Highly praised Scandinavian piano jazz.
Tord Gustavsen meets Esbjorn Svensson – tranquil and exciting all in one.
Søren Bebe – piano
Anders Mogensen – drums
Kasper Tagel – double bass
Copenhagen based pianist, composer and bandleader Soren Bebe fits seamlessly into the series of major jazz piano names originating from Scandinavia – Esbjorn Svensson and Tord Gustavsen are the two most often mentioned when describing the nevertheless unique sounds of the Soren Bebe Trio. All About Jazz, one of the leading jazz websites in the world, even goes a step further:
“Bebe certainly belongs to the tradition of lyrical pianists that goes from Erroll Garner and Bill Evans through Keith Jarrett. What Bebe adds to the lyrical tradition of the piano is a sense of folk-like simplicity, with mourning melodies blossoming like shy night-flowers”
Soren Bebe founded the Soren Bebe Trio back in 2007. Four releases and a great deal of concerts later the band is better and busier than ever. Their latest release (July 2013) features the great Marc Johnson on the double bass and is recorded in New York at Sear Sound Studio by the legendary James Farber.
“Delicate and hypnotic….reminds me of Bill Evans in his classic LaFaro/Motian trio”
(Jazz Journal, UK)
Søren Bebe Trio’s international concert experience includes performances at Hong Kong International Jazzfestival, Jarasum International Jazzfestival (Korea), Jazz au Chellah (Morocco), SXSW (USA), Brazil, Poland and Denmark. They have worked with international guest artists including Marc Johnson (US), Bill McHenry (US) and Joakim Milder (S).
Søren Bebe Trio has previously released three critically acclaimed albums:
“Searching” (MusicMecca, 2008)
“From Out Here” (Your Favourite Jazz/VME, 2010)
“A Song For You” /From Out Here Music/VME, 2012).
- ”one of the most fantastic jazz albums of recent years….Nothing less than a masterpiece!…” (Ivan Rod, Gaffa, 2010)
As a pianist and composer, Søren Bebe draws on a wide range of inspirations from american and european jazz, as well as contemporary classical music to rock, pop and folk-music. It all blends in this band, creating the unique Søren Bebe Trio-sound.
Most important though is the energy and concentration and musical virtuosity that the music is played with. Søren Bebe explains:” For me music is about emotions and energy and about communication. In the band as well as to the audience. I like to meet my audience and draw them in to the music, and I’ve experienced on our concerts that the music really is for everybody, also people not used to listening to jazz. Although the music is complex and does contain a lot of improvisation, at the same time it’s very melodic and rhythmically exciting. ”
NEW VIDEO!!: 30 min showcase concert from Jazzahead in Bremen, April 2014:
- “Delicate and hypnotic….reminds me of Bill Evans in his classic LaFaro/Motian trio” (Jazz Journal, UK)
- “Thoughtful, sparse, dynamic and entirely approachable Danish piano trio“
- “..a Nordic inspired expression that goes straight to the heart.”, (JazzNyt, DK)
- Excellent recording of the month, score 94 of 100, (Stereo Magazine, Japan)
- CD of the Month, (Serai Magazine, Japan)
Contact: Søren Bebe, Mobile: (+45) 2040 7379, email: mail (a) sorenbebe.dk
About the members:
Søren Bebe – piano/bandleader:
One of the leading young pianists on the Danish scene of jazz and contemporary music. Born in Odense, Denmark, on December 5th, 1975, Søren Bebe took his first piano lesson at age 8.
In 2004 after 7 years of study with among others the great Lars Jansson, Søren graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Music for exceptional soloists.
Despite his young age, Søren has already released a handful of records as a leader and even more as a sideman. Søren has toured in most of the world including Brazil, China, USA, Europe and the Faroe Islands.
In 2001 he won the competition “Young Nordic Jazz Comets” together with his former trio.
Kasper Tagel – double bass:
Danish bassplayer and composer residing in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Released his highly acclaimed first soloalbum ”Silent Journey” in 2006. Since then he has been busy working with the foremost jazzmusicians in Denmark.
Kasper plays with a beautiful lyrical approach to the instrument, and a strong grounded beat.
Graduated with diploma from the ”Conservatory of Funen” in 1998 majoring in Bass and Composition, and has been an active part of the music scene ever since. He has toured in Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, Finland, US, Scotland, Polen, The Baltics, Slovakia, Romania and Thailand, and played and recorded with local and international artists like Danny Gottlieb, George Garzone, Nikolaj Bentzon, Hans Ulrik, Søren Bebe, National Danish Radio Bigband, Six City Stompers, Benni Chawes, Julie Maria, Harald Haugaard, Karen & Helene, Peter Rosendal, Tiptoe Bigband, Rasmus
Ehlers, Sidsel Storm, Helle Hansen, Christoffer Møller a.o.
In 2003 he was awarded the prize ”Jazz musician of the year” on the island of Funen.
He has also received several other local and national prizes for his work with a.o. Tiptoe Bigband, Odense International Music Theater and the group Heading North.
He has written music for several different projects a.o. the shortfilm ”S”, and has arranged and composed for bigband, large string ensemble and symphony orchestra on several recordings and concerts. http://www.kaspertagel.dk/
Anders Mogensen – drums:
Since entering the Danish jazzscene in the early 1990 ́s, drummer Anders Mogensen has been one of the most sought after musicians on the Danish as well as the International Jazz scene. He has been a member of ground- breaking bands such as When Granny Sleeps, Jakob Anderskov Trio, Doky Brothers, Kasper Tranberg Yakuza Zhuffle, Lovedale and Copenhagen Art Ensemble. He has toured and recorded with Jazz Greats such as: Bob Berg, David Liebman, Steve Swallow, Marc Johnson, Brecker Brothers, Gary Thomas, Django Bates, Tim Hagans, Cuong Vu, Lew Soloff and Ray Anderson.
Anders holds a position as Associated Professor and head of the Jazzdepartment at Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Odense. And he has done clinics and workshops throughout Europe, USA, Japan and Brazil. www.andersmogensen.dk