Hoff Somsen Lindholm

Jan Gunnar Hoff – Piano
Jasper Somsen – Double Bass
Carsten Lindholm – Drums

A brand new exciting trio has seen the light, namely Hoff Somsen Lindholm. The trio will perform at Jazz festivals and clubs from 2023, and are very excited to present their music.

Jan Gunnar Hoff (NO), Jasper Somsen (NL) and Carsten Lindholm (DK) share their love of Nordic Jazz mixed with strong undercurrent of both the American Jazz tradition and European classical music. Besides that they also share a positive attitude in life, which reflects in their compositions and improvisations.

Hoff Somsen Lindholm | Jazzclub Bayreuth – Indian Summer by Carsten Lindholm

The first performances of Hoff Somsen Lindholm in Bayreuth (DE) and Bastia (Corsica, FR) were sold out. The trio will continue their concert series in 2024, in amongst others Norway, Denmark and Germany. Since the three musicians are well respected composers, their repertoire is a fine blend of their (newly) composed best music for this line up.

The Copenhagen album recordings (2023) will be released on September 24, 2024 (Challenge Records). 

Find upcoming concerts here!


Hoff Somsen Lindholm demonstrated the excellence of their technical and compositional qualities. The piano oscillated between water and fire, the double bass thunder and purrs and the drums balanced everything with rhythm and sounds that were sometimes fragmentary or lascivious.
Jazz Equinoxe, Corsica (FR) – photos (above) by Michele Maestracci

Rythm’n’Corsica: Hoff-Somsen Lindholm première réussie pour « Teatru à l’apertu »

C’est dans les locaux de Spartimusica que la mairie de Bastia,  en partenariat avec l’association Jazz Equinoxe, ouvrait le bal des concerts décentralisés «  hors les murs  ». Pour l’occasion Frédérique Balbinot et Delphine Ramos  présentaient le programme au public, qui  avait l’avantage de découvrir samedi soir un trio de musiciens scandinaves. Carsten Lindholm (batterie), Jan Gunnar Hoff (piano) et Jasper Somsen (contrebasse)  démontraient l’excellence de leurs qualités techniques et de compositions. Au cours de longs échanges, tels des chjami e rispondi, ils déroulaient les créations jazz de chacun en permettant aux spectateurs de se régaler des morceaux proposés. Le piano oscillait entre eau et feu, la contrebasse tonnerre et ronronnements et la batterie équilibrait le tout par des cliquetis parfois parcellaires où lascifs. Après deux sets de 45’ le public quittait les lieux heureux de ce bon moment vécu en commentant favorablement le haut niveau du contenu. Le préfet présent pour l’occasion témoignait dans le même sens. Tous les participants se retrouvaient avec les artistes après le concert pour échanger avec eux et profitaient de leur altérité pour emporter un album dédicacé. 
Michel Mastracci – Rythm’n’Corsica | Jazz Equinoxe, Corsica (FR)


(c) 2023 photos by Boe Larsen

Pianist Jan Gunnar Hoff from Norway performs worldwide with his solo piano repertoire and has worked with: Mike Stern, Arve Henriksen, Audun Kleive, Anders Jormin, Gary Novak, Per Mathiesen, Alex Acuna and Horacio Hernández.
As a bandleader and co-leader he has released 23 albums and published over 250 orchestral works in various contexts. Jan Gunnar Hoff is also a SteinwayArtist.

Double bassist/Composer/Producer Jasper Somsenfrom the Netherlands is known worldwide for his longstanding collaborations with Enrico Pieranunzi, Maria Mendes and Lynne Arriale. He has performed with Peter Erskine, Jorge Rossy, Joey Calderazzo, Bob Sheppard, John Beasley and Jeff Ballard among other. He has released 7 albums as leader and co-leader for Challenge Records and has been featured on more than 45 albums including film music productions.

Drummer and composer Carsten Lindholm, is a danish Drummer known for his unique ability to fuse Nordic Jazz with Indian rhythmics, based on his study of Konnakol. Artists as Erik Truffaz, John Beasley, Reggie Washington, Pete Judge, Jim Barr, Eivind Aarset, Gunnar Halle, Thomas Siffling and Christopher Dell has played on his albums
He has since 2018 as bandleader, toured with his Carsten Lindholm Trio in many European clubs and at festivals a.o ELBJAZZ, Bix Stuttgart, Domicil Dortmund, Altes Pfandhaus Köln, JazzFolk Syke, Jazzforum Bayreuth, Jazzclub Bamberg, Jazznmore Ingolstadt, Jazzfest Wageningen, Montmartre Copenhagen, Festival Boréales|Theatre de Caen. 

Press release in short:

The Hoff Somsen Lindholm Trio plays original compositions inspired by Keith Jarrett, Enrico Pieranunzi, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Esbjörn Svensson, Rymden, Wolfgang Haffner, Russell Ferrante and Vince Mendoza, among others.
In direct contact with their audience, this Dutch-Scandinavian piano trio plays music that only knows how to unfold in the flow of improvisational forces and is therefore characterized by communicative openness, stylistic diversity and aesthetic expressiveness

Hoff Somsen Lindholm hopes to see you at one of their concerts.

Carsten Lindholm (World)
Jasper Somsen (The Netherlands and UK)

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