Eva Kruse was born the 16th of october 1978 in Hamburg/ Germany.
1998-2003 she studied acoustic bass and improvisation at the university of arts “UdK” in Berlin with teachers Sigi Busch, Jerry Granelli and David Friedman. She also went to Sweden to study with bassist and professor Anders Jormin in Göteborg for one term.
1999-01 Eva was a member of the german youth-jazzorchestra “BuJazzO”, where she took classes with pianist John Taylor who inspired her into starting writing music for different bands and projects.
2002 she founded her own band with pianist Michael Wollny and

eVa bass and rocks quadrat
Photo: Bibbie Friman

drummer Eric Schaefer and what started as “Eva Kruse Trio” soon became the highly acknowledged trio [em].
With [em] Eva has released five albums on ACT Records, toured worldwide over the last ten years and has won two grammy´s in Germany as “best national ensemble”. Since 2012 the band is called “Michael Wollny´s [em]”.
Other projects she has worked with include the bands Firomanum, Arne Jansen Trio and the Berlin-based groovecollective SOAP. Eva Kruse is a well-known guest at the JazzBaltica Festival in Schleswig-Holstein (Northern Germany), where she has played the session-opener-act for a few years as well as europe-wide broadcasted concerts with [em], Firomanum, SOAP, saxophonist Bunky Green and the JazzBaltica Ensemble. At JazzBaltica she even got to know swedish trombonist Nils Landgren with whom she is now frequently touring and recording CDs with different constellations such as Nils Landgren Christmas With My Friends, the Ensemble New Eyes On Baroque feat. Jeanette Köhn and the Swedish Radiochoir a.o.

Eva Square 1
Photo: Bibbie Friman

2012 Eva Kruse founded her own new project “In Water” with oboist Tjadina Würdinger, saxophonist Uwe Steinmetz, pianist Bugge Wesseltoft and drummer Christian Jormin. The first CD from “In Water” was released in September 2014 on Redhorn Records / Naxos. Release tour 2014/15 with Carsten Daerr on piano. For “In Water” Eva received a “Jazz Echo” in Germany as bass player of the year.

2016 Eva Kruse recorded and released her second album “On the Mo” on Redhorn Records/Naxos. Even with “On the Mo” she received a german grammy (JazzEcho) as Germany´s bass player of the year.

In 2017 Eva Kruse and Peter Liljeqvist started a music/integration project with young refugees. Since 2018 this project became the Hip-Hop band Projektet Fri (projektetfri.se). Several singles have been released on spotify and youtube as well as live concerts around Sweden.

Photo: Joerg Steinmetz

Since 2017 Eva Kruse joins the swedish pianotrio Petter Bergander Trio with who she released the album Kierkegaard´s Waltz in september 2019.

A new album with her quintet On the Mo is in preparatione and will be released in fall 2020.





3 thoughts on “About”

  1. hallo Eva,
    wir sprachen über die möglichkeit eines auftritts eurerseits bei JAZZimPALMENGARTEN 2016.
    das wird leider nichts im kommenden jahr.
    laß uns bitte aber in kontakt bleiben.
    Klaus Söhnel
    -Jazz-Initiative Frankfurt-


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