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So What’s Next? presents: TaxiWars

Fifth-NRE | The Stage

An intensive collaboration between Barman, saxophonist Robin Verheyen, bassist Nicolas Thys and drummer Antoine Pierre, TaxiWars are a mix of lyricism, poetry and jazz with rock intensity. This is a band with a deep knowledge of the history of jazz music, and a love for the driving jazz of the early sixties on the Impulse! label. The music of Pharaoh Sanders, Archie Shepp, and Charles Mingus – full of swing, pulse, and the urge to break out of the genre’s confinements.

After a three-year hiatus, dEUS fronman Tom Barman is back with his jazz-rock infused added-project TaxiWars and their new album Artificial Horizon which came out on Sdvan Ultra on 6th September 2019. The band took their music to a higher level and added depth to their compositions, clarity to the beats and efficiency to their overall sound.

He is also half of dance-duo Magnus and, starting four years ago, singer and troublemaker of TaxiWars. Alongside his musical background, he directed the film Any Way The Wind Blows in 2003 and put together two comprehensive jazz albums: That’s Blue + Painters Talking (Bleu Note, 2006) and Living Impulse (Impulse! 2012).

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Saxophone player Robin Verheyen released two albums with his Robin Verheyen NY Quartet and performed with artists like Marc Copland, Ravi Coltrane, Narcissus Quartet, Gary Peacock and Joey Baron. Bass player Nicolas Thys toured and/or recorded with the legendary Lee Konitz, Mal Waldron, Toots Thielemans and Zap Mama. Drummer Antoine Pierre toured with Belgian guitar-legend Philip Catherine and trumpet player Jean-Paul Estiévenart, among others

Support act: Tristan

The release of EP Delidomia (2019) put Tristan, AKA Isolde van den Bulcke, straight in the ranks with the most promising talents of the Belgian music scene. Tristan’s adventurous mix of pop, jazz and ambient was met with huge critical acclaim, and live too she impressed when she turned up at festivals like Gent Jazz, OLT Rivierenhof and Absolutely Free festival.