Alain Pierre studied Classical Guitar, Chamber Music, free improvisation at « Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Liège », Belgium.
He studied Jazz Guitar, Jazz Harmony, arranging and composing at « Conservatoire Royal de Musique » in Brussels.
His fellow musicians include Ralph Towner, Philip Catherine, Paolo Radoni, Jacques Pirotton, Pierre Van Dormael, Serge Lazarevitch, Peter Hertmans, Steve Houben, Arnould Massart, Garrett List, …
One of the singularities of his art is the use of the classical guitar technique to play jazz and improvise on the 12-string and classical guitars.
His current and past projects :
« Tree-Ho ! » (with Félix ZURSTRASSEN, bass - Antoine PIERRE drums). performs Alain’s compositions. CD « Aaron & Allen » (Spinach Pie Records, SPR 101) (2016).
« WRaP » (with Barbara WIERNIK, voice - Jean-Louis RASSINFOSSE, Double-Bass). CD « Endless » (Igloo – IGL 245) (2014).
« Different Lines » (with Barbara WIERNIK)
« Alain PIERRE Guitar Solo ». A new CD will be released in Autumn 2018 on his label « Spinach Pie Records » (SPR 103).
“Carte Blanche” at the Festival Jazzpote, Thionville (France) the 27th of June 2018 (feat. Barbara Wiernik, Antoine Pierre, Jens Düppe, Bo Van Der Werf, Toine Thys, Pierre Bernard, Fil Caporali).
He plays in a duet with guitarist Peter HERTMANS. They play their own compositions and repertoire of great musicians from the 70’s such as Richie Beirach, Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie…
He is one of the initiators of a major Project, « Les 100 Ciels de Barbara WIERNIK », which includes musicians and repertoire of different groups in which Barbara Wiernik sang or still sings : « Barbara Wiernik Soul of Butterflies », Pirly Zurstrassen’s « PiWiZ », Alain Pierre’s « Acous-Trees » and Manu Hermia’s « Murmure de l’Orient » with a string quartet and a classical clarinet and bass clarinet from « Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles ». Musical direction and arrangements are led by Pirly Zurstrassen and Alain Pierre.
He set up « Alain PIERRE Special Unit », playing his own compositions with Barbara WIERNIK (Vocals), Toine THYS (Saxes, Bass Clarinet), Félix ZURSTRASSEN (Bass) and Antoine PIERRE (Drums).
He has founded « Acous-Trees », playing his own compositions with Barbara WIERNIK (Voice), Pierre BERNARD (Flutes), Olivier STALON (Electric & Acoustic Basses), Frédéric MALEMPRE (Percussions) and Antoine PIERRE (Drums).
In 1999, he founded a Belgian-Tunisian ensemble called « Anfass » with Tunisian guitarist and oud player Fawzi CHEKILI, Belgian flute-sax player Steve HOUBEN and Tunisian ney player Hichem BADRANI.
CD « Anfass » (Igloo, IGL 148) (2000) with compositions of Alain and Fawzi Chekili.
CD « Dolce Divertimento » (Mogno J024) (2007) with his own compositions in duet with Steve HOUBEN.
With these different projects he has toured Europe as well as Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Benin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India and Vietnam.
Alain has written several compositions for classical guitar solo and miscellaneous chamber music ensembles.
He has founded is own Label called « Spinach Pie Records » (www.spinachpierecords.com) distributed by Igloo Circle.
He teaches sight-reading and Jazz ensemble at the Conservatoire royal of Brussels since 2015.
He has been teaching guitar and improvisation at the Conservatoire de Huy since 1987 as well as in different summer courses and clinics (Conservatoire de Huy and AKDT de Libramont in Belgium, C.M.A.M. in Tunisia, I.N.A. in the Democratic Republic of the Congo).