Pimpono Ensemble on tour in Poland!



30 October 2017





POLAND! On Thursday I'm off for Pimpono Ensemble tour in Warsaw (Jazz Jamboree), Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, Bydgoszcz (Mózg Festival), and Gdańsk (Jazz Jantar)! This will be awesome and you should be there if you can. We'll play tunes from the new album 'Hope Love Peace Faith' - it says it all. Hear it on bandcamp.
See you soon!


Poster by Dawid Gąsiorek







Hopes and Fears out now!



24 October 2017





I'm so stoked that this album is out! It's a beautiful chamber improv from the hands of Aram Shelton (US), Grzegorz Tarwid (PL), Hakon Berre (NO) and myself. That we actually met and played together at all was quite a miracle. There were so many obstacles (!!!), and yet the music is there and this stuff is real, I mean it.

But don't take my word for it, go and hear it on bandcamp before you buy it. The album is released by Multikulti Project in Poland and distributed globally. BUM!







FREEDOM MUSIC FESTIVAL vol. 3!



11 August 2017





The 3rd edition of FREEDOM MUSIC FESTIVAL, I'm the organizer of, is ready to take off on August 29 at KoncertKirken in Copenhagen! And wow, it's gonna be grand...

We'll have 17 solo and duo free improvised concerts featuring William Parker, Hamid Drake, Jöelle Lèandre, Sylvie Courvoisier, Merilyn Mazur, Lotte Anker... me, and so much more! There'll be artist talks moderated by me at Insulamusic shop. We'll even have a movie night with Ebba Jahn's cult 'Rising Tones Cross' and a Danish premiere of Alan Roth's 'The Breath Courses Through Us' about the New York Art Quartet! And all that and more to celebrate freedom, improvised music, and this intimate bounding between the audience and the artists. Check our website, instagram and facebook for the full program, and most importantly COME and share this experience with us!







Midway in may year long solo project!



15 July 2017





I've just passed the mid way point in my year long solo project - my 6 solo albums are already out and I've got only (...) 6 more to go! This is a very special place to be at, it's been a very deep process full of ups and downs. Quite transforming I must say.

Each of the albums is quite different with a different solo concept to it and there's only 25 copies of each, so if you want them hurry up - 'Solo no. 1' is already sold out!

All the albums are out on my own label Gotta Let It Out and buy them on my bandcamp. Enjoy!







My first cassette release!



12 July 2017





Woohoo! I've just released my first cassette!

It's called 'faster!' and it's out as a collaboration between the hipest Danish label Insula Jazz and my own label Gotta Let It Out. The album is conceptual in nature - we've dug up piano trio recordings (featuring Benjamin Helweg Brask & Benjamin Oemann) from 9 years ago and made heavy editing​ including speeding up the material by 140%! We revisited and edited our past. Intriguing? Get it at Insulamusic store in Copenhagen or at my bandcamp. And don't you just love the sick cover art by Hipermania?!







Gotta Let It Out!



10 July 2017





Big news again!!! Together with a photo & video artist Malwa Grabowska aka. Hipermania we've started an independent music label and a publishing house called Gotta Let It Out!

We've already got 8 of my albums out on it and another 8 in planning, and Hipermania will soon be putting out large format photo gazettes featuring fascinating stories alongside her always strong aesthetics!

We're super excited, it's been growing in us for a very long time and it is a fabulous coronation of our longtime colab. Look us up on our website, and follow us on facebook and instagram!







Vinter Jazz Festival and recording 12 solo albums in 2017!



10 February 2017





Vinter Jazz Festival is an all-around Denmark, over 3 week-long festival with God-only-knows how many concerts... I'm especially psyched to play again with my good friend and a prolific musician, Sun Araw! If you're around Copenhagen on February 18th, you really should come and hear our duo at KoncertKirken! I can't wait myself!


But another BIG news is that together with the master tubaist, and another good friend, Rasmus Kjærgård Lund, we have started two, year-long parallel solo projects! Each month in 2017 we will be developing a new solo project around a certain concept and at the end of each month we'll play a double solo concert and release two separate solo albums limited to 25 copies each. That’s 12 solo albums each in one year! This is big... The 1st albums are already out - write me if you want it! Also follow the process at our new blog.







MOONBOW's & Mount Meander's albums get some love!



