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JON HEMMERSAM  

(b 1962 )

Jon Hemmersam is a world-renowned guitarist, musician, composer and improviser from Denmark. His credits include albums with some of the greatest names in modern jazz and contemporary classical: percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie (The Core-tet Project and Sound Spirits), saxophonist David Liebman (who has previously worked with Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Wayne Shorter and John McLaughlin), drummer Bob Moses (Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus), violist Szilard Mezei, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens, and guitarist Dom Minasi, among many others.

David Liebman has compared the talent of Jon Hemmersam with that of Miles Davis, stating that “Jon is a free music pro, meaning he knows what he wants from the musicians in the textural arena, setting the stage in such a way that the musicians are pulled in a unified direction—much like Miles could.”

Hemmersam has recorded three albums with David Liebman, Remembering the Future (2008), Duende (2010) and Singing Red (2013). In 2007 Hemmersam received a pre-draft GRAMMY nomination for the Jon Hemmersam/Dom Minasi Quartet album released that year. This album was chosen as one of the best albums of 2008 by Down Beat magazine. Hemmersam has also released two books of his compositions with the Danish music publishing company GUF,12 Compositions for small ensembles and Danza é Spiritu for larger ensembles.

For more information, visit www.jonhemmersam.dk.

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