According to the internationally acclaimed website AllAboutJazz “Harmen Fraanje is emerging as one of the most impressive young European pianists of the past decade.”
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 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, Michael Moore’s Fragile Quartet, Thomas T Dahl & Court…
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…
Furthermore Harmen founded the label / platform ‘Astropi’ with Brice Soniano and Toma Gouband.
Harmen collaborated with the likes of Ambrose Akinmusire, Mark Turner, Kenny Wheeler, Thomas Morgan, Tony Malaby, Han Bennink, Ernst Reijseger, Anton Goudsmit, Jesse van Ruller, 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.