Born: February 19, 1984 Primary Instrument: Piano
Søren Gemmer b. 1984 Pianist and composer working as a band leader as well as a sideman. A healthy appetite for different musical expressions has led to work in modern and mainstream jazz, in indie music as a synth/Wurlitzer player, as a reggae organ player and in free improvisation. Recent years has seen an increased focus on composition and the creation of a personal sound, which is manifested by the release of the debut album at first in February of 2013.
Full biography Born and raised near Aalborg in the Northern part of Denmark, Søren Gemmer by no means took to music early on. Being an avid personal computer enthusiast (when those where just getting personal) and an avid reader from a very early age, Søren engaged in musical activity from a visual perspective, conceptualizing about music rather than paying any sort of attention by ear. Not until being caught by the allure of the rock drummer fantasy in local bands did the true emotional potential of music present itself to him. It is this duality of cognition and emotion, complexity and simplicity if you well, and the challenge of balancing them that eventually drew Gemmer to become a musician. Since 2009 he has been living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated there with a master's degree from the RMC (Rhythmic Music Conservatory - school for contemporary music) in 2011. Studied with jazz pianists Jacob Christoffersen, Nikolaj Hess, and Anders Persson, as well as renowned classical pianist and educator Anne Marie Fog.
Stephan Moore - Jazzwrap (UK) The debut album from the Soren Gemmer Quartet, At First, is one of those unassuming albums that lays everything out for you—quietly, smoothly and elegantly. The pianist got a late start to playing music but has blended a love of classical tradition with melodic jazz structures to create a engrossingly beautiful first session.
Russians opens the album with a soft but propelling drum beat and fully framed lines from Gemmer. The expressionism the quartet exude is exciting and fresh. Mollehoj's guitar perfectly blends with trio giving the group a distinct quality that sets them slightly apart from many of their contemporaries within the region.
Heavy keys and dense patterns mark the title track. With some enveloping chords that feel like a chamber piece but yet filled with vitality. You can sense this is a session and piece in particular, is one that the quartet are enjoying greatly.
The harmonics and subtle colour that Soren Gemmer adds to each piece is wonderful to hear. At First is an invigorating debut that is easy to fall in love with quickly. A lush and moving work for any music fan. Start listening now...
Sean Smith - Tokyojazznotes (JAP) Stay Silent is a beautiful piece of music, its full, rich melody is something that draws the listener back again and again. ... Masterful from start to finish, At First is an album that grows in strength with repeated listens and marks the arrival of a new talent.
Lance - Bebop spoken here (UK) This is quite a sublime album.
Peter van Belkom - Mpodia (NL) 8,5/10
Ulf Hundeiker - albumcheck (DE) 10/10
Jens Christensen - Lydtapet.net (DK) 5/6 - Det er et modent og velafrundet debutalbum, Søren Gemmer har leveret.
Niels Overgård - Jazznyt (DK) Søren Gemmer spiller velovervejet og overraskende modent... Jeg er ret overrasket over at der i yderkanten af dansk jazz sniger så stort et talent rundt. ... Jeg håber at vi kommer til at høre meget mere til ham - og gerne med disse musikere. Møllehøj imponerer i sjælden grad, mens Fryland endnu gang understreger, at han er noget særligt.
Georges Tonla Briquet - Jazz Mozaik (BE) ...everything is impeccably balanced an elaborated...
Peter Bacon - thejazzbreakfast (UK) This is apparently a debut album, which I find hard to believe. It sounds more like a mature work from a composer clear about his direction and having moved a few stations down the line already.