BRAM DE LOOZE SOLO
There are those who arrive on the scene fully-formed, immediately claiming their own bright corner in a universe of possibilities, Thelonious Monk being the chief example among them (even though it took a while before everybody realised it). And then there are those whose potential and personality can be felt from the outset, but who consider their trajectory a laboratory of possibilities. Not to suggest that they start humbly and slowly become better at their jobs, but some keep enriching and refining their position with each new step. Bram De Looze (°1991) is certainly one of those musicians, always on the lookout for new options, detours and possibilities to expand his art.
“Intelligent, virtuoso and perfectionistic” – Klara
Bram De Looze’s solo career began in a surprising way with ‘Piano e forte‘ (2016), a project for which he approached historical instruments from a contemporary perspective. The switch to Chris Maene’s Straight Strung Grand Piano for ‘Switch The Stream‘ (2018) indicated a renewed search for movement, evolution and introspection. With ‘Colour Talk‘ (2020), he continued this solo trajectory on an already revolutionary piano model, again seeking innovation from within.
After De Looze’s second solo album in 2018 came the international trio record Vice Versa. For it, he teamed up with two resounding names from the jazz world: New York master drummer Eric McPherson (Jackie McLean, Andrew Hill, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Hersch) and impressionable Berlin bassist Felix Henkelhausen (Jim Black, Nate Wooley, Lotte Anker). As in all his collaborations, expressiveness, inventiveness and creativity were invariably central to this trio. Vice Versa was released on the Dutch label DOX Records.
“Living up to his reputation as a free spirit, Bram De Looze has produced a deeply personal work that is at once innovative and profound.” – Jazzhalo
And the future looks bright. Bram De Looze’s 4th solo album will be released in December 8, 2023. The key ingredient of this album is once again taking on the challenge of daring to leave music open in the moment itself and being connected to the potential it offers. For this album, De Looze digs deeper into his own playing of free improvisations and its own compositions, which will thus take on their own unique character with each performance. Expect exceptional approaches, where the musical rules are constantly changing without losing continuity and dynamics.
“A deep dive into the musical history … an incredibly ambitious project.” – Damusic
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