Samuel Ber (Drums), Bram De Looze (Piano), Sylvain Debaisieux (Tenor Saxophone)
Pentadox is a Belgian contemporary jazz band consisting of Sylvain Debaisieux (tenor saxophone), Bram De Looze (piano) and Samuel Ber (drums).
They mix intuition and intellect, while maintaining a strong and independent relationship between the 3 protagonists. Each tune is built like a board game, with its own set of rules, melodic fragments, rhythmic patterns, harmonic and philosophical concepts… And then, through a fresh and an adventurous approach, the players explore the game and make it an open field, stretching time and space. They incorporate elements of modern classical music & avant-garde and improvised music.
Their first project is a collaboration with baritone saxophonist Bo Van Der Werf and French alto saxophonist Guillaume Orti. After 2 residencies, they recorded a 1st album called “Between”, to be released on the 9th of December 2018 at Bozar (“Focus – Samuel Ber” night, in double bill with Malaby / Dumoulin / Ber trio) and at the Klara in DeSingel Festival (January 2019). Before that, they will be playing in Rataplan (Antwerp) on the 8th of December.
Born in 2015 during a residency in Jazz Station (Brussels), the band was selected a few months later as Belgian finalist at B-Jazz International Contest 2016.
In July 2018, they won the Jong JazzTalent Gent, organized by the Gent Jazz Festival. Thanks to this award, a second project will take shape during a year to be presented at Gent Jazz Festival 2019.
In the past, the band has played at Leuven Jazz Festival, Mithra Jazz à Liège and Jazz Station, among others venues.
Pentadox is managed by Inside Jazz Management (Belgium).
Nick Dunston (US) – Double Bass
Weston Olencki (US) – Electronics, Trombone
Lester St-Louis (US) – Cello
After a first project called “Between”, featuring saxophone players Bo Van Der Werf and Guillaume Orti, Pentadox now becomes an electro-acoustic sextet entitled “Fragments of Expansion”: by adding Lester St Louis on cello, Nick Dunston on double bass and Weston Olencki on trombone and electronics, the band uses this highly specific instrumentation to embark in an original direction with three new adventurous minds, who are all composers, improvisers and performers.
The possibilities for expanding a band’s sound are multiple, and Pentadox has opted for an inner approach by inviting musicians with whom they have already worked in the past (as it is the case for Dunston and Ber, or St-Louis and De Looze) but they have also chosen to include electronics as a tool which encourages deep interaction and opens up their sonic identity to a larger field of possibilities (by inviting Olencki). With “Fragments of Expansion”, the ensemble transforms into an intercontinental project with a long-lasting impact, from its start as a residency, to a recording and a first concert at Gent Jazz Festival 2019 to a subsequent release tour.