Jeroen Paul Thesseling


1992-1994 Pestilence - bass  
2005-2007 Ensemble Salazhar - fretless bass  
2007-2011 Obscura - bass  
2009-2012 Pestilence - bass  
2010-2011 MaYaN - bass  
2014- Salazh Trio - fretless bass  

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Born on: 13.04.1971
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Jeroen Paul Thesseling, born 13 April 1971, followed his first classical violin lessons at the age of 7 and started his study bass guitar in 1988 at the Conservatory in Enschede, the Netherlands. After playing jazz in his late teenage years he collaborated with the Dutch group PESTILENCE from 1992 till 1994, recording their jazz/ fusion-influenced album 'SPHERES' (1993). Always willing to experiment and to deepen his knowledge of other genres, he began studying microtonal music in 1995 that resulted in recording 'HAFNIUM' - study in 72-tone equal temperament (1999) and 'ARGON' - study in 18-tone equal temperament (2000).

The period following, contemporary classical music inspired him to focus mainly on fretless bass. In 2005 he recorded with the studio quartet SALAZHAR. From 2007 till 2011 he collaborated with the German group OBSCURA, recording the albums 'COSMOGENESIS' (2009) and 'OMNIVIUM' (2011).

During the period 2009-2012 he rejoined PESTILENCE after a 15-year break, recording the album 'DOCTRINE' (2011). Since 2011 German bass luthier WARWICK built fretless 7-string instruments for him that are strung with a sub-contra F#-tuning. In 2013 he was invited to perform with the American Festival of Microtonal Music in New York and became a member of their board in 2014. Later that year he co-founded the jazz/ fusion group SALAZH TRIO, where piano, drums and electric 7-string bass merge together in the vein of the earlier SALAZHAR project.