OCTURN is a product of our time, deeply rooted in the jazz-tradition with ears wide open for contemporary influences.
Jean-Pol Schroeder (Maison du Jazz):
"The group OCTURN emerged from weekly workshops in the Brussels jazz club 'Sounds'. Five horns and a burning rhythm section inspired by a wonderfully supportive audience managed to build up a consistent repertoire in which each player evolved very well. A band was born. Numerous clubdates and festival appearances justified this initiative."
Their CDs were also unanimously well received by both press and the public. Octurn performed at all the major Benelux jazz clubs and festivals such as Jazz à Liège, North Sea Jazz, Jazz Middelheim, Belga Jazz Festival, Festival des Lundis d'Hortense, Knitting Factory jazz festival, Festival de jazz de Montréal and several festivals and clubdates in France.
Both Belgian radio and television systems (VRT and RTBF) showed great interest in this band by recording them live several occasions.
Stylistic extrapolation by composition-assignments to reputated contemporary writers like Denis Pousseur, Kenny Werner, Kris Defoort, Geoffroy de Masure, Walter Hus, Patrick Zimmerli and the eminent contemporary musician Frederic Rzewski as well as the arrival of personalities such as Geoffroy DE MASURE (tb), Guillaume ORTI (as), Fabian FIORINI (p),… have strengthened the innovative musical directions of the band for many years now.
OCTURN performed at all the major Benelux jazz festivals such as Jazz a Liège, North Sea Jazz, Jazz Middelheim, Belga Jazz Festival, Festival des Lundis d'Hortense, La nébuleuse du HASK, Jazz à Junas, also at the Festival de jazz de Montréal and at the Knitting Factory in NY."
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