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After a childhood spent on listening to the records of his parents, blowing into a saxophone and banging on washing powder packs, Antoine Pierre started playing the drums at the age of 12.
Eager to turn the noises he produced into music, he consulted his elders: a.o. Stéphane Galland, Antonio Sanchez, Bill Stewart, Dan Weiss, Greg Hutchinson,...
As he turned 18 in 2010, Antoine Pierre joined the regular band of Belgian guitar legend Philip Catherine which allowed him to tour extensively in various important leading jazz venues and festivals in Europe.
In 2014, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Master degree from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Antoine moved to New York to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and to play with musicians of the local jazz scene…
In 2014, Antoine and bassist Nicolas Thys joined TaxiWars, the brand new band formed by dEUS frontman Tom Barman and saxophonist Robin Verheyen. Together they released their three records: "TaxiWars" (2015), "Fever"(2017) and "Artificial horizon" (2019). Warmly acclaimed, TaxiWars has been touring intensively in Europe and abroad.
Antoine Pierre releases his first album as a leader, "Urbex" in 2016 on Igloo Records. Pierre has composed a whole repertoire arranged for an 8-piece band with a singular orchestration (3 horns, drums, percussions, piano, guitar/electronics, electric bass). Reviewing the album, Le Soir writes this: « This album is a total success.(…) An album to listen to continuously, without ever having enough of it ». After having played more than 30 concerts throughout Belgium and around, Urbex released their second album « Sketches Of Nowhere » in April 2018. The third one is being prepared (2020)...
Next.Ape is another side of Pierre’s multiple-sided artistic personality: an alternative/jazz/rock/electronic international quartet gathering Hungarian singer Veronika Harcsa, Luxembourgish keyboardist Jérôme Klein and Belgian guitars Lorenzo Di Maio. After a successful premiere at Théâtre Marni in Brussels in September 2017, Next.Ape officially got started for a special week in February 2019 with special guest alto saxophonist Ben Van Gelder.
Besides his own bands URBEX and Next.Ape, Pierre is a pro-active sideman who has been performing with various world-class musicians such as a.o. Philip Catherine, Joshua Redman, Enrico Pieranunzi, Didier Lockwood, Jacky Terrasson, Stéphan Belmondo, Logan Richardson, Perico Sambeat, Ben Wendel,…
Antoine is currently an active member of TaxiWars, Philip Catherine Quartet, Jean-Paul Estiévenart trio & Quintet, Félix Zurstrassen trio ft. Nelson Veras, Veronika Harcsa/Balint Gyemant Quartet,…
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