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Marc Mommaas

Marc (b1969) comes from an artistic background. His mother is an opera singer/pianist and his father a well known painter in the Dutch art scene. During Marc's study in the Netherlands he combined his musical development with a university education (Masters in Comm.Science/Business). After being awarded with two Dutch grants (Stichting Podium Kunsten, Prins Bernard Fonds & Anjer Fondsen) he moved to New York City (1997). In New York Marc received a full scholarship from the Manhattan School of Music where he pursued his Masters in Jazz Performance and upon graduating was awarded the William H. Borden Award, given to one student selected from the graduating class for outstanding achievement. He frequently tours Europe, the US and Canada with different formations and tours on a regular basis with his own band Global Motion, making his debut recording as a leader in 1999 named 'Global Motion Trio' including Nikolaj Hess (piano) and John Hebrt (bass). In 2001 the acclaimed drummer Tony Moreno (NYC) joined the group. Global Motion released by Sunny Side records (2003) earned critical praise in Downbeat, Jazztimes, Jazzimprov and All About Jazz. This was followed by another well received SunnySide release named "Balance" (2006), a duo recording including Nikolaj Hess on Piano. A new Global Motion recording will be released in the spring of 2008 featuring material written by Nikolaj Hess. And in the winter a newly formed trio including Tony Moreno on drums and Nate Ratley on guitar will go into the studio, recording original material written by Marc Mommaas.


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