According to the internationally acclaimed website AllAboutJazz “Harmen Fraanje is emerging as one of the most impressive young European pianists of the past decade.”
In addition to the Dutch double bass player Clemens van der Feen (one of the Feenbrothers - known for their DSD release Feenbrothers Play Dave Brubeck at NativeDSD Music), his newest ensemble includes California-born drummer Tristan Renfrow.
Harmen Fraanje (1976) is a pianist, composer and educator from the Netherlands. He leads and co-leads several projects like his solo project, trio Reijseger Fraanje Sylla, a quartet with Magic Malik, Brice Soniano and Toma Gouband, a trio with Aino Peltomaa and Mikko Perkola, duo with Anton Goudsmit and a new quartet with Fredrik Ljungkvist, Clemens van der Feen and Tristan Renfrow. These groups mostly perform original works with a lot of space for improvisation.Harmen is also very active as a sideman in various projects in the European jazz scene, like several groups of Mats Eilertsen and Michael Moore’s Fragile Quartet.
With these projects he frequently performs at festivals and concert venues throughout the world. Recordings of the projects he’s involved in have been released by renowned record labels like ECM, Winter & Winter, Hubro Music, Challenge Jazz…
Harmen collaborated with the likes of Ambrose Akinmusire, Mark Turner, ?Arve Henriksen, Kenny Wheeler, Thomas Morgan, Tony Malaby, Han Bennink, Magic Malik, Nelson Veras, Cristina Branco, Theo Bleckmann, Ben Monder, Enrico Rava, Werner Herzog, Trio Mediaeval, Perico Sambeat, Igor Roma, Louis Moholo, Ferenc Kovács, Rudi Mahall, Trygve Seim…
Harmen is in the faculty of the Conservatory of Amsterdam / University of the Arts Amsterdam. He is frequently invited to give workshops and masterclasses at other conservatories in Europe.
Harmen currently lives in Amsterdam with his wife Esther and their three sons.