Biography [EN]

Biography

After some occasional drumming on various items, Clemens (1980) began singing and playing bass in the band of his older brothers (the Feenbrothers) at the age of eleven. Later on, he studied jazz and classical bass at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and Detmold (Germany) and received his Master Degree in both fields with honors.

After playing with orchestras like the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, he got back into studying and playing jazz and improvised music mainly. For that reason he lived in New York for a while to take private lessons with Ben Street and John Pattituci, among others.

Clemens co-leads a band called Narcissus, with reedman Robin Verheyen, drummer Flin van Hemmen and pianist Jozef Dumoulin. In 2010 Clemens started the Clemens van der Feen Band, resulting in an album called “High Places” (2011), with as special guest the great Toots Thielemans! The year 2013 saw the birth of yet a new band, the Clemens van der Feen 4tet, and a new album: “14PM” which was called “ one of the highlights of Dutch contemporary jazz…” by Jazzism Magazine.

Clemens is currently working with the Michael Moore Quartet, Chambertones trio feat. Jesse van Ruller & Joris Roelofs, Batik,  Paul Lay (FR) and the Celano/Baggiani Group, Reinier Baas and classical groups like Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht and LUDWIG. Clemens was also invited to play in bands led by Toots Thielemans, Tony Malaby, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Nelson Veras, Karel Boehlee, Rob van Bavel, Dré Pallemaerts, Gino Vannelli, Tineke Postma, Holland Baroque Society, Rick Margitza, Bill Carrothers, Mark Murphy, John Ruocco and many more.

Clemens has been playing all over the world, from jazz clubs in Paris and Tokyo to the Musikverein in Vienna and Carnegie Hall in New York. He teaches double bass and bass guitar at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and plays on a double bass by Xavier Jacquet from the collection of the NMF.