Koen De Cauter - Rony Verbiest Quartet

Koen De Cauter © Jean-Luc Goffinet Rony Verbiest © keepswinging@live.nl
02/05/2013 - La Louvière - CCRC
25/01/2013 - Grimbergen - 's Gravenmolen
27/01/2013 - Zolder - CC Muze

Koen De Cauter - Rony Verbiest Quartet
Koen De Cauter (guitar and vocals), Waso De Cauter (guitar), Dajo De Cauter (double bass) and Rony Verbiest (accordion).
Does he still need an introduction? Koen De Cauter: more than 35 years live music of great diversity, about 30 CDs (not counting the many LPs he recorded in the 70s and 80s) under his own name. Founded in ’75 the famous Waso Quartet (named after his first-born) which resulted in a true revival of the Hot Club's music. Renowned Brassens interpreter. Projects and recordings around Sidney Bechet, Gypsy Music, New-Orleans jazz, musette, chanson… And as the tradition once was, he passed the ‘craft’ on to his children. The family ensemble was created in 1990. What once started with only occasional gigs became, after a while, the core of most of the activities of this exceptional family. Meanwhile Waso and Dajo are, after about 20 years on the road, very strong musical personalities in their own right. Three years ago, we had the privilege of experiencing their skills as the perfect rhythm section with Bart Vervaeck on rhythm guitar and Lionel Beuvens on drums, during the Django!! project.

At the age of six Rony Verbiest started expressing himself through the accordion with the guiding hand of his father, Michiel Verbiest, at that time a well-known accordion-player. Eight years later Rony formally began to explore the saxophone and percussion. This took him to the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels, receiving the First Prize for saxophone. Not long after, he joined The Royal Music Chapel of the Guides, a highly prestigious ensemble attached to the military Royal Guards, where he performed classical pieces. Simultaneously his passion for jazz grew, which pushed him to join the ranks of the Big Band Sound and to study under Johny Griffin, Rob Madna, Jeff Clayton, Etienne Verscheuren and others. In 1990, Johan Verminnen hired him to play the accordion. Rony found he still had the chops on the accordion too, which he fervently explored and used to intertwine several genres from classical, jazz, tango nuevo and folk into his own distinct style.



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