Pentadox is a Belgian contemporary jazz band consisting of Sylvain Debaisieux (tenor saxophone), Bram De Looze (piano) and Samuel Ber (drums). They mix intuition and intellect, while maintaining a strong and independent relationship between the 3 protagonists. Each tune is built like a board game, with its own set of rules, melodic fragments, rhythmic patterns, harmonic and philosophical concepts… And then, through a fresh and an adventurous approach, the players explore the game and make it an open field, stretching time and space. They incorporate elements of modern classical music & avant-garde and improvised music.
“ Every composition is like a board game, with its own rules, melodies, rhythms and philosphy. – Samuel Ber “
Their first project is a collaboration with baritone saxophonist Bo Van Der Werf and French alto saxophonist Guillaume Orti. After 2 residencies, they recorded a 1st album called “Between”, to be released on the 9th of December 2018 at Bozar (“Focus – Samuel Ber” night, in double bill with Malaby / Dumoulin / Ber trio) and at the Klara in DeSingel Festival (January 2019). Before that, they will be playing in Rataplan (Antwerp) on the 8th of December.
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 2016.
In July 2018, they won the Jong JazzTalent Gent, organized by the Gent Jazz Festival. Thanks to this award, a second project will take shape during a year to be presented at Gent Jazz Festival 2019.
In the past, the band has played at Leuven Jazz Festival, Mithra Jazz à Liège and Jazz Station, among others venues.
“ Their music, which hints at influences from classical, avant-garde and improvised music, is – true to the nature of these fantastic musicians – full of adventure and breaking new ground. – writteninmusic.com “
Sylvain Debaisieux (B) – Tenor Saxophone
Bram De Looze (B) – Piano
Samuel Ber (B) – Drums