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Pol Belardi

From the moment Pol played his first note on an instrument, sometime in the 90’s in a small town in Luxembourg called Tétange, his curiosity was awakened to create music. After extensive tutelage at local schools in classical percussion, piano, drums and theory, a fair amount of classical orchestra as well as rock band experience and a good first imprint in the local scene, he set sails to study in Brussels and Amsterdam, earning a master’s degree “cum laude” in bass guitar in 2014. He has forged himself a strong credo consisting of two main ingredients: polyvalence and creativity. His numerous projects vary in both conception of style and the instrument(s) he plays, and since the first childhood composition try-outs (which were mainly transcribing and rearranging video-game music), he has grown to a prolific composer who is not afraid of taking advantage of his diverse musical background. Now back in Luxembourg, in the heart of Europe, Pol leads his own bands Force (a modern jazz quartet/quintet) and Urban Voyage, an 11-piece crossover mammoth project based in Amsterdam

Organic Machines

Label: Cristal Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Organic Machines; Melancholic Mechanical Mind; Riding the Tiger; Miniature #1-Chrome Reflections; Gentle Giants; Heartbeat Pulse/Sync; The Ancestors Are Watching; Miniature #2-Slow Motion Clockwork; January 5th; Recalibration; Alone; Miniature #3-Useless Devices; Drive; Constructed Emotion.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pol Belardi's Force: Organic Machines

Read "Organic Machines" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Organic Machines, Pol Belardi's Force quartet offers intoxicating, warmly accessible melodies over rock beats. Composing all 14 numbers on the album, Belardi's lyricism is buoyed by a relatively light touch on bass and the three musicians who accompany him on this outing, pianist Jerome Klein, saxophonist David Fettmann and drummer Niels Engel. All ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Like A Jazz Machine 2017

Read "Like A Jazz Machine 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Like A Jazz Machine Centre Culturel Regionel Opderschmelz Dudelange, Luxembourg May 25-28, 2017 Size, as Like A Jazz Machine knows, isn't everything. The audience in the Centre Culturel Regionel Opderschmelz amounts to just four seated rows downstairs, with a small standing section to the rear, and ten rows ...


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