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Alain Pierre Guitar

Alain has always liked acoustic guitars, especially nylon strings, but also the twelve-string guitar (aka “folk” guitar). In his personal approach of jazz, he uses classical guitar techniques on the twelve steel strings, which is definitely one of the key features of his style.

No wonder that Alain is particularly fond of the luxuriant acoustic jazz of the 70’s, best represented, among others, by the ECM label. His compositions and playing arise from these influences.

Antoine Pierre Drums

Antoine is Alain’s son. As such, he fell into his father’s magic jazz cauldron and grew up as a fan of jazz music of all times.

His musical path has led him so far through a large part of Europe and to New-York City, playing with key jazz artists (Philip Catherine, Enrico Pieranunzi, …)
He received the « Sabam Jazz Award 2015 » for young talents.

Everything he hears becomes part of his extremely personal musical language, and his playing enhances Alain’s compositions.

FĂ©lix Zurstrassen Bass

Félix is the perfect third member of the trio, for he is already a partner of the second one in various projects, as well as curious and eager to play the music of the first. He is a bassist with astonishing musical capabilities, precise and always appropriate. His solid playing is very much in demand, and this rich experience enables him to fit accurately into any lineup. The band shed new light on Alain Pierre’s compositions, his music is played with verve, power and contrasts. Tree-Ho ! This trio is flashy, fiery and fresh.

Barbara Wiernik Voice

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Barbara Wiernik is a singer, but not only. The lyrics and melodies she creates flow among different styles with astounding versatility. A vocalist for about twenty years, she has been in constant search of new sounds, which give her vocal jazz a very modern note. She uses her voice as an instrument, making melodies part of her own language and universe. Numerous travels, above all to India, enriched her music with various traditions she likes to juggle with. This has conferred her unique style a deep, subtle and powerful touch.

Her vocal musical pathway was marked by the teaching of, among others, Norma Winstone and David Linx in jazz and R.A. Ramamani in Indian singing. She also attended classes by Diederik Wissels, Kenny Wheeler and Kris Defoort, with whom she studied at the Antwerpen Jazz Studio and the Koninklijk Conservatorium van Brussel, where she graduated. Her experience also includes various training sessions throughout Europe, and in India for longer periods.

Barbara published a first CD, « Eclipse » (Mogno Music), in 2000, with the pianist Jozef Dumoulin, and participated in the albums of Alexandre Furnelle (Mogno Music), Manu Hermia (Igloo Mondo), Giacomo Lariccia (Travers), Marie-Sophie Talbot (Skat), PiWiZ - Zurstrassen, Pirotton, Wiernik (Home Records). She gathered key musicians of the Belgian jazz scene for her own album « Soul of Butterflies » (AZ Productions).

With double bass player Jean-Louis Rassinfosse and guitarist Alain Pierre, she founded a trio named « WRAP! », that published their first album, « Endless » (Igloo Records). The project « Les 100 ciels de Barbara Wiernik » assembled 13 musicians with jazz or classical background. Another project she is deeply involved in is her duet with the guitarist Alain Pierre, called « Different Lines ».

Her latest project is called COMPLICITY, with the Italian pianist Nicola Andrioli. In October 2016, they issued, on Spinach Pie Records, their first album, on which they had invited fantastic musicians (Manu Hermia, Marco Bardoscia and Antoine Pierre), and toured Europe and Asia.

Another facet of Barbara’s talent is her teaching activity, for jazz singing, improvisation, vocal techniques and polyphony. She is now mainly a teacher of vocal jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerpen, the international Summer Academy in Libramont and the jazz camp in Jodoigne. She also taught at the Conservatoire in Leuven, the Saint-Gilles Academy and in various training missions around the world.

Nicola Andrioli Piano

Jean-Louis Rassinfosse Bass

Steve Houben Saxophone

Manuel HERMIA Saxophones & Flutes

Marco BARDOSCIA Double-Bass

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