Jasper Blom meets Sebastiaan van Bavel (NLD)
Jasper Blom (1965) is a pivotal tenor and soprano saxophonist of the Dutch jazz scene and winner of the Boy Edgar Prize 2019, the most prestigious award for jazz and improvised music in the Netherlands. Blom has performed with many international renowned artists and is considered to be one of the most versatile players in the Benelux. He leads the Jasper Blom Quartet that has performed at major jazz festivals and clubs throughout the world. Blom has received compositions assignments from the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Jazz International Rotterdam Festival and the international Saxophone festival SAX14. Blom is currently active as player and composer of both contemporary improvised music and jazz. He is frequently asked by Hollands top ensembles like the Metropole Orchestra and the JOC to participate in studio and live sessions. In addition to his teaching position at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Blom is also helping to shape the next generation of jazz musicians by facilitating sessions and overseeing the annual Rough Diamonds festival at the BIMHUIS.
Sebastiaan van Bavel
At the invitation of Amersfoort Jazz, Jasper Blom plays with the exceptional talented pianist/composer Sebastiaan van Bavel. He combines the jazz tradition with elements from Indian and Western classical music. Although his compositions sometimes take on a classical form, improvisation and swing prevail in his music. Sebastiaan is also praised when performing solo or as part of the piano duo with his father Rob van Bavel. Sebastiaan likes experiments with sound and timbre by adding vocals, strings or horns to his trio, but his signature is always present in his compositions and playing. He was Young VIP 2018; won 2nd prize at the Unisa International Jazz Piano Competition South Africa; nominated for the Zilveren Notekraker ‘remarkable new toptalent’ (2015) and winner The Conservatorium Talent Award (2015).’As The Journey Begins’, Sebastiaan’s debut album was awarded an Edison (Dutch Grammy) in 2014.