Fabian Fiorini

A pianist who not only performs and improvises the most difficult classical pieces but also writes the most layered jazz compositions.

05.02, 20.30, Jazz Station :
‘The Scarlatti Book’ – Aka Moon & Fabian Fiorini

06.02, 18.00 (!), Jazz Station :
‘The Scarlatti Book’ – Aka Moon & Fabian Fiorini

19.05, 20.15, CC De Meent (Alsemberg) :
Fabian Fiorini en solo


Who is… Fabian Fiorini?

Fabian Fiorini (°1973) studies at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and Liege.
From the outset, he shows interest in the cross-pollination between contemporary classical music and jazz, considering composition and improvisation as equal components.
He regularly writes scores for theatre, dance shows and movies and also on commission for large orchestral ensembles.
In addition, he keeps on expanding his knowledge of music from other continents.
In the early nineties, he is a member of the generation which at the Brussels Kaai is instrumental in lending Belgian jazz undeniable maturity.
Besides, this cultural hub will later bring forth Aka Moon, the band with which he collaborates most often, both live and on record.
Other groups in which Fabian Fiorini currently plays a key role include Fiorini-Houben Quartet, Al Funduq, Octurn and MikMâäk.
2008 witnesses the release of the trio CD, ‘Something Red in the Blue’ (Cypres) where he plays alongside fellow musicians bassist Jean-Luc Lehr and drummer Chander Sardjoe: a triangular relationship between Bach, Monk and Fiorini.
He recently issued his first solo CD ‘De papillons noirs’ (el Negocito Records).


What is…

... your favourite spot in Brussels?

That is undoubtedly the Marolles, the last remaining bastion of working-class Brussels. Even during World War II, the flea market continued to take place. With the recent threat level 4, it was the first time ever that everyone had to stay home. “This is unprecedented” according to the merchants on the famous Place du Jeu de Balle. In any case, it is small separate world with its own set of rules and practices which falls outside the framework of the macro-economy currently governing our society at all levels. Here you could almost speak of barter trade. Old, forgotten objects are given back some value. This is what I call the real life in a friendly atmosphere. And obviously, it is also the birthplace of Toots Thielemans.


… the last CD or album you bought for yourself?

Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’. Not that I did not know it but I wanted to use it as an example during one of my courses in compositions and arrangements at the Royal Conservatory. For me, it remains one of the most beautiful orchestral pieces ever. It is also very instructive if you first show what the piano score consists of and then compare it to that of the entire orchestra. ‘The Rite of Spring’ is a pivotal work between ancient and new music. Stravinsky is the first composer who dared to deal with what had been done until then in a radically different way. Schönberg, Mahler and Debussy also did it but kept ties with the past whereas Stravinsky severed all ties. He lifted the orchestration to a higher level. Let us not forget that the first version was issued in 1913 and that he kept on making changes right up until he died, almost sixty years later. That is what you can truly call a life’s work. And notwithstanding its difficulty, this work remains as fascinating today as ever for both young and old.


… your fondest memory of a recent concert?

It is a duo performance by Kris Defoort and Erik Vermeulen, which took place behind closed doors in a living room in front of about fifty guests. These two have known each other for almost twenty-five years but had never played together. They brought long improvisations interspersed with some Monk, all of which without prior rehearsal. Remarkable to say the least is that after each “piece” they swapped places and still managed to retain their own sound. Erik Vermeulen is one of the greatest pianists in the world. Even real jazz connoisseurs still underestimate him.


… your favourite quote of the moment?

It is a quote about objectivity and perception taken from the Vedic scriptures, sayings and ideas about the reality around us, later used by Buddha in his teachings. "You cannot claim that something exists. You cannot claim that something does not exist. You cannot at the same time claim that something exists and that it does not exist. You cannot claim or confirm the opposite of this statement.” Even then, they realised that you can seek the truth without ever finding it. The same applies to happiness. You only have to look at what is happening in the world today. It is mainly a selfish act to claim that you are the only one holding the truth. There are different ways to look at things but eventually, none is the sole, ultimate right one.