ebastian Gramss (Cologne, Germany) is a German double bass virtuoso and
composer of jazz and contemporary music. In 2013 he received the ECHO Jazz
national instrumentalist of the year award for the bass.
He studied double bass and composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam
and at the Cologne University of Music.
Since 1988 he is mostly active in the field of jazz, improvised 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 (with Hayden Chisholm & Philip
Zoubek) and Fossile 3 (with Rudi Mahall & Etienne Nillesen).
His activities include his solo works (Atopie), a long term bass duo series (started
with Stefano Scodanibbio in 2008, and continued in 2013 with
Barre Phillips, Tetsu Saitoh, and in 2014 with Mark Dresser), the Cologne-based
quartet BASZ, an international quintet (Barre Phillips ́s Crossbows), up to his
international 11 piece international double bass ensemble Thinking of ..., and
the Bassmasse orchestra 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.
He teaches at the Cologne University of Music and University of Osnabrück, and
gives master classes around the world