“A breathtakingly talented guitarist, who is able to impress and touch with his instrument, and a gifted composer who dares to take risk on top of this.” – JAZZISM

Reinier Baas (1985) is a guitarist and composer based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has been in charge of ‘The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble’ since 2010, with which he toured in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. His second album with the quintet earned him the prestigious Edison Award in 2013. His latest record, ‘Reinier Baas vs. Princess Discombobulatrix’, is a partly improvised mostly instrumental opera, for which he teamed up with world renowned illustrator Typex and a group of 14 classical and jazz musicians. For this album, Baas was awarded a second Edison in 2017.

Download a full biography in English or Dutch. Read a portrait from ‘Amsterdam: Capital of Music’ (courtesy of Sinaya Wolfert and Kelly van der Kwast).

Reinier has been granted composition assignments by November Music Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2015. As a soloist, he has performed with the Metropole Orchestra, New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, Dutch Youth Orchestra and the Dutch Youth Jazz Orchestra. As a sideman, he has performed with Han Bennink, Chris Speed, Gregory Porter, Hans Teeuwen and Benjamin Herman. He has toured Europe extensively, both performing and teaching masterclasses at universities in Lisbon, Leuven, Essen and Barcelona. Baas is a teacher at Codarts Conservatory of Rotterdam and a guest teacher at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Reinier Baas has released five self-produced albums to date.

Reinier’s composition ‘Stuiter’ with the Metropole Orchestra and Ben van Gelder (arranged by Gerd Hermann Ortler and conducted by Christian Elsässer):

Solo, playing Wayne Shorter’s Juju: