which enhances the listener’s attention even more. The interplay is exceptionally high class, in which every instrument is equally represented – so common in the modern piano trio format. Pilc shows clearly he’s part of the absolute pianist’s elite. One lingering composition followed by another one makes this album a true pleasure to listen to, over and over again. It makes you long to hear part two as well.
– Jan van Leersum (ROOTSTIME, BE) – review “A New Episode In Life – part I”
A spontaneous and flawless treat of inspired music. Sheer endless musical ideas and inventions. A great joy for both performers and listeners, all the way to the very end.
– Jean-Pierre Goffin (JAZZHALO, BE)
Seemingly effortless Somsen and Ceccarelli match Pilc’s explosive musical freedom and touching melodies. Fascinating from the very first to the very last note. Highly recommended.
– Erno Elsinga (JAZZENZO, NL) – review “A New Episode In Life – part II”
Expressive bursts of tones alternate serene introvert sounds. Exciting interplay.
Recording two high quality albums in just two days’ time proves the excellence of this trio.
– Jan van Leersum (ROOTSTIME, BE) – review “A New Episode In Life – part II”
Poetic compositions performed by a tight and highly energetic trio. The deep bass sound of Jasper Somsen matches the rich imaginary playing by Jean-Michel Pilc and André Ceccarelli’s agililty perfectly.
– Medienhaus Bauer, Kultur (DE)
“Truly alive” is the right way to express this music’s very melodic and often dramatic atmosphere, emerging from the depth of music. Clearly the musicians have a wonderful time displaying their harmonic artistry in this Scandinavian inspired Jazz music.
– Wolfgang Giese (Musik an Sich, DE)
RECORDING TWO ALBUMS IN TWO DAYS!
It’s no coincidence Jasper Somsen’s third and fourth Challenge Records album features an international piano trio line up. Recent years performing and/or recording in trio with a.o. Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, John Beasley, Jeff Ballard, Justin Faulkner & André Ceccarelli, he is much sought after by (in particular) pianists. The former New York, now Montreal based French master pianist & composer Jean-Michel Pilc and one of Jasper’s all time favorite French drummers André Ceccarelli joined him.
On July 11 and 12, 2016 the Jasper Somsen Trio planned to record one album at the MotorMusic Studios, Mechelen (Belgium). At the end of day one the entire album was already recorded. Challenge Records decided instantly to have the trio record their second album on day two.
Album two was recorded in only six hours. The first album contains all new original compositions by Jasper Somsen. The second album is a mix of free form improvisations and standards. The first five tracks of album two were recorded in one entire take. Most other tracks in one or two takes. Considering the fact that Jasper Somsen and Jean-Michel Pilc never performed or even met, before these recordings, it’s clear that the trio is a very strong match. The music is an intriguing and exciting exploration in the hearts and minds of these three wonderful musicians.
JEAN-MICHEL PILC – Piano
JASPER SOMSEN – Double Bass
ANDRÉ CECCARELLI – Drums
AUDIO CLIPS “A NEW EPISODE IN LIFE – Part I”
Beneath The Surface (J.Somsen)
No News Is Good News Coming (J. Somsen)
Full Circles (J. Somsen)
AUDIO CLIPS “A NEW EPISODE IN LIFE – Part II”
Solar Suite IV – Solar (M. Davis)
A New Episode In Life (J. Somsen/J-M. Pilc/ A. Ceccaralli)
After Thought I (J. Somsen/J-M. Pilc/ A. Ceccaralli)
(c) 2016 photos Carlos Villarroel – New Arts International