Coming up:

August 10th, 2017

New Music, great band:)
MARC MOMMAAS

Gigs and Things

July 28th, 2017

The summer is in full swing, had a great couple of concerts at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, a real magical time in many ways, and connecting with my brother in crime, Nikolaj Hess, playing a duo concert at one of my most favorite places in the world, the Bartof Cafe. A wonderful Danish lady, Anette Inoue, whom I met years ago at a bus stop in CPH. wrote a beautiful review on the concert:

No matter what’s your mood, a concert with Nikolaj Hess and Marc Mommaas will always without fail hurl you into a world of magic, adventure, passion, surprise and even fun! Like moving along together with the two of them through mountains and valleys and unbelievable, unknown landscapes. Thus also this time, at Bartof Café July 15. 2017, where you got the unique experience of the two geniuses in perfect synergy and reciprocal inspiration. Passionately, intensely, and at the same time heartily and warmly, continuously passing on the solo-baton to each other. From the interlaced calm fusioned expression into dynamic breakaways into the wildest improvisations from both sides.
The two of them have been cooperating for 20 years, and seem to not only have developed a dynamic mutually inspiring and extraordinarily value creating ensemble, but there is also the feeling of a warm friendship and a deep connectedness with great mutual respect and appreciation. During the reciprocal ping-pong of improvisation, they seem to drive each other continuously further out and higher up, making each of them produce continuously greater and greater surprises, discovering new land in their improvisations. Imagine, that, that this quite ordinarily looking piano can produce these formidable sounds and tones, as the deeply concentrated and bent Nikolaj Hess magically conjures forth from the keys, and again and again, as often as he can look up from the piano, he smiles happily over at Marc Mommaas, maybe looking forward to his next move? And further on and on with Marc Mommaas’s saxophone into the wildest and most dangerous curves and rugged mountain ridges and trackless mountain paths with an in between teasingly surprising abrupt landing, Bang! Down again.
Thus, on this Saturday afternoon, the two of them both enchanted, and flung their audience through the total of three sets. In high spirits and with deep passion. Through the uniqueness of their personal interpretations of “The shadow of your smile”, “Never let me go”, “In a sentimental mood, “Body and soul”, “Over the rainbow”, “Everything I love” and others – also “Little one”, a composition, which Marc Mommaas had written to his daughter, when she was yet a baby, and therefore in a special presentation, due to the fact – as he said: that there had at that time been “no story yet”, an open landscape of future possibilities not yet discovered, for the little girl.
It is obvious, that they are both fond of this place, which also Marc Mommaas expressed during the program. It is also surprisingly felt that the place easily holds the sometimes vast, roaring sound-universes, which these two artists create, and, at the same time, due to its constricted size and in its capacity of solid music-café it also creates a special dimension of family like and unpretentious intimacy and warmth between artists and audience. – Anette Inoue

And, summer is not over, here some great things to look forward to, playing at:
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2016 best of lists

December 30th, 2016

Best of yearlists 2016

HJW Fundraiser Concert NYC – to generate scholarships.

November 28th, 2016

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Live, Mommaas’ compositions at the Symphony Space in NYC

November 16th, 2016

This Sunday, November 20, four Columbia University ensembles will be performing my music at the Symphony Space on 2537 Broadway (95th street), NYC. The students have worked hard on the music. We had great rehearsals and an inspiring masterclass. This will be very special and I am very honored that I was invited as a guest performing artist.

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Ron Horton – tim Horner Nonet

September 16th, 2016

Ron Horton Tim Horner Nonet

CD Release party 55Barc NYC, Tony Moreno quintet ‘short stories’, Mayimba records.

September 13th, 2016

Tony Moreno quintet CD release short stories

CD Release party at JAZZ at the KITANO: WED. JUNE 1

May 20th, 2016

It is finally there, the CD release concert in NYC at JAZZ AT THE KITANO.
The band on the record will be present:
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And, check out this wonderful promo video of the release of SEBASTIAN NOELLE, ‘Shelter”.
The CD release concert will be on Thursday May 26 at THE CORNELIASTREET CAFE.
 

Another GREAT review in All About Jazz + CD release Concerts

April 21st, 2016

We received another incredible review on our new Sunny Side Records release ‘Ballads and Standards’ published on All about Jazz written by Budd Kopman. What a wonderful review, great insights, very well written, and…..which is always nice….. very positive.

Looking forward to our concert at the LEGENDARY Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap PA, the place where Keith made his famous Deer Head inn recording, Sat. April 23. Here Global Motion Trio will be reunited, including Nikolaj Hess and John Hebert. We made our first recording in 1999, aiaiai, time flies.
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Also in the agenda is a CD-release concert , ‘Shelter” released by Fresh Sound records with the great Sebastian Noelle, a great guitarist and wonderful composer. Its a true all star band, including Dan Weiss, Matt Mitchel and Matt Clohesy, may 26 at the Corneliastreet cafe. At the concert Russ Lossing will fill in for Matt Mitchel. Click here to here a sample of the recording.
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Nikolaj and I have CD release concert coming up in Jazz at the Kitano, in NYC, June 1st, with the original band of the “Ballads and Standards” Release. More on this later but please mark you calendar:).

Also look out for the double CD release of Tony Moreno which is another all start group including Jean-Michel Pilc, Ron Horton, Ugonna Ukegwo, and yours truely. The music is incredible, a very special project. Talking about recording, Ron Horton will lead a recording project in June with as theme the music of Andrew Hill. Cant wait to get in the mix with him.

Fantastic DUTCH review ‘Balance and Standards’. 5 stars!!!!!!!

February 23rd, 2016

A fantastic review from Dick Hovenga on my new release as co-leader with Nikolaj Hess ‘standards and ballads’ released by Sunnyside records. Hovenga has supported so many artists, it is really fantastic, please check out his great music website: Written in Music

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