2 January 2017





My MOONBOW & Mount Meander bands got some good press - how nice! You can read all you want (click the band names and scroll down), but most notably we are loved by The Free Jazz Blog, by the good people of All About Jazz, and both albums were even listed among the best albums of 2016 by Bird is the Worm, Tom Hull, One Man's Jazz, and Jazzismus Was There... Cool! Thanks y'all.







Mount Meander on tour in Germany!



9 October 2016





Mount Meander goes to Germany to celebrate fatherhood (both me and Lucas lately became fathers) and our new album! We play October 10, 11 and 12 in Cologne, Bonn and Hamburg! It's a short tour, but damn am I happy to meet these guys again!







MOONBOW album finally out!



23 September 2016





Today is an official release date of the new album of my septet MOONBOW. I can't be more excited! It came out on my, by far, favorite Danish label for creative musics ILK. This album is my baby. It's been a crazy one-and-a-half year of making it happen. You can purchase vinyls and CDs from ILK's website, or directly from me. It's also out on iTunes, Tidal and Spotify. Sit back and enjoy!







I became a father - this is beyond cool!



14 September 2016





From now on Papa Tomo it is! Our daughter Mi was born on September 14, 2016. She's the greatest blessing!







Sun Araw 'Trio' XIII digital release!



20 August 2016





The European tour with Sun Araw Trio XIII is over, but the music lives on! We toured for two weeks in Denmark, Poland, Belgium, Czech Republic, and Portugal. During this tour we also recorded at least a double album, that will come out in the summer of 2017. Before that becomes available, check out the digital release of one of our live shows from this tour at www.sunaraw.bandcamp.com/album/antwerp.
Enjoy!!!







Mount Meander just came out at Clean Feed Records!



15 July 2016





Mount Meander, quartet featuring Kārlis Auziņš, Lucas Leidinger, Thomas Sauerborn & me, is out at the amazing Portuguese label Clean Feed Records! You can purchase it from Clean Feed's website, or directly from us. It's also out on iTunes, Tidal and Spotify. Let us know what you think! We are super excited!







Joining SUN ARAW for a tour through Europe!



10 July 2016





I met and played with Sun Araw when I was in Los Angeles last winter. A few weeks ago he wrote me an email inviting me to join him and a great drummer Jonathan Leland on tour, except that "you won't play double bass - he said - but a ribbon controller mane!". Such a great idea! A beautiful instrument. We tour for 2 weeks in Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium, Poland, and Portugal, where we have a residency for a few days during which we'll record an album. CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS MONSTER TO TAKE OFF! Join us in Europe!


photo by Rafał Zatorski







Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2016!



1 July 2016





Today is the first day of Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2016. This is the biggest jazz festival in Europe with over 1300 concerts in 10 days! I say wow... I play a fair share during this beautiful week. I'm playing 13 shows (that's 1% of them all!) with Jesper Zeuthen, Jacob Anderskov, Sun Araw, my favorite trio IL SOGNO (check our facebook page), Pimpono Ensemble, LOVE and many others! See you out there.







FREEDOM MUSIC FESTIVAL vol. 2!



24 June 2016





This is amazing! It's time to start FREEDOM MUSIC FESTIVAL vol. 2! It is a festival I'm organizing, that is focused on freedom and improvised music. We have mostly solo and duo freely improvised shows.

Check out this superb program:


24th June, Friday:
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8:00 pm : Roberto Bordiga Solo (double bass)
8:45 pm : Christian Balvig Solo (piano)
9:30 pm : Mark Solborg & Francesco Bigoni (guitar & saxophones and maybe clarinet)
10:30 pm : Mads Egetoft Solo (alto saxophone)
11:15 pm : Rasmus Kjær Larsen Solo (keyboards & electronics)


25th June, Saturday:
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8:00 pm : Grzegorz Tarwid Solo (piano)
8:45 pm : Emil Palme Solo (guitar)
9:30 pm : Ania Rybacka Solo (vocal)
10:15 pm : Oda Mathilde Holstad Dyrnes & Tomo Jacobson (cello & double bass)
11:00 pm : Federico Corsini Solo (double bass & piano)


26th June, Sunday:
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2:00 pm : FREEDOM MUSIC JAM SESSION WITH THE TREES in the forest in Klampenborg!
Everybody welcome both as a players or the audience.
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8:00 pm : Petter Rylén Solo (piano)
9:00 pm : Johannes Vaht Solo (double bass)
10:00 pm : Taus Bregnhøj-Olesen & Tomo Jacobson (guitar & double bass)
11:00 pm : Johan Hansson, Jonatan Bak & Arvid Ingvarsson (piano, bass & drums)


27th June, Monday:
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We will not compete with 5e’s Mandagsklubben.
Go there, they have lots of great concerts every Monday!


