"A breathtakingly talented guitarist, who is able to impress and touch with his instrument, and a gifted composer who dares to take risk on top of this.” – JAZZISM
Reinier Baas is a prominent figure in the contemporary European jazz scene. His second album Mostly Improvised Instrumental Indie Music received the prestigious Edison Award in 2013. As a soloist, he has performed with the Metropole Orkest (together with long time collaborator Ben van Gelder), Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and the New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra. In 2016, Baas released his fourth studio record Reinier Baas vs. Princess Discombobulatrix, a ‘mostly instrumental opera’. This collaboration with illustrator Typex and a line-up of 15 prominent improvisers and classical musicians received wide-spread critical acclaim - “Ravel, Prokofiev, Poulenc, Baas, truly!” - VILLA D'ARTE - and earned him a second Edison Award in 2017. Reinier has received composition assignments from the North Sea Jazz Festival, November Music Festival, Südtirol Jazzfestival and Pynarello. He has worked with Gregory Porter, Dave Douglas and Han Bennink, and is currently a member of Benjamin Herman's Bughouse. Reinier is a teacher at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Photo credits: Princess Discombobulatrix & Typex by Ivo van der Bent. Gigantic Chamber Music Mini Festival by Boaz Reisel. Portraits and goat by Govert Driessen.