Ramon van Merkenstein believes in combining traditional and experimental styles of music. He pursues grooving sound, compelling rhythms and surprising harmonies.

Ramon graduated the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with a Master of Music degree for jazz double bass in 2017. His internationally recognized conservatory teachers – as well as his intensive studies of recordings by legendary jazz musicians – have inspired Ramon to find his own musical voice.

Ramon’s musical creations and arrangements demonstrate his rich imagination and sophistication in jazz composition. Guided by fresh harmonies and grooving rhythms, he has developed his own characteristic style.

Audiences say it’s a great experience to watch Ramon perform on stage. He radiates his own sound with jazz energy, while his interplay with other band members is always musically inventive and coherent.

Prepare to be surprised!

Major Musical Influences

Dave Holland, Charlie Haden,  Scott LaFaro, Ron Carter

Projects as Leader

Ramon van Merkenstein Trio; van Merkenstein – di Franco Duo

Main Projects as Sideman

Songs Between Two Lands; Archipélagos

Main Teachers (bass)

Christophe Wallemme, Bart De Nolf, Arnold Dooyeweerd, Cord Heineking

Main Teachers (composition)

Kris Defoort, Stephane Galland

Advanced Degree

Master in Jazz double bass, 2017, Brussels Royal Conservatory