Country of origin: Germany
Birthday: July 13, 1966
About Sebastian GramssSebstian Gramss from Cologne, Germany, studied double bass and composition in Amsterdam and Cologne. He is mostly active in the field of improvised music, jazz and contemporary music as a composer, soloist and a member of numerous bands. He has released more than 20 CDs under his name. These include those from the band Underkarl, as well as from the trios SlowFox and Fossile3. His activities include his solo works (“Atopie”), a long term bass duo series (started with Scodanibbio in 2008), the Cologne-based quartet (BASZ), an international quintet (Barre Phillips’s Crossbows), up to his international double bass orchestra Bassmasse with 50 bass players. He has composed for radio drama, movies and theatre and – among others – for choreographer Pina Bausch. In 2007 he created the “Spacebass (basso d’amore)”, a modified 4 string double bass with the addition of 12 sympathetic strings. In 2013 he received the ECHO national instrumentalist of the year award for the bass. Extensive touring with his music has led him to clubs and festivals all over the world. He teaches at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne and Osnabruck University, and gives master classes around the world. International cooperation: Marilyn Crispell, Fred Frith, Sidsel Endresen, Tom Cora, Peter Kowald, Peter Brotzmann, John Tilbury, Zeena Parkins, Elliot Sharp, Conny Bauer, Dorothee Oberlinger, etc.