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Antoine Pierre

Brussels-based drummer and composer Antoine Pierre (1992) has become a key figure on the Belgian jazz scene. Leader of the bands Urbex and Next.Ape but also a pro-active sideman, he is a part of various important bands on the international scene -a.o. with eminent guitarist Philip Catherine or with « TaxiWars », the jazz vs. rock experiment led by Tom Barman and Robin Verheyen.

Back from New York in 2015 where he studied for a year after graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Pierre receives the Sabam Jazz Award Young Talent. Later that year, he goes into the studio to record his first album as a leader, URBEX. Released in 2016, the band tours for two years in Belgium and around then goes back into studio to record their second album, 'Sketches Of Nowhere' (2018, Igloo Records).

Critically acclaimed (Choc Jazzman, Indispensable Jazz News, Must TSF, Octave de la Musique 2019, …), they embark on their first international tour with different line-ups and guests such as Ben Van Gelder, Reinier Baas or Magic Malik.

Another side of Pierre’s multiple-sided artistic personality is shown by the creation of his trip- hop/alternative/electric band Next.Ape in which he joins forces with Hungarian singer Veronika Harcsa, guitarist Lorenzo Di Maio and keyboardist Jérôme Klein. In February 2019, they release their first EP and tour internationally -sometimes with American saxophonist Ben Wendel as special guest. Throughout 2019 and 2020, they regularly go in the studio to prepare their first album to come out by Fall 2021.

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”Massive Attack or Mark Guiliana Beat Music? No: Next.Ape. Everything Antoine Pierre touches turns to gold. Next.Ape proves it again. All five tracks are killing.” LE MAD

“Son nouvel album est plus qu’une simple réplique du premier séisme. Le genre de disque qui fait éteindre la lumière et mettre en pause toute autre activité que l’écoute.” JazzMagazine – Frank Bergerot

“Like nightcrawlers we stumble from one atmosphere into the next, the whole album through.(...) It makes 'Sketches of Nowhere' a fascinating addition to the fast expanding catalogue of Belgium’s new wave of jazz

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Albums

Orlando

Hypnote Records
2020

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Suspended (Live at...

OutNote Records
2020

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Sketches Of Nowhere

Igloo Records
2019

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Urbex - Urbex

Igloo Records
2016

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Grizzly

Igloo Records
2015

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The End of Certainty

Bartok Records
2006

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