Tag: Jens Larsen

Traeben incredible 106%!!!!

Yes, we did it! Or actually, YOU DID IT!!!

To be able to release the next Traeben album we started a crowdfunding campagne to raise money for producing this album and to get you involved in our project. Luckily everybody liked what we were doing, and so we gathered even more than we asked for – an incredible 106%!

We’re very grateful that you guys helped us out, and therefore very pleased te present you our newest album: Looking at the Storm.


So you are hereby invited to come to the release-party we’re throwing at Lantaren Venster in Rotterdam, next week September 19th. Tickets are only €10,- (get them here) and it’s going to be a great night! Also if you’re going, let us know by clicking on this facebook-event, and share the event so everybody knows you will be there.


Crowdfunding Traeben

As most of you know I’m a member of the Dutch/Danish quartet Traeben, with which we try to combine improvised Jazz music with elements from the Rock genre. We recently recorded our third album that we’re going to release in September in LantarenVenster in Rotterdam. But to complete the new album we need financial support, and therefore we started a crowdfunding campagne at Voordekunst.nl.

On this (Dutch) website you can read all about this project, and there’s a video in which we shorty explain how it works. Also in this video you can hear some of the new music already. So if you like what we’re doing, this is your chance to help us with releasing a great cd in September! Go to the website, click on ‘Steun dit project’, and with every donation (even €10,-) you will support us greatly. At the bottom you’ll find the link, thank you for supporting us and we also hope to see you September 19th in LantarenVenster!


Jens on his improv-practices

Recently Jens Larsen (the guitarist and main composer of Traeben) started to write about his practices for improvising. As he mentions in one of his lessons, I also had a talk with him about the fact that there are hundreds of books with exersizes, hundreds of DVD’s about specific styles, but almost no information about how to put the stuff you practice into your playing. How do you do that, what do you do with an exercise on stage?

Among other things Jens talks about that, trying to explain how he does that (which is not only interesting for guitarists). Of course some stuff is really guitar-only, but I do think he speaks about a lot of interesting matter. Check it out, and read it on his website.

Traeben touring Canada

Another great thing I did this summer was going on tour with Traeben. We toured Canada, playing gigs at the famous Ottawa Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival (at the Rex), Montreal Jazz Festival (at the House of Jazz) and in London, at the Sunfest Festival. We did drive a lot of kilometres in our rented Dodge Van, but we had an awesome time with very nice audiences, great venues, playing hours and hours of music in our car, and we even did some sightseeing in the Toronto Tower and at the Niagara Falls. To get an impression of our tour, check out the pictures here.

By the way, if you want to stay updated on what Traeben is doing (a new album is being recorded now and will be released in 2014), subscribe to the newsletter on their website.


Traeben in DK

Last week Traeben played in Denmark. We play a lot actually, and we’ve got a pretty grand tour schedule, and the name is Danish, but this actually was the first time we played Denmark!

We played in Herning, in a jazzclub called Fermaten. It’s a big, beautiful club that programs internationally (Steve Lukather played the week after) and that has a great atmosphere. Of course we were pretty new to the audience there as well, but as we spoke to people afterwards they liked it very much and appreciated us coming to Denmark. So for everybody who was there: thank you for supporting us!

Click HERE to see a little impression of the concert on facebook.

Vrije Geluiden

This sunday Traeben will be featured in the VPRO tv-program ‘Vrije Geluiden‘. Our album PUSH drew the attention of the program, and they asked us to be in it. We were very happy to do the recordings this week at the Bimhuis, and we hope it’s gonna be a great show. We’ll be playing one tune (Top Dog) and Jens and Olaf will answer some questions as personifications of Dutch vs Danish…

Sunday October 14, 10:30 Ned 1.


Traeben over 10.000 downloads!

Traeben is getting a lot of attention online lately. Besides the great Dutch reviews of the album ‘Push’ that we got at the beginning of the year, now there are also reviews in English, German, Danish, Finnish and even Japanese. For an overview check out our press-page. We’re releasing the album internationally by the 1st of October through Pladekisten, but there is a unique and limited presale if you go to the audio part of our website and click on ‘BUY CD’.

If you wan’t to check out what our music sounds like before you buy ‘Push’, then you could follow 10.000 other people and go to www.allaboutmusic.com. We’re ranked #1 in the Top Mp3 Downloads and in the Top25 Recommended Downloads with the track ‘Top Dog’. If you click on the track you’ll be able to download the mp3 for free. I hope you enjoy listening to it!

Release and presentation Traeben album ‘PUSH’

Finally it’s there, the new Traeben album PUSH! After a great time of recording, mixing and mastering it’s all good: great tunes, fresh sound, super playing – well, you should check it out and hear it yourself. Hein van de Geyn did that, and these were his thoughts:

“Four men on a mission: to give the world real, honest, strong and beautiful music. Thank you gentlemen!”

So, there’s three things you can do:

– go to the Traeben website, there’s lots of information there, video’s, agenda. You can even subscribe to the newsletter. click here

– of course the cd is available on iTunes, with bonus tracks! click here

– come to the cd-presentation: we’ll play a nice concert at theater De Tobbe in Voorburg the 16th of March. All the pieces of the cd will be played, and of course the cd will be for sale there!

I hope to see you there, or at one of our other concerts, and let us know what you think of our music!!