About Me

I was born in 1978 in Halle, near Brussels in Belgium and studied piano in the last five years of the previous millennium at the jazz department of the Lemmensinstituut (now LUCA School Of Arts) in Leuven with some of the very best musicians on the Belgian and European scene – Ron Van Rossum, Bert Joris, Frank Vaganée, Dré Pallemaerts, Philippe Aerts a.o.

I play and write music, mostly in jazz and jazz-related surroundings, and I do sideman work for several (mostly Belgian based) projects.  Most important people or bands I work with are Tutu Puoane, Rebirth::Collective, Jelle Van Giel’s ‘Close Distance’, Marjan van Rompay Quartet, Hnita Big Band & Small World (= a coöperation project with South African trumpet player Marcus Wyatt). I also play keys in Flemish pop singer Eva De Roovere’s live band.

I write songs and arrangements, and am getting more and more into general music production.

As an educator I teach jazz piano and ensemble at de Kunsthumaniora, an arts high school in Antwerp, preparing talented youngsters for music college.

Together with Tutu, I own our company SoulFactory, which houses a platform and independent record label dedicated to jazz and improvised music. Within this structure I take care of the general management, bookings and production of our music.

Most of my hobbies are also music-related: I like to fool around and experiment with audio recording/mixing, and I’ve been teaching myself to tune pianos. No commercial ambition in both those fields by the way – but if you need help/advice in one of those areas, don’t hesitate to ask. 🙂