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Hasse Poulsen & Henrik Simonsen

The Parsonage Melodies


CD release october 21st. 


L'Autre Distribution

D.C. Norden (Scandinavia) 

Broken Silence (Germany)



Søllerød præstegård October 22nd, 30th, and Nov. 5th at 7.30 pm. 

Tårbæk præstegård November 1st 7.30 pm. 

L'Eglise Danoise in Paris November 13  2.30 pm. 


Henrik S. Simonsen / double bass                                                          Hasse Poulsen / guitar and voice 

Among Friends available on streaming:

Summerdance  available on streaming:



Poulsen Fryland Lundin

We will record for our future album for BMC records in the spring 2023.

Meanwhile check out the videos from the concert july 10th 2022.

Fredrik Lundin / tenor                                                                               Thomas Fryland / trumpet and flugelhorn                                     Hasse Poulsen / guitar and voice



Das Kapital has recorded material for ou next CD in the Gil Evans Studio in Amiens during four days at the end of June 2022. The album will be released in december 2023.  

cancert in Jazz and the City / Salzburg  October 15th 2022

concert La Maison de la Culture Amiens November 14th

Concert Comptoir des Musiciens, Fontenay November 18th                                                        



The physical CD can be bought at Jazzcup in Copenhagen  as well as all well assorted record shops in France and Germany

Listen to the music

se også ILDEN OG SJÆLEN, samarbejdet mellem Dream a World og Xenia Dalgaard, der foredrager forskellige syn på håb. : LINK 

Thomas Fryland / trumpet and flugelhorn                                         Hasse Poulsen / guitar and voice

Concert: 24 december Haslev Kirke




Low-key, intense and, especially in the three compositions by Poulsen, downright goosebumps-inducing.

Thorbjørn Sjøgren Jazzspecial april 2021

With his excellent companion Thomas Fryland he is fully in sync. And the impeccable clarity of the music, filling every moment with an enthusiasm which carries us with them  Michel Arcens notesdejazz may 2021  

A Danish duo which is worth the detour ... The two musicians go through the tunes with a beautiful fluidity and an impeccable feeling, which is not surprising. A record that makes you feel good.. Yves Dorison,, may 2021 

The mixture works wonderfully. The two Danes vibrate the romantic fiber of the wrestling songs that have accompanied us.  Jean-Jacques Birgé, /médiapart mai 2021

Fryland's trumpet and bugle work wonders alongside Poulsen's calm guitar and the two Scandinavians offer us one of the most beautiful duets of the year.  Philippe Vincent / june 2021

In a climate of muted sweetness, the phantasmagic duo updates the promise of sunny days. Guy Darol / jazzmagazine juin 2021


Minimalist guitar and an upsetting trumpet deliver an exquisite nectar that avoiding any flourish. Both derive their flavour from the essential, revolving around a magnified theme. Gilles Gaujarengues // Citizenjazz juin 2021



Busking (Hélène Labarrière/ Hasse Poulsen duo) has rehearsed one week at la Fraternelle in St. Claude in the Jura in january 2021. The repertoire for our second CD is ready. We will record it in Brittany in july 2021.

Concerts in Melle (july 22, and Morlaix july 23) 


TOMS WILD YEARS Weekend sous les Pommiers. 18 septembre 2020


All the world is green  

Cold water  

Full concert (Culturebox)



Hasse Poulsen : Tom's Wild Years @  Søllerød Cemetary  Jazz sous les Pommiers


vocals & guitar: Hasse Poulsen

marimba & banjo: Bent Clausen

bass: Henrik Simon Simonsen

drums & spoons: Timothy Lutte

directed by Jean-Gabriel Leynaud

filmed by Jean-Gabriel Leynaud and Kim Wendt

recorded and mixed by Pelle Fridell

master by Pierre Vandewaeter / Studio Lakanal

recorded and filmed at the Søllerød Cemetery may 14th 2020

Tell Me written and composed by Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan

Not Married Anymore written and composed by Hasse Poulsen

Jockey Full of Burbon written and composed by Tom Waits

production Patrick Villeneuve / Sombrero & Co for Culture Box


listen to selections from Not Married Anymore:

