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I, Lasse Charles Mørck Nielsen, was born on a regular winters day the 10th of February 1989 in a danish coastal city by the name of Svendborg. My father and grandfather were both classical double bass players, and therefore I have always had doublebasses around the house.
In elementary school I started playing electric bass, and later on piano and guitar. At the age of 12, my friend Søren Nørregaard showed me some of his compositions, and with it: the magic of composing music. At the age of 16, enrolling in High School (Svendborg Gymnasie), I met people at the same age as me, actually interested in jazz. Until then I had thought jazz was dull and solely for old people, but now I had found an entry point, and it didn't take long before I fell in love with jazz music and with it, the doublebass. I remember being especially fond of Bill Evans and Scott Lafaro, listening to 'Explorations' and 'Waltz for Debby' for hours on end.
After graduating from high school june 2008, my interest of music took me to Copenhagen where I started at the Frederiksberg MGK and at the same time started exploring the danish jazzscenery. That is where I first met Snorre Kirk and through him Magnus Hjorth, who then were already big names in Scandinavia. Even though they were way way ahead of me musically speaking (as well as in life in general), they gave me the chance to play with them and later on join their respective bands. After two years at MGK, I moved to Sweden, studying the jazzprogram at Skurups Folkhögskola, before returning to Copenhagen and enrolling at the Rhytmic Music Conservatory (RMC).
Apart from music, I have always been very interested in culture & people. This interest sparked the idea of living abroad for a while. Preferably, it was suppose to be somewhere far far away where I could get a different perspective on life, by living in a totally different environment. I found the perfect place for this in a mexican mountainous city by the name of Xalapa, where I could combine this very wish, with my interest for classical and latin american music. And so in the autumn of 2015 I enrolled in La Facultad de Música de la Universidad Veracruzana, studying under the principal doublebassist of the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, Andrzej Dechnik. At the beginning of this adventure I was simply so confused all the time. I had tried to pick up a basic level of spanish for survival, but everybody conversed so rapidly that I almost didn't catch a single word. This combined with all the cultural differences, jetlag, new colors and smells, all just added to the feeling of "what the **** is going on?". Nevertheless, I gradually improved my spanish, got to understand the culture better and finally became more accustomed to everything going on around me. I ended up learning so many things not only about Mexico, but also about music, culture and people, and of course myself. I am so grateful for having had the possibility to go there and for making the decision to do it.
After coming back I have been working very hard on releasing my debut album Imagining Places I've Never Been, which was released the 30th of June 2017. (Click here to learn more). It consist of music that draws on inspiration from the jazz tradition, different cultures and their folklore music as well as a solid amount of daydreaming. On this record I play with a quartet I assembled a few years ago, which consists of Jesper Løvdal on sax and clarinet, Tobias Wiklund on cornet, Snorre Kirk on drums and myself on bass. I really like playing in this transparent setup, since it makes me have to be aware of what the essential parts of the music are (both as composer and bassplayer), and then to having to try to emphazise these ideas in order to make it generally sound as good as possible.
In June 2017 I also graduated from RMC (Rhytmic Music Conservatory) with a masters degree in Music Performance. Mi final project was 40 minutes of thoroughly composed music for a sextet based on the Aztec's Creation Myth (The Legend of the Five Suns) and it consisted of bass, drums, trumpet & clarinet, as well as a brazilian guitarist and a cuban percussionist.
I have been very fortunate to play with absolutely fantastic musicians, meet extremely interesting people and visit places I never would have met, if it hadn’t been for music. Musicians include: Stephen Riley, Cæcilie Norby, Ann Farholt, Jesper Thilo, Mads Mathias, Sidsel Storm, Jan Harbeck, Klas Lindqvist, Daniel Fredriksson, Karl Olandersson, Fredrik Kronkvist and many more. Places I have been touring include: France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Finland, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico and the US.
Lasse Mørck Quartet - Imagining Places I've Never Been 2017
Snorre Kirk - Drummer & Composer 2017
Per Thornberg - Lines for Lage 2016
Snorre Kirk - Europa 2015
Magnus Hjorth Trio - Blue Interval 2014
DPA Jazz Composition Finalist 2012 for the composition Backyard Bump.
DPA Jazz Composition 3rd spot winner 2017 for the composition Prairie Sunset.
Reciever of several grands, including Beckett Fonden, Fonden af 1989 & Nordea-fonden.