🟦 Alexandre CAVALIERE
Alexandre CAVALIERE was born in 1985 near Mons in Belgium. Born into a family of musicians, he grew up surrounded by instruments as toys. Early on, little Alexandre learned his rhythm by holding the snare drum of his father’s orchestra. At 8 years old he regularly practices piano, drums and of course violin. It is in the learning of this last instrument that Alexandre best expresses his sense of rhythm, his qualities of improvisation and his great musical sensibility. Rocked by the melodies of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the swing is essential to Alexandre as a musical evidence.
In March 1998, fate gives Alexandre a boost by placing Didier Lockwood and Babik Reinhardt on his way : “These two great musicians are then in Brussels for the Django d’Or.” Alexandre, meanwhile, is rehearsing for an evening at the Royal Windsor Hotel with his father, who heads the band Jazzy Strings. Didier Lockwood, Babik Reinhardt and Frank Hagège to discover the talent that lies under the hands of this violinist.What was their surprise, pushing the door of the club, to discover that a 12-year-old was holding the violin! ” Surprised by so much virtuosity and precocity, they decided to invite Alexandre to the Django d’Or in Brussels and then to Paris where the success is immediate … brilliant! It is the beginning of a beautiful adventure from which was born a first disc: “L’ALBUM” (Hebra records).
This young violin virtuoso quickly fulfilled his promise of success. While pursuing brilliantly his schooling, Alexandre connects trays of TVs, radios and the concerts with very noticed participations in particular to the Festivals of Antibes – Juan les Pins, Marciac, Samois-sur-Seine, Liège, Liberchies, Brosella, Maubeuge, at the Jazz Marathon in Brussels, or at the Belgian Django d’Or, French or the Eurojazz Awards, …
In addition, he conquered his audience on stage by performing at the Princess Grace Theater in Monaco, in the first part of Michel Jonasz at the Olympia, as guest of the National Orchestra on the Grand Place in Brussels, during the festival “Jazz Espoo” (Finland), … and lately, thanks to Dorado Schmitt, he made his premiere in New York, for the Django Reinhardt festival at Birdland.
He also met many musicians such as Bireli Lagrene, Dominique Dipiazza, Stochelo Rosenberg, Michel Jonasz, Roby Lakatos, Toots Thielemans, Richard Galliano, Eddy Louis, Dennis Chambers, Richard Bona, Dorado Schmitt … as well as Benoît Sourisse, André Charlier and Jean Wellers (the musicians of Didier Lockwood) with whom he recorded his second album “Nomades”, which leads him to be heard in a more modern context, without departing from his natural swing.
But in the recent years, he has invested himself happily in more modern groups in which his talent knows new developments.
Also noteworthy is an appearance on a beach of Guy Cabay’s latest album (2005), collaborations with Philip Catherine, fusion groups like Alka Celtes Air, Darwin Case and Musicazur, Fabrizio Cassol, Michel Herr and his tentette etc. ..
Alexandre Cavaliere and Jazzy Strings is a formation in which he has performed a lot, a group of lovers of gipsy music and two giants of jazz Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grapelli. This group created by Mario Cavaliere, runs since 1992 the biggest festivals in Europe (Juan-les-Pins, Nice, Marciac, Samois-sur-Seine, Helsinki …). It consists of Mathieu Chatelain on the rhythm guitar, Eloi Baudimont or Jean Wellers on the double bass and of course Mario Cavaliere on the solo guitar that allowed his son, Alexandre, to enter the closed circle of jazz ……
Jazzy strings has also performed with many prestigious guests such as Samson and Dorado Schmitt, Angelo Debarre, Bireli Lagrene, Rene Sopa … The band also released the album “Families”.
🟦 Emmanuel BONETTI
Emmanuel BONETTI started the guitar at the age of 15 in a self-taught way, interested in rock in the broad sense (which he put into practice in local groups) with various excursions up to the classical.
After an attempt at the university in philosophy, during which he discovered other styles : jazz, traditional Indian, contemporary …, he decided to devote himself fully to music.
He began studying at the jazz studio in Antwerpen, which he left after the third year to continue at the francophone jazz conservatory of Brussels for two years with Paolo Radoni and finish at the Dutch-speaking equivalent with Fabien Degryse.
He accompanies among others the singer Fanny Beriaux.
🟦 David DE VRIEZE
Born in 1978, David DE VRIEZE began his musical studies at the age of nine and decided to enter the Royal Conservatory of Brussels at the age of 19, in classical section where he studied the trombone for two years alongside José Schyns. Later, he went to the jazz department of the Conservatory, where he continued his studies alongside Phil Abraham (international jazz soloist, National Jazz Orchestra of Paris) and won his first jazz trombone award.
