Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s clear that Bram De Looze and Robin Verheyen are among the most prominent figures in the contemporary Belgian jazz scene. They are composers and bandleaders with a vision, who’ve individually made their marks in Belgium and abroad. But the two also share a passion for the music of Thelonious Monk, having played the repertoire of Monk as a duo for many years. At the request of BOZAR, they’ve joined forces with Joey Baron, the legendary drummer who’s made a name for himself through his collaborations with John Zorn (Massada, Naked City), Bill Frisell and Marc Copland. Together, Bram De Looze, Robin Verheyen and Joey Baron tackle the ever-important music of Thelonious Monk.
The trio’s first European tour proved immensely successful and garnered considerable acclaim for their performances at Paradox Tilburg (NL), het Wilde Westen (BE), La Dynamo (FR), TivoliVredenburg (NL), BOZAR (BE) and the Monk Café (BE). The concert in Paris was broadcast live on Radio France and the concert at the Monk Café was broadcast directly on Radio Klara. (See SoundCloud link below for the radio session.)
“It’s well-known by now that De Looze is one of the most important pianists worldwide, but we didn’t expect him to keep growing musically at such a rate. His playing on MiXMONK is so confident and convincing, always adventurous, that you’d be forgiven to think he weren’t so young. Verheyen who has found the spotlight via the surprising band Taxi Wars may be a little older, but his talent is similarly grandiose. His playing is varied and powerful, but alsocompellingly emotional. Joey Baron then is thoroughly experienced, stubborn yet infallible.” – Written in Music