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Deus Ex Machina / Kris Dewitte

Deus Ex Machina

In ancient Greek theatre, 'Deus ex machina' referred to a mechanical device that caused a god to descend on stage in spectacular fashion. Equally surprising and sometimes disconcerting has been the arrival of electronic instruments into music history. Yet music continues to move and enchant through the magic and diversity of its sounds. For his third project of Jean-Paul Estiévenart's carte blanche at the Brussels Jazz Festival, he invites the two gods of electronics, Jozef Dumoulin and Bert Cools, together with his drummer Antoine Pierre and saxophonist Bo Van Der Werf for an experimental project without limits.


Within the traditional formula of an acoustic quintet, he manages to transform his pure melodies into pieces of contemporary improvisation, bursting in all directions. The result will appeal to jazzfans from the 50s and 60s as well as to melodic music lovers. Vers L'Avenir.

He knows how to draw the intersection between the past and the present of Jazz in a purely acoustic way. Jazzenzo

Estiévenart, who wrote all the music, gives a lot of space to the members of his group. But in the end, he himself makes the greatest impression: subtle trumpet player, strong compositions. De Standaard

And whoever thought it was only harmony and melody would be disappointed. Improvisation always plays a leading role in the music of this incredible Belgian trumpet player. Jazz Nu

Brussels Jazz Festival 2022