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"The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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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Jan Gunnar Hoff | Jasper Somsen | Carsten Lindholm
Paulus Schäfer - Joost Zoeteman Quartet
Traveller's Ways
Jasper Somsen | Enrico Pieranunzi | Gabriele Mirabassi
Jasper Somsen Invites Paul van der Feen and Bert van den Brink
Jasper Somsen | Paul van der Feen | Bert van den Brink
Don't Ever Leave Me (vinyl)
John Helliwell / Jasper Somsen / Hans Vroomans / Marcel Serierse
Don't Ever Leave Me
John Helliwell | Jasper Somsen | Hans Vroomans | Marcel Serierse
Saudade, Colour of Love
Maria Mendes | Metropole Orkest | John Beasley
Voyage in Time
Enrico Pieranunzi | Jasper Somsen
The Lights Are Always On
Lynne Arriale Trio
Chimes of Freedom
Lynne Arriale Trio
Common View
Enrico Pieranunzi
The Fine Line
Bob Sheppard
Give Us These Days
Lynne Arriale Trio
A New Episode In Life Pt. II
Jasper Somsen Trio
A New Episode in Life Pt. I
Jasper Somsen Trio
Tales From The Unexpected
Enrico Pieranunzi
Jasper Somsen Group
Dreams, Thoughts & Poetry
Jasper Somsen


Jasper Somson - Don't forget the Poet (E. Pieranunzi)
Official Video JASPER SOMSEN TRIO - A New Episode In Life part I