BRAM DE LOOZE
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.
As De Looze’s discography and web of national and international connections increase in size, it becomes more apparent how personal his music is and how it succeeds in combining an inner urge with an outward curiosity. His playing is refined and thoughtful, not just cerebral. If anything, the pianist is always on the lookout for new modes of expression, and not just experimenting with the key ingredients of melody, harmony and rhythm, but also going to a more basic, deeper level, where resonances, moods and densities are continually turned inside-out as parts of a steady work-in-progress.