Kris Defoort

Show only: Kris Defoort, Kris Defoort Trio, KD's Pretty Big Basement Party, KD's Basement Party

Category:componist, groep / artiest
Genre(s):Jazz, 21ste eeuw / hedendaags
Actual/previous member of:Kris Defoort Trio, LOD, Defoort-Turner-Thys-Black, KD's Basement Party

Short description

Renowned jazz pianist and headstrong composer
of music in which jazz improvisation, contemporary classical and ancient music coalesce, resulting in a genuine osmosis between
these various genres.


"I feel my roots are in jazz. I’m an improviser first and foremost. However, already as a youngster I performed in the world of classical music as well and that sound idiom has always been present in my musical thinking."… Doesn’t his improvising reflex-like self play a certain role when he sits down to compose? "Yes, absolutely. But with improvising it’s a matter of seconds and minutes, while composing for me means improvising in slow motion."… "The time is ripe, I feel, for a genuine osmosis between the genres, instead of overlapping or mere collage, as happens so often. For the first time I feel one single language emer-ging. Movements are less and less demarcated in the contemporary world of music. There is a great openness for intuition, and more and more liberties are taken with stylistic features and schools… A true cross-pollination ought to be able to sensitive people for all those different aspects of music, within that encompassing musical language, not only for the little piece they recognize in a collage, appreciating it already as such. " (from interviews with Rudy Tambuyser, De Morgen)

Bruges native Kris Defoort (born 1959) took his first steps into the world of jazz way on the other side of the country, at the conservatory of Liège, to be precise, where iconic figures such as Henry Pousseur and Philip Boesman brightened the place up. This certainly got his creative juices flowing, not only in his jazz excursions but also in his approach to contemporary classical music. Defoort knew in his heart and soul that he was a composer and nothing else, however, after graduating, he left for New York wanting to experience the “real” jazz scene as a pianist. It was an exciting and enriching time and when he returned he launched KD’s Basement Party, laid the foundations for Octurn and reworked Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” with Fabrizio Cassol. Later, his strength as a composer was perceived especially with his impressive operas “The Woman Who Walked into Doors” and "The House of the Sleeping Beauties". The adventure in jazz will, however, never loosen its hold over him and he continues working with his international quartet Sound Plaza and his trio.

In 2012 Kris Defoort simultaneously released three albums at the W.E.R.F. label: Kris Defoort trio Live in Bruges, Kris Defoort solo piano Live in Tokyo, and New Sound Plaza, a new version of his quartet with Mark Turner, Nicolas Thys and Jim Black. In the same year Kris Defoort also won the Sabam Jazz Award in the category "established value" and the prestigious Jazzmozaïek Award 2012 for his triple CD releases, for the creation of a new jazz trio with young talents and for the ability to integrate classical music with jazz.

Selective discography

Diving Poet SocietyDiving Poet Society (2017)
Kris Defoort
Monks danceMonks dance (2015)
Kris Defoort Trio
Live in TokyoLive in Tokyo (2012)
Kris Defoort
Live in BrugesLive in Bruges (2012)
Kris Defoort Trio
Sketches of Belgium - Live at The WerfSketches of Belgium - Live at The Werf (2006)
KD's Basement Party
Variations on A Love SupremeVariations on A Love Supreme (1995)
Fabrizio Cassol, Kris Defoort
Sketches of BelgiumSketches of Belgium (1993)
KD's Basement Party

Selectieve discografie als componist

Kris Defoort - The woman who walked into doorsKris Defoort - The woman who walked into doors (2010)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Claron McFadden, Jacqueline Blom, Kris Defoort & Dreamtime, Prometheus Ensemble, Kris Defoort, Etienne Siebens
Kris Defoort - House of the sleeping beautiesKris Defoort - House of the sleeping beauties (2009)
opera, musical theatre
Barbara Hannigan, Omar Ebrahim, Susanne Duwe, Alice Foccroulle, Susanne Hawkins, Els Mondelaers, Asko Ensemble, Schönberg Ensemble (...)
Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd Piano 2007Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd Piano 2007 (2007)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century, romanticism
Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Nationaal Orkest van België, Kris Defoort, Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninov, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Frédéric Chopin (...)
ConVerSations / ConSerVationsConVerSations / ConSerVations (2005)
Jazz, 20th century
Koen Kessels, Kris Defoort
Vierkant Muziek - 2001Vierkant Muziek - 2001 (2001)
Greetings from Mercury, Boenox, Flat Earth Society, Oxalys, Prometheus Ensemble, BL!NDMAN, LOD, Spiegel Strijkkwartet (...)

Op compilaties van Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen

Belgian Jazz 2013Belgian Jazz 2013 (2013)
Diverse uitvoerders

Related Items

News:Maart = Creatiemaand (25.02.2014)
Sabam/Jeugd & Muziek Jazz Awards 2012 naar Kris Defoort en Lander Gyselinck (09.07.2012)
Tweede opera van Kris Defoort in première (20.04.2009)
Documents:Contemporary Music in Flanders V (book)