Samuel Ber “ Pentadox ‘Fragments of Expansion’

Friday 14 August 2020 / 23.00-00.00 h. / Club Stage

Sylvain Debaisieux (tenor & soprano saxophone), Weston Olencki (trombone, electronics), Lester St. Louis (cello), Bram De Looze (piano), Nick Dunston (double bass), Samuel Ber (drums)

Doors of this festival day open at 14.00.
This is a standing concert.

Ticket price is 44 euro. Child tickets are available at 8 euros (see conditions).
Your ticket gives you access to all concerts of this festival day.

Saturday 14 August 2021

Main Stage
21h30 – 23h00 – John Zorn / Laurie Anderson / Bill Laswell
19h30 – 20h45 – TBA
17h30 – 18h45 – TBA
15h30 – 16h45 – TBA

Club Stage
23h00 – 00h00 – Malaby-Dumoulin-Ber
20h50 – 21h25 – Reservoir Ghosts
18h50 – 19h25 – Pentadox ‘Fragments of Expansion’
16h50 – 17h25 – Samuel Ber (solo)
14h30 – 15h30 – TBA

Belgium does not have a shortage of high-profile jazz drummers: Lander Gyselinck, Dré Pallemaerts, Stéphane Galland, Teun Verbruggen, Antoine Pierre, and so we can continue with a solo by Buddy Rich. The youngest member is called Samuel Ber. And that he can already compete with his predecessors, he will show (and hear) this summer at Jazz Middelheim in four different formations.

Obviously Pentadox is one of them. The band that Ber founded with Bram De Looze and Sylvain Debaisieux won the prestigious Young Jazz Talent Ghent competition two years ago. Even more impressive: their performance at Gent Jazz last summer could, according to Knack Focus, be “immediately credited with red letters in the annals of the festival”. Another year later, the trio has turned into a sextet for the wonderfully intrepid album Fragments of Expansion. Although they sometimes also play with three or even two. To the poor listener, Pentadox is a constant experiment whose members like nothing more than deliberately groping in the dark. Often avant-garde, sometimes weird, always fascinating.