Listen and look on youtube:

upcoming concerts



As leader                                                     

HASSE POULSEN  Henrik Simonsen, Tim Lutte

TOM'S WILD YEARS  Thomas Fryland, Peter Corser, Bent Clausen, Emmanuel Borghi, Henrik Simonsen, Tim Lutte

Hasse Poulsen Trio  Thomas Fryland, Fredrik Lundin

 Kaleidoscope: Bruno Chevillon & Fabien Duscombs




Das Kapital   Daniel Erdmann, Edward Perraud   

Busking  Hélène Labarrière 

Dream a World Thomas Fryland


Duo with Claudia Solal


Poulsen - Fryland - Lundin


SighFire  Peter Corser, Emmanuel Borghi

Free Folks  Fabien Duscombs

String Dancers Samo Salamon



sideman with

Eric Plandé Band:  David Friedman (vib), Hasse Poulsen (guit, mand), François Mechali (dr)



release october 21st: PRÆSTEGÅRDS MELODIER (Das Kapital records / Gateway Records) 


XX – Citizen Jazz a 20 ans: One composition with Das Kapital (Citizen Jazz)

Eric Plandé Quartet : BEYOND DREAMS (Leo Records)

Hasse Poulsen, Thomas Fryland: Dream a World Das Kapital Records

String Dancers: duo with Samo Salamon (Samo records) 


Tom's wild years: Live in the cemetary (only streaming)  Das Kapital records


Hasse Poulsen: Not married anymore  Das Kapital records,

Romano Pratesi Frizione, Das Kapital records,

Das Kapital Vive La France Label Bleu

 Before you Fall Das Kapital records (single) 

Til Xenia Das Kapital records (single)


Søllerød Kirkes Ungdomskor (2 kompositioner), Søllerød Kirke 

SighFire, Das Kapital records


Free Folks Das Kapital records

Jakob Davidsen Silence trio 1, ilk records,

Das Kapital  Royal Symphonic Wind Orchestra Vooruit: EISLER EXPLOSION  Das Kapital Records


Hélène Labarriére / Hasse Poulsen BUSKING Innacor records


Hasse Poulsen: The Langston Project   Das Kapital Records

Das Kapital: Kind of Red   Label Bleu  (CD & Vinyl) 

Hasse Poulsen-Tom Rainey: Open Fist  Becoq Records

Das Kaff:



Richard Bonnet -Hasse Poulsen - Colors in Water and Steel, Futura et Marge


Alessio Riccio: Nishubar - Unorthodox recordings

Hélène Labarrière Quartet: Désordre - Innacor records


We Are All Americans - Das Kapital Records

Das Kapital Loves Christmas - Das Kapital Records

Dunmall, Gibbs, Poulsen, Sanders: His life and sayings -FMR records

Sanders, Poulsen, Dunmall: Asunder  - Kilogram records   


Hasse Poulsen Progressive Patriots - Das Kapital Records

Conflicts & Concluisons, Das kapital plays Hanns Eisler - Das Kapital Records 


Hasse Poulsen’s Sound of Choice: Hippies With Money - Quark records

Roy Poulsen Chevillon: Une Certaine forme de Politesse - Quark records


Ballads & Barricades Das Kapital plays Hanns Eisler - Das Kapital Records/Wizmar records

