João Hasselberg is a heavy weight on the Portuguese jazz scene and is starting his international journey. Colaborations with Luísa Sobral, Sara Serpa, Spyros Manesis, Gianni Gagliardi, Gilles Estoppey, Afonso Pais, João Firmino, Bruno Santos e Julio Resende just to name a few have put him on the spot light. To solidify this position he won the 1ºplace in the Prémio Jovens Músicos 2011 Competition, Jazz Ensemble category.
Had the oportunity to play at the Barbican Center (London), Half‐Note (Athens), Tempodrom (Berlin), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Kolner Philarmonie (Koln), LaeiszHalle (Hamburg) and festivals like the London Jazz Festival, Cully Jazz Festival, Barcelona International Jazz festival, Cartagena Jazz Festival , Den Hague Jazz Festival, Jazz Ahead ), IJ Jazz Festival, Breda Jazz Festival, Meer Jazz Festival, Trytone Jazz Festival, Europa Fest , Festa de Jazz do S.Luis, Festival de Valado dos Frades, Jazz no Castelo, Seixal Jazz, Cool Jazz Fest, Sudoeste TMN, Festival de Jazz de Verão de Setubal.
He now introduces his own project featuring Joana Espadinha voice; Luis Figueiredo piano; Bruno Pedroso drums; Ricardo Toscano sax; Diogo Duque trumpet; Afonso Pais and João Firmino guitar; João Hasselberg doublebass & electric bass.
This is a project that features his own original compositions, and some jazz and pop standards, where improvisation and communication have a main role in the development of each tune. Influenced by Terence Blanchard, Debussy and Ray LaMontagne he managed to fusion this compositional styles and transform them into his unique musical voice.
This debut album “Whatever it is you’re seeking, won’t come in the form you’re expecting” includes some of his orginal compositions inspired in some of the great XX century literary classics. A kind of soundtrack to this stories which environment is super cinematographic recreating it now as a listener.
released October 30, 2013
Joao Hasselberg: double bass/electric bass
Luis Figueiredo: piano
Bruno Pedroso: drums
Joana Espadinha: voice
João Firmino & Afonso Pais: guitar
Ricardo Toscano: sax
Diogo Duque: trumpet
I ‘m a bass-player/composer based in Copenhagen and I’ve been writing my own music since 2013. Today I’m writing
music that deals with the interaction of composition/ improvisation and electronic/acoustic instruments.
I studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and Rhythmic Music Conservatory.