Kris Defoort Trio

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Category:groep / artiest
Instrument(s):piano, drums, bas
Actual/previous members:Kris Defoort, Nicolas Thys, Lander Gyselinck


Kris Defoort is a major figure in the European jazz music scene. He created a highly individual musical language that redefines the musical traditions in a highly original way. His music can be characterised as a meeting between classical and jazz music, and between written compositions and improvisation.


Since 1998 he has been working as composer in residence for the music theatre company, LOD. He wrote the operas The Woman Who Walked Into Doors and House of the Sleeping Beauties (2001 and 2009, both directed by Guy Cassiers). These operas toured successfully throughout Europe (festival of Avignon, Salzburg, Ruhrtriennale,…). Kris Defoort was commissioned by the 2007 Queen Elizabeth Competition to write the compulsory contest piece for solo piano: Dedicatio VI. Currently, he is composing a symphony for the ‘Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam’ (creation March 2014).


In his latest trio he gathers together three generations of jazz musicians. On the one hand there is Kris Defoort himself, on piano, joined by one of Belgium’s most sought-after bassists, Nic Thys. Add to that young gun, Lander Gyselinck on drums and this unique trio is complete. By uniting the idiosyncratic visions of each musician, they manage to create a thoroughly new sound, while maintaining sincerity and the greatest respect for each other and the music.


(c) JazzLab Series 2013

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
Variations on A Love SupremeVariations on A Love Supreme (1995)
Fabrizio Cassol, Kris Defoort

Selectieve discografie als componist

Kris Defoort - The woman who walked into doorsKris Defoort - The woman who walked into doors (2010)
21st century / contemporary, 20th century
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)
20th century, Jazz
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)
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