Agenda

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08.07.2017
19.11.2016
Juan-les-Pins (FR), Jammin' Juan Festival
27.10.2016
Ghent (BE), Huis van Alijn Try-out/new material
18.10.2016
26.06.2015
Brussels (BE), BAI Jazz Club
06.07.2014

 until

08.07.2014
25.02.2014
04.01.2014
22.06.2013
Zottegem (BE), Jazz On Sunday Concert in the library
04.03.2012
Leuven (BE),
15.12.2011
Ghent (BE), La Resistenza De Beren Gieren + Jan Klare + Jean-Yves Evrard + Hasse Poulsen
12.12.2011
Ghent (BE), La Resistenza De Beren Gieren + Jan Klare + Hasse Poulsen
10.12.2011
Ghent (BE), La Resistenza De Beren Gieren + Jan Klare + Jean-Yves Evrard
19.11.2011
Ghent (BE), La Resistenza
22.10.2011
Ghent (BE), La Resistenza
21.10.2011
Ghent (BE), Filmfestival Gent
27.09.2011
Tallin (EE), EMC World Forum On Music
26.07.2011

 until

31.07.2011
Bologna (IT), Bologna Estate Festival UNESCO Creative City Of Music extchange with Bologna
24.03.2011

 until

26.03.2011
(), Jazzlab: Jazz Plays Europe - De Beren Gieren + Grigri
04.03.2011
Ghent (BE), Muziekcentrum Bijloke Wolfgang By Midnight

Discography

Less Is Endless  2021, Sdban

Release: September 10th 2021

Produced by Dijf Sanders and Frederik Segers
Mixed by Frederik Segers
Mastered by Doug Henderson

Artwork by Dieter Durinck

Broensgebuzze EP  2019, Sdban

Recording & Mixing: Frederik Segers at Boma Studio

Illustration: Kevin Van Wontergem

Lay-out: Pjotr

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Dug Out Skyscrapers  2017, Sdban

Recording & mixing: Koen Gisen at La Patrie Studio

Mastering: Karel De Backer
Producing: Koen Gisen and De Beren Gieren
Cover illustration: Kevin Van Wonterghem
Lay-out: Luchtrat

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One Mirrors Many  2015, Clean Feed

Recording & Mixing: Frederik Segers at Boma Studio
Mastering: Uwe Teichert at Elektropolis
Producing: Frederik Segers and De Beren Gieren
Cover illustration: Kevin Vanwonterghem
Lay-out: Jelle Martens

 

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"This multifaceted disc enlightens. It's bright, it's clever. It would be stupid not to admire them." Citizen Jazz, Anne Yven
"Unsurprisingly after such consistent output, they exhibit a robust ensemble concept which avoids emphasis on solo episodes, mashes influences together and challenges convention." All About Jazz, John Sharpe
"Ultimately one of the best piano trio albums heard lately." All About Jazz, Alberto Bazzurro
"This is the trio at its best, with detailed game, a compelling piano, strong rock-like injections, stillness and a heavy climax." de Standaard, kvk
"This is no longer the search for a coherent vision, but further refinement and extension, and that at an unusually high levels." Enola.be
"Top band, top album. Go see them live." damusic, Philippe De Cleen

The Detour Fish, Live At Ljubljana, Feat. Susana Santos Silva  2014, Clean Feed

Recorded live at Ljubljana Jazz Festival 2014

Recording & Mixing: Luìs Delgado

Lay-out: Travassos

 

