Pentadox is a contemporary jazz trio consisting of Samuel Ber, Bram De Looze and Sylvain Debaisieux, mixing written scores and free improvisation.
The tenor saxophone-piano-drums formula allows blending of textures, harmonic, melodic and rhythmic experimentation and a real time exploration of the links between the three protagonists.
Born in 2015 during a residency in Jazz Station (Brussels), the band was selected a few months later as Belgian finalist at B-Jazz International Contest and performed at Leuven Jazz Festival 2016.
The band is currently working on a project called Pentadox 5 including Guillaume Orti and Bo Van Der Werf, exploring new sonic possibilities thanks to the 3-horns section.
Sylvain Debaisieux – Tenor Saxophone & Compositions
Bram De Looze – Piano & Compositions
Samuel Ber – Drums & Compositions
Pentadox 5 :
+ Guillaume Orti – Alto Saxophone & Compositions
+ Bo Van Der Werf – Baritone Saxophone & Compositions.
Sylvain Debaisieux (°1993) began to play the saxophone at the age of 8 and started to learn about improvisation during summer workshops at Libramont when he was 13. He attended the bachelor and the master programs at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, from 2011 to 2016, where he studied with John Ruocco and Jeroen Van Herzeele. In 2016, he received a BAEF music study scholarship and was admitted in the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. He was selected in 2012 to be part of the European Saxophone Ensemble, project directed by French saxophone player Guillaume Orti and touring in more than ten European countries during 2 years. He is now regularly performing on the Belgian scene with different jazz bands, including Eve Beuvens’ Heptatomic with which he recorded a studio album in December 2014.
Bram De Looze (°1991) studied jazz piano at the Lemmens Instituut with Ron Van Rossum and at the Conservatorium of Antwerp with Erik Vermeulen. He has also studied at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York with jazzmasters such as Reggie Workman, Marc Copland, Uri Caine and many others. In 2016, he won the SABAM Jazz Award voor Jong Talent. He is now member of different bands including LABtrio, Dre Hocevar Trio, Robin Verheyen Duo, Stephanos Chytiris’ Flux, De Looze / Machtel / De Waele, Sander De Winne Group as well as a new septet including Robin Verheyen, Daniel Levin and Flin Van Hemmen. He has also performed with Bert Joris, Dré Pallemaerts, Nic Thys, Brussels Jazz Orchestra with Maria Joao & David Linx and a collaboration with bassist Greg Cohen for the Jazz Middelheim Festival.
Samuel Ber (°1995) studied drums at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen with Dré Pallemaerts, Jan de Haas, Teun Verbruggen and was admitted at 21 in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, in the Jazz and Improvised Music Department directed by Riccardo Del Fra. The same year, he was selected to be part of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music, directed by Vijay Iyer. Composer and improviser, he played in the trio Tony Malaby / Jozef Dumoulin / Samuel Ber, with Kris Defoort’s An Old Monk featuring the Belgian actor Josse De Pauw (touring in Europe in 2015 and 2016), Nicolas Thys, Jeroen Van Herzeele, Bo Van Der Werf and Guillaume Orti among many others. He composed the soundtrack for the theater piece « Plainte Contre X » in Theatre de Poche (Brussels). He is also currently working with Bram De Looze and Gilbert Nouno (from IRCAM) on a new project mixing music and theater.
Pentadox 5 :
Saxophonist and composer, Bo Van der Werf is graduated from the Amsterdams Conservatory. He leads and writes for Octurn (with Dré Pallemaerts, Jozef Dumoulin and Fabian Fiorini), his main project. He also plays with Jozef Dumoulin’s band Lidlboj, and with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. He also leads his own small ensembles and plays free-lance with different groups (including Sylvain Cathala’s and Alexandra Grimal’s projects). Besides writing for his band Octurn, Bo composes music for films, for dance performances and for contemporary classical ensembles. He teaches at Antwerpen’s and Leuven’s conservatories. He recently directed his first documentary movie ‘ Satyajit Ray negatives’, which was shown at many major film festivals (Teheran Film Festival, Festival du film de Buenos Aires, Bombay International Film Festival, Festival du documentaire de Paris, Tiburon Film Festival California, Mediawave Budapest , Kolkata Film Festival,…).
Guillaume Orti studied both jazz and classical saxophone at the Regional Conservatory of Avignon and attended many different instrumental workshops throughout his teenage-hood. In 1990, he participated to the 4 weeks jazz seminar of the Banff Center of Fine Arts (Canada) under the direction of Steve Coleman. This experience had a decisive impact on his musical development. He also has a good knowledge of Karnatic music (South Indian traditional music) from direct experience. Settled in Paris in 1989, he co-founded the band Kartet (together with pianist Benoît Delbecq and bassist Hubert Dupont), then the collectives of musicians Hask and Mercoledi & Co. These three ensembles were to become leading voices in the field of improvised music. They have always highly valued collective creativity and practice. He has worked intensively with dancers (Thierry Baë, Catherine Contour, a.o.) and on text/music relationships (à mesure with Christine Bertocchi – voice, Eric Chalan – double bass and Ghislain Mugneret – author, a.o.). Meeting musicians throughout Eupore led him to develop long term collaborations with the bands Octurn and Mâäk in Belgium, Benzine in Paris, Oxymore in the Netherlands, Pepa Païvinen and the Umo big band in Finland… He is nowadays part of the creative groups Kartet, Mâäk (led by Laurent Blondiau), Reverse (with Olivier Sens on computer), The Progressive Patriots (led by Hasse Poulsen), Stéphane Payen-Guillaume Orti duet as well as a trio with Andy Amler on piano or organ and Ballaké Sissolo on kora. As a sideman he has played with MegaOctet (led by Andy Emler), Thôt (led by Stéphane Payen), Print (led by Sylvain Cathala), Caroline (led by Sarah Murcia) or Aka Moon (Fabrizio Cassol, Michel Hatzigiorgiou et Stéphane Galland).For the years 2012 and 2013, he was artictic director of the European Saxophone Ensemble : an ensemble of 12 young saxophonists from twelve different countries of the European Union gathered for an original repertoire created by 5 European composers.