Eve Beuvens

Pianist who nowadays boosts her lyricism from earlier days with elements garnered from the work of Monk, Mingus and Hadens Liberation Music Orchestra.

07.09, 20.15: Eve Beuvens ‘Heptatomic’, Flagey

17.10, 21.00: Kind of Blue Tribute, The Music Village


Who is… Eve Beuvens?

She trains with the widest range of musicians amongst which Nathalie Loriers and Kris Defoort but also John Taylor, John Ruocco and Garrett List. In addition, she holds a degree in philosophy. Her debut CD ‘Noordzee’ is released in 2009: a pleasant introduction to a piano player who has an obvious taste for lyricism and the ECM sound. As a matter of fact, she quickly sets out to discover the Scandinavian latitudes and forms MEQ with Swedish saxophonist Mikael Godée. In the Cezariusz Gadzina Quartet, she plays a decisive role, even more so on the recent CD ‘Light in Sight’. That she is also good at swing is more than obvious with The Sidewinders, the quintet around Toon Van Dionant and Michel Paré. Furthermore, she performs with the Alexandre Beaurain Quintet and singer Sander De Winne.
In 2014, she is given carte blanche at the Gaume Jazz Festival. The concrete result is now released under the title ‘Heptatomic’. Alongside Laurent Blondiau, Grégoire Tirtiaux, Sylvain Debaisieux, Benjamin Sauzereau, Manolo Cabras and her brother Lionel in the group, she is backed by top musicians from the Belgian jazz and improvisation scene.

The CD will be presented at Flagey as part of the ‘Young Belgian Jazz: Album Releases’.


What is…

... your favourite spot in Brussels?

I do not really have a favourite spot in Brussels, although I like to stroll along the pedestrian area that stretches from Porte de Namur up to Avenue Louise. Not so much that I am a shopaholic but there used to be an ice cream shop which for me was an absolute must-stop place. Let’s say I have a definite sweet tooth. Alas, since then, the ice cream parlour is no longer there. So, I will have to find another neighbourhood (laughs).


… the last CD or album you bought for yourself?

At the Gaume Festival, there is always a very good vinyl and CD stand. This is where I get my usual supply of albums and CDs. This year I purchased – among other stuff – an old record by Keith Jarrett, ‘The Cure’. I had it on cassette tape but I listened to it so many times, it did not make it through. What is so special about this record for me is his mastery in combining tradition and lyricism with a high level of intensity. This applies not only to this specific record but to his overall approach. I must admit that I am a huge Keith Jarrett fan. I love the skilful way in which he consistently manages to leave his own distinctive mark on timeless classics. Personally, I rather focus on my own work, at least for the time being but who knows, l might give it a try in the future.


… your fondest memory of a recent concert?

Here my pick is much more personal (laughs) since, as it happens, it is a live performance by my brother Lionel which had been given carte blanche at the recent Gaume festival and presented a new project with Finnish trumpeter Kalevi Louhivuori, Jozef Dumoulin, Brice Soniano, Guilhem Verger and vocalist Emilie Lesbros. I was particularly impressed by Emilie Lesbros’ contribution. I know that there has been some criticism levied by some at the contents of her lyrics, mostly due to its definite sixties and free undertones. As for me who did not experience the sixties, I find her world- and universe-related themes rather pleasing. But above all, I really enjoyed Lionel’s admirable boldness with which he lends a certain form of abstraction to his music, so much so it left an even stronger impression. It also proved in spades that he has evolved considerably.


… your favourite quote of the moment?

I like to delve into the biographies of dancers and choreographers. I recently read a book on Martha Graham. I came across a verse from the poem “Winds” (“Vents”) by Saint-John Perse: “And You had so little time to be born to this instant!” (“Et Vous aviez si peu de temps pour naître à cet instant”. It epitomises the art of improvisation and is also a direct link with experiencing the moment itself. You can obviously not live for the moment itself all the time but when improvising, you cannot do otherwise. With improvisation, everything is about the here and now. You have to create in the present moment. It is a complex philosophical notion since the present moment immediately becomes part of the past.