Artist: Margaux Vranken, Daniel Jonkers, Tom Bourgeois, Fil Caporali
Album: Purpose, la Suite. Live At Gaume Jazz Festival
03. Compo 140
04. The Ancient Times of an Unknow City
05. What a Day
08. Back in Schaerbeek
10. A Light Within
Margaux Vranken (born in Brussels) is a pianist, composer and singer. With a musical training that is both complete and mixed: classical training (piano, music theory) of more than 10 years, chorister in the Youth Choir of the Royal Opera of La Monnaie, jazz piano at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Margaux leads several projects at the same time.
She founded the PINTO quartet in 2012 and offers a bittersweet, delicate, luminous, endearing jazz. The group won the Audience Award at the Brussels Jazz Marathon competition in 2014. PINTO closed its monthly residency at the Sounds Jazz Club with critical and public success at the Mithra Jazz festival in Liège in 2015. Margaux also composed the music for the feature film ” Les Liberterres “(released in Brussels in summer 2015).
In 2016, she received a grant from the Fondazione Siena Jazz to participate in the Siena Jazz International Summer Workshop with among others David Binney, Ben Wendel, Stefano Battaglia, Jeff Ballard, Matt Penman. In 2017, Margaux received a scholarship from Berklee College of Music to pursue a one-year Masters in Contemporary Performance at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute with Danilo Pérez, Terry Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Ben Street, Anat Cohen, Dave Liebman, Adam Cruz, Alan Pasqua.
Margaux Vranken, pianist freshly graduated from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, returns to Brussels to present her new project “Purpose” with Farayi Malek (vocals, USA), Tom Bourgeois (saxophone, France), Fil Caporali (bass, Brazil), Daniel Jonkers (drums, Netherlands) accompanied by the string quartet “Another String Quartet”. Enriched by her experience in the United States, Margaux offers music influenced by the New York jazz scene, as well as by soul and gospel music, while keeping her musical identity and her writing, well anchored in the European jazz heritage. The pianist recently recorded an album at Bunker Studio in New York with top-flight American musicians. Singers, string quartet, brass section,… in total, more than 14 musicians have contributed to the music of Margaux Vranken. The album “Purpose” was released in November 2020 on the Belgian label Igloo Records.