Carsten Lindholm Trio

Mattias Nilsson - piano

Jasper Somsen - bass

Carsten Lindholm - drums


Carsten Lindholm is a Danish drummer, composer and producer. He moved to Copenhagen in 1990 to study at the D.A.R.K conservatory. He had private lessons with amongst others Jazz legend Ed Thigpen and considers Peter Erskine as one of his main mentors. In 1996 Carsten went to Vallekilde, a Danish Jazz summercamp, where he met bassist Lars Danielsson and  trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer.  Both masters inspired him to change his musical direction and focus on Nordic Jazz music. In 1998 he went to New York to study the South Indian rhythm-language Konnakol. In the meantime he immerged himself into the NYC Jazz scene and met vibraphone player Mike Manieri (Steps Ahead). Back in Denmark Carsten started playing at different clubs and festivals. The sudden death of Jens Melgaard inspired Carsten to write music which led to his Tribute” album (2011),  a film music like mix of Jazz, drum`n` bass, ambient soundscapes, Indian tabla beats and Nordic melody. With variable line ups the Carsten Lindholm Trio tours regularly in Europe.


Dutch double bassist, composer and producer Jasper Somsen collaborated amongst others with Peter Erskine, Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Calderazzo, Jeff Ballard, John Beasley, Jean-Michel Pilc, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Seamus Blake, Lynne Arriale, Jorge Rossy, Kendrick Scott, Justin Faulkner, E.J. Strickland, André Ceccarelli, Gary Husband and Gabriele Mirabassi. As a (co-)leader Jasper released seven albums at Challenge Records. As a long time member of the Maria Mendes Band their album “Close To Me” (featuring John Beasley and the Metropole Orchestra) won a Dutch Edison Award 2020 (Jazz/World Music) and got two Grammy nominations. Jasper performs worldwide and can be heard on more than 45 albums, video and film music scores. Outside a busy playing and studio producing schedule, Jasper divides his time between composing and teaching.


Originally the Dane Mathias Grove Madsen was supposed to be the pianist in the trio, but he has unfortunately fallen due to illness. His role is taken over by the Swedish pianist Mattias Nilsson. Mattias has been playing the piano since childhood. He studied African American music and played in several groups. He declined an offer from the Malmö Academy of Music and continued his free-lance career which has now led to more than 1500 concerts in 32 countries around the world. In 2016 he released his debut album “Dreams Of Belonging” for which he is praised for his personal sound in which influences can be heard from folk, jazz and classical music.