28th June, Tuesday
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7:30 pm : Jesper Zeuthen, Emil Palme, Kristian Tangvik, Roberto Bordiga, Tomo Jacobson, Thomas Praestegaard (alto saxophone, guitar, tuba, two double basses & drums)
8:30 pm : Jacob Anderskov Solo (piano)
9:30 pm : Torben Snekkestad & Søren Kjærgaard (saxophones, piano, electronics)
11:00 pm : Gadedrengehop - Rasmus Kjærgård Lund & Szymon ‘Pimpon’ Gąsiorek (tuba with effects & bowed cymbals)


29th June, Wednesday:
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Free improvisation themed films marathon!
At Kvarterhuset, but on the 2nd floor.


30th June, Thursday:
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8:00 pm : Jonas Ingemann Due Steffensen & Jędrzej Łagodziński (trumpet & tenor saxophone)
8:45 pm : Szymon ‘Pimpon’ Gąsiorek Solo (drums)
9:30 pm : Jesper Løvdal Solo (saxophones, maybe flute, maybe some gongs too)
10:15 pm : Greta Eacott Solo (percussion)
11:00 pm : Asger Thomsen Solo (double bass)


You can follow the festival on facebook and instagram. See you at Kvarterhuset!







LOVE tours in Poland!



21 May 2016





Today is the beginning of LOVE's 5 day long tour in Poland! We play everyday : Sklad Butelek - Warszawa, Klub Alchemia - Krakow, Klubokawiarnia Aquarium - Bielsko-Biala, Cofeina Cafe - Sucha Beskidzka, Klubokawiarnia Mleczarnia - Wroclaw, LAS - Poznan. See you there!







MOONBOW crowdfunding campaign!



16 May 2016





I am setting up a crowdfunding campaign for MOONBOW release!

It's been exactly one year since I went into the studio with this project and now I'm only 3 months from finally puttig it out there to your hands! The release is confirmed to be in September on ILK, and I have already begun taking pre-orders through the crowdfunding campaign. So if you want to buy yourself a record, or just make a contribution, please click 'Crowdfunding' tab in the menu above and take it from there.

I'm so much looking forward to have the copies in my hand!!! Should happen already in June... Yay!


photo by Hipermania







Making a film on Cuba!



10 May 2016





I'm back in Copenhagen after 3 weeks on Cuba! Ufff, what an experience... Besides playing music, I actually mainly went there to play a main role in my brother Filip's new film! My first time really acting, but the main character was... me, so it wasn't all that difficult. :-) A great adventure and challenge, but I can't talk about it too much just yet. We'll slowly uncover the mystery when the release date gets closer, but it'll take some months. Stay tuned!


Director & story: Filip Jacobson;
Cinematography: Olaf Malinowski;
Additional sound and additional pretty much everything else: Joanna Tercjak.

the photo is a still from the film





Newsletter!



21 March 2016



I'm starting a monthly newsletter! If you would like to receive info about my activities, concerts and future plans, please sign up below!







New website is up!



20 March 2016



It it about time to refresh my online presence! I hope you like my new website? Cause I'm loving it!







Artist residency at 5e!



20 January 2016





My 5 week long residency at 5e's own Mandagsklubben starts on February 1st!

5e is the venue of ILK, the greatest label for creative music in Denmark. I've been working hard on preparing a truly amazing program and every Monday my concerts will be enhanced by the video art by the great Hipermania!

What a privilege to play with all those wonderful people!!!


- February 1st :

9 pm : Tomasz Dabrowski / Johannes Vaht / Tomo Jacobson

10 pm : Lots of Double Basses : the double bass improvising orchestra

- February 8th :

8 pm : MOUNT MEANDER : Karlis Auzins / Lucas Leidinger / Tomo Jacobson / Thomas Sauerborn


- February 15th :

9 pm : Lotte Anker / Tomo Jacobson

10 pm : Lotte Anker / Jacob Anderskov / Tomo Jacobson

- February 22nd :

9 pm : Maria Laurette Friis / Emanuele Maniscalco / Tomo Jacobson

10 pm : Tentet : 3 saxes, 3 cellos, 3 basses, and drums:
Maria Faust, Lotte Anker, Laura Toxværd - saxes,
Oda Dyrnes, Aino Juutilainen, Fred Lonberg-Holm - cellos,
Nicolai Munch-Hansen, Roberto Bordiga, Tomo Jacobson - basses, Peter Bruun - drums.

