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 Basilica 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