With Pentadox, Samuel Ber has created a unique vehicle that gives free rein to his creativity. The core of the band – Samuel Ber (drums), Sylvain Debaisieux (sax) and Bram De Looze (piano) – has been creating improvised music of the highest order for some years now and wishes to walk in the footsteps of Belgian collective bands, such as AkaMoon, Octurn and Mâäk, by focusing on long-term exploration of new concepts and ideas about composition, improvisation and interaction. In each of their projects, they are joined by other guest musicians, challenging collaborations which each time reshape the musical vision of these artists. For “Between”, the group is joined by acclaimed European saxophonists Bo Van der Werf and Guillaume Orti (FR). Through improvisation and contemporary composition, the interplay of these five musicians contributes to one unified musical idiom.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that Pentadox has proven successful and their talent has been recognized in competitions and via awards. After a residency in Jazz Station (Brussels) in 2015, the group was selected as the Belgian finalist of the B-Jazz International Contest 2016. Since then, they’ve played, amongst others, at Leuven Jazz Festival and Mithra Jazz à Liège. Their continued efforts were also rewarded in July 2018 by receiving the award for Young Jazz Talent Ghent at the Ghent Jazz Festival. The talent of each individual musician has also been recognized multiple times, for example, with pianist Bram De Looze winning a Klara Radio Award for most promising musician in 2018. In 2020 they are in the finals of the Avignon jazz festival.
“This erudite freewheeling will undoubtedly be recorded in the annals of Ghent Jazz history.” – George Tonla Briquet – Knack
“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