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""Again and again, you can marvel at the beautiful melodies and equally stunning and witty discoveries that emerge from the exploration. This album is a perfect example of how musicians can be stubborn and yet very good listeners."" Trouw, Mischa Andriessen
""Every moment is speaking. It thus moves from moment to moment, with great bonding force and tactile consistency. Every moment has its context, which again raises new momentum that unfolds."" Written in music, Henning Bolte
""The collective idiom is as fluis as water itself. The
members of De Beren Gieren have a remarkable
collective process, their music advancing as a
continuous melodic flow passed back and forth among
the members. These musicians may not yet be widely known, but are already producing memorable, original work.""
 New York City Jazz Record
""International class"" Cobra.be, Guy Peters
""this band gives us a fascinating and unique musical vision, that's kept throughout the album with great coherence, and with lots of variation in the different pieces. Light-hearted, adventurous, welcoming and beautiful"" Free Jazz Blog, Stef

a raveling  2013, independent

Recording & Mixing: Frederik Segers at Boma Studio
Mastering: Uwe Teichert at Elektropolis
Producing: Frederik Segers and De Beren Gieren
Cover illustration: Kevin Vanwonterghem
Lay-out: Luchtrat

"Their second CD, a raveling, is a lot more mature than their noticed debut wirklich Welt so.
Moreover, the rhythmic and melodic complexity does not restrain the joyfull playing and listening. A raveling is very exciting, often funny and heartwarming, from the beginning till the end."
 De Morgen, Didier Wijnants
"[...] adventurous and daring. It often surprises, it always attractes" Le soir, VANTROYEN,JEAN-CLAUDE
"De Beren Gieren continue to refine their unique blend of jazz, rock and classical music. [...] They often make great music full of self-questioning, humor and edge." De Standaard, Karel van Keymeulen
"The nice thing about the compositions on a raveling is that the band combines different styles, without any trouble and a kind of nonchalance, therefore the music never feels forced or nervous. [...] often the experimental genre just irritates, but this is completely different in case of de Beren Gieren." De Wereld Morgen, Koen De Meester
"In addition to the brutal, conventionless attitude, which puts hip hop, classical mussic and rock next to jazz, we can hear mostly rock-solid compositions on their second official album. Dutch pianist Fulco Ottervanger has a creative mind and uses improvisation as unconditional basis for accessible beats and themes. De Beren Gieren creates jazz that makes us cheerful: high level and with a cool openmindedness." De Volkskrant, Tim Sprangers

wirklich Welt so  2012, eL NEGOCITO Records

Recording: Frederik Segers at Jet Studio

Mixing: Frederik Segers at Boma Studio
Mastering: Uwe Teichert at Electropolis
Producing: Frederik Segers and De Beren Gieren
Cover illustration: Kevin Vanwonterghem
Lay-out: Luchtrat

"wirklich Welt so is a strong debut that will be the first chapter of a fascinating story." www.enola.com, Guy Peters
"There is concrete mixing, cutting and scraping, but also polishing, shining and carressing. The result is a bridge between the Guggenheim in Bilbao and a treehouse.
Full of splinters and loose ends rope, but also with beautiful curves and unexpected coves."
 KnackFocus, Bart Cornand
"These three gentlemen do not avoid a joke and are slightly subversive. That attitude makes quite exciting music." De Standaard, Karel Van Keymeulen
"De Beren Gieren honor their status as young daredevils, resulting in ten exciting adventures." Kwadratuur, Jan-Jakob Delanoye
"They dosing at the appropriate time and creating sharp contrasts, for example between neurotic atmospheres and a lighter interlude. Experiment is coupled with smooth melodies. Never non-committal but always ambiguous." , Georges Tonla Briquet

EP1  2010, independent

Recording: Simon Vander Beken at Bijlokestudio
Mixing: Frederik Segers at Studio Boma
Cover illustration & lay-out: Kevin Vanwonterghem

Video

Here we have a small selection of our videos, please check our Youtube channel for more.

[2021] Animalcules (GREENING SESSION)

'Animalcules' is the third single from De Beren Gieren's upcoming new album 'Less Is Endless' (September 10th 2021, Sdban Ultra).

 

This special & extended live version was recorded in Handelsbeurs Concertzaal (Ghent) as part of the GREENING STREAMING SESSION that was broadcasted on February 19th 2021.

 

Concept, direction & editing by Tobi Johnson

Recorded & mixed by Peter Desmedt

 

[2021] Stress Als Optie (Official Video)

The second single from our album 'Less Is Endless' (Sdban Ultra, September 10th 2021). Video by Victor Van Rossem. 

