Soren Nissen is a professional bassist and educator living in Toronto. He has developed a unique voice on the acoustic and electric bass and is involved with many different musical projects split between many countries and genres. He is an in demand educator running a private lesson studio in Toronto and teaching at workshops and schools in Canada and abroad. His musical journey started in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan but moving to Toronto to attend Humber College in 2008 is where his unique musical identity began to emerge. While at Humber, Soren was a three year member of the prestigious Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble and studied with incredible mentors such as Neil Swainson, Mike Downes, Pat LaBarbera, and Kirk MacDonald. He also performed with many visiting artists including Terence Blanchard, Danilo Perez, Guido Basso, Bob Mintzer, and Dave Holland during this period. Soren received the Yamaha Canada Jazz Scholarship, the Toronto Musicians’ Association Moe Koffman Memorial Award, the Edward L. Frankel Award, and the Humber College President’s Award during his time at Humber College. He was also the recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award just before graduating from the program in 2012.
Since graduating, Soren has been exploring many different aspects of music and life while watching his musical journey unfold. He has been playing with the Outer Bridge Ensemble (NYC), The Jeff LaRochelle Origins Ensemble, The Andrew McAnsh Quintet, Language-Arts and The David Occhipinti Trio while doing many freelance gigs and recordings in Toronto. He has performed with P.J. Perry, Oliver Jones, Cambell Ryga, Steven Bernstein and many other internationally renown artists. Soren has travelled and performed throughout Canada, South America, Europe, the United States, and India and recently performed at the Blue Note in New York City. He is currently on leave from Toronto for a few months and is based in New Delhi, India where he is a full time faculty member at the Global Music Institute. Soren recently performed at the Canadian High Commission in Delhi with a group of Humber Music graduates (Jon Kay, Andrew Kay, Mara Nesrallah) also based in India proving the power of music to transcend geographic and cultural differences and solidifying the lifelong connections formed at Humber.
Søren Nissen is one of Toronto’s top call electric and acoustic bassists spanning many genres including jazz, pop, folk, rock, and experimental music. Søren has performed as a side person with a number of artists and projects including: Ewan Currie (The Sheepdogs), Emily Rockarts, Shamus Currie (Bros/The Sheepdogs), Field Guide, Sam Lynch, Chynna Lewis, Kellylee Evans, David Occhipinti, Barbra Lica, Steven Taetz, Allison Au and many others.
As a bandleader, Søren has released an EP titled Transform (2012). He has also released a full length album, Departures (2017), featuring jazz/experimental compositions reflecting a 5 month journey through India. Departures has received much critical acclaim including a spot on the Ottawa Citizen’s T0p 20 Canadian Jazz Albums list and nomination for the Julian Award of Jazz Excellence. Most recently, Søren has been exploring new sonic creations and directions under the alias Kris Edwards.
Søren has been on faculty at the Humber College Community Music Program (Toronto), Global Music Institute (India), The TD Jazz Intensive (Saskatoon), and the Prairielands Jazz Camp (Regina).
Awards and Distinctions
Toronto Arts Council - Recording Grant Recipient - 2017
Toronto Arts Council - Creation Grant Recipient - 2016
The Oscar Peterson Award - (Humber Music - 2012)
The President's Medal - (School of Creative and Performing Arts - 2012)
Yamaha Canada Jazz Scholarship (2011)
Edward L. Frankel Award (2010)
Toronto Musicians' Association - Moe Koffman Award (2009)
Performing Arts and Music Award - (Evan Hardy Collegiate - 2006)
Phillip W. McMeans Memorial String Scholarship (2005)