In Kris Defoort Diving Poet Society two brilliant musicians join the heart of the Kris Defoort Trio into a new musical adventure. Together they explore fresh compositions injected by the inspiring poems of Peter Verhelst, a unique stubborn writer, embracing life with all its dark mysteries. Balancing between improvisations, composed material & instant orchestration, it is the eternal search for this one magical, unknown moment. Five musical poets communicating the joy of diving into an ocean of unlimited colours, words & sounds...
‘Live in Tokyo’ proves once again Kris Defoort's outstanding talent for improvisations and the diversity he expresses as a pianist and composer, ranging from lyrical and intimist over rough to straight forward sounds.
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The House Of The Sleeping Beauties
2009 / FUGA LIBERA
This opera was recorded during the memorable performance given at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels under Patrick Davin's baton, in the spring of 2009.
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Antoine Prawerman & Vegetal Beauty Troposphere
2008 / MOGNO MUSIC
Antoine Prawerman // (Bass)clarinet, composer
Laurent Blondiau // Trumpet
Kris Defoort // Piano
Sarah Murcia // Contrabass
Sidiki Camara // Percussions
Axel Gilain // Contrabass
Through the collaboration with the French choreographer Fatou Traoré, the epic suit in five 'passages' saw the light. It was performed by Defoort's ensemble Dreamtime, composed of 11 outstanding musicians. Flute, hobo, cello en brass, formed around the piano trio K.D.'s decade.
Laurent Blondiau // Trumpet Ben Sluijs // Alto sax, flute Bart Defoort // Tenor & alto sax Jeroen Van Herzeele // Tenor & soprano sax Bo Van der Werf // Baritone sax Ilja Reijngoud // Trombone Jacques Pirotton // Guitar Ron van Rossum // Piano Nicolas Thys // Bass, electric bass Stéphane Galland // Drums
Kris Defoort formed his first trio in 1993 with Dré Pallemaerts on drums and Nicolas Thys on double bass. As well as playing Defoort’s own compositions, the trio also performs interesting arrangements of pop material such as ‘Walking on the Moon’ and ‘Sometimes it Snows in April’.
On the occasion of the 100th performance of music theatre 'An Old Monk' (Kris Defoort Trio + Josse De Pauw). Adaptations of standards, collective improvisations in the spirit of piano player Thelonious Monk and bonus tracks with Josse De Pauw.
The music of VIVACES is built on the confrontation between rhythmic cyclesand harmonic or melodic images that are both complex and simple. Everything that could touch people and the hearts, souls and bodies of men and women – for whatever reason – has its place here, independently of any stylistic or cultural reference.
Pierre Van Dormael // Guitar Bo Van Der Werf // Bariton sax Nicolas Kummert // Tenor sax Manuel Hermia // Soprano sax, Alto sax Kris Defoort // Piano Anne Wolf // Piano Otti Van Der Werf // Bass guitar Stéphane Galland // Percussion Chander Sardjoe // Percussion Ben N'gabo // Djembe, Percussion Michel Seba // Congas, Percussie
Fabrizio Cassol / Kris Defoort Variations On A Love Supreme
1995 / W.E.R.F.
An hommage to the life and music of John Coltrane by Fabrizio Cassol and Kris Defoort, in 8 'variations'.
Fabrizio Cassol // Alto sax Jeroen Van Herzeele // Tenor & soprano sax Pierre Bernard // Flute Antoine Prawerman // Clarinet Jan Kuijken // Cello Laurent Blondiau // Trumpet George Alexander Van Dam // Violin Michel Massotrombone // Tuba Kris Defoort // Piano Stéphane Galland // Drums Michel Hatzigeorgiou // Electric bass
Before publishing other aspects of his personality – jazz, instrumental compositions – here is the opera which revealed Kris Defoort to the public: created in 2001, The Woman Who Walked into Doors has been staged over fifty times in Europe. This strong and poignant work, inspired by the Irish novelist Roddy Doyle, gives universal meaning to a social drama on the fringes of society. Mixing storytelling and song, classical, contemporary, pop and jazz music (with the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra and Dreamtime jazz ensemble), the music leads its own life and by this successful fusion and its lucidity, leads us into the heart of the story’s emotions. Art at its best.
After his his first opera 'A Woman Who Walked Into Doors' premiered succesfully, Kris Defoort releases this new project on the balance between classical music and jazz. We encounter pieces of the opera, besides ‘pimenti’ inspired by Monteverdi and Dowland.
His ensemble Dreamtime (cfr 'Passages') provides the jazz, while Quator Danel and Claron McFaddon beautiful vocals bring their classical touches. Conductor Koen Kessels guided the entire project.
Fabrizio Cassol // Alto Sax Michel Hatzigeorgiou / Bass Stéphane Galland // Drums Fabian Fiorini // Piano Kris Defoort // Piano Bo Van der Werf // Baritone Sax Laurent Blondiau // Trumpet, Flugelhorn Geoffroy De Masure // Trombone Antoine Prawerman // Clarinet, Bass Clarinet Pierre Bernard // Flute Bernard Foccroulle // Church Organ Vincent Jacquemin // Musical Coordination
Octurn is a semi-big band led by baritone sax player Bo Van der Werf, with a repertoire of contemporary jazz . On their first CD they recorded the epic suite ‘Chromatic History’ composed by Kris Defoort.
Laurent Blondiau // Trumpet Ben Sluijs // Alto sax, flute Bart Defoort // Tenor & alto sax Jeroen Van Herzeele // Tenor & soprano sax Bo Van der Werf // Baritone sax, clarinet Ron van Rossum // Piano Piet Verbist // Bass Felix Simtaine // Drums