In the space between expectation and surprise you will find De Beren Gieren (The Bears Vultures), providing robust evidence that gold can still be mined from the union of piano, bass and drums. The young trio, founded in 2009, is without any doubt part of the crumbs of the Belgian jazz scene. From 2010 ‘till 2015 they were artist in residence of art center Vooruit (Ghent) and received three awards at Jazz Hoeilaart (i.a. first prize). With their second album “a raveling” (2013) the band had an international break through and “The Detour Fish” (2014), a live recording with Portuguese trumpet player Susana Santos Silva, was critically acclaimed worldwide. In 2015 the third trio album “One Mirrors Many” was released and again critically acclaimed in Belgium and far beyond. Jazzism even praised it as ‘most influential & accurate album of 2015-16’.
In September 2017 they release “Dug Out Skyscrapers” on Belgian label Sban. More so than in previous albums, harmonies and compelling grooves interact and disclose the future of the past... which is the album’s ‘Leitmotif’.
The triad is known for their unique energetic sound, sparkling melodies, complex structures and quirky song titles. They bring a blend of polyrhythmic soundscapes, sing-alongs and elitist twists, showing an ability to change mood quite suddenly in a way that constantly holds one’s attention. A live experience not to be missed!
The band played at every national jazz stage and is known far outside Belgium. De Beren Gieren played with international magnitudes as Jan Klare, Jean-Yves Evrard, Ernst Reijseger, Joachim Badenhorst, Marc Ribot and Louis Sclavis.
Klara Award 2017.