Born on 23 January 1991 in Knokke-Heist the Belgian pianist and composer Bram De Looze found his way to music throughout his teens. In 2007 he starts off with LABtrio together with drummer Lander Gyselinck and bassist Anneleen Boehme. Within two years he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Jazzpiano at the Lemmensinstituut and in one year he gained his master’s degree at the Artesis Conservatory in Antwerp. He was granted a BAEF scholarship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York.
In New York, Bram took lessons from several international musicians like Uri Caine, Marc Copland and Reggie Workman. After paying a visit to the historical collection of pianofortes of Chris Maene, he starts his first solo project Piano é Forte. Playing on three pianos, Bram reinvents jazz composition and improvisation. In 2016, he received an SABAM Jazz Award for young talent at the Gent Jazz Festival. At the Classical Music Awards (the Klara’s) Bram De Looze won the award for Most Promising Young Artist of the year 2018 and with Pentadox he won young jazz talent at Gent jazz 2018.
Bram de Looze is available as:
Straight Strung Concert Grand Piano by Chris Maene
In October 2018, Bram will launch a new project, which is a perfect sequel to his Piano é Forte. In this project, De Looze plays on a brand new unique Chris Maene Concert Grand Piano. This grand piano doesn’t just possess the strength of a modern piano, but also the warmth of its historical predecessors.
Chris Maene specifically chose De Looze as an ambassador of this new instrument for the Jazz. This revolutionary piano was especially made upon request of Maestro Daniel Barenboim. In this design the piano has parallel chords instead of diagonal ones.
This results into a transparent, clear and superior sound, where you can clearly distinguish different tone registers from each other. It was not just commercial and contemporary music, but ancient classic piano literature as well that inspired De Looze to be extra creative. This varies from Bach, Stravinsky to Ornette Coleman, Monk to Jason Moran and Steve Lehman. This project also includes an album that will be released in October (Outhere Music).
Pentadox (trio or quintet)
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.
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 and won the Jong Jazz Talent Gent Jazz award 2018. 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 label Outhere in December 2018 at Bozar (“Focus – Samuel Ber” night, in double bill with Malaby / Dumoulin / Ber trio) and Rataplan (Antwerp).
In 2014, De Looze launched an international septet called Septych. With diverse and astounding improvisors like Daniel Levin, Lester St-Louis, Robin Verheyen, Gebhard Ullman, Bo Van Der Werf and Flin Van Hemmen he sets on a musical exploration journey. Septych unveils the sound and music of a larger ensemble consisting of two cellos, three horns, drums and piano.