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A New Episode in Life Pt. I

A New Episode in Life Pt. I

Jasper Somsen Trio

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917343427
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Catalog number: CR 73434
Releasedate: 10-03-17

- A New Episode in Life Part I  contains nine melodically strong instrumental compositions by double bass player Jasper Somsen for his new trio. 

- Transparency is the key word in musical expression and form throughout the entire album, like songs without words.

- The improvisation are always an integral part of the composition. In fact, improvisation is composing with the speed of sound.

- All instrumentalists are equally important. Like a movie script the music decides the casting of roles.  

- Although the music is stylistically known as “modern creative Jazz music”, all three musicians have no stylistic limitations. Hence the natural crossover with classical and pop music.

It's no coincidence Jasper Somsen's 3rd (and later this year 4th) 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 and Andre Ceccarelli, he is much sought-after by pianists. The former New York, now Montreal-based French master pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc and one of Jasper's all-time favorite French drummers Andre Ceccarelli joined him for this diptych. At their first encounter ever, this trio with Jean-Michel Pilc and Andre Ceccarelli recorded A New Episode in Life Part I & A New Episode in Life Part II in just two days. The album contains nine melodically strong instrumental compositions by double bass player, Jasper Somsen. Transparency is the key word in musical expression and form throughout the entire album, similar to songs without words.
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, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Bob Sheppard, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gabriele Mirabassi, Bert Joris, Bert van den Brink, Ramón Valle, Toon Roos, Karel Boehlee, John Engels, Yuri Honing and Eric Vloeimans.

Albums as a leader at Challenge Records:
2010: Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry (The Music of Enrico Pieranunzi) - Jasper Somsen Group
2013: Sardegna - Jasper Somsen Group
2017: A New Episode In Life part I - Jasper Somsen Trio featuring Jean-Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli
2017: A New Episode In Life part II - Jasper Somsen Trio featuring Jean-Michel Pilc & André Ceccarelli

Jasper performes world wide, can be heard on more than 30 albums and is frequently invited as a guest teacher at the conservatories in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Arnhem.