Sam Versweyveld (°1971) studied at the Lemmensinstitute (Leuven) and has played with Chris Joris Experience, Chris Mentens 'Jazz Van' and Buscemi. With these bands he got the opportunity to work with some of the greatest jazz musicians, both in Belgium (Erwin Vann, Frank Vaganée, Dré Pallemaerts, Bruno Castellucci) and abroad (John Ruocco, Mal Waldron), and appeared on major festivals such as Jazz Middelheim, Rock Werchter, Pukkelpop, Jazz Montreal and Jazz Montreux. Nowadays, he focuses mainly on world music with Los Callejeros (Leuven) and Chicos y Mendez (Brussels).
All this time, he was as a teacher (in music and languages) at Steiner School 'De Zonnewijzer'. For this concert at his 'home turf' he invites two extremely gifted young musicians.
Cyrille Obermüller (°1994) is a former pupil of the Steiner School. He started playing the bass in those school days, and continued his education at the Conservatories of Brussels, The Hague and Lemmensinstituut in Leuven. Currently, he's in a graduate program with Bo Van der Werf at the Conservatory of Antwerp. He is an absolute rising star, playing in ensembles like H A S T, Bruno Vansina Quartet, Casimir Liberski Trio, Ingi Bjarni Trio, Geoffrey Fiorese Quintet and collaborations with Mark Guiliana, Dré Pallemaerts, Eric Ineke, Peter Hertmans, Illuminine
. Obermüller has played festivals like Jazz Middelheim, Brussels Jazz Weekend, Reykjavik Jazz Festival, Leuven Jazz Festival and Flagey Jazz Festival. Besides all these projects he also runs the programme at La Conserve, the Center for Jazz and Improvised music in Leuven.
Roeland Celis (°1993) is one of the most interesting guitarist in Belgian jazz. He studied at the Conservatories of Antwerp and Amsterdam, at the Lemmensinstitute (Leuven) with Peter Hertmans and at the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York. Meanwhile, he became a tutor himself at the music academies of Mechelen and Geraardsbergen and plays in several - mainly adventurous - projects, often at in the company of Cyrille Obermüller.
Created especially for the occasion, this trio will play its own compositions and gets inspired by iconic jazz trios, such as those of Philip Catherine with trumpeters like Chet Baker or Tom Harrell.
Steiner For Life - for the benefit of the expansion of the Steiner School