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About Niels Wilhelm Knudsen & Quintet

Niels Wilhelm Knudsen – Bassist, Composer & Teacher

Niels Wilhelm Knudsen - Bassist, Composer & Teacher

I began my musical journey playing electric bass in a Rock band as a teenager around 1990. Moving to Copenhagen, I started gigging with a Metal band and various wedding bands playing Pop, Soul, Funk and Salsa. By the late 90’s I stumbled across a beautiful old doublebass in a recording studio. I fell in Love with the instrument immidiately! I sold my CD collection to raise money for a doublebass, and began playing Jazz.

In the early 00’s I enrolled in Musicology studies at the University of Copenhagen, earning a Bachelor degree. This led to teaching positions at various music schools and a lot a private bass students.

Around the same time I started playing with a cover band doing Black Sabbath songs, we played a lot of shows around Denmark.

I Love a challenge and this has led me into a wide range of bands and projects over the years:

Theater work, Avantgardejazz, Gypsy Swing, Singer/Songwriter, Choirs, Country music

But since I got my hands on the double bass I have been playing a lot of Jazz … with lots of small groups, with lots of great players … This led me to finally forming my own group and start recording my own music.

I still play all kinds of music and love doing it.

Discography the Quintet

The Niels Wilhelm Knudsen Quintet: Abandoned Places cover imageThe Niels Wilhelm Knudsen Quintet: Abandoned Places cover image

Artist: Niels Wilhelm Knudsen Quintet

Title: Abandoned Places

Year: 2016

Genre: Jazz

Listen to: Abandoned Places

Niels Wilhelm Knudsen Quintet - cover img Sonority

Artist: Niels Wilhelm Knudsen Quintet

Title: Sonority

Year: 2014

Genre: Jazz

Listen to: Step Up from Sonority

Niels Wilhelm Knudsen Quintet - Sonority

Artist: Niels Wilhelm Knudsen Quintet

Title: Mohawk

Year: 2013

Genre: Jazz

Listen to: On the Move from Mohawk

Discography other releases

Music for Keyboards: Small as a Ball cover image

Artist:

Music for Keyboards

Title:

Small as a Ball

Year: 2015

Genre

Instrumental Progressive Rock

Link to artist page

Line up

Lars Boutrup: Keyboards, Organ & Synthesizers

Niels W. Knudsen: Bass

Fredrik Sunesen: Drums, Assorted Percussion

Lasse Matthiessen: Wildfires cover image

Artist:

Lasse Matthiessen

Title:

Wildfires

Year: 2014

Genre

Songwriter

Link to artist page

Line up

Lasse Matthiessen: Guitar and Vocal

Johanna Weckesser: Guitar  & Vocal

Kalle Zeier: Guitar & Vokal

Martin Krümmling: Drums

Niels W. Knudsen: Bass & Piano

Artist:

Lasse Matthiessen

Title:

Dead Man Waltz

Year: 2012

Genre

Songwriter

Link to artist page

Line up

Lasse Matthiessen: Guitar and Vocal

Søren Stensby: Violin

Niels W. Knudsen: Bass

Terkel Nørgaard: Drums

And others

Music for Keyboards: The Symphonic Dream cover image

Artist:

Music for Keyboards

Title:

The Symphonic Dream

Year: 2011

Genre

Instrumental Progressive Rock

Link to artist page

Line up

Lars Boutrup: Keyboards, Organ & Synthesizers

Andreas S. Jensen: Bass

Niels W. Knudsen: Bass

Fredrik Sunesen: Drums, Assorted Percussion

Strange Party Orchestra: The Train cover image

Artist:

Strange Party Orchestra

Title:

The Train

Year: 2011

Genre

Avantgarde

Link to artist page

Line up

Anders Vestergaard: Organ

Kåre Elers: Drums

Kristian Vilmann: Sax

Niels Wilhelm Knudsen: Bass

Strange Party Orchestra: Statement cover image

Artist:

Strange Party Orchestra

Title:

Statement

Year: 2008

Genre

Avantgarde

Link to artist page

Line up

Anders Vestergaard: Organ

Kåre Elers: Drums

Kristian Vilmann: Sax

Niels Wilhelm Knudsen: Bass

And others

Lasse Matthiessen: Stray Dog cover image

Artist:

Lasse Matthiessen

Title:

Stray Dog

Year: 2007

Genre

Songwriter

Link to artist page

Line up

Lasse Matthiessen: Guitar and Vocal

Kristina Madsen Violin

Niels W. Knudsen: Bass

And others

Xcentrik: Welcome to the War cover image

Artist:

XCentrik

Title:

Welcome to the War

Year: 2007

Genre

Heavy Metal

Line up

Jan Weincke: Guitar and Vocal

Tino Olsen: Drums

Niels W. Knudsen: Bass

Steady gigs

Lasse Matthiessen

Brilliant Danish songwriter with an amazing voice

Link to www.lassematthiessen.com

King Size Big Band

Hard swinging big band in the vein of Thad Jones

Link to www.kingsizebigband.dk

Dynamic

Four great singers

Link to www.dynamicjazz.dk

KLUBB

Exciting new big band music with an edge
Link to www.facebook.com/KLUBB

Nielsen/Knudsen Duo

With the excellent Faroese guitarist Bergur Nielsen
Link to bergurnielsen.com

Music For Keyboards

Keyboard virtuoso Lars Boutrup’s fascinating universe

Link to www.musicforkeyboards.com

Sort kaffe

Flamenco inspired Jazz played with virtuosity

Swing Partout

Gypsy swing in the style of Django Reinhard

Cool Sweetness

Small group, west coast jazz without drums, sweetness…

Moon Perspective

Original compositions, indie rock meets jazz