Second video of the Quarantine Sessions

Second video of the Quarantine Sessions, a cross channel collaboration with One Voice, One Cello and A mad Belgian! Tune in every Wednesday at 10am (11 on the continent) for more!

Montreal-Montrésor : A transatlantic improvisation

Eight years ago, I was in Montreal and crossed paths with pianist David Ryshpan. We became friends and thanks to modern technology, managed to keep in touch despite not having seen each other since. In this awkward time, as humans throughout the world are being told…

A mad Belgian returns!

Finally, after nearly two years of silence, A mad Belgian is back! It only seems fitting to come back at this mad time in our lives. And as I’ve become a qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guide since we last saw each other, I’ve now incorporated some…

Across the channel…

First video of the Quarantine Sessions, a cross channel collaboration with One Voice, One Cello and A mad Belgian! Tune in every Wednesday at 10am (11 on the continent) for more!

One voice, one cello & A mad Belgian

Great new project I’m working on in London, with the fantastic Rupert Gillett on cello (and more). Rupert Gillett is a cello player/singer/songwriter/improviser. He delves into jazz, rock, folk, pop and more on the cello, while at the same time singing songs about robots, space invaders,…

Penny Farthing bike, I’ve fallen for you

Today was a very special day: not only was it a bright hot sunny day in London (I know! disappointingly untypical…but nice all the same), but I also got to try out something rather unusual, and indeed REALLY FUN: I learned to ride a Penny Farthing…

Le festival des roses à Chédigny

Un magnifique weekend passé à jouer de l’accordéon solo et à changer pour le formidable Festival des Roses à Chédigny, en Touraine du sud (France). C’était doux, c’était bon, c’était beau… même l’orage s’est bien tenu, et n’a éclaté qu’après que j’ai rangé mes affaires! Plus…

Le coeur en fête

Le coeur réjoui Par ton sourire irrésistible Ton air réjoui d’enfant Tes yeux étonnés Ton pas incertain Sur le sol instable de ce train Par ta curiosité Ton esprit d’aventure Un aperçu furtif de tant d’horizons futurs Le coeur réjoui, moi qui avais l’âme fragile et…

Happy New Year poem & A mad Belgian 17

A little poem to celebrate 2018: Ah, Twenty-Eighteen You’ll be alright, I daresay Starting early on a Monday You must be pretty keen A sunny start, and already I hear of plans to party This year I’m turning thirty You better be happy and funky! You’ll…

And so it (re)begins…

Dear mad Belgian followers. I know you were worried by my sudden silence, by my relative absence from the web in the past few months. But do not be alarmed: I’m still here, and growing stronger than ever, developing new projects and rekindling older ones, and…

Uživati

My own project. Uživati, a jazz/folk trio (soprano sax, piano, double bass). Chamber music for jazz lovers. Centred mainly around my own compositions, which we arrange collectively, it’s a mellifluous and surprising project. Our style varies greatly from one tune to the next, yet the uniformity,…

Virevoltes

Le 17 mars 2016, Léo et Camille sont arrivés chez moi. On ne s’était pour ainsi dire jamais rencontré. On habitait loin les uns des autres. Et pourtant, on a voulu tenter le coup: mélanger la harpe celtique, le sax soprano et les percus. Mélanger le…

Babal Kong

Un projet en devenir, avec le super accordéoniste chromatique Théodore Lefeuvre, qui jour notamment dans Fao Fao et Le Mange-Bal. Un  accordéon, un sax soprano, une guitare. Des compositions de Théo, très rythmées. De l’électro. De l’énergie. De la bonne humeur. Beaucoup, beaucoup de bonne humeur.…

The New “Uzivati” album has arrived!

It’s here! Uzivati’s long-awaited second album, “Tender Krech”, has finally arrived! Available for only a tenner  -just order over email 🙂 Join us tonight for the release concert!  

Up5down

A new, thrilling jazz quintet started in November 2017 in Brussels, Up5down develops an original repertoire around Natasha Van Eerdewegh’s compositions. This young pianist has a world of her own, a world of beautiful melodies and moving harmonies. It is a real pleasure to play in…

“Le Nez” de Gogol

Une voix. Un saxophone. C’était en juin. Une belle lecture en musique avec mon ami Didier Marin, comédien, qui a enchanté de sa lecture expressive ce texte pour le moins original… Une lecture c’est facile à préparer: il suffit d’avoir un espace et du public, nous pouvons…

It’s finally raining

I was always attracted to failures and cracks to the odd, to the wild, to mystery It’s your many quirks that at first seduced me And now I’ve finally surrendered to your attacks After 10 years, I’ve had enough of these games, I’m finally yours, it’s over, you got me But…

AAARRRGGGHHH (a cry for help)

This morning I woke up to read this wonderful news: Donald Trump has decided to withdraw from the Paris agreement. Of course he did. And although some argue this is “more symbol than substance”, it struck a chord of desperation in me. Desperation at the thought of all…

Cranky

Sometimes I get cranky I can’t help it, really I do things on my own, Like an odd and lonely soul I’m told I’m too quirky But that’s the only way for me I often don’t realise That’s not the regular path I’d love to be normal…