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Tars Lootens
Information Discography Concerts schedule
Instrument(s) Piano, Keyboards, Composer, Arranger
Date of birth December 22, 1952
Place of birth Ghent
Contact information
Address Bochtenstraat 4
9270 Laarne
Belgium
Phone +32 (0)9 369 54 50
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Web site Dedicated website
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Tars Lootens graduated from The Arts College there.

Freelance Composer and Session Musician for Filmscores, Television and Radio Tunes, many broadcast - appearances as solo-player and demanded side-man for singers such as Johan Verminnen, Salvatore Adamo (with many tours in Japan, Mexico, Chili, Russia and U.S.A.)


Festival Appearances (solo, duo, or bands):

  • Tokyo World Festival, Osaka Worldfare
  • N.H.K. Recordings, Tokyo
  • Sevilla (Spain) World Festival '92
  • Canada Summer Festival
  • Bourges
  • Montreux
  • Mexico-Tour
  • '82 Laren Jazz festival(Ned.) nominated best jazz-quartet with Jazzcircle.
  • Algeria Tour with Jazzcircle.

T.V. broadcast appearance with Jazzcircle and violin-virtuoser Didieer Lockwood.


Lootens tars played, a.o., with Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Trilok Gurtu, Andy narell, Dave Pike, Greg Badolato, Slide hampton, Phil Wilson, Doug Lucas, Thijs Van Leer, Juan José Mesalini, Dee Dee Daniels, B.J. Scott, Hal Singer, Didieer Lockwood, Akikazu Nakamura...

As leader-Pianist:
Gent University jazz Quartet, Jazzcircle, The Middelheim band ('81), The Colour Band, and in 1993 Splendid Benelux Tour.

Worked with Walter Boeykens, Robert Groslot, Joris Van den Hauwe, BRT Philarmonic Orchestra, I Fiamminghi, Promotheus-ensemble, Rubio String Quartet.

Since 1990 formed a succesfull jazzduo with Frank Derruyter (with first appearance on the Brossella Jazzfestival('90) in Belgium, and a lot of club and festival gigs (with a splendid duo live BRT1 radio recital.
Toured with B.B.King-arranger-trumpeter Calvin Owens (+new CD).
E.R.U. broadcast Live performance on the Jazzfestival Perugia (Italy, July 1993). Solo appearance in Moscow (spring '94), American Embassy.
Soloist synth-player on last European Tour with the new Flemish Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by great film composer Maurice Jarre.
World-Creation at Rotterdam of #1 "CONCERTINO for BASSOON and ORCHESTRA".
Film composer for many private, industrial and T.V. and motion pictures. Free-lance composer for many theater-dance and musical projects.
Demanded broadcast-artist in the Benelux.


Touch of Color Discography as Solo Composer - Arranger - Performer

SUN GAMES Jazzcircle (with Toots Thielemans)S.J.P.167
A TOUCH OF COLOUR (Tars Lootens) soloT.C 80788, 1990
CHILDREN FOR CHILDREN '91 + '92POLYGRAM 511 344-2 / 517 276-2
CHICO, THE MUSICAL ('96, theatral project)J-96 01
TARSANDO MA NON TROPPO (solo + strings,'96)EUFODA 1247
WHERE DIRK NOYEN MEETS TARS LOOTENSTRAVEL SOUND 96 01 08
WORKS FOR BASSOON (dedicated to Francis Pollet)I SOLISTI DEL VENTO
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