The composer and pianist Pierre Anckaert (°1980) studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. During a stay in Havana, Cuba, in 2003, he specializes into afro-cuban music. After being awarded first prize at the 2007 Jazz Hoeilaart International Contest and receiving the SABAM Artistic Promotion Prize 2007, he records together with Hendrik Vanattenhoven on double bass and David Barker on drums his first trio album CANDIDE for the label Evil Pinguin Jazz. This album features special guests Bert Joris on trumpet and Guy Nikkels on guitar. The Pierre Anckaert Trio performed at various music venues like the Getxo Jazz Festival 2008 (Getxo, Spain), the Bermeo Jazz Festival 2008 (Bermeo, Spain), the Feëeriën Festival 2008 (Brussels, Belgium) and the Onda Jazz Club (Lisboa, Portugal). “The Pierre Anckaert Trio is playing difficult music by heart, so it’s easy to understand. It makes you listen also because the music is so varied with dynamic vitality, latin rhytm, changing with warm feelings and beautiful ballad- playing with a good trio sound.”-The Jury of the 2007 Jazz Hoeilaart International Contest
In June 2009, Pierre Anckaert explores the various possibilities of chamber music by performing the première of his "Suite épicée" with the Pierre Anckaert Chamber Ensemble and the Brussels Chamber Orchestra at the Festival van Vlaanderen in Belgium. In November 2009, he records with the support of Radio Klara and the Flemish Government, his second album STRINGS ATTACHED, Pierre Anckaert Quintet & Brussels Chamber Orchestra" on Prova Records. He featured this album during 14 concerts in Belgium, 1 concert in Atlanta (Georgia, US) and 3 concerts at the Crosscurrents Chamber Music Arts Festival in Raleigh (North Carolina, US).
"I was fascinated by Pierre Anckaert's new CD! A particularly happy mix of jazz and classical music, subtle harmonizations and surprising modulations, inventive and virtuoso improvisations, a variety of atmospheres and terrific grooves, all perfectly captured on this recording. In a nutshell, a discovery!" -Frédéric Devreese
In march 2011, Pierre releases the album 74 MILES AWAY together with Monkey Robot on the German label Melting Pot Music. He composes and records four electric jazz tracks with his trio, featuring Roman Korolik on bass and David Barker on drums. Monkey Robot has radically reworked these four songs featuring singers AHU (One Handed Music, best known from the first Flying Lotus album), Carina Andersson (the voice behind 4 Hero's epic take on Minnie Riperton's “Les Fleurs”) and Miles Bonny (MPM, DJ Day). A first single from this album "Same Dream Again" has been released early January 2011 on London-based label Brownswood.
After 2 years of touring with 74 miles away, the project slaps back with a full-grown and anticipated sequal called GEAR CHANGE. This 8-tracks, fully instrumental album has been recorded within 2 days at Greenhouse Studio with the help of Jean Vanesse. Though often less precise than practiced studio-arrangements, this live recording offers a more realistic, exciting and raw feel (all musicians & instruments took place in the same room, beside the amps). Very few overdubs were executed to keep an organic and unpolished sound.
Meanwhile Pierre releases in october 2013 together with Tom Van Dyck the album "Pierre Anckaert/ Tom Van Dyck Quartet: UNION MATCH" on the Belgium based label "Fever Music". "This album contains 9 original compositions. "On this album Pierre Anckaert rediscovers the Fender Rhodes and compells on the grand piano on Inàrittu' s Realism (T. Van Dyck) while Tom Van Dyck appraoches the lyricism of Paul Desmond. Anckaert' s improvisations are playfull and introspective, Van Dyck' s inhale a more urban jazz atmosphere. An orthodox , warm concept." -Chris Joris
After exploring the various possibilities of chamber music (Strings Attached) and getting completely lost in electronics (74 Miles Away), Stefan Bracaval and Pierre Anckaert felt the urge to get back to essentials: a piano, a flute, nothing more. WOODWORKS takes you on a trip to pristine destinations where you will find yourself forgetting about the differences between classical, jazz and world music. "Their music conceals the finest emotions within a disciplined architecture" -Chris Joris
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