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Where are you located?
As, a small town in the North East of Belgium (Flemish speaking community)
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Educator
Tell us a little about your background...
I'm a professional jazz pianist, composer and teacher at the jazz department of the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music. I play acoustic piano and keyboards in different bands such as Chromatic Banana, Roman Korolik Group and Scora. I also have my own trio called DS3.
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
A friend told me about this wonderful site
What Instrument do you play?
Piano
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://www.dirkschreurs.com

BIOGRAPHY

Dirk Schreurs started playing the piano at the age of 6. Having taken a solid classical training at the Music Academy of Neerpelt (Flanders), he graduated with the highest academic distinction. At the age of 15 he sat in with R&B-giants such as Bob Hall, Dave Peabody and the Deluxe Blues Band at the Belgian Folk & Blues festival, playing blues, boogie-woogie and gospel piano. At the European Youth Music Festival (1984) the Dutch Television (NOS) recorded Dirk’s performance of the jazz-musical “On the town” scored by Leonard Bernstein.

In 1989 Dirk graduated as a Master in Germanic Philology at the Catholic University of Louvain. For three years he worked as a scientific researcher in the field of Computational Linguistics at the Linguistics Department of the Louvain Faculty of Arts. He gave lectures on “Controlled Language” at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and at the Institute of Science and Technology of the Manchester University. The syntactic and the semantic aspects of linguistics and improvised music are still two of his major points of interest.

Moreover, Dirk came into contact with Enrico Pieranunzi, Trilok Gurtu, John Abercrombie, Jack de Johnette, Martial Solal, Daniel Goyonne, and David Kikoski, all of whom gave spiritual direction to his dynamic search for jazz and improvised music. He has composed and arranged over 250 tunes, many of which have found their way not only to the performing stage but also to the realm of radio & television around Europe. Next to playing the acoustic piano and electro-acoustic keyboards, Dirk also operates vintage synthesizers and analog modules.

The Belgian Artistic Promotion of SABAM selected "The Void" to be the award winning composition at the 2001 Hoeilaart International Jazz Contest. One year later, the Belgian Artistic Promotion of SABAM selected "Eva" to be the award winning composition at the 2002 Hoeilaart International Jazz Contest.

Together with Argentinian visual artist Marta Bressi, Dirk presented "Minds of Glass", a state of the art video project at the 2009 International Independent Film Festivals and exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York and Buenos Aires. Recently he's been on tour with De Laat & Schreurs, and The New Enrique Tarde Group.


Since 1994 Dirk has been a professor of music, teaching piano, improvisation theory, ensemble and jazz methodology at the Jazz Department of the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music.

DISCOGRAPHY

1994 Beyond Ballads - Dirk Schreurs & Walter Baeken
1998 Live! - Triassic Jazz
2000 Extemporizations - Dirk Schreurs solo piano
2003 Berlin - Scora
2006 Minds of Glass - Dirk Schreurs
2009 Strokes - Scora
2011 Imagine Mars - Scora

GEAR

Rhodes 73 MK I electric piano
Yamaha S90XS music synthesizer
Yamaha CP stage piano
Yamaha stagepass 500
Yamaha AW1600 professional audio workstation

MY MUSIC PLAYER

"24 hours before midnight" was recorded live with the Roman Korolik Group at the 2008 Motives for Jazz festival in Genk (Belgium).

"Rhythm of the Essence" is a track from my solo album "Minds of Glass".(2006).

"Stuck" is a track from the CD "Imagine Mars", which I recorded with Scora (featuring Walter Baeken on saxophone) in the summer of 2008. We did a tour in Russia.

"Extemporization IV" is an intimate improvised moment taken from my live piano solo album "Extemporizations" (2000). It is dedicated to the beauty of life itself.

"All blues" is my personal musical approach to the classic Miles Davis tune, which I recorded here with my trio, called Triassic Jazz (1998). This Belgian trio features Roman Korolik on bass and Bruno Meeus on drums.

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Dirk Schreurs's Blog

Minds of Glass by Marta Bressi and Dirk Schreurs to be screened at the 2009 International Independent Film and Video Festival in New York on October 24.

