SIGHFIRE  THE WONDERFUL group  with  Peter Corser and JOHAN DALGAARD is preparing a recording, and there will be other guests on the future CD!


SIGHFIRE  is currently recording for the upcoming Cd and inviting Sanseverino, Mounir Troudi, André Minvielle, Claudia B Poulsen who joined them for three concerts in OGIB in Montreuil the 25th, 26th and 27th of january 2017. 

Two weeks later Abdullah Miniawy came along and has made some stunning recordings.

Our next concert is now may 9th as part of la voix est Libre at Cirque Electrique with guests Erik Truffaz and Abdullah Miniawy. Now Erik is doing some recordings for the CD.

on our SoundCloud page there are a few work in Progress versions of our future CD


FREE FOLKS (duo Hasse Poulsen and Fabien Duscombs)  tour in Russia end of may:


30.5 FREE FOLKS,  St Petersburg - Vinylla Sky 


31.5 FREE FOLKS, Moscow - DOM


1.6  FREE FOLKS,  Dubna - venue TBC 


2.6  FREE FOLKS,  Yaroslavl - Yaroslavl Jazz Center 


Hey, this is really GREAT!!!

there are some presentable pieces to be found on internet. ... and a real CD will be officially released in july on Das Kapital records. Check out the SoundCloud selections:


BUSKING the duo with Hélène Labarrière touring the CD BUSKING:

next concerts :

may 26th @ Festival Bordure, Langon

Busking on SoundCloud

THE LANGSTON PROJECT is back with a concert in Copenhagne at BARTOF STATION february 18th and Pannonica in Nantes march 22nd, Jazzdor in Strasbourg the 31st of march and the 7th of june BMC in Budapest and hopefully tons of concerts, because this is a smashing group!

and listen on soundcloud: 


is playing at Souillac the 20th of july and the Radio France Festival in Montpellier the 25th of july.

in september we will be part of the ARGENT festival in St. Claude and present a collectors item CD that we recorded and finished (but did not release) ten years ago. Very special and very hand-made.

we will also play at l'Arrosoir in Chalon and Le La Itou - you have to know where that is!

and of course (almost) at the BMC in Budapest in october. 

In the autumn we start the preparations for our future CD VIVE LA FRANCE!  with a residency at AJMI in Avignon in december and concerts there and at Charlie Free in Vitrolle.


THE MAN THEY CALL ASS will play at the Festival of Malguenac the 19th of august feautring Henrik Simonsen and Timothy Lutte. (also check out the concerts with FREE FOLKS which is very TMTC ass) The 18th of august we play at the little club Le Maquis in Vareilles in Bourgogne. 


upcoming concerts

7.1.17 BUSKING @ Jazz Festival Münster 

19.1.17 BUSKING @ Jazz Festival Tulle 
25.1 SIGHFIRE @ OGIB, Montreuil (avec Sanseverino, Mounir Troudi & Claudia B Poulsen)
26.1 SIGHfIRE @ OGIB, Montreuil (Avec André Minvielle, Sanseverino, Mounir Troudi & Claudia B Poulsen)
27.1 SIGHFIRE @ OGIB, Montreuil (Avec Sanseverino & Claudia B Poulsen
10.2  BUSKING @ Cri du Port Marseille
12.2  BUSKING @ le La Itou
18.2  LANGSTON PROJECT @ Bartof Station (DK) 
9.3 Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ Maison de la Culture, Amiens
16.3 Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ A Vaux Jazz, Vaux en Velin. 
22.3 LANGSTON PROJECT @ Pannonica, Nantes
31.3 LANGSTON PROJECT @ Strasbourg, Jazz D'or. 
20.4 Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ Cafe Celtic, Tarbes
21.4 Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ salle Loubet de Saury 66230 Planèzes.
22.4 Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ Eymet, Dordogne
23.4 Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ Uzeste
3.5  BUSKING @ Europa Jazz Jestival au Mans
23.5 PASSAGE K + èlèves de CE2 @ La petite Criée, Le Pré Saint Gervais 
26.5 BUSKING @ Festival Bordure, Langon s/ Vilaine
30.5 FREE FOLKS,  St Petersburg - Vinylla Sky 
31.5 FREE FOLKS, Moscow - DOM
1.6  FREE FOLKS,  Dubna - venue TBC 
2.6  FREE FOLKS,  Yaroslavl - Yaroslavl Jazz Center 
7.6  LANGSTON PROJECT @ BMC budapest
7.7 JAKOB DAVIDSEN  SILENCE TRIO 1 @ Copenhagen Jazzfestival / 5E  Record release
17.6  PASSAGE K + èlèves de CE2 @ La Dynamo
20.7 Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ Kind of Belou, Treignac 
25.7 Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ Festival Radio France, Montpellier