 

[2020] A Funny Discovery (Official Video)

 Video by Ysbear (Felix Ysenbaert)

[2020] De Beren Gieren - Broensgebuzze 10 (live at Amok Festival 2019)

[2019] De Beren Gieren - Broensgebuzze 2.2 (Official Video)

[2019] The Little Alliance

Puppets are dancing on an unreleased track of the 'Dug Out Skyscrapers' sessions.

[2017] We Dug Out Skyscrapers

Drift away on our excavated present time. This is the -almost- title track from our album Dug Out Skyscrapers.

[2017] Live At Moers

A full live concert at the end of the One Mirrors Many tour.

[2016] Rebel Jazz to Rebel Against

Video by Dirk Zoete

[2015] Volkswolf & Schaduwleven

One Mirrors Many (Try Out Concert)

[2014] De Beren Gieren on Vrije Geluiden

In 2014 we appeared on Dutch national television in the wonderful slow tv program Vrije Geluiden.

[2013] Jazzahead 2013 (full concert)

We were lucky to be selected to play at the jazzahead showcase in 2013. How did we play there? Here you can see it for yourself.

[2014] Curious Young Woman

Late night television. This track can also be heard on our second album a raveling.

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Fulco Ottervanger - piano

Fulco Ottervanger is a Belgian multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer in jazz, pop and experimental contemporary music. He grew up in Brussels with Dutch parents. Ottervanger began at a young age with cello, guitar and piano and with writing music. At the Conservatory of Ghent he studied jazz piano with Erik Vermeulen and contemporary composition with Frank Nuyts. Besides the acclaimed electro-acoustic piano trio De Beren Gieren, his own projects include the krautpop band STADT, with which he has released three albums, and the electronically minded, musically boundless experiment of BeraadGeslagen. This duo, formed with drummer Lander Gyselinck, released one of the most acclaimed Belgian albums of 2018 with ‘Duizeldorp’, played Pukkelpop two years in a row and was invited as artist-in-residence and curator at Jazz Middelheim. In 2019, Fulco Ottervanger released a well-received solo album as FULCO, a Dutch-spoken singer-songwriter, which was followed by a successful release tour. Fulco can also be found in the theater and dance world: he created for and played in three awarded performances by Zonzo Compagnie (amongst others with An Pierlé) and composed for Benjamin Vandewalle’s dance company Platform-K. Fulco wrote compositions for Symphony Orchestra Flanders, B-Classic Festival, November Music (NL) and Flat Earth Society. He regularly gives free improvisation concerts and, in addition, collaborates with people from other disciplines such as writers, poets, draughts men, dancers and filmmakers. He was the city composer of Ghent between 2016 and 2018, and was nominated for a ‘Music Industry Award’ in 2018 and 2019 in the category of ‘Best Musician’.


Lieven Van Pée - bass

Lieven Van Pée already became interested in a broad palette of music at a young age. Besides an early passion for electronics and sequencers, he starts to play the bass guitar at the age of 16. After high school he starts to attend classes at the Jazzstudio in Antwerp with teachers such as Bas Cooymans and Cedric Waeterschoot. Soon he switches from bass guitar to double bass and gets more fascinated by jazz- and impro music. Four years later he starts at the conservatorium in Ghent to follow classes with Stefan Lievestro. There, he also meets up with Fulco Ottervanger and Simon Segers to found De Beren Gieren in 2009. Other than his activities in jazz- and crossover bands such as John Ghost and Echoes of Zoo, Lieven is also composing electronic music, and is active as a sound engineer and producer. He already remixed a few bands under Vectrex and released an electronic EP on the label of DJ Lefto under the moniker Annie Pleasure. His electronic experiments and musical versatility are reflected in his bass playing, which easily adds a specific sound to the music he creates. Besides that it is always a pleasure to see this passionate, cheerful bass player perform on stage.


