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Jozef Dumoulin

Jozef Dumoulin (2013)

Jozef Dumoulin' s music is first of all a pleasure to the ears, then it conduces to meditate, to travel through thoughts, swept up by its wrings of harmony towards unexpected horizons. Dreams about music and music about dreams. (c) Le Soir 2011

Jozef Dumoulin discovered jazz as a teenager and obstinately sought his own way in the genre at home. In 1994 he went to the Brussels Conservatory where he was tutored by Diederik Wissels and Nathalie Loriers. He also spent two years in Cologne to study with John Taylor, who was the man behind Azimuth, Jan Garbarek and Gil Evans during the eighties.

Musically, Dumoulin has his finger in lots of pies. Initially he played the piano, as in his collaboration with singer Barbara Wiernik on the CD ‘Eclipse’. In recent years, however, he has developed his unique sound on the Fender Rhodes combining it with electronics.

Using this setup, he joined forces a number of existing formations (Erwin Vann Quartet, Octurn, Mâäk's Spirit, Toma & Co, Rêve d'Éléphant Orchestra), still finding enough time to engage in other enriching get-togethers (Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Toots Thielemans, Aka Moon, Venus). His newest trio is called Lidlboj with Bo Van der Werf on baritone sax and Eric Thielemans on drums. At present still lurking underground, but soon to be seen in broad daylight and a quite literal definition of contemporary fusion.

On Flemish Jazz Meeting you get to meet Dumoulin with Othin Spake, a trio with drummer Teun Verbruggen and rock guitarist Mauro Pawlowski from dEUS. Together they perform strong improvisational music which meanders between emo, post-rock free-jazz and noise.

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