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Antares Flare

An international sextet based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Antares Flare is making music that is as grounded in earthy rhythms as it is in sonic journeying.

Guitarist Piero Conte, the creative force behind this eclectic setup, is inspired by the entrancing sounds of the Congo rainforests but also the electro-psychedelic atmospheres of Jimi Hendrix and Clever Austin. Taking cues from Jorge Luis Borges and the magical realist movement, he creates a sound that is rebellious and decidedly modern, interspersed with moments of profound clarity.

Since their inception in 2018 the band have played various festivals and clubs in the Netherlands and Italy, also being finalists of the 2021 Erasmus Jazz Prize Competition. Their eponymous debut album was recorded at Labrstract Studio in Rome and distributed on vinyl by Amsterdam-based label Wicked Wax in 2022.



Finalist at Erasmus Jazz Prijs 2021

Semi-Finalist Karel van Eerd Music Awards 2022


Piero Conte - Guitar, EFX, Synth, Composition

Paolo Petrecca - Trumpet, EFX

Paul Van de Calseijde - Alto sax, EFX, Synth

Andrea Leone - Tenore Sax, EFX

Dean Montanaro - El. Bass

Domen Cizej - Drums


“Nice, grooving group with effective compositions. The electronic sounds are tastefully added. Outstanding trumpet soloist. Very curious about the live performance of Antares Flare." - Jury of Karel van Eerd Music Awards


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