18.8 THE MAN THEY CALL ASS (trio) @ Le Maquis de Vareilles
19.8 THE MAN THEY CALL ASS (trio) @ Malguenac
29.9 Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ L'Arrosoir, Chalon sur Saône
30.9 Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ La Fraternelle, Saint Claude 

1.10 Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ Le La Itou
3.10  Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ BMC budapest
10.11  LANGSTON PROJECT @ Krabbesholm Højskole
12.11  LANGSTON PROJECT @ Værket i Randers
2.12 Das Kapital KIND OF RED @ Théâtre Nationale, Orléans
8.12 Das Kapital VIVE LA FRANCE @ ajmi
9.12  Das Kapital VIVE LA FRANCE @ Charlie Free, Vitrolle




As leader                                                     

The Langston Project  Debbie Cameron, Luc Ex, Mark Sanders    

Progressive Patriots  Guillaume Orti, Stéphane Payen, Tom Rainey, Hasse Poulsen, Henrik Simonsen

THE MAN THEY CALL ASS  Henrik Simonsen, Tim Lutte



Das Kapital   Daniel Erdmann, Edward Perraud    

Busking  Hélène Labarrière

SighFire  Peter Corser, Johan Dalgaard

Free Folks  Fabien Duscombs


We Are All Americans  Adrien Dennefeld, Julien Chamla, Benjamin Flament

Asunder  Paul Dunmall, Mark Sanders           


sideman in

Hélène Labarièrre Quartet   François Corneloup, Christophe Marguet 

Romano Pratesi Frizione Sextet; Glenn Ferris, Christophe Marguet, Stephan Oliva, Claude Tchamitchian

Jakob Davidsen Silence Trio 1  Jakob Davidsen, Torben Snekkestad



Das Kapital  Royal Symphonic Wind Orchestra Vooruit: EISLER EXPLOSION  Das Kapital Records

Hélène Labarriére / Hasse Poulsen BUSKING Innacor records


Hasse Poulsen: The Langston Project   Das Kapital Records

Das Kapital: Kind of Red   Label Bleu  (CD & Vinyl) 

Hasse Poulsen-Tom Rainey: Open Fist  Becoq Records

Das Kaff:



Richard Bonnet -Hasse Poulsen - Colors in Water and Steel, Futura et Marge


Alessio Riccio: Nishubar - Unorthodox recordings

Hélène Labarrière Quartet: Désordre - Innacor records


We Are All Americans - Das Kapital Records

Das Kapital Loves Christmas - Das Kapital Records

Dunmall, Gibbs, Poulsen, Sanders: His life and sayings -FMR records

Sanders, Poulsen, Dunmall: Asunder  - Kilogram records   


Hasse Poulsen Progressive Patriots - Das Kapital Records

Conflicts & Concluisons, Das kapital plays Hanns Eisler - Das Kapital Records 


Hasse Poulsen’s Sound of Choice: Hippies With Money - Quark records

Roy Poulsen Chevillon: Une Certaine forme de Politesse - Quark records


Ballads & Barricades Das Kapital plays Hanns Eisler - Das Kapital Records/Wizmar records

