Upcoming releases

SMASH HITS with Ben van Gelder and the Metropole Orkest will be released on Basta Music in October 2018. This record is a live registration of our 2016 show in Amsterdam with the orchestra conducted by Christian Elsässer. I’m honoured to have been able to work with this amazing, multiple Grammy Award-winning orchestra, and can’t wait for you to hear the result.

A duo record with Ben van Gelder is in the making and due for release in the spring of 2019. We’re currently booking a March 2019 duo tour of New Zealand and Australia. Kit Downes will be involved in a number of release shows in Holland and the UK in May and June. More news soon!

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A registration of the highlights of the GIGANTIC CHAMBER MUSIC MINI FESTIVAL including my first String Quartet will be released in the form of an EP in 2019.

A series of SOLO GUITAR VIDEOS will be released on YouTube over the next year.

A series of EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS is in the making, of which the first episode will be available for purchase soon. Additionally, I’m writing a method for composition based on the 7 parameters of music, with the ominous title BOOK OF BAAS. I will start putting out one chapter at a time through Patreon, starting early 2019. See Education for more information. Subscribe to the mailing list to receive updates.

CHARTS for Discombobulatrix, Smooth Jazz Apocalypse and Mostly Improvised Instrumental Indie Music will be available for purchase shortly, and will include scores and parts.

I’ve started uploading brand new ONE MINUTE COMPOSITIONS, sketches and improvisations to Instagram on a wholly irregular basis.

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Gigantic Chamber Music Mini Festival

In a few weeks I’ll have the distinct honour of presenting a body of new works at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (March 2nd) and LantarenVenster in Rotterdam (March 3rd). During the past few months, I have been working on new pieces written specifically for some of my favourite musicians and personalities. This has resulted […]

Edison Award for Reinier Baas vs. Princess Discombobulatrix

‘Discombobulatrix’ was awarded an Edison for best album in the category Jazz/World National! From the jury rapport: “With his new project, a very successful amalgam of jazz and classical music, he proves again that he is to be considered a musical grandmaster.” Reinier Baas vs. Princess Discombobulatrix is a mostly instrumental, partly improvised opera, ft. […]

‘Discombobulatrix’ deluxe edition tin box up for pre-order

Reinier Baas vs. Princess Discombobulatrix is a mostly instrumental, partly improvised opera, brought to you by a septet ft. Ben van Gelder, Joris Roelofs and Martijn Vink. The record, with additional strings, woodwinds and vocals, will be out on September 16th 2016. The music will be released as a limited edition tin cigar box including […]

Smooth Jazz Apocalypse LIVE

Smooth Jazz Apocalypse LIVE is up on Spotify. The band is Harmen Fraanje (who wrote Aneris and Ballad), Joris Roelofs, Ben van Gelder, Maarten Hogenhuis, Mark Schilders and Sean Fasciani. Recorded at the Bimhuis by Micha de Kanter in April 2014.

Metropole Orchestra videos online

Footage of our project with the Metropole Orchestra is online (!): Ben’s ‘Silver/Grey’ and my tune ‘Stuiter’, both arranged by Gerd Hermann Ortler, and ‘Smooth Jazz Apocalypse’, arranged by Christian Elsässer, who also conducted the project.

Ben van Gelder trio / Metropole Orchestra stream

Looking forward to the last show of a small, yet enormous tour with Ben van Gelder and Han Bennink, at the Bimhuis tonight. A lot of new music by Mr. van Gelder, lo-high combo’s on alto and people dancing frantically to Mr. Bennink playing on various objects, animals and persons. Also, high-end audio and video […]

Metropole Orchestra ft. Ben van Gelder & Reinier Baas

I’m highly excited to announce that Ben van Gelder and I will be performing with the incredible Metropole Orchestra next month. We’re playing two shows with beautiful arrangements of our music at LantarenVenster, Rotterdam (Jan 15th) and Westergastheater, Amsterdam (Jan 16th). Conducted by Christian Elsässer. Arrangements by Christian, Rob Horsting, Daniel Jamieson, Gerd Hermann Ortler […]

Premiere concerto for guitar and brass / carte blanche Zaal 100

On Sunday November 8th ‘Music for guitar and brass’ will be premiered at November Music Festival in Den Bosch, featuring Jean-paul Estiévenart, Morris Kliphuis, Jan Oosting and Martin van den Berg. The music sounds very cerebral and highly undanceable, but there is a passage that resembles a moose’s courtship display, and the quartet can make […]

Reinier Baas vs Princess Discombobulatrix

In light of the coming Princess Discombobulatrix festivities next week, Stefan de Graaf asked me several questions in a row for Jazzenzo online magazine. Thomas Huisman made some wonderful pictures of me face down in various kinds of soil. Words are in Dutch. Read the interview here. Upcoming shows: Bimhuis July 7th, Lantaren Venster July […]