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A New Episode in Life Pt. I

Jasper Somsen Trio

A New Episode in Life Pt. I

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Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917343427
Catnr: CR 73434
Release date: 10 March 2017
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"A fresh and surprising combination, this trio. It takes you to the beauty of the music, where you also regularly sit on the edge of your chair."

Draai Om Je Oren, 07-2-2018
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About the album

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.
Es ist kein Zufall, dass Jasper Somsens drittes (und später dieses Jahr viertes) Challenge Records-Album eine internationale Klaviertrio-Besetzung aufweist. Nachdem er in den letzten Jahren unter anderem im Trio mit Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, John Beasley, Jeff Ballard, Justin Faulkner und André Ceccarelli aufgetreten ist bzw. aufgenommen hat, ist er nun ein gefragter Künstler (insbesondere) bei Pianisten. Der französische Meisterpianist und Komponist Jean-Michel Pilc, früher wohnhaft in New York, jetzt in Montreal, und André Ceccarelli, einer von Jaspers liebsten Drummern aller Zeiten, spielen mit ihm auf diesem Diptychon.

Bei seiner allerersten Begegnung nahm er im Trio mit Jean-Michel Pilc (Piano) und André Ceccarelli (Drums) zwei Alben in nur zwei Tagen auf! Die Musik ist eine faszinierende und aufregende Erkundungstour der Herzen und Gedanken dieser drei wunderbaren Musiker.
A New Episode of Life Part II wird im Herbst 2017 veröffentlicht.

Artist(s)

Jasper Somsen (double bass)

Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen (1973) graduated in both Jazz and Classical double bass. He is an open minded versatile musician. Best known as a Jazz musician his field of interest and expertise also includes cross overs to classical, pop, world and film music and theater productions. Jasper has collaborated with some of the very best musicians on the international jazz scene including Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband, Gabriele Mirabassi and Paolo Fresu. Besides a performer and composer, Jasper Somsen is a Challenge Records artist and a renowned studio producer. Jasper performs world wide and can be...
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Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen (1973) graduated in both Jazz and Classical double bass. He is an open minded versatile musician. Best known as a Jazz musician his field of interest and expertise also includes cross overs to classical, pop, world and film music and theater productions.

Jasper has collaborated with some of the very best musicians on the international jazz scene including Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband, Gabriele Mirabassi and Paolo Fresu.

Besides a performer and composer, Jasper Somsen is a Challenge Records artist and a renowned studio producer. Jasper performs world wide and can be heard on more than 45 albums, video and film music scores. Outside a busy playing and studio producing schedule he is an educator at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem (NL) and the general director of the foundation Cultural City of Wageningen, in his hometown.


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Jasper Somsen Trio

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:...
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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- THE TRIO It’s no coincidence Jasper Somsen’s third album as a leader features an internationalpiano trio line up. Recently performing and/or recording with a.o. Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, 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. The music is an intriguing and exciting exploration in the hearts and minds of these three wonderful musicians.

TWO ALBUMS On July 11 and 12, 2016 the Jasper Somsen Trio went into the MotorMusic Studios, Mechelen (Belgium). Their entire album was recorded in less than one recording day. The same night Challenge Records decided to have the trio record their second album on day two. And just so happened. The first album is an all new original compositions album by Jasper Somsen. The second album contains a mix of free improvisations and some freely approached standards and was recorded in less than 6 hours. Most of the tracks of the second album were recorded in just one or two takes.


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Jean-Michel Pilc (piano)

Pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc has performed with numerous jazz giants including Roy Haynes, Billy Hart, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Rick Margitza, Kenny Werner, Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, the Mingus Dynasty & Big Band, Lew Soloff andRichard Bona, among others. He has also worked with Harry Belafonteas his musical director and pianist, and has performed a duet with the legendary opera singer Jessye Norman. Jean-Michel’s renowned trio featuring bassist François Moutinand drummer Ari Hoenig has released numerous standout recordings, including Together - Live at Sweet Basil and NYC - Vol.  1 & 2 (2000),Welcome Home (2002), Cardinal Points (2004) and Live at Iridium, NYC(2004). The group later released Threedom in 2010 after reforming under the collective name Pilc-Moutin-Hoenig.  An active solo performer who’s appeared in concert internationally,...
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Pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc has performed with numerous jazz giants including Roy Haynes, Billy Hart, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Rick Margitza, Kenny Werner, Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, the Mingus Dynasty & Big Band, Lew Soloff andRichard Bona, among others. He has also worked with Harry Belafonteas his musical director and pianist, and has performed a duet with the legendary opera singer Jessye Norman.

Jean-Michel’s renowned trio featuring bassist François Moutinand drummer Ari Hoenig has released numerous standout recordings, including Together - Live at Sweet Basil and NYC - Vol. 1 & 2 (2000),Welcome Home (2002), Cardinal Points (2004) and Live at Iridium, NYC(2004). The group later released Threedom in 2010 after reforming under the collective name Pilc-Moutin-Hoenig.

