ROELAND CELIS QUINTET

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Roeland Celis (Guitar, Compositions), Karel Cuelenaere (Piano), Sylvain Debaisieux (Tenor Saxophone), Cyrille Obermüller (Double Bass), Gert-Jan Dressen (Drums)

As a guitar player, Roeland Celis has always had a fascination for the heavier styles in music. Metal as a genre developed so much in the past few decades, that it branched out into different sub-genres with very different aesthetics. More and more the genre is finding its way into other styles of music.
The rhythmical focus found in many metal bands, as well as in modern jazz music became a key element in the band’s music.
Roeland was looking for a sound that went in a somewhat dark direction. However, darkness isn’t all there is to hear.
After rehearsing the music, the sound started to shift from the metal aesthetic to a mixture of things. Everybody brought their musical personality into the music, which gave the whole a richness and fullness that Roeland could not have foreseen.
The blend of composition and improvisation makes for an always changing experience, in which the sound of the band can take all sorts of shapes.
The band consists of some of Belgium’s finest and Roeland’s favorite musicians: Sylvain Debaisieux on tenor saxophone, Karel Cuelenaere on piano, Cyrille Obermüller on double bass and Gert-Jan Dreessen on drums.