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Charles Loos
Information Discography Concerts schedule
Instrument(s) Piano, Composer, Arranger
Date of birth July 29, 1951
Place of birth Brussels
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 Current bands

Charles Loos (Leader)      Natacha Wuyts - Charles Loos (Leader)
José Bedeur & Charles Loos (Leader)      Steve Houben / Charles Loos duo (Leader)
Charles Loos / Thilbault Dille duo (Leader)      Loos / Prins / Walnier (Leader)
Charles Loos / Serge Lazarevitch Quintet (Leader)      Jatoba 4tet (Leader)
Sébastien Semal & Why not Samba ? (Sideman)     

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After formal training, Charles LOOS left, in 1972, to study jazz composition and orchestration at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Back in Europe, he accompanied numerous soloists : Toots THIELEMANS, Chet BAKER, Philip CATHERINE, Johnny GRIFFIN, MAURANE etc... He also took part in more experimental groups such as "Abraxis" and "Julverne"

    He founded and recorded two albums with the LOOS-LAZAREVITCH International Quintet (with Serge LAZAREVITCH, Riccardo DEL FRA, John RUOCCO).
Charles LOOS particularly likes playing intimate solo gigs and recording alone:
solos include:
    "Tout Seul"
duos include: Trios include:
    "HLM" with Steve HOUBEN and MAURANE (IGLOO - IGL043),
    "Vagabondages" with Steve HOUBEN and Ali RYERSON (IGLOO - IGL093).
    "En Public, au Travers" with Philippe AERTS (b) Félix SIMTAINE (drs) (Igloo Igl 062)
    "Lust for Jazz" with Bas COOYMANS and Dré PALLEMAERTS, Lyrae (LY 9704009) (June '97)
    "Secret Laughs" with Ricardo Del Fra and Félix Simtaine (B.Sharp cds 096)
    His most jazzy album (according to Charles) French Graces released November 2003 (also released in Japan as French Kiss)
Quartet etc... :

He usually plays his own compositions, inspired by serious music, folklore as well as jazz of yesterday and today.
These various styles have taken him around the world.
In December 1966, together with bassist Philippe AERTS and drummer Félix SIMTAINE, they joined an official delegation to China, where during one week they played in Shanghai, representing Belgian jazz.

Teaching and writing for theatre ("Les poètes du jazz", "Antigone", "Salut Lenny") and ballet ("No Wall No War", California 1991, available on the B. Sharp label) fill his time.

He received the "Sax Prize" for the best concert of the year 1988

The "Prize for the Jazz Rallye's most creative concert" in 1990.
DJANGO D'OR in 1997.

On his recording are played original compositions mainly by Charles LOOS but also by other composers or members of his group.
Charles Looscan only be described as poetical inspiration made sound...He acts as a painter, enamoured tonalities, aware of their magical power.
The compositions have in common a certain bareness, an inexpressible purity...

(See top of page for main discography)

"Cos" (avec Daniel Schell) sur "postaeolian...","babel",et "swiss chalet" MUSEA 1974 & 1991FGBG4028AR
"Sound Compound" (avec G.Hendriks et Beaver Harris)YVP MUSIC 1986CDK48804
" En public au Travers " IGLOO 1987(IGL062)
" Harmonie du Soir " IGLOO 1988(IGL 063)
" Charles Loos - Ali Ryerson " EMD 1989 (EMD89012)
" Vagabondages " IGLOO 1991(IGL 093)
"Julverne":"Le Retour du Captain Nemo" IGLOO 1992IGL089 (invité)
" No Wall no War " B.SHARP 1993 CDS 090
"Les Chansons de Bilitis" (de Stéphane Collin)CARBON 7 1994 ZZ02
"Marimbanda"(Brésil) (guest)Perfil Musical 2001 75026

In the past, was also involved in the following bands:
Charles Loos / André Donni Quartet      Ménage Artois
Charles Loos Trio      Old Time Trio
Charles Loos / Steve Houben / Quatuor Thaïs      HLM (Houben, Loos, Maurane)
Charles Loos / Weber Iago duo      Bernard Guyot / Charles Loos Summer Residence
Isabelle Rigaux + trio      Isabelle Rigaux + quartet
Lilith      Jazz Me Do
Stéphane Mercier Quartet (former)      Radoni's Tribe
Paul Dubois and the Sweet Substitutes      Parfum Latin

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