Brussels-based drummer and composer Antoine Pierre (1992) has become a key figure on the Belgian jazz scene. Leader of the bands URBEX and Next.Ape but also a pro-active sideman, he is a part of various important bands on the international scene -a.o. with eminent guitarist Philip Catherine or with TaxiWars, the jazz-vs.-rock-experiment led by Tom Barman and Robin Verheyen.
Back from New York in 2015 where he studied for a year after graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Pierre receives the Sabam Jazz Award Young Talent. Later that year, he goes into the studio to record his first album as a leader, URBEX. Released in 2016, the band tours for two years in Belgium and around then goes back into studio to record their second album, 'Sketches Of Nowhere' (2018, Igloo Records). Critically acclaimed (Choc Jazzman, Indispensable Jazz News, Must TSF, Octave de la Musique 2019, …), they embark on their first international tour with different line-ups and guests such as Ben Van Gelder, Reinier Baas or Magic Malik.
Another side of Pierre’s multiple-sided artistic personality is shown by the creation of his trip-hop/alternative/electric band Next.Ape in which he joins forces with Hungarian singer Veronika Harcsa, guitarist Lorenzo Di Maio and keyboardists Jérôme Klein and Cédric Raymond. In February 2019, they release their first EP and tour internationally -sometimes with American saxophonist Ben Wendel as special guest. Throughout 2019 and 2020, they regularly go in the studio to prepare their first album to be released in Autumn 2022.
In January 2020, Pierre is the artist-in-residence at the Brussels Jazz Festival (Flagey) for which he’s commissioned to present 3 different projects: an all-star quartet featuring American saxophonist Joshua Redman, a completely improvised set with fellow drummers Lander Gyselinck and Mark Schilders and an internationally-enlarged version of his band URBEX. The latter was recorded and gave birth to their latest album, 'Suspended', released in September 2020 (Outnote Records) and immediately critically acclaimed by the (international) press.
In 2020 and 2021, Antoine Pierre is working on a first solo project, VAAGUE, in which he fuses electronics and samples live with his drumming. Throughout several residencies (amongst others in VOLTA and Botanique) the project kept evolving and refining. Meanwhile, a first EP is planned for 17 September 2021, which will be released via Shapes no Frame (Pierre’s brand new own label) in collaboration with [PIAS] Belgium.
Throughout the years and various projects that covered several albums, he fine-tuned his approach and style. This led to him to stand out clearly and be welcomed by the finest players. Pierre is a pro-active sideman (Jean-Paul Estiévenart Quintet, Veronika Harcsa Quartet, TaxiWars,…) who already played with various musicians such as Philip Catherine, Joshua Redman, Enrico Pieranunzi, Ben Wendel, Logan Richardson, Jacky Terrasson, Didier Lockwood,…
B-Jazz Contest 2017, best composition ("Vertigo Of The Fish")
Sabam Jeunesses Musicales Jazz Award 2015
Toots Thielemans Jazz Award 2014
Brussels Jazz Marathon 2010, best soloist
Comblain Jazz Festival 2009, best soloist and best young talent band