Jasper Somsen Invites ... Morris Kliphuis (horn) & Christian Pabst (piano)

Thu 15 October 2015 - 20:30

Jasper Somsen Invites ... Morris Kliphuis (horn) & Christian Pabst (piano)

Morris Kliphuis (1986) is an improvising hornist, composer and arranger. His energetic and melodious playing is in high demand, both in his native country of the Netherlands and abroad. As the horn does not have much of a tradition outside the classical world, he has developed a distinctively personal style in which the warm, melancholy sound of the horn takes center stage.

Morris started out playing classical music at the age of eight, but could never resist improvising. After a year of studying classical composition in The Hague, he studied jazz horn at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He also spent a semester at Purchase College, New York, where he studied with jazz horn great, John Clark. Morris won the Princess Christina Jazz Competition in 2006, and recieved the Keep an Eye Jazz Award 2009 for best soloist.

With Timon Koomen (guitar) and Remco Menting (drums) he started Kapok in 2012, a trio that plays energetic music in between jazz, impro, and indie. Kapok released two acclaimed albums, Flatlands (2012) and Kapok (2014), and won the Dutch Jazz Competition in 2012, the European Jazz Competition in 2013 and the Edison Jazz People’s Choice Award in 2014.

As a composer, Morris has worked in many different settings, ranging from solo bassoon to full orchestra. For the Ragazze String Quartet, he wrote the music theatre piece FoodLifeCrisis, incorporating improvisation, repeated patterns, and household objects. His piece Plaint for piano solo, based on the blues, was recorded and published by Donemus. The Prisma String Trio commissioned the 12-minute piece Space Opera, which was recorded on their cdVoyage. Other compositions are regularly performed by jazz ensembles Windkracht 7 and the New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra.

Morris is an active player on the international scene, working in diverse settings. He has performed with the New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, the Kyteman Orchestra, Windkracht 7, Orlando, and Berlin-based contemporary/pop ensemble stargaze. As a member of this group he has performed all over Europe with, among many others, Villagers, Matthew Herbert, Nils Frahm, Julia Holter and Bill Frisell.


Christian Pabst is pianist and composer. The press calls him an „extraordinary lyrical musician“. He gave concerts in many countries, all over the world.

Christian Pabst is currently studying piano in the new European Jazz Master’s Program at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et danse in Paris and at the Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen.

In 2006, Christian decides to move to the Netherlands to study with Karel Boehlee and Rob van Bavel at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. 

In May 2009, the Christian Pabst Trio wins the 1st prize at the Amersfoort Jazz Talent Award and got selected for the NORMA CD Productiefonds.
With this budget, the trio records finally their debut. In February 2010, the group records 10 original compositions at the Fattoria Studios Osnabrück. 

From 2008 – 20011, Christian was the pianist of the BuJazzO’s (National German Youth Jazz Orchestra). He worked with conductors and artists such Ed Partyka, Jiggs Wigham, Steffen Schorn, Niels Klein, Julia Hülsman, Mike Herting, the Indian percussion-virtuosos Mr. Mani, Ramamani, Karthik Mani and Ramesh Shotam. 

A musical highlight was the project with the BJO (German Youth Symphony Orchestra). They toured through Germany with internationally renowned conductor Dennis Russel-Davies, including at celebrated performance at the Konzerthaus Berlin. The orchestras also played a tour through South Africa as part of the cultural pre-programme of the World Soccer Championship including performances in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elisabeth, Pretoria and Bloemfontein. 

In 2010, Christian was chosen by a renowned jury, amongst others Harold Mabern Jr. and Eric Alexander, for the “generations”-Band 2010 at the international Masterclass in Frauenfeld, Switzerland. This ensemble recorded a CD called “Tease My Shoes” for TBC Montreux Jazz Label featuring the Australian trombone-player Adrian Mears and went on a CD-Release Tour through Switzerland in summer 2011. 

DATE: Thursday October  15, 2015
TIME: 20:30


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