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Marc Mommaas Tenor Saxophone
Marc Mommaas Tenor Saxophone


Marc Mommaas (b1969) comes from a creative background. He grew up with his mother performing and teaching opera and classical piano, and his father in the center of the Dutch art scene using oil on canvas as his art form. During his study in Amsterdam, NL he combined his musical development with a university education (Masters in Comm.Science/Business). After being awarded two Dutch grants (Stichting Podium Kunsten, Prins Bernard Fonds Anjer Fondsen) in 1997, he made the move to New York City.
Once in New York, Marc received a full scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music where he completed his Masters in Jazz Performance. Upon graduating he was awarded the William H. Borden Award, given to only one student selected from the graduating class for outstanding achievement.
Marc made his debut as a leader in his 1999 recording Global Motion Trio with Nikolaj Hess (piano) and John Hebert (bass). In 2001 the acclaimed drummer Tony Moreno joined the group which became Global Motion. In 2003 after an extensive tour in Europe including a 5 day hit at the Pompoen in Amsterdam, the band returned to NYC and recorded Global Motion, released by Sunnyside Records. This release earned critical acclaim in Downbeat, Jazztimes, Jazzimprov, All About Jazz and numerous online platforms. This record was followed by another well received Sunnyside release titled Balance (2006), a long anticipated duo recording with pianist and longtime friend Nikolaj Hess. In 2010 he jumped into a new project born out of his extensive collaboration with drummer Tony Moreno. It became “Landmarc, the guitar project”, a band with three guitars, sax, drums and no bass. The touring band includes two guitars, Vic Juris and Nate Radley. In 2013 Marc released his solo Saxophone project “Irreversible Momentum” inspired and in commemoration of his father who passed away in 2009, and in early 2016 a new release came out including ballads and standards in collaboration with Nikolaj Hess and guests Vic Juris and Thomas Morgan. This recording is the counterpoint of Balance, originals versus standards.
Marc has toured the world with many formations including the Amina Figarova sextet, and with other formations lead by Tony Moreno, Tim Horner, Armen Donelian, Sebastian Noelle and many more. He played all the main stages, from the New Port Jazz Festival to Carnegy Hall. Besides his impressive career as a saxophonist and improviser he also made his mark as an educator. He co-founded the New York Jazz Workshop with Marco Chelo and Hudson Jazz Works with Armen Donelian, a faculty member of the New School, has given masterclasses on conservatoria across the globe, and is an in demand saxophone and composition teacher in NYC.
Marc is currently working on a text book on "a rhythmic approach of improvisation and composition for linear instruments", a recording project with Global Motion in collaboration with a string quartet and several project based arrangements. Next on the agenda is a guest appearance at Columbia University in November 2016 and a lecture at the Jazz Education Network Congress in new Orleans in January 2017.


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Saxophonist / Composer Marc Mommaas, NYC.




Marc Mommaas, tenor saxophonist and composer was born in Tegelen, Netherlands on Sept. 12th, 1969. He grew up in Amsterdam and since 1997 made NYC his home.


His father Henk Mommaas, was a well-known painter/artist in the Netherlands and developed his career in Amsterdam. His mother Carolien Collette is a pianist, opera singer and educator. His grandfather on his mother’s side was a professional multi instrumentalist playing flute, viola da gamba, recorder, organ, spinet and harpsichord and taught at the conservatory of Maastricht. His grandmother on his mothers side was an opera singer and his great grandfather an organ player.


Although always surrounded by music and playing accordion and chromatic harmonica he first became an athlete (swimming). Training ten times a week built up his discipline and concentration while competing all over Europe gave him a taste of the joys of visiting different countries experiencing their cultures. At 16 years of age injuries in his shoulders stopped him in his track and he returned to music. He decided on tenor-saxophone.


His first hero was Ben Webster who he shook hands with at a Sunday afternoon concert when he was 3 years old by climbing on stage to say goodbye and to thank him for the music. His first teacher was Ronnie Rem (an alto saxophonist) who introduced him to Stan Getz, Bill Evans and Charlie Parker, followed by flutist and saxophonist Peter Guidi who became his mentor and introduced him to Coltrane, Rollins and Cannonball Adderley. He also had some lessons from Jasper Blom (saxophonist and educator, teaches on the conservatory of Amsterdam). Coming from a rebellious artist background the self-taught road appealed more to him than the common conservatory route. During Marc's musical study he managed to combine his musical development with a university education.


After finishing his education (Master-degree in Comm. Science/Business/Economics at the University of Amsterdam, 1995) he visited New York City to continue his musical career. There he studied with wellknown musicians David Liebman, Garry Dial, and Dick Oatts. He returned to Holland where he continued to work as a freelance musician. After receiving two grants (Stichting Podium Kunsten, Prins Bernard Cultuur Fonds/Anjer Fondsen, 1997) he returned to New York where he continued his musical development by participating in master classes and studying composition, harmony and piano with Garry Dial who became his main mentor. Not ready to return to the Netherlands Mommaas extended his stay by applying at the Manhattan School of Music. He received a full scholarship (2000) where he pursued his Master's in Jazz Performance and upon graduating was awarded the 'William H. Borden Award' (2002), given to one student out of the graduating class for outstanding achievement. He also participated in the Lake Placid Seminar (1997) and the Aspen Snowmass Jazz Sessions (2001) for which he received full scholarships.