Simon Segers - drums

Simon Segers folds every genre into his own personal swing. Being a drummer in challenging bands, he pushes the music forward in an intuitive way. Simon grew up in a family where it was an obvious recreation to listen intensely to music. Where his dad (and his dad’s record collection) became a great influence in listening to music, it was his older brother (guitarist Frederik Segers) that made him play the drums. From their early teenage years, they are playing together in different projects, which made Simon develop a great love for long and profound cooperations. At the age of 21 Simon started his jazz education at the Conservatory of Ghent, where he dived deeply into his rhythmical explorations. Simon has immersed himself in many styles but he never became a purist. Genres are there to be crossed: in recent years he played in rock and pop groups as well as in jazz, free and world oriented projects. He considers the jazz trio De Beren Gieren and the rock band STADT as his most personal projects in which he participates profoundly. Since 2019 Simon has also ventured into solo concerts where he strives for the perfect balance between polyrhythmic trance, melodic drumming and sound experiment. In addition, he can be heard with MDCIII, Black Flower, Sylvie Kreusch, SPOOK and Dijf Sanders. Thanks to many years of commitment to unique projects, Simon’s style became very diverse but at the same time very recognizable. He plays the drums with a propulsive power that sounds both repetitive and varied. The long tension arc prevails in his playing, but always with a surprise right on time.

 


Bio

In the space between expectation and surprise you will find De Beren Gieren, providing robust evidence that gold can still be mined from the union of piano, bass and drums. From 2010 to 2015 the band resided in art center Vooruit (Ghent). Their international breakthrough came with their second album a raveling (2013) and the following year a live recording with Portuguese trumpet player Susana Santos Silva was released as The Detour Fish (2014) on record label Clean Feed and was critically praised worldwide. In 2015 the third trio album One Mirrors Many was awarded as ‘most influential & accurate album of the year’ by Jazzism and marked the beginning of their electronic quest, finding its maturity in Dug Out Skyscrapers (2017), released on Belgian label Sdban. It won the Klara award of ‘best jazz album of the year’. They toured Europe and Japan to spread their overwhelming live energy. In 2019, the band celebrated its 10th birthday and released a limited edition Broensgebuzze EP on Sdban records. The accompanying tour took place in churches; acoustic live concerts with an astonishing visual and sonic atmosphere.

 

De Beren Gieren is a worldwide acclaimed band, besides being a must-see band on all the best BeneLux stages, they brought their transcendental live energy to France, Germany, Portugal, Norway, England, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Estonia, Morocco and Japan. They were invited to perform at major events such as North Sea Jazz, Jazz Middelheim, Trondheim Jazzfestival, Ljubljana Jazz Festival, Moers Festival, Gent Jazz, Kanazawa Jazz Street and Eurosonic.

 

The trio is known for its unique energetic sound, sparkling melodies, complex structures and quirky song titles. They bring a blend of polyrhythmic soundscapes, sing-alongs and elitist twists, showing an ability to change mood in a way that constantly holds one’s attention. A live experience not to be missed. That’s certainly what brought the trio to collaborate with internationally renowned Jazz artists as Louis Sclavis, Ernst Reijseger, Joachim Badenhorst, Marc Ribot, Jan Klare and Jean-Yves Evrard.

 

The next album Less Is Endless will be released on September 10th 2021 via Sdban Records.

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Contact

Booking Benelux

Daan De Bruyne from DAAN Agency

daan@daan.agency

+32 496 818730

 

Booking France

Laurent Charrier from Anteprima

laurent@anteprimaproductions.com

+33 (0) 698 89 36 33

 

Management, Booking & Press

Martin Vernier from Aubergine Artist Management,

martin@aubergineartistmanagement.com

info@aubergineartistmanagement.com

 +32 487 79 27 89

 

Press & promo

Gilles Dierickx from Aubergine Artist Management

gilles@aubergineartistmanagement.com

+32 471 44 30 88 

 

Label Contact

Arne D'Hondt from Sdban records
arne.D'hondt@newsnv.be
+32 92 18 94 44

 

Band Contact

simon@deberengieren.be

fulco@deberengieren.be

 

De Beren vzw

Brusselsesteenweg 372

9050 Ledeberg, België

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