Hasse Poulsen : Tom's Wild Years @  Søllerød Cemetary  LIVE FOR THE DEAD

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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



New CD in preparation with guitarist Samo Salamon.

 Featuring original compositions and improvisations. 


Recordings from the rehearsals during the corona lockdown by my new Danish trio featuring Thomas Fryland on trumpet and Fredrik Lundin on saxophones. 


listen on soundcloud ( but be tolerant this is simply takes from a rehearsal. They are not meant to be released. Often it is the first time we played the tune.) 


see the soundcloud link to the right.


In november 2021 my trio Castle in the lake featuring Bruno Chevillon and Fabien Duscombs will rehearse and play our first concert at the Jazzdor festival in Strasbourg. Castle on the Lake will have playing instrumental tunes alternating with songs. I hope this trio will show the world that even though I sometimes play simple country-western songs and at other times play contemporary jazz or improvised music, it is all the same expressions of one universal idea about music. 


  listen to selections from Not Married Anymore:

Listen and look on youtube:

upcoming concerts

18 Septembre 22h45  TOM'S WILD YEARS @ Jazz sous les pommiers, Coutances    26 Septembre 21h00  DAS KAPITAL @ Jazzebre, Perpignan    14 October 21h00  DAS KAPITAL @ Opderschmelz, Luxembourg    23 october LANGSTON PROJECT @ Leipzig Jazzestival   12 november  TOM'S WILD YEARS @ Djazz Nevers 

As leader                                                     

HASSE POULSEN  Henrik Simonsen, Tim Lutte

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

Hasse Poulsen Trio  Thomas Fryland, Fredrik Lundin


(Création 2021: Castle on the Lake: with Bruno Chevillon & Fabien Duscombs)



Busking  Hélène Labarrière

Das Kapital   Daniel Erdmann, Edward Perraud    

Dream a World Thomas Fryland

SighFire  Peter Corser, Emmanuel Borghi

Free Folks  Fabien Duscombs

Duo with Samo Salamon 



sideman in 

Eric Plandé Trio  Claude Tchamitchian



Hasse Poulsen: Not married anymore (okt '19) Das Kapital records,

Romano Pratesi Frizione (maj 19), 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. 

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.

During the Corona festivities in 2020 Poulsen recorded a CD of newly written music with guitarist Samo Salamon  and rehearsed with a new trio with Fredrik Lundin and Thomas Fryland.

Another new trio featuring Bruno Chevillon  and Fabien DuscombsCastle on the Lake - will be premiered in 2021 at the Jazzdor Festival in Strasbourg. 



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.