Ghent’s Steiger is a piano trio, but not in the classical sense. With its versatile style, influenced by different musical genres such as jazz, rock, pop, classical and electronic music, the members try to find a balance between composition and improvisation through the use of experimentation and electronics.
Considered pioneers of the Belgian jazz crossover scene, Steiger has been active for 8 years and has recently found itself performing at major jazz venues in Flanders, picking up numerous accolades along the way.
The trio’s highly anticipated sophomore album ‘Give Space’, released 14th September 2018 on Sdban Ultra, was recorded at 7 different locations, with the music composed to fit and fight these locations within a dialogue of acoustics, atmospheres and appetition. Field recordings, reverbs, ambient sounds, all collected within the search for the unpredictable, were given space within this dialogue as the essential part of the encounter. As a result, the locations emerge somewhat as a fourth member of the trio. The music – sometimes fixed, sometimes completely free – takes on an ever-changing journey into their multi-faceted world.
“It is this aspect, space, and the influence of space on music that we, as musicians, find very inspiring and would like to go deeper on the basis of extensive research. Since a classical studio always strives for the best, most comfortable acoustics, the influence of such a space on the music can often be reduced to one kind of sound and environment in which the music develops. We want to break this classical pattern and strive for live recordings without an audience, whereby we create a sound of each location depending on the space and / or location.”
Over the last 8 years, the band has developed its sound at cafés, clubs and festivals across Belgium. The trio self-released its first EP in 2016, with its debut album ‘And Above All’ (El Negocito Records) following a year later.
In the summer of 2017, Steiger won the young Jazz talent competition at Gent Jazz festival, which enabled the members to realize the ‘Give Space’ project. Awareness of the moment in a place and time became the core of the musical storytelling, blurring the divisions of natural and industrial, inner and outer etc. The overall work is a blend of co-related atmosphere of the place, its properties, sounds, the moment and its traced records.
“The space can be both inside and outside. This new environment will thus act as the 4th instrument in other words. Hereby we want to research and play with letting the space influence our music and vice versa, letting our music influence the space. This process will include recording 7 numbers at 7 different locations.”
The three musicians that make up Steiger all have a jazz background. Moreover, their studies at different music schools across Belgium (Ghent, Antwerp) and Scandinivia (Göteborg, Copenhagen) have broadened their perspective on listening, practicing and playing different musical genres as well as helped them approach music more sensuously. All three musicians have been active for some time in different musical projects with different genres as well as the theatre. As a result, they are able to persue an artistic result that is as relevant as possible to them.
-Gilles Vandecaveye (keys)
-Kobe Boon (bass)
-Simon Raman (drums).
Steiger’s new album ‘Give Space’ was released digitally and physically on CD and vinyl via Sdban Ultra/ N.E.W.S.