"A skilled navigator of contemporary European jazz sensibilities."
London Jazz News, February 2019
"Elements from other genres flow into the music without transitions, but don't dilute the jazz in any way. Rather, they illuminate its modern essence in a new
Jazz ‘n‘ more, March 2019
„In his original, tasty instrumental compositions, the electric bassist born in 1979, underscores the tonal spectrum of his instrument.“
Jazzthing, March 2019
Carsten Hein was born in Hesse in 1979. He studied jazz and popular music with a major in bass guitar at the Arnhem University of the Arts in the Netherlands, followed by cultural and media management at Freie Universität Berlin. Based in Berlin, he works as a freelance bassist in a wide range of different musical genres: Indie Rock, Jazz, Contemporary classical music, Afrobeat, Reggae, Latin, Pop and others. Live or in the studio he worked with Ivy Quainoo, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Neneh Cherry, Julia Marcell, Ladi6, Augustin Maurs, Gene Pritsker, Kristiina Tuomi, Ruffcats, Mellow Mark, Skew Siskin, Nosliw, Martin Jondo, Marcus Klossek and many more. Concerts and tours have taken him to most European countries and North Africa.
He uses the bass combined with electronics as a source for sound explorations. As a stage musician he has been involved in productions at Schauspiel Frankfurt, Ballhaus Naunynstraße Berlin, for Polly Maggoo Amsterdam and Theater Oostpol Arnhem.
As a soloist and band member, Carsten has won prizes at Jugend Jazzt, the Young Jazz award Tübingen and the Nujazzprijs Dordrecht. In November 2018 he released his latest album with his own compositions, alongside Swiss label Unit Records.