- February 29th :

9 pm : Torben Snekkestad / Søren Kjærgaard / Tomo Jacobson

10 pm : The Orchestra for a Better World

Tomasz Dabrowski & Jonas Due Steffensen - trumpets
Mia Dyberg, Maria Dybbroe & Jonas Engel - alto saxes
Jedrzej Lagodzinski, Signe Dahlgreen, Henrik Pultz Melbye & Sfen Dam Meinild - tenor saxes
Kristian Tangvik & Rasmus Kjærgård Lund - tubas
Tomo Jacobson - double bass
Kristof Gasior & Szymon 'Pimpon' Gasiorek - drums

photo by Emanuele Maniscalco





FREEDOM MUSIC in a wooden house!



15 January 2016





FREEDOM MUSIC in a small wooden house is a new series of concerts I'm organising in Copenhagen!

There will be CREATIVE MUSIC, there will be IMPROVISATIONS, there will be FREEDOM.

This is a one in a lifetime opportunity to hear some of the most interesting voices in creative music of our generation at an extremely special venue. Each night there will be 4 different concerts. The location is secret and tickets limited to 15, so you'll need to order your place in advance.


The dates for the upcoming events are:

- first edition will happen on February 16th under the Winter Jazz Festival

- second edition on March 1st

- third on March 15th

- fourth on April 8th


After that we'll see what's up. Keep a look out for the details on my facebook event page or here on the website in the concert section. See you!





Winter Jazz Festival & 24 concerts!



11 January 2016





Winter Jazz is an all-over-Denmark festival that lasts over 3 weeks! There is a lot of music happening during that time. As every year the festival takes place in February and to give my share of music to the festival, I'll be playing 24 concerts! That IS a lot for the shortest month of the year, but I can't wait to start.


During that time I'll be a resident artist at 5e, the hippest venue in Copenhagen, I'll have 5 days of concerts in Copenhagen with MOUNT MEANDER, we'll be playing a couple of gigs with IL SOGNO for the first time after our Italian tour last September, I'll play a solo show at KoncertKirken, a couple of gigs with Jedrzej Lagodzinski's LOVE, a concert and a recording with Szymon 'Pimpon' Gasiorek's PIMPONO ENSEMBLE, two shows with Vincent Pongracz (AT) & Rinalds Maksimovs (LV), and so much more!


It's gonna be an awesome month.

Check out the program and remember to be there for my residency nights, the program is really great!


photo by Hipermania





Playing with Frank Gratkowski!



9 January 2016



I'm excited, because on January 30th I'll play in Cologne, Germany with the great saxophone and clarinet virtuoso Frank Gratkowski! And I'm even more glad that my good friends, fantastic musicians and members of MOUNT MEANDER, Lucas Leidinger and Thomas Sauerborn will play there too. A concert not to be missed!


Gratkowski / Leidinger / Jacobson / Sauerborn:

Frank Gratkowski - sax

Lucas Leidinger - piano
Tomo Jacobson - bass
Thomas Sauerborn - drums


8 pm at Körnerstrasse 37, 50823 Köln







Concerts in LA and NYC!



1 December 2015





So the winter concerts in USA are coming soon!


My Los Angeles schedule is:


- December 17th, 8:00 pm:
solo and with an orchestra at The Anna Broome Room at Art Share-LA, Los Angeles, USA.
- December 19th, 8:30 pm:
trio with Jeremy Kennedy & Sun Araw, duo with Sun Araw, and solo at Betalevel, Los Angeles, USA.


And in New York City:


- January 4th, 8:30 pm:
with Charlie Rauh and Leonid Galaganov at 65 Fenimore Street, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
- January 7th, 8:00 pm:
with Charlie Rauh and Leonid Galaganov at The Firehouse Space, Greenpoint, New York City, USA.


See you?





September touring!



18 August 2015





September will be about touring!