An active solo performer who’s appeared in concert internationally, Jean-Michel has released four critically-acclaimed solo piano records: Follow Me (2004), Essential (2011) and What Is This Thing Called? (2015), and a new solo double album, Parallel, released on Challenge Records in June 2018.

In addition to extensive work as a sideman in a variety of ensembles, Jean-Michel’s diverse other personal projects include Modern Lights, a composition reflecting on Charlie Chaplin’s work that was premiered at the Caramoor Jazz Festival in August 2009. The project was funded through a New Works Grant from Chamber Music America.Additionally, in 2013, Jean-Michel was granted a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, in the Music Composition category for the creation of Big One, a project featuring all new original music for octet. He was also the subject of a 2009 documentary by filmmaker John McCormick, titled Jean-Michel Pilc – A Portrait.

Jean-Michel has built a strong international reputation as a very unique educator. From 2006 to 2015, he was a NYU Steinhardt faculty member and gave private lessons (piano and other instruments), taught ensemble classes and held improvisation workshops. He also acted as Co-Director of NYU Summer Jazz Workshop in 2010. Jean-Michel also taught for the New School in New York City, as well as offering private lessons in his own studio.

Since September 2015, Jean-Michel has acted as Associate Professor at theSchulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal. There, he teaches piano, jazz improvisation to all instruments and a Seminar on Improvisation in All Styles to 40 McGill jazz and classical students. He has acted as Schulich’sJazz Area Chair between 2016 and 2018. During this time, Jean-Michel has also founded the Improvisation Workshop Projectwith Rémi Bolduc, Kevin Dean and Jean-Nicolas Trottier, a research project funded by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et Culture (FRQSC).

He is now a Challenge Records recording artist, and has released a new solo double album Parallel, in June 2018. He performs solo as well as with NYC-based groups such as: Pilc-Moutin-Hoenig, Total Madness Quintet, duo with Sam Newsome, and NYC Trio with Sam Minaie and Jerad Lippi.


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Composer(s)

Jasper Somsen (double bass)

Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen (1973) graduated in both Jazz and Classical double bass. He is an open minded versatile musician. Best known as a Jazz musician his field of interest and expertise also includes cross overs to classical, pop, world and film music and theater productions. Jasper has collaborated with some of the very best musicians on the international jazz scene including Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband, Gabriele Mirabassi and Paolo Fresu. Besides a performer and composer, Jasper Somsen is a Challenge Records artist and a renowned studio producer. Jasper performs world wide and can be...
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Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen (1973) graduated in both Jazz and Classical double bass. He is an open minded versatile musician. Best known as a Jazz musician his field of interest and expertise also includes cross overs to classical, pop, world and film music and theater productions.

Jasper has collaborated with some of the very best musicians on the international jazz scene including Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband, Gabriele Mirabassi and Paolo Fresu.

Besides a performer and composer, Jasper Somsen is a Challenge Records artist and a renowned studio producer. Jasper performs world wide and can be heard on more than 45 albums, video and film music scores. Outside a busy playing and studio producing schedule he is an educator at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem (NL) and the general director of the foundation Cultural City of Wageningen, in his hometown.


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Press

A fresh and surprising combination, this trio. It takes you to the beauty of the music, where you also regularly sit on the edge of your chair.
Draai Om Je Oren, 07-2-2018

The poetic melodies seem to float over the soft breeze of Andre Ceccarelli 's drum sound,  providing 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.
Trouw, 10-11-2017

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.
Jazzthing, 01-11-2017

On A New Episode In Life, the combination is so tight that it's hard to contain that Somsen and Pilc never met before.
Nederlands Dagblad, 08-9-2017

Two days were devoted to record a CD, but after one day was A New Episode in Life Pt. 1 is already on.
Jazzbullitin, 01-9-2017

An intriguing trio: intelligent, balanced and often poetic.
Jazzism, 19-6-2017

A real pleasure to listen to this CD, time after time, it only makes the desire for part 2 bigger.
Rootstime, 05-6-2017

Outstanding production that can not be missed in any music collection
Music Emotion, 01-6-2017

Piano-Trios à la carte
Jazzpodium, 01-6-2017

A nice trio album, which will also be liked bij the friends of Nordic jazz.
HiFi Stars, 01-6-2017

... a consistently exciting piano trio album is finished
Medienhaus Bauer, 30-5-2017

The album was recorded in just one day, while the part that will be released in autumn 2017, "Pt.2" is recorded in only six hours. That's very promising!
Jazzflits, 01-5-2017

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. 
Trouw, 07-4-2017

... From the outset, the music appears as an independent entity, in which three musicians work with the same intensity and in a quite exciting consensus, full of restraint, without discernible bandleader versus sidemen attitude...
Jazzthetik, 25-2-2017

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