LABtrio are three unique, young and highly talented musicians with strong personalities, endowed with a fresh and adventurous approach to music. The trio was founded by pianist Bram de Looze in 2007, with drummer Lander Gyselinck and bassist Anneleen Boehme. In its early existence, several prizes and awards give LABtrio new opportunities as in 2013 when the prestigious Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon festival pulls off a first album recording ‘Fluxus’, constituting a testimony to what is the jazz of today, seen by this new generation of musicians. The trio’s acoustic universe conceals an urban jazz that flirts with electronic, underground and hip-hop cultures. Their music is refreshing and constantly evolving. Besides their own compositions, they adapt jazz standards with a personal twist. In the autumn of 2015, LABtrio was part of the ‘Match & Fuse’ program, sharing the stage with the renounced British Dinosaur. Together they performed at different venues in Belgium and the United Kingdom. With the New York based cellist Christopher Hoffman and saxophonist Michaël Attias, the LABtrio recorded the 2015 album ‘The Howls Are Not What They Seem’ and the group toured with new work throughout Belgium in January 2016. Their 2017 album ‘Nature City’ ( celebrating their 10th anniversary), represent their ongoing high level of musical experience, followed by a Scandinavian tour with the Norwegian saxophone player Harald Lassen. On top, they were selected for showcase festival Jazzahead in Bremen.
After studying at the Lemmens Institute and the Artesis Conservatory in Antwerp, pianist Bram de Looze (*1991) moved to New York in 2012, granted a BAEF scholarship to work their way through the New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York with internationally renowned musicians. Living up to his reputation as a free spirit, Bram De Looze has produced a deeply personal work that is at once innovative and profound. In addition, he is a composer-pianist of his own international project, a promising septet, “Septych” and conquers international stages with his solo project “Piano e forte”Back in Belgium, he was granted a SABAM Jazz Award for ‘Young Talent’ at the Gent Jazz Festival 2016. De Looze finds his inspiration in creative, historical and abstract contemporary, classical music, and combined with his natural flair, it makes him the extraordinary talent he is.
When you talk about Lander Gyselinck (*1987), you say in one breath versatility, energy, quirkiness, curiosity, even brilliance & ‘revelation’. The ambitious drummer, composer & improviser grew from a young super talent to a respected value in the Belgian jazz and improvisation scene and this at an unseen pace. His eccentric musical taste goes beyond jazz and tests limits of contemporary electronic music, pop, hip hop, free impro, Indi music, noise and more. With Bram de Looze he moved to New York in 2012, granted a BAEF scholarship to work their way through the New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York with internationally renowned musicians. This way, he developed a broad and individual sound, and a style that is explorative, inventive, virtuoso & exciting, which he uses in a lot of different musical projects. In 2010 he received the ‘Toots Thielemans Jazz Award’ and in 2018 he was rewarded with an MIA award ‘Best Musician’ for the third time. Read more…
Anneleen Boehme (°1989) is one of Belgium’s rare female double bass talents. She started playing the double bass at the age of 12. She studied at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (Holland) with Frans van der Hoeven and she finished her studies of Music at the Conservatory of Antwerp, summa cum laude, with Nicolas Thys, in 2015. Although Anneleen is best known as the double bass player in LABtrio, she also plays in other projects and composes music for theatre with Fien Desmet.
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