Antoine Pierre

After a childhood spent on listening to the records of his parents, blowing into a saxophone and banging on washing powder packs, Antoine Pierre started playing the drums at the age of 12. Eager to turn the noises he produced into music, he consulted his elders: a.o. Stéphane Galland, Antonio Sanchez, Bill Stewart, Dan Weiss, Greg Hutchinson,... As he turned 18 in 2010, Antoine Pierre joined the regular band of Belgian guitar legend Philip Catherine which allowed him to tour extensively in various important leading jazz venues and festivals in Europe and abroad such as the Blue Note Jazz Club (Milano, IT), Le Duc des Lombards (Paris, FR), New Morning (Paris, FR), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels, BE), The Grand Theater (Maastricht, NL), De Bimhuis (Amsterdam, NL), Tel Aviv Jazz Festival (Tel Aviv, IL), Bern International Jazz Festival (Bern, CH), Alger Jazz Festival (Algiers, DZ), Django Rheinardt Jazz Festival (Paris, FR) a.o. In 2014, Antoine and bassist Nicolas Thys joined TaxiWars, the brand new band formed by dEUS frontman Tom Barman and saxophonist Robin Verheyen. Together they released their two first records: « TaxiWars » and « Fever ». Warmly acclaimed, TaxiWars has been touring intensively in Europe and abroad between 2015 and 2017 and is already in the process of recording a third album. In 2014, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Master degree from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Antoine moved to New York to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and to play with musicians of the local jazz scene… Antoine Pierre releases his first album as a leader,« Urbex » in 2016 on Igloo Records

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URBEX 2017 ”The tracks are intelligent, sophisticated, carefully worked (...). There is something of a painter's work, sketching out huge landscapes, creating atmosphere, a particular climate. There is something of Claude Monet in the fluidity, delicate touch, the impression. But also some Spilliaert in the atmosphere and mystery . And also some Pollock in the energy, the dynamics, the splash of colors.” (Le Soir, J.-C. V.)

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