JASPER SOMSEN TRIO
featuring Jean Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli
“A NEW EPISODE IN LIFE – Part I & Part II”
A NEW EPISODE IN LIFE: AN EXCITING MUSICAL JOURNEY!
It’s no coincidence Jasper Somsen’s third and fourth Challenge Records album features an international piano trio line up. Recent years he performed and/or recorded in trio with master pianists such as Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, John Beasley and Lynne Arriale. His trio featuring Jean-Michel Pilc (piano) and André Ceccarelli (drums) recorded two highly acclaimed albums in two days:
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)
JASPER SOMSEN & CHALLENGE RECORDS
Since 2017 Jasper Somsen collaborates with Challenge Records as an independent producer:
MAY 2018: LYNNE ARRIALE TRIO “Give Us These Days” feat. Jasper Somsen & Jasper van Hulten
JUNE 2018: JEAN-MICHEL PILC “Parallel” (solo piano)
T.b.a. 2019: BOB SHEPPARD feat. John Beasley, Jasper Somsen & Kendrick Scott
T.b.a. 2019: ENRICO PIERANUNZI TRIO feat. Jasper Somsen & Jorge Rossy
T.b.a. 2019: ENRICO PIERANUNZI & BERT JORIS (duo album)
JASPER SOMSEN INVITES … 2018
Thu. September 13 – Frank Montis (hammond organ) & Marc Schenk (drums)
Wed. October 24 – Tineke Postma (sax) & Joost Lijbaart (drums)
Thu. November 29 – Henk Kraaijeveld (vocals) & Daan Herweg (piano)
LOBURG – WAGENINGEN (NL)
Time: 20:30 | Free Entrance
JASPER SOMSEN on tour with Tania Kross
Once again Jasper Somsen will join the 2019 tour with the famous Dutch opera singer Tania Kross, performing her beautiful rendition of the opera CARMEN (G. Bizet) for both a classical chamber music and flamenco ensemble … TOUR SCHEDULE
SILENT LIVE … a moving experience!
Since 2014, Silent Live has been performing live improvised music with silent (and not so silent) movies. Every performance of Silent Live is a once in a lifetime experience: inventive, imaginative and spontaneous. Movies that Silent Live accompanied so far, are e.g. ‘The Red Turtle’ (2016), ‘The Artist’ (2011), ‘Les Triplettes de Belleville’ (2003), ‘Microcosmos’ (1996), ‘Weltstadt in Flegeljaren: ein Bericht über Chicago’ (1931), ‘La Coquille et le Clergyman’ (1928), and ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ (1920).
PERFORMANCES in 2018:
Sat. April 28 – Parkstad Limburg Theater, Heerlen (NL)
Sat. June 16 – LantarenVenster, Rotterdam (NL)
JASPER SOMSEN endorses MARKBASS amplifiers
Headline and cover photos Jasper Somsen Trio: (c) 2016 Carlos Villarroel – New Arts International