Welcome to my webpage

Here you can find who I am, what I’ve done and what I’m now doing. Click on the track button so I can let you know when I’m playing around your hometown.

On my SoundCloud page you can find new music I’m working on and music I never released.

Enjoy my work,

João Hasselberg

About Myself

“They are totally intelectual short stories because I was writing them on the basis of my literary experience and had not yet found the link between literature and life” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I ‘m a bass-player/composer based in Copenhagen and I’ve been writing my own music since 2013 and released 3 albums with it:
“Whatever It Is You’re Seeking, Won’t Come In The Form You’re Expecting” ; “Truth Has To Be Given In Riddles” and “Dancing Our Way To Death” (co-lead with my friend and guitarist Pedro Branco). I also do freelance work. I studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (Holland) and I’m now doing my masters degree at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory, in Denmark.

I’m really happy about the partnership I’ve been developing with Papélia-musica, D’Addario strings & Planet Waves. They’ve been a huge help, providing me with the best strings and cables.

I like songs and I like improvised music.

I like Charlie Haden and I like Arvo Part.

I like to see love and beauty in things.

POSTS

Whirlpool Ensemble at KoncertKirken 30 Jan 2017

This is a small ensemble that deals with the counteraction between improvisation & composition, creating a circular motion as that produced by the meeting of opposing currents causing a downward spiraling action creating music as a final result. This rather unusual ensemble features me on acoustic bass, the beautiful Elina Silova singing  and the amazing Kristian …

Ran Blake’s Third Stream and the Importance of the Ear, 1981 article

“The opposition counters that our approach is no less intolerant, and my reply is that music is an aural art. If you want to use eyes, dig Picasso, but don’t come here for a musical stenography.” Ran Blake always caught’s my attention with pertinent issues. He’s written a beautiful book that every musician interested in …

Projects

Leader/Co-leader

  • João Hasselberg & Pedro Branco  feat. Pedro Branco guitar ; Elina Silova & Afonso Cabral vocals ; Afonso Pais guitar ; João Paulo Esteves da Silva & Luis Figueiredo piano ; Albert Cirera sax ; João Lencastre drums
  • Whirlpool Ensemble feat. Elina Silova vocals ; Kristian Tangvik electronics
  • Always The Hardest Part feat. Kamil Piotrowicz piano ; Simon Albertsen drums 
  • SongBird feat. Luis Figueiredo piano

Freelance

  • Spyros Manesis Trio feat. Spyros Manesis piano ; Kaspars Kurdeko drums
  • Luisa Sobral feat. Luisa Sobral vocals ; Mario Delgado guitar ; João Salcedo piano ; Carlos Miguel drums
  • Beatriz Pessoa feat. Beatriz Pessoa vocals ; Margarida Campelo keyboards ; João Pereira drums
  • Gonçalo Prazeres 4tet feat. Gonçalo Prazeres sax ; Albert Cirera sax ; Nuno Costa guitar ; Rui pereira drums

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