Teis Semey (1993) was born in rural Denmark and found his interest in music at the age of 7. After shuffling between playing piano and playing guitar, he settled on guitar. Moving to Sweden in 2007, he started studying music in a specialised programme for young jazz talents in the city Malmö. After a brief year in Stockholm, studying jazz guitar and classical composition, classical piano and jazz guitar, he moved to Amsterdam, earning a bachelors and masters degree in jazz guitar in the Conservatory of Amsterdam, studying under Jesse van Ruller, Reinier Baas, Maarten vd Grinten, Matiss Cudars, George Dumitriu and Martijn van Iterson.
Teis Semey draws influences from all around: the works of Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Ravel as well as Wayne Shorter, Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, Audioslave, Kurt Rosenwinkel and John Coltrane.
Teis Semey has released one CD as a band leader; “Where The Fence is the Highest” (2019, TRPTK) along with “Pull a String, a Puppet Moves” with PULL (2015, Loumi Records) and “Rotterdam Suite” by The New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra (2019).
Teis has performed in venues such as Blue Whale (Los Angeles) and Bimhuis (Netherlands). Next to being an eclectic sideman, Teis has won the first prize in the Princess Cristina Jazz Concours and won the Best Coltrane Arrangement Prize in Keep An Eye Jazz Awards 2017.
1st prize & Press prize, Princess Cristina Jazz Concours 2014
2nd prize & Press prize, Leiden Jazz Awards 2015
Semi-finalist & Best Coltrane Arrangement, Keep an Eye Jazz Awards 2017
An ambitious work that crosses musical and cultural boundaries, Where the Fence is Highest heralds the
arrival of a gifted composer-guitarist.” - Mark Werlin, AllAboutJazz
An absolutely daring and striking debut of a modest but thorough guitarist.” - Erno Elsinga, Jazzenzo
With Where The Fence Is The Highest the Danish guitarist Teis Semey delivers a grandly conceived
work full of parameters derived from jazz, classical and contemporary avant-garde.,
...Surfing suggestive enthusiasm in the gray zones between Duke Ellington and Steve Reich.,
...To be clear, this is not a curiosity cabinet or attempted third stream but a personal interpretation of
the possibilities between playing a (very limited) score and the improvising additions