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Bass on top

With Warm Bad, Hendrik Lasure invites all the talent with which he has come in contact in recent years. A source of untapped potential and at the same time a synthesis of his young carreer. 


Warm Bad is a seven-piece band - a saxophone / piano quartet, assisted by three guitars - consisting of a new generation of young, extremely talented musicians. Their repertoire tackles between harmony and dissonance, between fixed structures and improvisation and between abstract sounds and accessible compelling tunes. Their debut album "Garden Head" was released on March 29 by WERF Records. Playing in Warm Bad, alongside bass player Soet Kempeneer (who received a solid 19/20 for his final exam with this band, knowing that the jury never quotes 20/20), are alumni Casper van de Velde and Vitja Pauwels. It is already clear where Laseure finds the talent to surround himself.

Warm Bad played a JazzLab tour and will perform at the 4th Stream Festival in Bozar next season, a festival dedicated to young up-and-coming jazz talent. A unique experience for the young bass player Soet Kempeneer who won the first edition of the KCA Jazz Award earlier this year. This prize was organized by the Conservatoire together with the JazzBoz festival in Bergen op Zoom. He played the final there in trio with alumnus Bram De Looze and Samuel Ber. Every year, the jazz programme makes a careful selection of students for the coaching project with Jazz Middelheim. Soet was also selected for this. So this summer he is preparing a concert for the last festival day with 4 other students and the American jazz trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire.

It has been known for some time that the bass class of the Antwerp Conservatoire delivers quality. Dries Laheye graduated eight years ago with the band Stuff, which is currently achieving international success.

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Photo: Frederik Beyens