FES

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FES - Jazz Live Act in Gent

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Major concerts and festivals include:

Strange Music Festival Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro (2015, Tokyo Jazz Festival (2014), Ottawa Jazz Festival (2014), Rochester Jazz Festival (2014), Bath Festival (2013), Jazz Middelheim (2012), Tropical Heatwave Tampa (2011), Lincoln Center NY (2011), Kennedy Center (2011), Skopje Jazz Festival (2010), Sziget Festival (2010), Vossa Jazz (2010, Montreux Jazz Festival (2009), North Sea Jazz Festival (2006 + 2008), Dour Festival (2008), Ghent Jazz Festival (2008), The Hague Jazz (2008 + 2010), FMM Sines (2008), Jazz Luz (2008), Low Festival, Budapest (2008), Vancouver Jazz Festival (2006 + 2007), Montreal Jazz Festival (2007), Saalfelden Jazz Festival (2007), London Jazz Festival (2007), Pordenone Silent Film Festival (2006), Jazz Fest Berlin (2006), Japan Tour (2006), Konzerthaus Vienna (2006), Trafo Budapest (2005),

see www.fes.be for a complete listing.

Peter Vermeersch & FES
FES was founded in 1998, when no-nonsense artist, former architect, clarinettist, saxophonist, keyboard player, composer and producer Peter Vermeersch, wanted to explore new horizons after having convinced music lovers all over the word with Maximalist! and the cult legend band X-legged Sally. Vermeersch,who worked with international artists like Josse De Pauw, Wim Vandekeybus, Vincent Bal, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Fred Frith, The Simpletones and Jazzwork from Berlin and wrote music for the Arditti Quartet, Prima La Musica and the Smith Quartet, assembled a pack of inspired and inimitable muscians, forming a big band which has nowadays become much more than just a big band.
The music of FES, varying from strictly written sheet music to liberating improvisation, is 95% home-made. Streaks of music of other composers are used as inspiration, frequently arranged, adapted and integrated into FES compositions, adding a wide range of atmospheres and styles to the eclectic FES universe. FES, who dares to flirt with other disciplines as theatre and film and owns the ability to seduce a number of different audiences, from more select jazz listeners to a wild young rock public, is at its best live on stage. Toots Thielemans experienced their joy of playing, their humour and technical skill and joined them on stage during Jazz Middelheim 2003. He refers to FES as a a band of rebels! FES must be the most versatile and at the same time the most daring big band phenomena ever.Mike Patton contacted Flat Earth Society in 2004, to report how much he was impressed by the bands music. Patton invited FES as support act for his European tour with Fantmas. Impressed by the enthusiasm, Patton decided on a selection of FES material and released, FES-ISMS on his American label, Ipecac Records. The album contains a compilation of 19 songs from the six first FES cds, an introduction to the FES repertoire for the overseas audience, as it were. Mike Patton said about the album: Its really unique and engaging stuff. Its going to blow peoples minds."

Not all gigs are listed here, for an extensive list please visit our website.

Major concerts and festivals include:

Strange Music Festival Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro (2015, Tokyo Jazz Festival (2014), Ottawa Jazz Festival (2014), Rochester Jazz Festival (2014), Bath Festival (2013), Jazz Middelheim (2012), Tropical Heatwave Tampa (2011), Lincoln Center NY (2011), Kennedy Center (2011), Skopje Jazz Festival (2010), Sziget Festival (2010), Vossa Jazz (2010, Montreux Jazz Festival (2009), North Sea Jazz Festival (2006 + 2008), Dour Festival (2008), Ghent Jazz Festival (2008), The Hague Jazz (2008 + 2010), FMM Sines (2008), Jazz Luz (2008), Low Festival, Budapest (2008), Vancouver Jazz Festival (2006 + 2007), Montrea...

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Past Gigs FES

  • 07 | 2016 Rochester Rochester Jazz Fest
  • 07 | 2016 Rochester Rochester Jazz Fest
  • 06 | 2016 Vancouver Vancouver Jazz Fest
  • 06 | 2016 Ottawa Ottawa Jazz Fest
  • 05 | 2016 Schwerin Filmkunstfest

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Origin

  • Gent BE

Founded

  • 1999

Members

  • Bruno Vansina flute, melodica, synth
  • Pierre Vervloesem guitar
  • Peter Vermeersch clarinet, composer
  • Peter Vandenberghe piano and keyboard
  • Berlinde Deman tuba
  • Michel Mast saxophone
  • Benjamin Boutreur saxophone
  • Teun Verbruggen drums
  • Kristof Roseeuw double bass
  • Tom Wouters vibraphone, clarinet
  • Marc Meeuwissen trombone
  • Peter Delannoye trombone
  • Luc van Lieshout trumpet
  • Bart Maris trumpet