Wonderland on Tour - Jazzwerkstadt

L’art abstrait n’a pas dit son dernier mot - Quark records


Kobu: L’empreinte

Dance Danes Dance  CD / DVD - Hvidovre Musikskole


Louis Sclavis: La Moitie du Monde - JMS records                  

Hélène Labarièrre Quartet: Les Temps Changent - Emouvance records

SPEEQ: OR - Red Note records


Das Kapital: All Gods have Children - QUARK Records

Hasse Poulsen's Sound of Choice: Rugby  in japan - QUARK Records


Søegaard/Poulsen And we also caught a Fish - Leo records

Gjerstad, Moholo, Poulsen, Stephens: Calling Signals  Loose Torque

invisible correspondance - PAO records

Das Kapital collectors series n°1       


Louis Sclavis : Napolis Walls - ECM records

49°  NORD: Tentacles - AV-ART records


Klakki: Lemon River - tutl records

Sound of Choice : Back Street Theatre - LJ records

Léandre Poulsen Houle: C’est ça - Red Toucan records


Sound Kitchen: Pass me the Wine, Please - AV-ART records

Poulsen, Friis, Moholo: Copenhagen - AV-ART records


49°Nord: Animal Language - Unit records        

Klakki: In a Gown of water - Tutl records


Sound of Choice : Dynamics - AV-ART records


Anker Friis Poulsen : Infinite Blueness - AV-ART records


Klakki :Sortner du Sky - AV-ART records

Sound of Choice : Sound of Choice - AV-ART records


Sound of Choice : Triple Exposure - Olufsen records.


Emmanuel Rahim : Harlem - Olufsen records. 


hasse poulsen cv

Born in Denmark , Hasse Poulsen started off his music at the age of 9 by playing the violin. At the age of 13 he took up the guitar and studied with singer-songwriter Tom Bailey as well as with flamenco and latin guitarist Christian Sievert. In high school he studied jazz guitar with Karsten Houmark and played in the school jazz band led by the Ramus Bennike, a very accomplished guitarist highly influenced by Joe Pass.

After high school and a year working first in a kindergarten, later as a carpenters apprentice, he studied at Berklee College in Boston and returned to the new « Conservatory of Rhythmic Improvisational Music » in Copenhagen, where teachers such as NHØP, Horace Parlan, Ed Thigpen, Thomas Clausen, Alex Riel, Emmanuel Rahim, Atilla Engin and many more shared their experiences.

Trying to find an attachment to more local music, Poulsen studied composition for 2 years with Bent Sørensen, which introduced the modern art idea of creating ones own language. From this period came the idea that the language of contemporary music should become an active music - not just a composed and theoretical music, but a scope a living musical languages where atonality was as central as any other sound possibility. This led naturally to a period of wholehearted work with improvisation and with improvising musicians of concerts with musicians such as Lotte Anker, Peter Friis Nielsen, Mark Sanders, John Butcher, Phil Minton and Joëlle Léandre, Bertrand Denzler and later on Luc Ex, Sidsel Endresen and many others from this stylistic stream.

In 1991 The group Sound of Choice was founded by Poulsen, and drummer Lars Juul. This group became the main vehicle for Poulsen’s musical experimentations for more than ten years : Compositions of all sorts, from atonal jazz forms, to tonal, to graphic scores, to concepts to electronics, free improvisation, to performances....The mere character of experimentation and style changing excluded this group from popularity but it still played many concerts, mainly around Scandinavia. In 2005 the CD Rugby in Japan presented Sound of Choice as a contemporary jazz trio.

Another central group was Anker Friis Poulsen with saxophonist Lotte Anker and bass guitarist Peter Friis. This was a completely improvised trio that in many occasions played with invited guests such as Peter Brötzmann and Terje Isungset, Arve Henriksen and many others.

In 1990 Poulsen cooperated with 4 other youngsters opening and maintaining the AV-ART gallery, which featured exhibitions, concerts. The gallery lasted for five years and organised several festivals for improvised music and experimental jazz. Av-Art later became a musicans collective and a record label.

In 1997 Hasse Poulsen moved to Paris and formed the trio 49° Nord and improvising trio with Christophe Marguet and Bertrand Denzler.

In 2002 Louis Sclavis invited Poulsen into his new quartet Napolis Walls with Vincent Courtois and Médéric Collignon, a quartet that in many ways has been of immense importance to Poulsen.

The same year the trio Das Kapital played their first concert. Slowly but surely the main group for Poulsen became the this trio with it’s three very active and determined members.

Das Kapital first played completely improvised music.

Since 2009 Das Kapital plays Hanns Eisler has played about 40 concerts a year. Tours in Austria, Germany, France. Denmark, Finland, White Russia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Kirgistan, Mexico, El Salvador, Lithuania, Serbia, Bosnia, Hungary, Rumania, Honduras, Morocco, Estonia, Norway, Holland, Belgium.....