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 3:12am 0 Comments

Thanks to Marta G. Bressi who´s generously offered me her extraordinary talent to generate beautiful video images to all eleven compositions from my album ¨Minds of Glass¨ , we 've been able to create brand-new works together. This collaboration, which was born as two separate entities, came to fruition when I saw in Marta's digital art a reflection of my own visualisations when composing the music. It… Continue

Marta G. Bressi & Dirk Schreurs' Minds of Glass to be screened at the International Independent Film and Video Festival in Hollywood on Aug.4

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 5:37am 1 Comment

Thanks to Marta G. Bressi who´s generously offered me her extraordinary talent to generate beautiful video images to all eleven compositions from my album ¨Minds of Glass¨ , we 've been able to create brand-new works together. This collaboration, which was born as two separate entities, came to fruition when I saw in Marta's digital art a reflection of my own visualisations when composing the music. It… Continue

Minds of Glass Video Art Project Exhibition at the City of Buenos Aires from Oct. 28 till Nov. 18

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 10:15am 0 Comments

Minds of Glass, the video art exhibition by visual artist Marta Bressi & composer/pianist Dirk Schreurs, will be open to the public at the Borges Cultural Center in the heart of the City of Buenos Aires from Oct. 28 till Nov. 18.

SCORA has a new CD out now: STROKES - www.scoramusic.webs.com

Posted on March 27, 2009 at 4:00am 0 Comments

The Belgian SCORA quintet presented their new album STROKES at the exhibition by the Antwerp master painter Jef Diels on March 22. This band featuring a.o. pianist Dirk Schreurs recorded thirteen new compositions by Walter Baeken.
Check out: www.scoramusic.webs.com

Pianist and composer Dirk Schreurs has a new website www.dirkschreurs.com

Posted on January 8, 2009 at 6:51am 0 Comments

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At 12:27am on January 26, 2009, tran said…
Beautiful,Great,Magic!!!
At 7:22pm on January 11, 2009, Elaine Lucia said…
Dear Dirk,

I listened to your entire playlist twice today, all the way through. It's absolutely beautiful, inventive, and the production quality is excellent. I play with musicians that are marvelous, veteran musicians, so I am used to the very best...and you are IT, man! I'm thrilled and honored that you've contacted me to be your Friend. I'm your FAN, too!!

DO you every come to San Francisco? I'd love to come see you perform.

The sax player is great, too, I'm digging his tone especially as well as the musicality.

If you are interested in hearing my group, I've got some nice cuts on my playlist on my page.

"Sea Journey" by Chick Corea features Jeff Kashiwa of the Rippingtons on sax...we do a vocal/sax duet, the band is awesome on that song. And you can hear my fabulous pianist, Jonathan Alford on all of the songs. He really shines on "I Only Have Eyes For You," as he's a really fabulous Latin player. Classically trained, like you, he's brilliant...like you!

Congratulations on your wonderful music, your career, and thanks for sharing your gift with all of us!

Love and Peace thru Music
elaine lucia
At 10:24am on January 11, 2009, Imani Zubeh said…
Wow, Wow, WOW! Incredible resume and music! I feel very honored that you would take to time to stop by and listen to my music. You are truly someone special. Your compositions truly hit my soul. Thank you for stopping by and I will definitely visit your page continuously for guidance just by "listening"!! You guys are SUPER players..... Continued success to you.... Sincerely, IZ
At 10:20am on January 11, 2009, Martin Clay said…
Thanks for the invitation man! Some great stuff here, really luv that rhodes flavor on "Rhythm of Essence'.... I don't have my tracks posted as yet but if you would like to hear some of my work check out my MySpace site.
MySpace.com - Martin Clay - Vancouver, CA - Nu-Jazz / Lounge / Down-tempo - www.myspace.com/playwithclayproductions
Cheers,
martin
At 10:03am on January 11, 2009, Paul Soroka said…
Dirk-Your player opened w Extemporization IV-it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard--I have to take a walk before I can listen to more!--Thank you!!
 
 
 

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