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Artists

Nathalie Loriers

Instrument: 
piano
Ensembles: 
Nathalie Loriers New Trio
Nathalie Loriers Trio
Laurent Blondiau Quintet
Brussels Jazz Orchestra

Biography

foto: Jacky Lepage

Pianist Nathalie Loriers has been known as the leading lady of Belgian jazz for some time. She originally studied classical piano but soon started becoming interested in the world of jazz.

It soon became clear that she would become one of the most talented musicians of her generation and won one prize after another from a very early age. For instance, she was already given the title of "Greatest Talent in Belgium" by the Belgian association of jazz critics. A year later she won the Brussels Jazz Rally in the Best Soloist category. In 1991 she released her first album "Nymphéas" with our befriended Igloo label. A year later French language television network RTBF gave her the opportunity to fill an hour-long programme, for which she invited several important Belgian jazz names as guests: Fats Sadi, Jacques Pelzer, Steve Houben, David Linx, etc.  From then on she was a frequent guest of the network.

In early 1993 she went into the studio with cool jazz legend Lee Konitz, drummer Al Levitt and bassist Philippe Aerts and released her second album "Discoveries". A year later she joined the band of Toots Thielemans to play at the Centre for Fine Arts for the royal family, in memory of the late King Baudouin. With "Walking through walls, walking along walls" (1995) we can find her back in a trio together with Dutch drummer Hans Van Oosterhout and bassist Sal La Rocca. The trio played a large number of concerts and several international festivals, including the Audi Jazz Festival, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the first Euro-Arab Jazz Festival (in Syria and Jordan) and the Festival de Jazz in Liège. The trio was also invited for a series of concerts in Canada with Philip Catherine (guitar) as special guest. With the same trio she recorded a second CD "Silent Spring" in 1999 on French label Pygmalion, which was later rereleased on our label.

In March 1999 Nathalie won the prestigious DJANGO D'OR prize, which gave her career a new impulse. The following year she received the extremely unique EURO DJANGO award. This trophy is a recognition of her talent and her work up until then and distinguishes her as the most important contemporary young musician in Europe. Not much later she was also rewarded the Bobby Jaspar prize in Paris. In 2002 she extended her trio with Frank Vaganée and Kurt Van Herck on sax and Laurent Blondiau on trumpet. Under the name Nathalie Trio + Extensions she released the album "Tombouctou" on our label, which would be proclaimed record of the year by national radio station KLARA later that year. Two years later she hit another bull’s eye with perhaps her most successful record to date, the beautiful "Chemins Croisés", on which she sounded out the boundaries between jazz and the Arabic music tradition.

In 2007 music centre De Bijloke in Ghent commissioned her to create a composition. She chose to cooperate with the contemporary Spiegel String Quartet and trumpeter Bert Joris for the creation of a unique cross-fertilisation between contemporary classical and jazz music. This again resulted in the excellent album "Moments d'eternité" which was released on our label in 2009. In September 2011 she won the SABAM culture prize and released the record "Les 3 petits singes” early in 2012.

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