Wonderland on Tour - Jazzwerkstadt

L’art abstrait n’a pas dit son dernier mot - Quark records


Kobu: L’empreinte

Dance Danes Dance  CD / DVD - Hvidovre Musikskole


Louis Sclavis: La Moitie du Monde - JMS records                  

Hélène Labarièrre Quartet: Les Temps Changent - Emouvance records

SPEEQ: OR - Red Note records


Das Kapital: All Gods have Children - QUARK Records

Hasse Poulsen's Sound of Choice: Rugby  in japan - QUARK Records


Søegaard/Poulsen And we also caught a Fish - Leo records

Gjerstad, Moholo, Poulsen, Stephens: Calling Signals  Loose Torque

invisible correspondance - PAO records

Das Kapital collectors series n°1       


Louis Sclavis : Napolis Walls - ECM records

49°  NORD: Tentacles - AV-ART records


Klakki: Lemon River - tutl records

Sound of Choice : Back Street Theatre - LJ records

Léandre Poulsen Houle: C’est ça - Red Toucan records


Sound Kitchen: Pass me the Wine, Please - AV-ART records

Poulsen, Friis, Moholo: Copenhagen - AV-ART records


49°Nord: Animal Language - Unit records        

Klakki: In a Gown of water - Tutl records


Sound of Choice : Dynamics - AV-ART records


Anker Friis Poulsen : Infinite Blueness - AV-ART records


Klakki :Sortner du Sky - AV-ART records

Sound of Choice : Sound of Choice - AV-ART records


Sound of Choice : Triple Exposure - Olufsen records.


Emmanuel Rahim : Harlem - Olufsen records. 


hasse poulsen cv

Born in Denmark , Hasse Poulsen started off his music at the age of 9 by playing the violin. At the age of 13 he took up the guitar and studied with singer-songwriter Tom Bailey as well as with flamenco and latin guitarist Christian Sievert. In high school he studied jazz guitar with Karsten Houmark and played in the school jazz band led by the Ramus Bennike, a very accomplished guitarist highly influenced by Joe Pass.

After high school and a year working first in a kindergarten, later as a carpenters apprentice, he studied at Berklee College in Boston and returned to the new « Conservatory of Rhythmic Improvisational Music » in Copenhagen, where teachers such as NHØP, Horace Parlan, Ed Thigpen, Thomas Clausen, Alex Riel, Emmanuel Rahim, Atilla Engin and many more shared their experiences.

Trying to find an attachment to more local music, Poulsen studied composition for 2 years with Bent Sørensen, which introduced the modern art idea of creating ones own language. From this period came the idea that the language of contemporary music should become an active music, not just a composed and theoretical music, but a scope a living musical languages where atonality was as central as any other sound possibility. This, of course, led directly to a period of wholehearted work with improvisation and with improvising musicians of concerts with musicians such as Lotte Anker, Peter Friis Nielsen, Mark Sanders, John Butcher, Phil Minton and Joëlle Léandre and later on Luc Ex, Sidsel Endresen and many others from this stylistic stream.

In 1991 The group Sound of Choice was founded by Poulsen, and drummer Lars Juul. This group became the main vehicle for Poulsen’s musical experimentations for more than ten years : Compositions of all sorts, from atonal jazz forms, to tonal, to graphic scores, to concepts to electronics, free improvisation, to performances....The mere character of experimentation and style changing excluded this group from popularity but it still played many concerts, mainly around Scandinavia. In 2005 the CD Rugby in Japan presented Sound of Choice as a contemporary jazz trio.

Another central group was Anker Friis Poulsen with saxophonist Lotte Anker and bass guitarist Peter Friis. This was a completely improvised trio that in many occasions played with invited guests such as Peter Brötzmann and Terje Isungset, Arve Henriksen and many others.

In the early nineties Poulsen cooperated with 4 other youngsters opening and maintaining the AV-ART gallery, which featured exhibitions, concerts. The gallery lasted for three years and organised several festivals for improvised music and experimental jazz. Av-Art later became a musicans collective and a record label.