In parallel with his studies, he participated in several television and radio projects as well as various festivals in Belgium and abroad (France, Holland, England, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Portugal …). In order to enrich his repertoire to the fullest, he participates in world music projects (Kazadi Manza, Senegalese music) as well as a recording for the radio “Première” with Baba and Bao Sissoko, Philip Catherine and Alexandre Cavaliere.
He is also lead trombone of the Jazz Station Big Band with which he recorded his first album, in March 2011, which received the best critics of the jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez.
David DE VRIEZE is also interested in gypsy music. Recently, he participated in the recording of the album of Samson Schmitt, as a soloist, alongside Alexandre Cavaliere.
🟦 Janos BRUNEEL
Before even knowing the alphabet Janos BRUNEEL (1983) learns to play piano, but it is at the age of 16 that he meets his instrument: the bass. In 2008, he finished his Master’s degree in jazz at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and Den Haag (cum laude) with Hein van de Geyn, Frans van der Hoeven and Christophe Wallemme. After graduating cum laude, he held the double bass at the Royal Conservatory of La Haye for 10 years. He is currently bass teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent.
He has won several national and international awards :
– First winner of the “National Competition of Music and Speech Art of Dexia Bank” (B) in 2001 with “Vice Versa”
– First Prize “Octave of Music” (B) in 2004 with “Casimir Liberski Trio”
– First Prize “Dutch Jazz Competition” (NL) in 2004 with “As Guests”
– First Prize “Pim Jacobs Muziekprijs” (NL) in 2004 with “As Guests”
– First Prize “XL Jazz” (B) in 2006 with “Casimir Liberski Trio”
– “Top Talent Scholarship” in 2006
– First Prize “Jazzcat Rally” in 2007 with DelVita Group
– First Prize “Playfestival Motives For Jazz Competition” (B) in 2007 with “Hamster Axis Of The One-Click Panther”
– First Prize “Dinant Jazz Competition” in 2008 with “Hamster Axis Of The One-Click Panther”
– “Sabam Jeunesse Musical Jazz Award” (B) in 2010
– co-composer “Best Australian Jazz Song Of The Year” in 2012 with “Spir”
Janos has performed in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, Norway, Canada, Italy, Australia, Chile, France, Switzerland, Iceland, Germany, Turkey, Dubai, in The Czech Republic and Slovakia and on stages and festivals such as North Sea Jazz Festival, Jazz in Liege, Brussels Jazz Marathon, Gaume Jazz Festival, Dubai Jazz Festival, The Hague Jazz Festival, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, deSingel, Bimhuis, De Doelen, Biennial of Young Creators of Europe and the Mediterranean, Catania Jazz Festival, La Monnaie Youth Festival, TivoliVredenburg, Flageystival, Klarafestival, Eu ‘Ritmix Festival, Nordic House, Greenhouse, Rainbow Studio, Turku Jazz Festival, Brosella, AMUZ, Elbphilharmonie, St. Pancras Old Church, …
In his most recent project “The Polyphonauts” inspired by the music of the polyphonist Guillaume Dufay, he plays with his father Carlos Bruneel (flute) and Bart Van Caenegem (pianoforte).
He has had the honor to play with Eric Vloeimans, Stephane Belmondo, Angelo Verploegen, Anton Goudsmit, Luke Howard, Jonas Knutsson, Jack van Poll, Dre Pallemaerts, Hans van Oosterhout, Stephane Galland, Bart Defoort, Dena DeRose, Soo Cho , Eef van Breen, Toots Thielemans, Michal Vanoucek, Dee Daniels, Alexander Cavaliere, Georgia Fame, Casimir Liberski, Bert Joris, Archie Shepp, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Luke Howard, Mauro Pawlowski, Josse De Pauw, Gregory Frateur, Wim Willaert, Raf Walschaerts Raymond Van Campenhout, Raymond van het Groenewoud, Wannes Capelle, Pascal Deweze, Rinus van de Velde, Johannes Genard, …
🟦 Wim EGGERMONT
Born in 1982, Wim EGGERMONT studied drums at the age of 13. In 2001, he began the Lemmens Institute, with Professor Dré Pallemaerts. During this period he also followed classes of Stéphane Galland, Hans van Oosterhout, Phillipe Aerts, PeterHertmans, …, and follows master classes of Billy Hart, Bill Carrother, Peter Erskine, Bruno Castelluci, NelsonVeras, …
Since then, he plays in several groups including: Wayne Shorter Tribute, ep3, Koen Geudens trio, Sonic Orchestra, Steven Delannoye quintet, … He also teaches at the academy of Asse, Lennik and Schaerbeek.