New York City became his home from where he would expand his wings. He frequently tours Europe, Scandinavia and Canada with different formations and tours on a regular basis with his band "Global Motion", making his first recording as a leader in 1999. In 2002 the renowned percussionist/drummer from New York City, Tony Moreno joined the band. Global Motion also includes alternating bass players John Hebert from New Orleans and Jay Anderson from New York City, and pianist Nikolaj Hess from Copenhagen. In 2006 Balance was released by Sunnyside Records, a long anticipated duo recording with Nikolaj Hess which received critical praise. The third release by Sunnyside records and fourth release as a leader is Landmarc, a guitar project including three guitarists, Nate Radley, Vic Juris and Rez Abbasi, and on drums Tony Moreno. Compositions are written without bass function and is a testament to the depth in Mommaas’ rhythmic language.


Mommaas’ goal in his art form has always been to create boundless freedom of expression, not restricted by any technical or intellectual limitations. Balancing harmonic depth, a natural talent for melody and an endless pallet of rhythmic colors Mommaas has created his own sound both as a performer and composer. As an artist he feels the importance of connecting with his environment by presenting a musical language that is in balance with the time we live in. He attracts students from all over the world and is co-founder of HJW (Hudson Jazzworks) and NYJW (New York Jazz Workshops).


“Now Marc Mommaas finds himself at the zenith of his musical powers with Landmarc, a recording that best exemplifies the kind of “tradition in transition” artistry that modern jazz is all about. “It is the artist’s goal to translate the emotions, ideas and energy that we live in into an uplifting, sincere and powerful sound with relevance.” ---------------------------------------------------------------------- By Eugene Holley (2010)









Some of the Musicians that Mommaas played with:

Frank Kimbrough, Nikolaj Hess, Art Lande, Jean Michel Pilc, Armen Donelian, Jim mcNeely, Chris Davis, Amina Figarove, Bill Gerhardt, Henry Hey, Russ Lossing, Garry Dial, Garry Versage, Allen Farnham, Jurgen Friedrich, Mads Baerentzen, Kenny Werner, George Colligan, Jim Ridl, Scott Tinkler, Christian McBride, Roland Guerin, Jay Anderson, Rufus Reid, Francois Moutin, Ben Allison, Dean Johnson, Boris Koslov, Ben Street, John Hebert, Eivind Opsvik, Carla de Rosa, Stefan Lievestro, Matt Pavolka, Phil Palombi, Brad Jones, Roland Guerin, Thomas Morgan, Anders Christensen (AC), Johannes Weidenmeuller, Belden Bullock, Martin Wind, Luques Curtis, Rashaan Carter, Tony Marino, Reggie Workman, Mark Sherman, Joe Locke, David Liebman, Chris Cheek, Scott Robinson, Ted Nash, Rez Abbasi, Vic Juris, Miles Okazaki, Ben Monder, Nate Radley, Sebastian Noelle, Mike Moreno, Sheryl Bailey, Dave Allen, Brad Shepik, John Hart, Tom Chang, Tony Moreno, Tim Horner, Dan Weiss, Ted Poor, Tyshawn Sorey, Jeff Hirshfield, Jeff Ballard, Billy Drummond, Henry Cole, Rob Garcia, Jeff Davis, Mark Ferber, Matt Wilson, Allison Miller ,Jason BrownJacob Bro, Mikkel Hess, Gregory Hutchinson, Dena DeRose, Corinne Bailey Ray, Fay Victor, Ron Horton, Ralph Alessi, Alex Sipiagin, Alex 'Pope' Norris, Ernie Hammes, Matt Schulman, Doug Beavers......







Some of the places where Marc Mommaas performed;



New Orleans Jazz Fest, Chicago Jazz Festival, Twin Tower Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Calgary Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, The Dutch Jazz Festival in Madrid, Arhus Jazz Festival, Edmonton Jazz Festival, Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, Tri-C Cleveland Jazz Festival, Hudson 400 Festival, New Port Jazz Festival, Euro Jazz Festival Mexico City, Rochester Jazz Festival, Gene Harris Jazz Festival, NYC Winterfest, Erie jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Bakersfield Jazz Festival, Portland Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival Mexicali, Jazz Festival Ensenada, Somer's point Jazz Festival...



Carnegy Hall NYC, Lincoln Center NYC, Dizzy's Club Lincoln Center NYC, Blue Note NYC, Jazz Standard, 55Bar, Corneliastreet Cafe, Yoshi's Oakland, Improv. San Diego, Atheneum La Jolla, Kitano NYC, Dakota Club, Blue Wisp, Copenhagen Jazz House, Thorveldson Museum, Circulo des bellas Artes Madrid, Nighttown Cleveland, Fundacion Carlos de Ambers Madrid, Mahogany Hall, Artishock, Jazzaffairs Hoorn, Jazzpower Eindhoven, SJU huis, Kunsthuis 13, Bethanian Klooster, Brewery Arts Center, Jazzbakery LA, Scandinavia House NYC, Smalls, Blaagaardse Apotek DK, The Blender theater, Sweet Rhythm, Joe's Pub, Kerrytown Concerthall, Yardbird Suite CA, Yukon Arts Center CA, Erie Art Museum, Philadelpia Art Museum, Settlement Music School Philly, ShowCase Chicago, Snug Harbor New Orleans, Richmond Jazzsociety, Victoria Jazzsociety, Piedmond Jazz Alliance, Giant Steps DK, Bimhuis NL, Lantarn Venster NL, Indie House Baltimore, Paradox Tilburg, Jazzstation Brussels, Jazz Kongress Trier, Beaux Jazz Breda, Blue Monk Mexico City, De Werf Brugge, DJS Dordrecht, Porgy and Bess Terneusen, Metropolitan Room NYC, Jazz Gallery NYC, De Doelen NL, Puffin Foundation NJ, The Music Village Brussels, L'ilnoui Luxembourgh, Smalls NYC, Firehouse12, Deerhead in PA, Hnita Jazz BE, Musis Sacrum NL, Cliff Bells Detroit, Smalls NYC, Bach Society CA, Outpost NM, Jazz Alley Seattle, MCG Pittsburgh, .......


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