In 1997 Hasse Poulsen moved to Paris and formed the trio 49° Nord and improvising trio with Christophe Marguet and Bertrand Denzler.

In 2002 Louis Sclavis invited Poulsen into his new quartet Napolis Walls with Vincent Courtois and Médéric Collignon, a quartet that in many ways has been of immense importance to Poulsen.

The same year the trio Das Kapital played their first concert. Slowly but surely the main group for Poulsen became the this trio with it’s three very active and determined members.

Das Kapital first played completely improvised music.

Since 2009 Das Kapital plays Hanns Eisler has played about 40 concerts a year. Tours in Austria, Germany, France. Denmark, Finland, White Russia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Kirgistan, Mexico, El Salvador, Lithuania, Serbia, Bosnia, Hungary, Rumania, Honduras, Morocco, Estonia, Norway, Holland, Belgium.....

Special projects such as Das Kapital Cinema and Wonderland have been very active and havve resulted in the DVD Wonderland. And in special projects for cities and festivals. Notably the closing of the Berlin Jazz Festival in 2012 with ”Wanted Hanns Eisler”.

Other projects such as ”Hymn to Democracy” created in Grenoble in 2012

Eisler Explosion where tunes by Hanns Eisler were arranged by Tim Garland, Stéphane Leach, Eric Desimpelaere for Das Kapital and Vooruit Harmonie Orkest to mark the 100 anniversary of The Vooruit in september 2013. Release september 2016.

The expériences of Napolis Walls became decisive in Poulsen’s need to return to a more jazz-based style mixing compositions and improvisations. This is clear on the three lates releases of Sound of Choice: Invisible Correspondance, Rugby in Japan and Hippies with Money as well on the two Das Kapital plays Hanns Eisler CD’s with Das Kapital, not to mention the ambitious projects “L'art abstrait n’a pas dit son dernier mot” and “Progressive Patriots. “

In 2014 Poulsen released the singer-songwriter CD THE MAN THEY CALL ASS sings UNTIL EVERYTHING IS SOLD. This has marked a radical change in focus where songwriting and singing is taking a larger place. The songs of TMTC Ass re performed as a trio with Henrik Simonsen on bass and Tim Lutte on drums, and a second reperrtoire is being developed. 

The singer-song side of Hasse is also featured in the duo FREE FOLKS  with Fabien Duscombs where songs re mixed with free improvising. Tours in the south of Franc and in Russia in 2017. 

The quartet build around SPEEQ (Luc, Ex, Mark Sanders, Sidsel Endresen or Phil Minton) The Langston Project with Debbie Cameron taking the place of singers Endresen and Minton is a song cycle composed on the poems of Langston Hughes. The CD was be released in november 2015.

Hasse Poulsen leads the groups the quintet Progressive Patriots since 2008 with Guillaume Orti, Stéphane Payen, Henrik Simonsen and Tom Rainey, and The Langston Project (Debbie Cameron, Luc, Ex, Mark Sanders)

He co-leads Das Kapital since 2002 (Daniel erdmann & Edouard Perraud), SighFire with Peter Corser and John Dalgaard  . A new group is taking form with Italian clarinettist Romano Pratesi and great drummer called FRIZIONE and it features Glenn Ferris, Claude Tchmitchian, Christophe Marguet, and Stephn Oliva.

Busking with Hélène Labarriére which plays instrumental versions of more or less famous songs. This is a rather popular duo that plays many festivals and clubs. 

He plays as a sideman with Hélène Labarrière Quartet  and  Jakob Davidsen Silence Trio 1


Hasse Poulsen co-founded the Galerie AV-ART in 1990 and the label AV-ART records in 1995, the label Quark en 2005 and the label Das Kapital Records en 2011.

He has received several artistic grants, notably the Danish National three-year grant of art in 2002-2004.

Artist in residence in the Champagne Region in 2008-2010 and at Banlieues Bleues /la Dynamo in 2009-2010.