Special projects such as Das Kapital Cinema and Wonderland have been very active and havve resulted in the DVD Wonderland. And in special projects for cities and festivals. Notably the closing of the Berlin Jazz Festival in 2012 with ”Wanted Hanns Eisler”.

Other projects such as ”Hymn to Democracy” created at Les detours de Babel in Grenoble in 2012

Eisler Explosion where tunes by Hanns Eisler were arranged by Tim Garland, Stéphane Leach, Eric Desimpelaere for Das Kapital and Vooruit Harmonie Orkest to mark the 100 anniversary of The Vooruit in september 2013. 

The expériences of Napolis Walls became decisive in Poulsen’s need to return to a more jazz-based style mixing compositions and improvisations. This is clear on the three lates releases of Sound of Choice: Invisible Correspondance, Rugby in Japan and Hippies with Money as well on the two Das Kapital plays Hanns Eisler CD’s with Das Kapital, not to mention the ambitious projects “L'art abstrait n’a pas dit son dernier mot” and “Progressive Patriots. “

The group SPEEQ from 2005 (Luc, Ex, Mark Sanders, Sidsel Endresen or Phil Minton) needs to be mentionend.

In 2014 Poulsen released the singer-songwriter CD THE MAN THEY CALL ASS sings UNTIL EVERYTHING IS SOLD. This has marked a radical change in focus where songwriting and singing is taking a larger place. The songs of TMTC Ass re performed as a trio with Henrik Simonsen on bass and Tim Lutte on drums, and a second reperrtoire is being developed. 

The singer-song side of Hasse is also featured in the duo FREE FOLKS  with Fabien Duscombs where songs re mixed with free improvising. Tours in the south of Franc and in Russia in 2017. 

In 2019 the singer-songwriter side became more obvious with the Release of NOT MARRIED ANYMORE  and the creation of the group TOM'S WILD YEARS (based on songs by Tom Waits at the Europa Festival in Le Mans. 

 The Langston Project with Debbie Cameron taking the place of singers Endresen and Minton is a song cycle composed on the poems of Langston Hughes. The CD was be released in november 2015.

Hasse Poulsen leads the groups the quintet Progressive Patriots since 2008 with Guillaume Orti, Stéphane Payen, Henrik Simonsen and Tom Rainey, and The Langston Project  with Debbie Cameron.

He co-leads Das Kapital since 2002 (Daniel Erdmann & Edouard Perraud), SighFire with Peter Corser and Emmanuel Borghi. A new group is taking form with Italian clarinettist Romano Pratesi and great drummer called FRIZIONE and it features Glenn Ferris, Claude Tchmitchian, Christophe Marguet, and Stephn Oliva.

Busking with Hélène Labarriére which plays instrumental versions of more or less famous songs. This is a popular duo that plays many festivals and clubs.  In january '21 Busking has rehearsed the new repertoire for our next D, which will be recorded in july '21.

He plays as a sideman with Romano Pratesi  FRIZIONE featuring Glenn Ferris, Claude Tchmitchian, Christophe Marguet, and Stephan Oliva  and  Jakob Davidsen Silence Trio 1
as well as with Eric Plandé's trio.

During the Lockdown in 2020 Poulsen recorded a CD of newly written music and improvisations with Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon  and rehearsed with Poulsen-Fryland-Lundin with Fredrik Lundin and Thomas Fryland. 
Our first conceert is scheduled for the end of april 2021.

The trio  Castle on the Lake featuring Bruno Chevillon  and Fabien Duscombs - will be premiered in november 2021 at the Jazzdor Festival in Strasbourg.

Since april 12th 2020 Hasse has written a new composition every day. Many of these compositions and songs become part of the backbone of the reperoires in the groups he plays with.


Hasse Poulsen co-founded the Galerie AV-ART in 1990 and the label AV-ART records in 1995, the label Quark en 2005 and the label Das Kapital Records en 2011.

He has received several artistic grants, notably the Danish National three-year grant of art in 2002-2004.

Artist in residence in the Champagne Region in 2008-2010 and at Banlieues Bleues /la Dynamo in 2009-2010.