First comes a few concerts and a studio recording in Italy with IL SOGNO, the piano trio featuring Emanuele Maniscalco, Oliver Laumann and me. We were commissioned to prepare a set that would draw a line between the XIX century Italian opera and contemporary creative improvisations for the famed opera festival Festa dell'Opera in Brescia. And precisely on my 30th birthday we will record the material for our upcoming album at the analog Studio Poddighe. Now that's what I call a celebration!


Straight from Italy will I fly to Poland to play with my FREE SPIRITUAL featuring Maciek Kadziela, Anders Vestergaard and me, in Warsaw, Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Bydgoszcz, Sopot and Bielsko-Biala. It's pretty much the whole Poland from the north to the south. The last concert of the tour we will play at KoncertKirken in Copenhagen during curated by me night dedicated to spiritual improv music. Next day we enter the old radio house studios to record our Requiem.


Superb times are coming!

photo by Adrian Pytlik





Making a documentary film on William Parker!



20 July 2015





My girlfriend aka Hipermania, the best person on this planet, is a filmmaker and photographer, and together back in January in New York City we started making a feature documentary film about William Parker, the legendary double bass player, composer, poet, activist, great cook, and the most inspiring person I've met. I feel so very privileged to know him and be given so much trust from him to make this project.


After spending a lot of time with him during the winter in NYC, we met him again in June nowhere else but in Denmark during a free improv week long workshops, where he was the teacher. Now off we go again to meet, talk and film him in August in Warsaw, Poland, where he plays a solo concert, and then we'll follow him in November on a tour for a few weeks in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Krakow and Berlin. This is going to be some very exciting and inspiring times. Can't wait!

photo by Hipermania





FREEDOM MUSIC FESTIVAL on the boat!



12 July 2015





You thought that Copenhagen Jazz Festival was enough music for July?
WRONG! I am organizing the FREEDOM MUSIC FESTIVAL on the boat! There will be over 20 concerts from July 15 to 19. The festival will take place at the Bådeteatret, the theatre on the boat that docks on Nyhavn in Copenhagen. All the shows of the festival will be free improvised and we will focus mostly on solos and duets. Come!


PROGRAM


Wednesday:
7.00 pm : Door opens
7.30 pm : Emil Palme Solo (guitar)
8.00 pm : Mads Egetoft Solo (saxophone)
8.30 pm : Kuba Więcek & Radek Wośko (alto sax & drums)
9.30 pm : Kristian Tangvik & Tomo Jacobson (tuba & double bass)
10.30 pm : Open Session


Thursday:
7.00 pm : Door opens
7.30 pm : Rasmus Kjær Larsen Solo (keyboards & electronics)
8.00 pm : Claus Højensgaard & Tomo Jacobson (trumpet & double bass)
8.30 pm : Tomek Dąbrowski & Albert Karch (trumpet & drums)
9.30 pm : Mads Egetoft, Johan Ransby Granberg, John Arne Rånes (sax & two guitars)
10.30 pm : Open Session


Friday:
7.00 pm : Door opens
7.30 pm : Jonas Ingemann Due Steffensen Solo (trumpet)
8.00 pm : Jesper Løvdal Solo (sax)
8.30 pm : THE ART OF ESCAPISM : Ania Rybacka & Lo Ersare (vocals & electronics)
9.30 pm : Tomek Dąbrowski, Johannes Vaht & Tomo Jacobson (trumpet and two double basses)
10.30 pm : Open Session


Saturday:
7.00 pm : Door opens
7.30 pm : John Arne Rånes Solo (guitar)
8.00 pm : Kristian Tangvik Solo (tuba & stuff)
8.30 pm : Tomo Jacobson Solo (double bass)
9.00 pm : Danielle Dahl Solo (sax)
9:30 pm : Jonas Ingemann Due Steffensen, Johannes Vaht & Albert Karch (trumpet, double bass & drums)
10.30 pm : Open Session


Sunday:
7.00 pm : Door opens
7.30 pm : Johannes Vaht Solo (double bass)
8.00 pm : Rasmus Kjærgård Lund Solo (tuba)
8.30 pm : Roberto Bordiga Solo (double bass)
9:00 pm : A Very, Very, Very, Very Special Guest Solo! (TBA)
9:30 pm : John Arne Rånes, Tomo Jacobson & Albert Karch (guitar, double bass & drums)
10.30 pm : Open Session & Goodbyes