about

According to the internationally acclaimed website AllAboutJazz
“Harmen Fraanje is emerging as one of the most impressive young European pianists of the past decade.”

The same website selected a performance by this trio with Clemens van der Feen and Flin van Hemmen as one of the best concerts of 2010. In the same breath as grandmasters like John Scofield, Brad Mehldau and Bill Frisell, no less.

At the moment Harmen is performing a lot with cellist Ernst Reijseger and singer Mola Sylla from Senegal.
In January 2013 the German label Winter & Winter will release their debut album Down Deep.

Harmen is preparing a new trio recording with Clemens van der Feen and Flin van Hemmen.

Besides that Harmen will record his first solo album in October 2012 in the beautiful Rainbow Studio in Oslo.

Recently Dutch guitarist Anton Goudsmit and Harmen formed a new group with German bass clarinet player Rudi Mahall and drummer Samuel Rohrer from Switzerland. The release of their debut album is expected in 2013.

And then there is the group Par 4 Chemins with French drummer  Toma Gouband and bassist Brice Soniano.
So far this group released two albums for the French label Cristal Records; the latest album 1RDR features flute player Magic Malik.
In spring 2013 Par 4 Chemins will record a new album with music suggested by circle compositions, mostly composed by Toma.

In the past Harmen was quite active with his quartet with Nelson Veras on guitar, Hein van de Geyn on bass and Matthieu Chazarenc on drums. They released two cd’s for Challenge: Sonatala and Ronja (with Magic Malik as guest).
Currently (although the quartet doesn’t perform at the moment) the quartet consists of Nelson Veras, Thomas Morgan (bass) and Martijn Vink (drums).

As sideman Harmen is playing in the Norwegian Mats Eilertsen Trio, the Michael Moore Quartet and the Clemens van der Feen Band.

Harmen is teaching at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

 

musicians

Harmen performed/recorded with:
Mark Turner, Magic Malik, Kenny Wheeler, Nelson Veras,
Michael Moore, Philip Catherine, Elvin Jones(just 1 tune, but a tune is a tune),
Hein van de Geyn, Mats Eilertsen,Toma Gouband, Cristina Branco, Brice Soniano,
Stéphane Galland,Tony Malaby, Rick Margitza, Reggie Washington, John Ruocco,
Han Bennink, Anton Goudsmit, Ernst Reijseger, Bert Joris, Jimmy Haslip,
Enrico Rava,John Engels, Nils Ostendorf, Toots Thielemans, Dré Pallemaerts,
, Michael Vatcher, Charlie Dee, Joachim Badenhorst,
Olivier Steidle, Nils Wogram, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Alan ‘Gunga’ Purves,
Mola Sylla, Luciano Biondini, Dick Oats, Igor Roma, Trygve Seim,
Concordu e Tenore de Orosei, Werner Herzog, Samuel Rohrer, Rudi Mahall, Louis Moholo, Eyvind Kang

venues

Harmen has performed at festivals and clubs in: New York, Moscow, Tokyo, London, Paris, Berlin, Roma, Oslo, Bangkok, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Kosice, North Sea, Budapest, Reykjavik, Clusone, Ottawa, Montreál, San Diego, Chicago, Charlottesville, Vancouver, Cap Breton, Trondheim, Sibiu, Madrid, Grenoble, Addis Abeba, Nairobi, Novosibirsk, Tanger, Avignon, Singapore, Detroit, Washington, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Dublin


awards

2004 North Sea Jazz Composition Assignment
2006 nomination for the Paul Acket Award (formerly known as the Bird Award) by the North Sea Jazz Festival
2007 chosen as VIP by the Dutch Jazzpodia
2008 Prins Bernhardt Cultuurprize Noord Brabant (awarded by Commissaris of the Queen Hanja Maj-Weggen)
2011 Brabanttoptalent prize, Province of Noord Brabant

reviews

ALLABOUTJAZZ
“Harmen Fraanje is emerging as one of the most impressive young European pianists of the past decade.”

The concert of the Harmen Fraanje Avalonia Trio at the Dutch Jazz Meeting was chosen as one of the best concerts in 2010 by Allaboutjazz. (other favourites are a.o. Brad Mehldau Trio, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Christian Scott)

NRC
“While many jazz pianists’ playing lacks clarity, Fraanje’s got it. What’s more, he plays with feeling and elegance.”

 
VOLKSKRANT
“Magnificent in its simplicity and gracefulness. Intense conversations and respectful listening. No egotistical scenes, just spatial group improvisation.”


JAZZISM
“A record for the intelligent connoisseur. One of the most brilliant piano players in Holland”

 

8WEEKLY
“Fraanje’s personal signature is clearly decisive. His playing has a freshness and spontaneity, a boyishness that he seems to have held onto in his thirties, while also maintaining a fine balance between experience and craftsmanship. Rather like controlled tempestuousness.”

 

JAZZ JOURNAL UK
“Dutch pianist Fraanje is a real find. Blessed in equal measure with a fine touch and a wide-ranging dynamic sensitivity, he has both terrific technique and the intelligence to temper that technique, whenever necessary, in spacious service of the music as a whole.”

 

JAZZFLITS
“An album of unparalleled class.”

 

JAZZENZO
“Playfully making “something” out of nothing. An art that Fraanje understands better than anyone; the pianist connects the musical threads naturally into an organic whole that reads like a thriller.”

 

DRAAIOMJEOREN
“Avalonia is mercilessly on target.”