Bio

 

Born in Brussels, he learned the basics of music as an autodidact. As a teenager, discovered the guitar and jazz harmony.

After studying journalism and philosophy he turns to the piano: at the « Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel », he graduated in 2006 in jazz piano with as teachers: Diederick Wissels, Nathalie Loriers Kris Defoort … He has attended masterclasses with Anthony Braxton, Bert Joris, Toots Thielemans, Garrett List, Stéphane Galland. The lessons with John Taylor will strongly influence his playing

In 2003, he launched a project dedicated to the music of Gainsbourg: « Visite à Gainsbourg ». Then he took part in several projects of contemporary jazz, « Ou-cours-je » and « Babylon ». In early 2007, he worked in Florida and the Caribbean where he played jazz, funk, and carribean concerts. During this period he took place in jam sessions and met many musicians, including Jonathan Butler, George Duke and Markus Miller.

Another turning point will be his short stay in New York in 2008 where he had the opportunity to meet the American jazz avant-garde such as Tim Berne, Jim Black, Drew Gress, Ralph Alessi, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey. Back to Belgium, he formed a quintet « Improvising Gang » (with Bo Van der Werf Dré Pallemaerts, Alexandra Grimal) who plays his compositions with influences of traditional jazz, free, on M-base, new music.

In 2009, he participated in independent film projects and wrote several movie soundtracks.  Currently, he devoted himself to his trio. After a first album praised by the press(krysis), the band toured in some of the major festivals in Belgium and abroad. A new repertoire has been recorded and a second album will come out in 2017.

 

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Piano Jazz