like to focus on using extremes. Things
that may sound bad, boring, dirty or
extremely loud: these are techniques
that I do not want to neglet at all.
I see those ways of expression as a
quality, you can
work on and have to work on.
Reijseger, All About Jazz
Reijseger was born in Bussum, Holland, and started
playing the cello at the age of eight.
From the early 70s he becomes involved in improvised
music, playing with Sean Bergin, Derek
Bailey, Martin van Duynhoven, Michael Moore,
Alan Purves, and Franky Douglas. He is a long-time
member of the Theo Loevendie Consort, the Guus Janssen
Septet and the Amsterdam String Trio.
In 1985 he received the prestigious Dutch jazz award,
the Boy Edgar Prijs 'because he is an important
innovator in the field of improvised music... Ernst
Reijseger plays the cello with an unrivalled craftsmanship
and uses his talent enthusiastically to further
the development of improvised music... The humor
of his unexpected musical turns and the original
and unconventional use he makes of his instrument
add to the accessibility of his music.'
He has played with Misha Mengelberg's ICP Orchestra,
the Gerry Hemingway Quintet, and Trio Clusone with
Michael Moore and Han Bennink. Ernst Reijseger is
frequently abroad, performing as a soloist and in
a variety of international combinations, with such
artists as Louis Sclavis, Trilok Gurtu, Voches de
Sardinna, Franco D'Andrea and Yo-Yo Ma. A television
documentary about Ernst Reijseger was made and broadcast
In 1995 the Trio Clusone toured extensively in Australia,
China and Vietnam, in addition to their regular
haunts at the major jazz festivals of Europe. In
the same year Ernst Reijseger was presented with
the coveted Bird Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Ernst Reijseger continues to perform with many renowned
musicians in various exciting combinations, and
yet he spends a good amount of time doing cello
workshops for children and solo concerts.